Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 5)10 Feb, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff
Editor's note: There will be no Tips & Tools Weekly on the February 17 Presidents' Day holiday; the newsletter will return on February 24.
This Week's Software Tips
Video Tip: AutoCAD’s In-Canvas Viewport Controls, Part 2
If you work in 3D, you should be using AutoCAD’s in-canvas viewport controls to quickly navigate around your drawing. In this sequel to the previous video from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, you’ll see how to quickly change your viewing angle or visual style and jump from saved view to saved view in no time. (Available in standard AutoCAD since 2012.) Watch the video
Shorten Save Times for Drawings
Here is a helpful AutoCAD tip from Spence Watson. "Do you have a drawing that is taking forever to save? Check the savefidelity variable." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Revit Tip: Use Layer Modifiers Export Settings to Distinguish Between Phases
Tipster Andria Lynch sent in this Autodesk Revit tip. "Using layer modifiers in your export-to-CAD settings will help you separate your phases into layers." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Inventor Tip: Replacing References in Inventor
Tipster David Edward Gaskill sent this Autodesk Inventor tip. "Have you ever had a part that is very similar to another part that you have already detailed? This tip may help with creating the new detailed part by using the existing detailed one." 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.
SPEC/GWPG Releases Professional Workstation Benchmark
SPEC/GWPG (SPEC's Graphics and Workstation Performance Group, made up of vendors such as AMD, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Lenovo, NEC, and NVIDIA) has released SPECwpc v1.0 (free for noncommercial users; $5,000 for commercial entities). The new benchmark measures more than 30 workloads for testing CPU, graphics, input/output, and memory bandwidth.
Deals & Freebies
New Version of ProgeCAD Professional Available for Free Trial
ProgeCAD has released progeCAD 2014 Professional, a general-purpose, DWG/DXF-native CAD application based on IntelliCAD technology. Among the new features are 3D PDF export, the EasyArch 3D plug-in, and the hatch trim command. The software reportedly integrates with Windows 8.1, 8, XP, and 7. Potential users can register to download a 30-day trial version.
LizardTech Offers Free Trial of Express Server v9
A free trial of Express Server v9 is available from geospatial software provider LizardTech. The newly launched version of the image-delivery software for compressed raster imagery comes equipped with ExpressZip — an open-source, customizable web application for exporting imagery from a web browser.
KeyShot 3D Now Integrated into IronCAD
Luxion, a developer of 3D rendering and lighting simulations, announced that its KeyShot 3D rendering and animation software has been included free in the IronCAD 2014 suite of products. Users reportedly can send IronCAD data directly to KeyShot from within IronCAD Solutions to create realistic rendering images. A free 30-day trial of the full IronCAD suite is available.
Opportunities & Honors
Annual 3D Congress Issues Second Call for Speakers
Organizers of 3DCIC (the 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress) have issued a second call for speakers for the 2014 event, to be held May 28–30 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Anyone interested in speaking at the event should e-mail the speaker's name, title, and role, plus a short description of the proposed presentation, to David Prawel at Longview Advisors by February 15, 2014.
CMSC Call for Papers Continues Through March 14, 2014
The Coordinate Metrology Society will accept presentation proposals until March 14, 2014, for the Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference, to be held in North Charleston, South Carolina, July 21–25. Presentation guidelines and instructions are posted online. Those whose abstracts are accepted will be notified on April 4.
IMAGINiT Technologies Designated Autodesk Platinum Partner
Rand Worldwide's IMAGINiT Technologies division has earned the Autodesk Platinum Partner designation. Companies that receive the designation have made a significant investment in consulting and development services and demonstrated an ability to deliver the highest level of solution expertise, service, support, and customer satisfaction.
AEC: Chief Architect for Mac
Chief Architect Software has released its professional design software for the Mac. Chief Architect X6 products include Chief Architect Premier ($2,695) for full residential and light commercial design; Chief Architect Interiors ($1,995) for kitchen and bath and interior design; and Chief Architect Lite ($1,995), which is geared toward drafters. A free trial version is available.
Mark Your Calendar
Create High-Impact Renderings of ArchiCAD Models with Artlantis 5
February 11, 2014
9 a.m. PT
GRAPHISOFT will host a live, online seminar that will demonstrate Abvent's Artlantis v5 3D rendering application for architects and designers. Read more
The Best of SolidWorks World 2014
February 11, 2014
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET
This 22-minute webinar will review the highlights from SolidWorks World 2014, including the latest in 3D technology, and will look at new SolidWorks products. Read more
Better, Faster, As-Built BIMs: Case Studies in Best-Practice Scan-to-Revit Workflows
February 18, 2014
1 p.m. ET
Hosts of this WorkFlow 4.0 webinar will examine two recent case studies of challenging as-built projects to show how other firms have streamlined their scan-to-Revit workflow. Read more
NX CAD — Essentials for Excellence in Aerospace and Defense Design and Engineering
March 5, 2014
10 a.m. PT
This webinar from Siemens PLM Software will show how Siemens NX enables a company to design and develop great products and to respond quickly to new market opportunities. Read more
30th Annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference
July 21–25, 2014
North Charleston, South Carolina
At the 2014 Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference, expert and novice metrology professionals will convene to learn about the successful implementation and usage of measurement and inspection solutions. 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 email@example.com.
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SolidWorks World 2014, Part 1: Software on Stage
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Cadalyst Announces Leadership Changes
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