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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 24)

7 Jul, 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.

Determine Layer Contents with the Laywalk Command
Have you ever wondered what objects are on a certain layer in an AutoCAD drawing? This tip from Levi Connolly tells us how to find out. "I use Laywalk to pick through a layer list by group or individually." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Tips to Help Flatten Objects
Danny Korem sent this tip for keeping objects flat. "If you get an AutoCAD drawing file which you attach as an external file, and then you object snap to an endpoint or any other snap, you might catch some z coordinates along the way." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Add Extruded Text to Your Model
David Gaskill's latest tip shows how Autodesk Inventor users can add extruded text to a model. 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 If we publish your original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here).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'sCAD 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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Deals & Freebies

IMAGINiT Technologies Releases Free Trials of Updated Software
Rand Worldwide's IMAGINiT Technologies division is offering a free, 21-day trial version of Scan to BIM and 14-day trial versions of Utilities for Revit and Utilities for Civil 3D. The company recently updated these products, as well as Utilities for Vault Client and Utilities for Vault Server, to be compatible with the Autodesk 2015 product releases.

AMD Discounts FirePro Graphics Card with BOXX Workstation Purchase
AMD is offering savings of $450–$1,995 on the purchase of a BOXX workstation incorporating an AMD FirePro W9100, W8000, or W7000 workstation graphics card. To receive the discount on a qualifying AMD FirePro workstation card, customers must apply for the offer with AMD ahead of time, and make the purchase by September 30, 2014.

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Opportunities & Honors

SSI Holds Contest for Boat-Themed Barbecue Designs
SSI, a developer of Autodesk-based solutions for the shipbuilding and offshore industry, is challenging users of its ShipConstructor software to design and build the best boat-themed barbeque. Prizes will include a one-year ShipConstructor universal license and $300 toward the cost of a catered team party. Design plans must be submitted by July 31, 2014.

SolidACE Conducting Open Beta Test of CIS2Works
SolidACE, a Lithuania-based developer of AEC and plant engineering software, announced the beta testing of its new structural data interoperability tool, CIS2Works for the SolidWorks environment. CIS2Works is designed for quick, simplified data import and export between structural steel data exchange formats and SolidWorks. The free beta version of CIS2Works runs without activation or registration.

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Books & Training

Kubotek Releases Third Volume in Direct Modeling E-Book Series
CAD software provider Kubotek USA has released Direct CAD for the Contract Manufacturer, the third e-book in a series about direct CAD modeling. The e-book explores issues that contract manufacturers face when working with customers' CAD files, including importing customer files, redrawing designs, model changes during production, and more. CAD users can register and download the e-book.

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What’s New at Cadalyst.com

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Manage Files with Autodesk Vault Mirror
Vault Mirror is a utility that retrieves the latest version of all files to a dedicated mirror folder while retaining the folder hierarchy. Watch the video

By the Revit Users, for the Revit Users, Part 2
The Revit Technology Conference showcases technologies and workflows that give AEC users a better look at their projects, both as they are now and as they will be in the future. Read more

PTC Creo 3.0 Includes Game-Changing Multi-CAD Data Handling
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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