Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 10)25 Mar, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Time to Fill the Tip Jar
Do you know a better way to work — in AutoCAD or any other CAD software tool? Why not take a few minutes to share your tips with your fellow CAD users? When you give, you'll also receive: If we publish your tip, you'll earn a gift card you can use toward a T-shirt or other prizes in the Cadalyst Store. Use the "Submit Tip" button below to send us your tip today!
Make AutoCAD Table Borders Invisible
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky shares a tip about how and when to make AutoCAD table borders invisible. This technique allows you to use your table data in different ways. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Ensure That 0 Is Zero
Kent Elrod sent this tip to help us be certain that our AutoCAD data is accurate. "Sometimes, because of the precision setting, a very small value will be rounded to zero, causing growing frustration when the command continues to not work as expected." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Use Sheet Sets to Batch-Print to Different Paper Sizes
Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton offers a trick to batch-print drawings to a different paper size using sheet sets. "When you use large sheet drawings as your standard, you often are asked to print the drawings to a smaller size, which can be a headache if you have multiple sheets." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Review Cadalyst's Tip Submission Guidelines, then Submit Your Tip for your favorite CAD software. Be sure to tell us which software version you use. 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. Please submit only tips or code that are your original work. By submitting code, you grant Cadalyst the right to print and distribute your tip in print, digitally, and by other means. Cadalyst and individual authors retain all rights to submitted tips.
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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.
Deals & Freebies
Bluebeam Offers Free Trial of Collaboration Software
PDF software developer Bluebeam is offering a free trial version of its Revu 11 software, which enables users to view, mark up, edit, and collaborate on PDF and other files stored in the cloud, and continue to edit those files if they lose Internet connectivity. The newly released Revu 11 is compatible with Windows 8 and includes several enhancements for organizing digital data and sharing feedback.
Opportunities & Honors
ESRI Australia Young Scholar Competition Under Way
Geographic information system (GIS) provider Esri Australia has launched the 2013 Esri Young Scholars competition. Until April 20, geospatial science students at Australian universities can enter by submitting a project that uses Esri GIS technology. The winner will receive a trip to the 2013 Esri International User Conference in San Diego, California, where his or her work will be displayed.
Books & Training
New Book Explains BIM's Role in Facility Management
The International Facility Management Association announced the release of its new book, BIM for Facility Managers, published by John Wiley & Sons. The text by Paul Teicholz explains how building information modeling (BIM) complements facility management systems to gain significant lifecycle advantages. Six real-life case studies illustrate how successful integration is achieved.
Hardware: NVIDIA GRID Visual Computing Appliance (VCA)
The NVIDIA GRID visual computing appliance (starting at $24,900 plus $2,400 annual software license) runs graphics-intensive applications, such as those from Adobe, Autodesk, and Dassault Systèmes, and sends the output over a network to as many as 16 client computers. Employees can click an icon on their computers to create a GPU-based virtual workspace. NVIDIA GRID will be available in the United States in May from authorized resellers.
Mark Your Calendar
June 3–6, 2013
Las Vegas, Nevada
HxGN, Hexagon's international conference, will include keynotes, networking, and more than 100 sessions. 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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