CAD Manager's Newsletter #132

13 Jul, 2005 By: Robert Green

Cadalyst CAD Manager's Newsletter

AutoCAD 2006 for CAD Managers, Part 4

Get a handle on those new dynamic blocks

In the past three issues of the CAD Manager's Newsletter (click here for archives), I've concentrated on new interface and customization features within AutoCAD 2006. In this edition, I'll detail the new Dynamic Block capability in AutoCAD 2006 so you can start consolidating and simplifying your block libraries. Read more >>

:: Alert! AutoCAD 2006 Menu (CUI) File Update

In the previous two issues, I've covered topics that involve the new menu customization techniques that store their results in the new CUI (Customized User Interface) file. Problems have occurred with the format that can result in CUI file corruption under certain circumstances. I have not experienced CUI file corruption, but I've patched my AutoCAD 2006 software just to be safe. The patch is available on the Autodesk Web site.

:: CAD Manager's Q&A

Should CAD managers know AutoLISP, Visual Basic, both or something all together different?

Robert Green answers: My general advice would be to learn any programming languages you can. You never know what you may want to do in the future, and the more you know about customizing systems, the more possibilities you can explore. …
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:: Resources for CAD Managers

Remote-Control a PC for Free: David A. Karp recently wrote for about remote-control software for the PC. Remote-control solutions let you sit in front of one computer and view the desktop of another computer in a window. So you can run programs, manipulate files, provide over-the-phone tutoring — or manage any number of other tasks — from another room or another country. And the best part is that it's free. Karp reminds us that Microsoft includes a good, basic remote-control program called Remote Desktop with Windows XP Professional (or Terminal Services in Windows 2000 and Server 2003), and you can control any system running Windows 95 or later. For more information and Karp's step-by-step how-to, click here.

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:: Events for CAD Managers

Pro/ENGINEER Technical Webcasts: Various dates and times. Designed for 3D CAD professionals, the free ongoing events are sponsored by PTC and cover topics related to Pro/ENGINEER Manufacturing and Wildfire as well as Tips & Techniques.

Practical Data Management Solutions Webcast: July 21, 2005, 2 p.m. ET. Free Webcast presentation and live Q&A for the manufacturing community will address how to take control of your design data and get it into the hands of key players.

Digital Architecture Retreat for ArchiCAD Users: October 10-14, 2005, Yosemite Valley, California. Sponsored by Digital Vision Automation, the event is a hands-on, immersive retreat designed to guide users from layout to completion of a real project to understand how ArchiCAD works during the entire architectural process.

For Cadalyst's full calendar of events, click here>>