Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 28)4 Aug, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Hot Tip Harry Is Looking for LISP
Hot Tip Harry is always keeping an eye out for the best CAD code. Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your AutoLISP routines. If we publish your original LISP tip, you'll earn a $50 Amazon gift card!
Master the New File Tab Features
Thanks to Levi Connolly for this handy AutoCAD tip. "I'm always hitting my Save button — sometimes twice to make sure it took." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Tips for Using the Wipeout Command
Jessica Confer sent us these handy tips for managing wipeouts. "After having had many problems trying to use the Wipeout command in AutoCAD, I have discovered some tips that make it easier." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Inventor Tip: Turn Off Parts in Views Without Using View Reps
David Gaskill shares another tip for Autodesk Inventor users. "Have you ever wanted to turn off parts in a view and not have to set up a new level of detail or view rep, only to find out that the visibility is grayed out?" View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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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.
ClearEdge3D Publishes BIM Webinar for On-Demand Viewing
A webinar that demonstrates how a challenging chemical plant project was completed using building information modeling (BIM) best practices has been added to ClearEdge3D's web site. "Best Practice BIMs: Tips, Tactics, and New Tools to Ensure Successful BIM Projects" also reveals new features in the next release of EdgeWise BIM software.
KeyShot Online Tutorial Demonstrates Fade Animation Feature
A short video tutorial on the KeyShot web site demonstrates the new fade animation feature of KeyShot v5. Users can fade a model in and out by animating opacity all at once or part by part, or to highlight only one part. Viewers can also download a free trial version of KeyShot.
Deals & Freebies
Spark Competition Offers Discounted Entry Fees for a Limited Time
Organizers of the annual international Spark Awards are calling for entries for this year's design competitions. Through August 31, 2014, those who enter any of the eight Spark competitions can take 25% off the regular entry fee by using the coupon code IDSA-EXCHANGE. The deadline for entries is September 22.
Eurocom Provides Trade-in Discounts for Corporate Customers Who Upgrade Their Computers
The Eurocom Corporate Trade Up program allows corporate customers to trade in their desktop-centered hardware to fully upgradeable, high-performance Eurocom notebooks, mobile workstations, mobile servers, and PCs at a discounted price. The amount of the discount depends on the age, condition, and value of the trade-in, and is typically 5% to 20%.
Opportunities & Honors
ILMF Issues Call for Papers for 2015 Conference
The 14th annual International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF), which will take place in Denver, Colorado, in February 2015, invites any interested parties to submit presentation abstracts online by September 1.
Middle School Students Recognized for Developing Assistive Device
Students in an engineering class in Arlington, Virginia, have been recognized as the Autodesk Inventing the Future recipient for July. The students used Autodesk Fusion 360 software and 3D printers to develop a more sophisticated interface device for a man who communicates using a touchscreen computer.
Books & Training
ASCENT Adds Additional 2015 Autodesk Training Guides
Rand Worldwide's courseware division, ASCENT – Center for Technical Knowledge, has released more than 30 official training guides for Autodesk's 2015 software in the past four months. All released 2015 titles are available for purchase through ASCENT's online store.
Civil: LEAP Bridge Steel
Bentley Systems announced the availability of LEAP Bridge Steel for 3D modeling, design, analysis, and load rating of everyday steel bridges. The software adheres to AASHTO Load and Resistance Factor Design specifications. With LEAP Bridge Steel, users can create 3D models of bridge superstructures and substructures and evaluate alternative designs.
PLM: Intosite for iPad
Siemens PLM Software's Intosite for iPad is a location-aware application that displays product lifecycle management (PLM) and IT information from Intosite. This latest addition to Siemens' mobile PLM suite of apps enables users to access and share information remotely, view placemarks based on location and proximity, and more. Intosite for iPad is available at the Apple App Store.
Mark Your Calendar
KeyShot Workflow for 3D Artists
August 5, 2014
10 a.m. PT
In this webinar, Sketchbot Studios will demonstrate a process for taking creations from Maya and ZBrush into KeyShot for rendering. Read more
See What's New in Vico Office
August 8, 2014
12 noon ET
This webinar presented by Trimble will show the new features of Vico R5 software. Read more
Using Quantification in Navisworks for Better Results
August 13, 2014
2 p.m. ET
Autodesk will present this webinar about the benefits of using Navisworks in quantification workflows. The webinar is free, but to attend, interested parties must create an account with the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Read more
August 21–22, 2014
Concept2Design, sponsored by CADD Edge, is a two-day training event for expanding users' SolidWorks 3D skills. Read more
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What’s New at Cadalyst.com
Freeform Surfacing with a Network of Curves in Bentley MicroStation
Video tutorial: In this clip, trainer Peter Mann shows how to construct a custom surface using a mesh network of curves. Watch the video
Manipulate and Modify 3D Solids in Bentley MicroStation
Video tutorial: Author Peter Mann walks viewers through basic object manipulation and editing commands, and shows how they can be applied to 3D primitives versus 2D drawings. Watch the video
Herrera on Hardware: Is Cloud-Based CAD Ready for Prime Time? Part 3
A new generation of server-side technologies offer high-performance, interactive computing for CAD. Read more
Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen guides you through a different AutoCAD feature in every edition of her popular "Circles and Lines" tutorial series. For even more AutoCAD how-to, check out Lynn's quick tips in the Cadalyst Video Gallery. Subscribe to Cadalyst's free Tips & Tools Weekly e-newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!