Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 39)31 Oct, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff
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Do you have any tips for using AutoCAD — or any other CAD software tool — more effectively and efficiently? Send them to us! If we publish your tip, you'll earn a gift card you can use to purchase a T-shirt or other prizes in the Cadalyst Store. Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your tip today!
ETransmit Civil 3D Files
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky shared with us a tip from one of his coworkers, Aaron Sherry. Aaron often uses Civil 3D, and needs to send those files to clients that only have AutoCAD. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Determine Area of a Hatch
Tipster Rebekah Wolf sent us a tip on working with AutoCAD hatches to get areas. "I have had a couple of issues come up with hatches. To start with, when a hatch is selected, its area sometimes does not show up in Properties." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Recreate Hatch Boundaries
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky sent us a tip on using the boundary of a hatch in AutoCAD. "Sometimes hatching boundaries get erased, for one reason or another, but later on there may be a need to stretch hatching to increase or decrease the hatched area." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Classic Tip: Set Viewport Scales
James Olszewski sent us tip number 3125, which was published in January 2009. Set Viewport Scales provides a method of setting the scale in a paper space viewport. It is simple to use, and helpful when zooming in drawings that haven't had the viewport display locked.
New Contex Americas Web Site Offers Scanner Paraphernalia
Contex, a developer of wide-format scanning and imaging solutions, has launched a new web site offering scanner accoutrements: consumables, accessories, software, and replacement parts. Online ordering is available to U.S.-based distributors, dealers, and end users. Visitors can search by either part number or scanner model.
PLM Provider Shares Presentations from ACE 2010 Germany
Visitors to the Aras User Blog can download presentations from the Aras Community Event (ACE) 2010 Germany. Hosted by Aras Community member Freudenberg in Weinheim, Germany, the October event drew customers, partners, and other PLM (product lifecycle management) experts and enthusiasts from throughout the German-speaking region of Europe.
Deals & Freebies
Maplesoft Provides Evaluation Version of Updated Design and Modeling Tool
Engineering software developer Maplesoft has released MapleSim 4.5, which is free to MapleSIM 4 users. The latest release includes enhanced support for Modelica, an open standard for describing physical models and components. Interested parties can also apply for an evaluation version of the physical modeling and simulation tool.
Free CGschool Webinars Encapsulate Design Visualization Courses
This week, the CGschool is offering registered users five free, one-hour webinars led by industry experts from around the world. Each class consists of an overview of a course currently offered at the CGschool, which provides training solutions for design visualization professionals. Subjects include 3ds Max, Photoshop, and V-Ray.
Kubotek Offers Reduced Price and Free Trial for Spectrum CAD Viewer
Engineering software firm Kubotek is selling the Spectrum CAD Viewer, which normally retails for $199, for $99. Spectrum enables users to view, manipulate, and print 2D and 3D CAD formats including PDF, SolidWorks, AutoCAD, NX, CATIA V4, Pro/E, IGES, STEP, and others. A three-day free trial of the software is also available.
LEDAS Provides Free Sample Models for Testing Geometric Constraint Solver
Visitors to the LEDAS web site can download the free Lege'n'd demonstration application, which is bundled with a set of representative examples of various 3D assemblies. Anyone can use the application to test the functionality, robustness, and performance of LGS 3D, the company's geometric constraint solver, which was recently updated to version 4.0.
Users Can Request Evaluation Version of Anark Core 3.2 for 3D PDFs
Interested readers can request a free evaluation version of Anark Core, Anark Corporation's software for authoring and publishing 3D PDF manufacturing documents. Anark, a provider of automated 3D CAD transformation and visualization solutions, recently released version 3.2 of the software, which allows users to create animated manufacturing work instructions in native Adobe 3D PDF.
Opportunities & Honors
'Speechless' Rendering Contest Deadline Extended, Prizes Increased
IMAGINiT Technologies and Avatech Solutions have extended the deadline for the Render Us Speechless Contest to November 30, 2010, and increased the prizes in all categories for a total of $6,750. The focus of the contest remains to publicly recognize the best digital rendering and visualization designers who use Autodesk design and engineering software.
Books & Training
SIGMA Schedules 2011 Training for Pipe Stress Analysis Software Users
SIGMA, the maker of ROHR2 pipe stress analysis software, will offer ROHR2 training during February, April, and June 2011. The English-language group courses, held in Unma, Germany, are led by engineers experienced in the field of pipe stress engineering. German-language training is also available.
Mark Your Calendar
Autodesk Certification Roadshow
Through November 19, 2010
This free roadshow will provide Autodesk certification opportunities for software products including: AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Revit Architecture, 3DS Max Design, and Autodesk Inventor. Both the Associate level, a one-hour timed exam, and the Professional level, a 1.5-hour timed exam, will be offered. Read more
Webinar: Designing in Vectorworks Landmark 2011
November 3, 2010
11 a.m. PT
Tamsin Slatter, author of Residential Garden Design with Vectorworks Landmark, will lead attendees through the residential design process using Vectorworks Landmark 2011. This free presentation is intended for industrial designers, 3D artists, mechanical designers, and architects. Read more
3rd Annual Carlson Software User Conference
November 7–10, 2010
Carlson Software's User Conference, themed "Partnering You With the World," is designed to improve the skills and enhance the businesses of those in the land surveying, civil engineering, construction, and mining industries. Read more
January 6–7, 2011
This annual event, hosted by ESRI, introduces geospatial technologies into any type of design process, such as developing a community project or conducting scientific research. 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 email@example.com.
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