Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 8)10 Mar, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Video Tip: Create Great Curves with the AutoCAD Blend Command
Have you ever wanted to quickly add a nice curve between two objects? In this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, you’ll learn about the many uses of the Blend command. Available in standard AutoCAD since 2012. Watch the video
Create a Custom Tool Palette
Spence Watson sent us a handy AutoCAD tip for creating a custom tool palette to manage blocks in four easy steps. Using Design Center, you can create a custom tool palette in just a few minutes. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Remove Extra Spacing from Imported Mtext
Cara Nash Snyder shared this useful AutoCAD tip for fixing paragraph spacing in pasted text. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Inventor Tip: Edit Dimensions as You Add Them
David Edward Gaskill submitted this tip that illustrates how to configure Inventor to allow you to edit dimensions as you create them. 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.
ClearEdge3D Posts BIM Webinar for Online Viewing
In a free on-demand webinar titled "Better, Faster As-Built BIMs: Case Studies in Best-Practice Scan-to-Revit Workflows," presenters from PrecisionPoint, Bowman Consulting, and ClearEdge3D provide insights and lessons from as-built building information modeling (BIM) projects.
Bricsys Launches Online Portal for BricsCAD Videos
Bricsys, a provider of DWG engineering design software, has launched Bricsys TV. The new video channel for BricsCAD-related topics offers tutorials, stories, information about compatible apps, and more. The videos are produced by Bricsys and by BricsCAD users.
Deals & Freebies
Free 15-Day Trial of CADWorx E&I v2014 Now Available
Intergraph is offering a free trial of its newly released CADWorx E&I v2014. The software includes new features and enhanced capabilities for the engineering and design of electrical and instrumentation for all plant lifecycle phases. For example, users can now import instruments and electrical load data directly from CADWorx P&ID.
Windows Users Can Download Free Trial of New TurboCAD Pro 21
TurboCAD Pro 21 ($1,495) and TurboCAD Pro Platinum 21 ($1,695) are each available in a free trial version for Windows users. TurboCAD Pro, IMSI/Design's general 2D/3D CAD application for professionals, offers the ability to export data to IFC format and includes significant enhancements for 3D modeling and mechanical design.
Mark Your Calendar
June 9–12, 2014
This Society of Manufacturing Engineers event will include a personal 3D playground, an innovation exchange, and more. Read more
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An Open Letter to CAD Software Companies
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