Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 27)

27 Jul, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff

This Week's Software Tips

Lynn AllenVideo Tip:
Update Drawing Details in AutoCAD

It’s all in the details! Nearly all of us draw details in our AutoCAD drawings, only to find they need updating should our designs change. Did you know that if you work in 3D, your details update automatically? Not only that, they take only a few minutes to add to any drawing. In this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, you’ll learn how to add details to your drawings in no time at all! Watch the video

Determine DWG File Version
Here's a trick from Michael Partenheimer that can help you determine what DWG format a particular DWG file is — without AutoCAD. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Explode Text to Polylines
Do you ever need to outline a word to generate linework for a sign — or anything else, for that matter? A colleague of tipster Michael Viscetto suggested the express tool TxtExp command to accomplish this task. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Change a Dimension Style Once a Dimension Is Placed on a Drawing
This tip from David Gaskill is useful when you need to mix and match dimension styles on an Autodesk Inventor drawing. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

July Tips from Hot Tip Harry

Hot Tip Harry, Cadalyst's mysterious purveyor of customized AutoCAD code, has dispatched another bundle of great LISP tips from readers. View and download each of the latest tips using the links below, or get the entire July 2014 Hot Tip Harry batch at once.

Make LISP Functions on the Fly
James Maeding sent in these nice examples of defining LISP functions on the fly. One of the two examples provided defines the LISP functions L1, L2, L3 … L255 used to create layers with certain properties. The other one defines the LISP functions C1, C2, C3 … C255 used to change the color of selected entities. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Text to Mtext Stack Option
Tipster Tomislav Vargek has added another option to a previously submitted tip (#3727, by Kent Cooper) that already contained three ways to join text and mtext into a single mtext object. Tomislav has added an option to stack text into fractions or other stacked text divided by a horizontal line. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Additional 3D View Control Functions
Philip Schlickenmaier frequently works with 3D views. However, there are times that the built-in isometric view controls don't meet his needs, especially when the far and near edges visually align in the wireframe visual style. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Redefine Block Insertion Point
Amir Sattarian has created a routine to easily redefine the insertion point of a block. A positive feature of this routine is that existing insertions of the block are not moved, even though the insertion point is changed. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Submit Your Tip

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 original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here). 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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Got Feedback? To share feedback about one of today's tips, navigate to the tip using the link provided above, then click Comment. The Comment tool is available to registered users of Cadalyst'sCAD Tips site.

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.

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Deals & Freebies

Procore Technologies Releases Free Drawing Management App
Procore Technologies, a provider of cloud-based construction management software, has released CurrentSet, its free drawing management app. CurrentSet helps construction teams collaborate on project drawings, enabling them to view, mark up, and share plans. The CurrentSet apps and the companion cloud-based application work on iPads, iPhones, Android devices, and laptop or desktop computers.

E-on Software Releases Noncommercial Edition of 3D Environment Software
The free Personal Learning Edition (PLE) of Ozone 2014 is now available from e-on software. Ozone produces realistic environments with volumetric clouds, accurate light dispersion, and natural phenomena. Ozone 2014 features a new photometric sunlight model that enables real-world, physical simulation of sun and atmospheric lighting intensities, as well as support for 3ds Max 2015, Maya 2015, and Cinema4D R15.

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Opportunities & Honors

OrthoGraph Architect Wins App of the Year Award
The OrthoGraph Architect App has been named the gold winner in App of the Year category and silver winner in the Most Innovative Product of the Year — SMB category in the Best in Biz Awards 2014 International. The independent business awards program is judged by members of the press and industry analysts.

MODO Design Challenge Open Till September 17, 2014
In a new CGSociety Challenge, The Foundry is calling on the creative community to design a product that will house time-travel technology, and to create a range of promotional materials. Artists and designers that enter the challenge must use MODO to create their designs, which can be entered in the product design, print advertising, or TV advertising categories. The prize pool is worth $35,000 and includes prizes from NVIDIA, Makerbot, and others.

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New Products

Hardware: SpaceMouse Pro Wireless
3Dconnexion has launched the 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse Pro Wireless, a wireless 3D mouse that features a patented 6-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) controller cap, 2.4-GHz wireless technology, and a two-month battery life. Users can pan, zoom, and rotate models and camera views while 15 buttons provide access to application commands, standard views, and more. The USB receiver can be plugged directly into the user's workstation or into the included twin-port USB hub.

AEC: iVisit 3D for Autodesk 360
Abvent's iVisit 3D for Autodesk 360 is now available for download from Autodesk Exchange for Autodesk Revit. iVisit 3D converts Revit panoramas rendered with Autodesk 360 Rendering into full 3D presentations. iVisit 3D's real-time preview completes the panoramas with building level plans and produces interactive, multinode panoramas for viewing on websites and iOS or Android mobile devices.

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What’s New at

The Promise and Reality of CAD on the Cloud
How has the cloud materialized for CAD users and managers? Watch the video

CAD Manager's Toolbox: CAD Managers Unite!
The author's Facebook group provides a place for CAD managers and users to share tips and ask questions. Read more

Epson Updates, Expands Selection of Large-Format Color Printers and Scanners
New offerings in the SureColor T-Series range from 24" to 44" wide, and from less than $3,000 to more than $11,000. Read more

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