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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 7)

3 Mar, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Explore the Little-Known Blend and Join Commands
Levi Connolly sent us two AutoCAD tips in one. Use them together, as Levi does, or separately as needed. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Create 3D Objects Without a Sketch Plane
This tip from David Edward Gaskill illustrates how to create simple 3D objects in Autodesk Inventor without starting with a sketch plane and a 2D sketch. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Civil 3D Tip: Deal with Those Pesky Pipe Stations
Tipster James J. Olszewski offers some tricks for managing special requests in Civil 3D piping designs. View the complete tip and post your feedback.


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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 Brian Benton. 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

Bluebeam Software Offering Free Trial of New Revu Release
Paperless workflows solution developer Bluebeam Software is offering a free, 30-day trial of its new Revu v12 collaboration software. The program's new capture feature enables users to add multiple photos to any markup. Revu v12 also includes 3D PDF, a SketchUp Pro plug-in, AutoMark labeling feature, Batch Link document linking, and other new functionalities.

Engineers Can Try CivilCAD 2014 Free
Civil engineers can download a free, 30-day trial of CivilCAD 2014 road design software, which includes roads planning and design, upper and underground infrastructure design and pipes layout tools, earthworks calculations, and more. CivilCAD developer Sivan Design announced that the new release also supports ZWCAD+.

Free Trial of KeyMarkUp Multi-CAD Viewer Available for Download
Kubotek USA has made available a free trial of its newly released KeyMarkUp v12. The multi-CAD viewer enables users to view nearly three dozen file formats and aids in estimating, quoting, collaboration, and communication, without CAD software. Improvements include expanded multi-CAD viewing and export capabilities.

Free Trial of Altium Designer v14.2 PCB Software Available
Electronic design tool provider Altium invites printed circuit board (PCB) designers to register and try Altium Designer v14.2. The new release includes enhancements to the PCB drill table, enhanced indication of disabled PCB design rules, schematic support for vector graphics, support for global bookmarks in Smart PDF and for Subversion v1.8, and more.

New Live Connection Plug-in Free with Purchase of HDR Light Studio v4
The developers of HDR Light Studio are now including the HDR Light Studio Live Connection plug-in for LightWave, which offers real-time lighting sessions for the creation of high–dynamic range imaging (HDRI) maps with instant visual feedback. From the LightWave 3D viewport, artists can position lights directly in a shot.

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Opportunities & Honors

Asius Technologies Named 2013 Autodesk Inventor of Year
The Autodesk Manufacturing community has chosen Asius Technologies as the 2013 Inventor of the Year. Asius Technologies, led by Stephen Ambrose, developed the Ambrose Diaphonic Ear Lens, a new type of earpiece that reportedly delivers richer sound using one-quarter of the sound volume of earbuds, thereby reducing hearing loss.

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Mark Your Calendar

SolidThinking Inspire: Start with the Solution
March 4, 2014
9 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET
Viewers of this free webinar will learn how design engineers can generate dramatically lighter concepts with minimal stress. Read more

SolidThinking Evolve 2014
March 11, 2014
9 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET
This free, live webinar will reveal how solidThinking Evolve can help users develop better products on a PC or a Mac. Read more

PTC Creo Data Management
April 28, 2014
10 a.m. PT
This webcast will explore the latest releases of PTC Windchill Solutions for CAD data management. Read more

PTC Live Global
June 15–18, 2014
Boston, Massachusetts
This networking and training event is for product development professionals who use PTC solutions. 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

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Uncoiling Inventor's Coil Command
Don't get twisted up over this easy-to-use tool. Read more

CAD Manager's Toolbox: Create Training Videos with Project Chronicle
Autodesk's updated video-capture tool features expanded editing capabilities. Read more

An Open Letter to CAD Software Companies
Here's what we really need from our tools — and from the firms that develop and market them. Read more

SolidWorks World 2014, Part 2: Trends on Display in the Partner Pavilion
New offerings in the exhibit hall emphasize expanded 3D printing capabilities and tools that move the heavy lifting of design and rendering off the desktop. Read more

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