CAD Manager's Newsletter (#302)

12 Jun, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff

Best of the CAD Manager's Newsletter

In honor of Robert Green's 300th issue, Cadalyst editors share fifteen favorite features from recent years.

By Cadalyst Staff

The CAD Manager's Newsletter recently reached a milestone: the publication of its 300th issue. Over the years, CAD managers have come to trust and rely on author Robert Green's advice about training and budgeting, tips about hardware and software tools, and management methods that can make any workplace a more harmonious and efficient environment. With decades of CAD management and consulting under his belt, Green draws on his own experiences and those of his readers, who share their own stories, questions, and best practices.

In honor of more than a decade of practical, accessible guidance, Cadalyst's editors have selected our favorite must-read features from recent years. For new readers and longtime newsletter subscribers alike, these best-of-the-best picks are packed with valuable CAD management advice. And if your favorite isn't on the list, let us know what it is — and how it has helped you.

Budget Your Time and Money

  • No-Budget CAD Management
    These simple suggestions will make an impact on your workplace and don't require a dime — just your time.
    February 27, 2013Read the full article »


  • When Your Problem User Is Management
    Change your CAD management priorities to accommodate financial goals — and use hard facts to make your case.
    June 13, 2012Read the full article »


  • The Part-Time CAD Manager
    Like it or not, many companies require one person to serve as CAD manager while also fulfilling production needs.
    August 13–27, 2008Read the full article »

Read more »

:: CAD Manager's Toolbox

Cadalyst Contributing Editors Share Go-To Tools for Simplifying CAD Management

As you likely know firsthand, CAD management is a constant challenge. Fortunately, there are a host of helpful tools that can ease the burden, and many are available at low or no cost (read "100 Fabulous Freebies for CAD Users" for some great suggestions).

In this special edition of CAD Manager's Toolbox, three of Cadalyst's contributing editors discuss their favorite tools that can make your job a little easier.

Navigate to Frequently Accessed Projects Instantly

"Most recent versions of AutoCAD — and vertical products such as Civil 3D — include a proprietary shortcut bar in file selection dialogs, known as the Places List," says R.K. McSwain. "It's the leftmost panel shown below.

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Do you have a question or tip for the CAD Manager's Newsletter? Send it to me at If I use your tip in the newsletter you'll receive a cool Cadalyst prize!

:: Resources

PTC Paper Examines Design Agility for Manufacturers
"CAD and the Need for Design Agility" is a free digital publication written by engineering technology expert Chad Jackson of Lifecycle Insights and sponsored by PTC. The four-page document digs into the challenges that traditional CAD software has managing design iteration, exploration, and discovery and how recent innovations in CAD software are changing the landscape. Download now »

Whitepaper Explores Choices for Large-Format Printing
Canon Solutions America has published a free whitepaper that identifies critical decision factors for selecting the best approach to printing large-format technical documents. "Large Format Technical Documents — What's Best: Print In-House or Outsource?" discusses factors such as costs, shipping, waste, employee time, equipment and supply acquisition, labor, and maintenance.

JT2Go for Windows 8
Siemens PLM Software has released the JT2Go app for Windows 8, available for free download. Based on JT, the first ISO International Standard for 3D visualization and collaboration, the new JT2Go app enables users to view 3D JT files on Windows 8 computers and tablets for free. The app features a gesture-driven interface designed for touch-enabled devices.

:: Events

Introducing ArchiCAD 17
June 18, 2013
9 a.m. PT
This GRAPHISOFT webinar will introduce viewers to ArchiCAD's new features, including the increased level of detail in building information modeling (BIM). Read more »

Solid Edge University 2013
June 24–27, 2013
Cincinnati, Ohio
This conference will focus on presentations and workshops developed for veteran Solid Edge users, as well as new and prospective Edgers. Read more »

RTC (Revit Technology Conference) 2013 North America
July 11–13, 2013
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The RTC conference will offer an opening plenary session and keynote address, and multiple concurrent sessions over three days, including lab sessions. Attendees can learn from top instructors and industry experts, share ideas and insights with an international community of their peers, and explore the latest trends and technologies. Read more »

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

:: What's New at

HP Adds More Wide-Format Printer Offerings to Designjet Lineup
Incorporating customer suggestions for improvements, the new 36-inch T920 and T1500 feature front-loading media rolls and a collating output tray. Read more »

Take AutoCAD Multifunction Grips to the Next Level
In the previous video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, we learned the basics of multifunction grips and polylines. In this tip, we'll take the power of multifunction grips to the next level as Lynn demonstrates how to precisely change the length of lines and arcs at lightning speed. Watch the video »

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Mechanical Applications for AutoCAD Electrical
Make use of all the tools in Autodesk Product Design Suite. Read more »

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