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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 29)

12 Aug, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Lynn AllenVideo Tip: AutoCAD File Tab Tips
If you work with multiple open drawings at once, then file tabs are a must! Watch this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen to learn all the ins and outs of working with the File Tab feature that was added in AutoCAD 2014. Watch the video

 

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!


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 If we publish your original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here).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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Resources

TE Connectivity Releases BIM Objects for Network Design
Electronics component manufacturer TE Connectivity has released building information modeling (BIM) objects for its network solutions, including FiberGuide fiber raceway, RMG and WMG fiber enclosures, TrueNet fiber panel, and others. In addition to physical dimensions, BIM objects also include metadata (performance category, wiring pattern, heat output, voltage draw, etc.). The BIM objects are available in the Autodesk Seek library.

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Deals & Freebies

Altem Offers Free 3D-Printed Models to Indian Customers
Bangalore, India–based Altem Technologies will provide a free, 3D-printed model to CAD users in India who register and upload a 3D CAD file in STL format. Altem, a distributor for Stratasys, started the printmyCAD initiative to introduce customers to additive manufacturing.

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Opportunities & Honors

OrthoGraph Provides Free Cloud Access for Questionnaire Response
In exchange for filling out a questionnaire, CAD users can receive free access to OrthoGraph Cloud Business backup and storage services for one month. One-month licenses will go to both the respondent and one other employee in the same firm. According to OrthoGraph, the survey requires less than 10 minutes.

San Francisco and Autodesk Issue Call for Urban Designs
Autodesk is supporting San Francisco's Market Street Prototyping Festival by providing design tools free of charge to participating teams. The festival, a community-based approach to redesigning the city's main thoroughfare, invites all interested parties to submit a proposal that demonstrates a new idea for improving Market Street. Proposals must be received by September 2, 2014.

Siemens Again Named Number-One PLM Software Provider in China
For the third consecutive year, research firm CIMdata has recognized Siemens' product lifecycle management (PLM) software business as the number-one provider of PLM software in China. The firm ranked Siemens PLM Software at the top of its list in eight categories in China, including 2013 total revenue, net revenue, channel revenue, and service revenue.

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New Products

Monitors: BenQ 4K Ultra HD BL3201PH and BL3200PT
BenQ has introduced two new 32-inch professional monitors for 3D printing, CAD, and CAM. With in-plane switching technology, the BL3201PH displays 4K graphics at 3840 x 2160 resolution. The wide-quad, high-definition BL3200PT, with advanced hyper-viewing angle, produces 2560 x 1440 native resolution and a 3,000:1 contrast ratio. Both panels enable 178-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles.

Printers: Océ PlotWave 500
Canon U.S.A. announced the launch of the Océ PlotWave 500 printing system. The large-format printer features the company's Océ ClearConnect touchscreen, the ability to print ten D-size plots per minute, quick warmup, and cloud integration. The PlotWave 500 is Energy Star 2.0 compliant, and is designed and constructed for commercial use.

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