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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 23)

30 Jun, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Summertime Is Tip Time!
Do you know a better way to work — in AutoCAD or any other CAD software tool? Take a few minutes to share your tips with your fellow CAD users, and benefit yourself at the same time: If we publish your tip, you can earn an Amazon gift card and be entered in the quarterly prize drawing. Learn all about CAD Tips prizes here.

Use Groups to Select Many Elements at Once
Joey Price shares this AutoCAD tip for grouping several objects together. "In my office we use multiple symbols and tables in our notes. For a long time I struggled with selecting all of the symbols when I needed to move the notes." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Get More Screen Real Estate with a Dual Monitor Setup
Levi Connolly noticed that most of his coworkers were using only one of their dual monitors for AutoCAD. "One trip to my desk to show them how I use both monitors for AutoCAD changed this." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Vault Tip: Shortcut for Checking In Files in Vault
David Gaskill offers this tip for Autodesk Vault users. "Have you ever wondered what files you may have checked out? It's a great idea to check in all files at the end of the day, or at least the end of the week." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

June Tips from Hot Tip Harry

Hot Tip Harry, Cadalyst's mysterious purveyor of customized AutoCAD code, has dispatched another bundle of great LISP tips from readers. View and download each of the latest tips using the links below, or get the entire June 2014 Hot Tip Harry batch at once.

Label Entity with Break
Kent Cooper used Cadalyst CAD Tip No. 4212, "Add Text to Piping Drawings" by Theresa Lowe, as inspiration for this routine. Kent's tip allows you to insert a text string "into" an entity; the entity is broken and the text string is placed into the break. The gap in the entity is sized to accommodate the text string, taking into account the text properties that can change the size of the gap needed. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Label Entity with Mask
This routine is an alternate to "Label Entity with Break," also from Kent Cooper. That tip inserts a text string into an entity by physically breaking the entity. This routine, in contrast, uses a wipeout to mask the entity instead of breaking it. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Reload Xref Layer Properties
Reference drawing layers can be modified in the parent drawing and changes to color, linetype, and other properties are maintained as long as the system variable Visretain is set to 1. This routine from Benzigar Peter allows you to reload an xref while restoring the original layer properties, and not have to worry about the Visretain settings. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Scale Multiple Objects in Place
Kent Cooper ran across a request in the Autodesk user forums for a routine that will scale drawing objects individually, in place. The built-in Scale command in AutoCAD will scale multiple objects, but they are all scaled together about a single reference point. Kent's solution is to scale each object using the center of the object's bounding box as the scale point. View the complete tip and post your feedback.


Submit Your Tip

Review Cadalyst's Tip Submission Guidelines, then Submit Your Tip for your favorite CAD software. Be sure to tell us which software version you use. If we publish your original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here). Please submit only tips or code that are your original work. By submitting code, you grant Cadalyst the right to print and distribute your tip in print, digitally, and by other means. Cadalyst and individual authors retain all rights to submitted tips.

By submitting code, you agree that your code can be reused as-is or modified by other users in conjunction with AutoCAD or other software programs to gain efficiencies in that software for professional or personal use, and that your code can be shared freely among users. Users do not have the right to republish code in any manner or format (such as on a blog web site or in a printed document) for personal or commercial gain without written permission from Cadalyst and the original author.

Got Feedback? To share feedback about one of today's tips, navigate to the tip using the link provided above, then click Comment. The Comment tool is available to registered users of Cadalyst's CAD Tips site.

Tips & Tools Weekly software tips for AutoCAD are reviewed in the latest version of AutoCAD by Contributing Editor R.K. McSwain. Use all tips at your own discretion, please. We're sorry, but Cadalyst staff cannot provide assistance with technical problems. Please refer to Cadalyst's LinkedIn and Facebook communities for assistance with AutoLISP and other AutoCAD customization questions.

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Resources

AEC Market Report Reveals Trend Toward Cloud-Based
A new report from Research and Markets, "Global AEC Market 2014–2018" (starting at $2,000), forecasts growth of 7.84% CAGR for 2013–2018. According to analysts, the availability of AEC software on the cloud increases its adoption. The report points to an increasing demand from the Asia–Pacific region, especially India and China, as a major business driver.

FME International User Conference 2014 Content Available Online
Safe Software, maker of FME spatial data transformation technology, has posted online all the content from its FME International User Conference, recently held in Vancouver, Canada. Viewers have access to all videos and slides from 34 hours of the conference proceedings. Those who register can also download a free, 14-day trial of FME Desktop.

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Deals & Freebies

IntelliCAD v8 Available on the Cloud for Free Trial
The independent, nonprofit IntelliCAD Technology Consortium has distributed IntelliCAD v8 to its members and is offering others a chance to try out IntelliCAD v8 from the cloud free. Available in both 64-bit and 32-bit versions, the software opens, saves, and creates DWG files. New features include layer states, layer filters with search, layer transparency, viewport freeze, and more.

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Opportunities & Honors

OGC Calls for Participation in Interoperability Experiment
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), an international consortium of companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities, has issued a call for participation in an interoperability experiment to define data quality requirements for virtual 3D city models encoded in CityGML. Contact OGC by e-mail for details.

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Books & Training

Sixth Edition of Vectorworks Manual Published
Building information modeling software provider Nemetschek Vectorworks announced the release of the sixth edition of 3D Modeling in Vectorworks ($75). The training manual, by architect and trainer Jonathan Pickup, begins with an overview of basic commands and tool functions and progresses through the completion of a practice project.

WhichPLM Academy Offers Introductory PLM for Apparel Class
UK-based e-learning provider WhichPLM Academy has designed a beginner's class to introduce product lifecycle management (PLM) to those in the apparel industry. In "Intro to PLM for Apparel" (£250), presenters define what PLM is, looking at its status as both a software solution and a new way of thinking and working at a global level in the modern world.

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New Products

AEC: Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Software
Infrastructure software provider Bentley Systems announced the availability of its Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) software. Designed for the integrated engineering management of underground utility networks for water, storm water, gas, and electric services, SUE brings together data from multiple sources and geo-coordinates it for 3D modeling, interactive inspection, and utility conflict detection and clash resolution.

Graphics Cards: AMD FirePro W8100
Computing technology provider AMD has launched the AMD FirePro W8100 professional-grade graphics card. Powered by OpenCL, the W8100 is equipped with 8 GB of GDDR5 onboard memory. As many as four FirePro W8100 cards can be combined in a single system for scalable GPU compute performance in excess of 16 TFLOPS.

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Mark Your Calendar

KeyShot 3D Animation Essentials
July 1, 2014
10 a.m. PT
This beginner-level webinar is intended for anyone who wishes to integrate animation into the KeyShot workflow. Read more

Collaborating with CADWorx P&ID
July 8, 2014
10 a.m. CT
Intergraph will host this webinar, which will demonstrate CADWorx E&I's new capability to create loops, instruments, process lines, and associated process data with data retrieved from CADWorx P&ID. Read more

Tips, Tactics, and New Tools to Ensure Successful BIM Projects
July 10, 2014
1 p.m. ET
This webinar will look at two recent building information modeling (BIM) case studies: The new World Trade Center building in Manhattan and a large chemical plant in the northeastern U.S. Read more

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Cadalyst.com. Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to news@cadalyst.com.

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What’s New at Cadalyst.com

By the Revit Users, for the Revit Users, Part 2
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New Unite technology said to be the first to allow users to open foreign CAD formats in their native environment without need for additional software, as well as export data in those same formats. Read more

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Blogger Kotelnikov argues that innovation has several forms, with different risks and rewards for all. Read more

Practice Incremental Innovation
Try this three-step process and map out a workable innovation plan that you can implement now. Read more

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