Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 42)21 Nov, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff
Tips for Everything Except the Turkey
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!
Detach All Xrefs
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky sends us a command sequence to quickly detach all referenced files in AutoCAD. "Why waste time with dialog boxes? This series of keystrokes uses the Command line instead of a window," says tip tester Brian Benton. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Oops — I Did It Again!
Designer Chris Micallef discusses the Oops command and how it differs from the Undo command. "I don't use the command very often, but occasionally I have erased something and continued working only to realize that the deleted geometry is still required or was erased by mistake." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
X, Y, Z Filters
Marcel Aubin has been using AutoCAD since release 1.4 and wants to share with us a tip that he finds very useful. According to tip tester Brian Benton, "This is a great tip that can help you draw more accurately. You can use these filters to find intersects of lines, to make an object co-linear, or to help when drawing in 3D." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Calculate Offsets for Centering
Tipster Ed Galicki shares a command macro that he uses in AutoCAD Mechanical Desktop that helps him calculate centering distances for stacked plates. "This gives the distance to constrain the edge away from the edge of the second part, without requiring annoying calculating." View the follow-up comments and photos.
Research Report Explains Cloud Computing
Aruvian's R'search, a consulting and research organization, has released a guide to cloud computing. The Analyzing Cloud Computing research report explains the history of cloud computing; its architecture, application programming interfaces, and cost logic; and the advantages and disadvantages involved. Also addressed are the market for cloud computing, regulations impacting it, and delivery and deployment models.
Deals & Freebies
Tactus Offers Free Demo of Protean Clay Modeling Software
Visitors to Tactus Technologies' web site can download a free, fully functional demo of Protean, the company's recently launched virtual clay sculpting and modeling software application. Designed for modeling organic and freeform shapes for 3D printing, the tool-based application emulates intuitive clay operations and allows deforming of the virtual clay material.
GoGogh Discounts Virtual IT Training Until December 31, 2010
Online technical training provider GoGogh is currently offering unemployed users a one-year training pass for $95 with the coupon code BeInDemand (list price $825). The pass gives users access to the complete GoGogh library of over 140 classroom courses for IT and management professionals.
Users Can Try Luxion KeyShot 2.1 Free for 15 Days
Luxion, a developer of rendering and lighting technology, is offering a free 15-day trial of KeyShot, its real-time ray tracing and global illumination program. The company recently released KeyShot 2.1, which supports native data import from Solid Edge ST3 and prior. The inclusion of this feature is a result of Luxion's acceptance to the Siemens Solution Partner Program.
Opportunities & Honors
BIMForum Call for Presentations Extended to December 1, 2010
The BIMForum has extended its call for presentations for the 2011 February BIMForum meeting, which carries the theme "BIM and Building Enclosures: Pushing the Envelope on Performance." Presenters are urged to consider addressing building envelope topics such as cost analysis, facility management, laser scanning, and energy analysis.
Books & Training
CIMdata Announces 2011 PLM Certificate Program Schedule
CIMdata, a product lifecycle management (PLM) consulting and research firm, has announced its PLM Certificate Program schedule for 2011. The assessment-based certificate program includes classroom experience, individual and team-based exercises, and individual evaluations of achievement. The program will be offered in Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom, and multiple United States locations.
Mark Your Calendar
Webinar: Online BIM Collaboration around the World
November 23, 2010
Representatives of Graphisoft, Tekla Structures, DDS-CAD, and Arktec will demonstrate how Delta Server technology reduces network traffic for improved data exchange, both within the office and over the Internet. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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