Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 18, No. 11)1 Apr, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
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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!
Use Fillet to Extend and Trim Linework
Leif Pedersen sent this tip for using the AutoCAD Fillet command to extend and trim linework. "I often use the fillet function as a combined extend-and-trim function." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Reorder Sheet Set Custom Properties
Tawfik Shehata shares a trick to get AutoCAD sheet set custom properties to be listed in the order you want them in. "Using custom properties to fill in the title blocks in a sheet set can save a lot of time, but unfortunately you can't fill them in according to their logical order in the title block." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Use Tool Palettes for Dynamic Block Creation
Frequent tipster Danny Korem offers several tips for creating AutoCAD dynamic blocks and deploying them to users. "In previous tips, I referred to the tool palettes as a toolset for deploying and creating standard data. Among the contents I deploy to my fellow workers, I sometimes create dynamic blocks." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
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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.
M-Files Launches Updated Web Site
The M-Files web site has been redesigned to make browsing and finding information easier for customers. M-Files is an enterprise content management solution that supports any file type, including support for xrefs, indexing content, and searching within DWG files. The new site offers resources such as brochures, videos, whitepapers, testimonials, tips, and guides, in addition to news, a blog, and an events list.
Deals & Freebies
Cometdocs Offers Free File Conversion and Storage
Cometdocs is an online document management service that offers file conversion from PDF to AutoCAD format in addition to file transfer and storage. The free service supports a 30-MB maximum file size for conversion and a 100-MB limit for transferring and hosting. The site also offers a premium service for larger files.
Opportunities & Honors
Scia Engineer Receives IFC 2x3 V2 Certification
BuildingSMART International has certified Nemetschek's Scia Engineer as the first structural building information modeling (BIM) software to pass the organization's IFC 2x3 version 2.0 structural model exchange process. Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) is a registered ISO standard developed for the exchange of BIM data. Scia Engineer is graphical software for design, calculations, and code-checking of structures.
GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD Receives IFC Certification, Passes COBie Design Challenge
GRAPHISOFT's ArchiCAD software has passed both IFC Coordination View 2.0 certification and the buildingSMART alliance 2013 COBie Challenge. The Coordination View model view definition is implemented for sharing BIM models in architecture, structural engineering, and mechanical building services. The COBie specification defines general requirements for information handover to facility management.
CNR Changchun Named Autodesk Inventor of the Month
Chinese company CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles has been named Autodesk Inventor of the Month for March for creating a train seat with an ergonomic curve that fits the human shape. Using Autodesk Inventor software, the company designed a curved, stainless steel railway seat that reportedly is more attractive, comfortable, and stable than conventional train seats.
Mark Your Calendar
Autodesk Simulation Lunch and Learn
April 2, 2013
Hagerman & Company will host this event focusing on using Autodesk Simulation 360 to validate and optimize product designs. Read more
Streamline Your AEC Workflows with Bluebeam Revu
April 9, 2013
This event, presented by Ideate, will focus on increasing efficiency by using Bluebeam Revu software. Read more
PTC Live Global
June 9–12, 2013
This PTC training event aims to help the product development community address challenges and gain competitive advantage. 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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Customize AutoCAD through Programming
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Have It Your Way
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Autodesk Provides Preview of 2014 Product Family
Forthcoming software suites feature new tools for managing infrastructure planning and reality-capture data. Read more
Display Annotations in AutoCAD Drawings
We almost always want our text, dimensions, leaders, etc. to be on the top of the display order, while we want our crosshatching to be in the back. This video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen will show you the fastest way to ensure your annotations and hatches are always displayed correctly. Watch the video