Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 19)1 Jun, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Could You Use $25 at Amazon? How about $50?
Do you know a better way to work — in AutoCAD or any other CAD software tool? Take a few minutes to share your tips with your fellow CAD users, and benefit yourself at the same time: If we publish your tip, you can earn an Amazon gift card and be entered in the quarterly prize drawing. Learn all about CAD Tips prizes here.
Turn off Scale Factor Representations
Michael Viscetto sent in this handy tip that some AutoCAD users may find surprising. "Are you tired of seeing multiple scale representations of annotative objects? You can turn them off!" View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Use Ncopy, Clip, and FRAME with Blocks
Kent Elrod shares an AutoCAD tip for working with blocks. "The commands Ncopy and Clip and the FRAME variable work with xrefs, but they also work with blocks." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Copy List of Files from Explorer into Excel as Text
Although this tip from Tina Stimpson isn't about CAD software, many users will find it helpful. "I am sure at some point you have wished for a command that would allow you to select a list of files in Windows Internet Explorer, then put this same list of files into Excel." 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 R.K. McSwain. 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.
Autodesk Posts Free AutoCAD Shortcut Key Guide
Autodesk has posted online a free list of shortcut keys to help AutoCAD users speed up their workflows and improve their efficiency. The guide contains more than 150 AutoCAD keyboard shortcuts. Users can download a printable version and a template for keyboard stickers.
PC Graphics Market Down, Says Jon Peddie Report
The PC graphics market ended Q1 2014 with shipments down 11.6% quarter-to-quarter, and down 4% compared to the same quarter last year, according to a new "Market Watch" report by Jon Peddie Research. The overall PC market decreased 9% quarter-to-quarter and decreased 3.5% year-to-year. The gaming PC segment fared better, with Nvidia and AMD reporting strong sales.
IDTechEx Estimates 3D Printing Market Will Grow to $7 Billion over Next Decade
A research report by UK-based IDTechEx projects the global 3D printing market to be at least $7 billion by 2025, with most of the commercial value from applications yet to be marketed. "Applications of 3D Printing 2014–2024" predicts the highest growth in manufacturing critical production components in low-volume, high-margin sectors such as aerospace.
Laser Scanning Webinar Available to Download and View
Vico Software has archived "Current Laser Scanning Best Practices" for users to view at their convenience. The webinar, from the Fridays with Trimble series, illustrates three practical applications: scanning existing conditions to create drawings or a model where none exists; scanning floors for level and flatness; and comparing design intent to as-built conditions.
Deals & Freebies
NVIDIA Offers Free GRID Graphics Acceleration Test Drive
NVIDIA is offering a free GRID Test Drive, which allows potential users to test NVIDIA's GRID technology for cloud-delivered graphics acceleration from most locations. NVIDIA GRID reportedly delivers performance comparable to that of a professional workstation. The GRID Test Drive is available in North America for Windows, with Mac OS and Linux versions available soon, the company reports.
Opportunities & Honors
ESTECO Launches Its First Student Design Competition
ESTECO and illycaffè are sponsoring a design competition that challenges contestants to design a system, using the modeFRONTIER optimization platform, for producing pressurized hot water for an automated espresso coffee machine. University students who wish to enter must register by September 21, 2014, and submit their designs by March 1, 2015.
Creaform, a provider of 3D measurement technology, introduced the VXremote software application combined with Creaform-certified rugged tablets. VXremote is designed to increase users' efficiency in the field by providing remote access to VXelements, the 3D software platform that powers Creaform's 3D scanning and measurement technologies.
Mark Your Calendar
PointSense Plant 15: What Is New?
June 4, 2014
10 a.m. CT
Presenters of this free kubit webinar will introduce and demonstrate new features in PointSense Plant v15 software. Read more
Join the Creative Flow: Introducing ArchiCAD 18
June 4, 2014
12 noon ET, CT, and PT
GRAPHISOFT will present this live, lunch-and-learn webinar demonstrating the innovations in ArchiCAD v18. Read more
Product-Based Virtual Prototyping Just Got Easy
July 4, 2014
2 p.m. ET
In this webiner, Zuken representatives will demonstrate a product-level virtual prototyping solution. Read more
How Turbine Technologies Cuts Prototyping Time and Production Costs by 90% with MultiJet 3D Printing
June 5, 2014
11 a.m. ET
This live webinar, presented by 3D Systems, will explore how Turbine Technologies integrates ProJet MultiJet Printing technology to maximize iterative design. Read more
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