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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 38)

20 Oct, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Don't Be Scared — It's Tip-or-Treat Time!
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. And you don't even have to dress in costume. Learn all about CAD Tips prizes here.

Find the Command You Need Quickly
Here is an AutoCAD tip from Levi Connolly that many will appreciate. "If you've ever been unable to locate a certain command on the ribbon that you just know is there somewhere, this tip is for you." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Ensure that Certain Fields Will Update
Andrea Andreetti shares this AutoCAD tip: "If you have a startup routine that sets certain LISP variables, and your fields point to these variables, it's possible that your fields won't get updated when you think they should." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Combine Xref Files before Sending AutoCAD Drawings
You'll appreciate this tip from David Gaskill if you ever have to send AutoCAD drawings with xrefs. "Combine all the xref files into one file to make sending them easier." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Constrain Components
David Gaskill also sent in this helpful Inventor tip. "Have you ever wanted to add a constraint without moving the part from its original location?" 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 If we publish your original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here).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

By submitting code, you agree that your code can be reused as-is or modified by other users in conjunction with AutoCAD or other software programs to gain efficiencies in that software for professional or personal use, and that your code can be shared freely among users. Users do not have the right to republish code in any manner or format (such as on a blog web site or in a printed document) for personal or commercial gain without written permission from Cadalyst and the original author.

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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Resources

Free Report Compares Adoption of BIM in U.S. and U.K.
A recent study reveals that 88% of building owners in the United Kingdom are measuring the impact of building information modeling (BIM), compared with just 18% of their counterparts in the United States. "The Business Value of BIM for Owners" study was published by McGraw Hill Construction in partnership with Autodesk and Skanska, and is available for free download.

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Deals & Freebies

AutoCAD for Mac 2015 Upgrade Discount Available
Autodesk announced the 2015 releases of AutoCAD for Mac and AutoCAD LT for Mac. Among the software's enhancements are dynamic blocks, layer states settings, a data linking feature, and a quick select tool. For a limited time, current owners who wish to upgrade from version 2009 or newer may qualify for a 10% savings.

Kenesto Provides Free Trial of Updated Cloud Services
Kenesto, a cloud provider of collaborative engineering data management, announced a number of enhancements to its service, including file vaulting and file synchronization. The latest capabilities reportedly are compatible with Creo, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, SpaceClaim, and Revit. A free trial of Kenesto Business Edition is available to those who register.

Kubotek Offers Free Trial of KeyCreator Direct CAD Software
Kubotek has released KeyCreator Direct 2015, which includes KeyCreator Compare. The module can import, edit, and compare native CAD files produced with other systems, allowing users to identify, organize, and communicate changes to model data via automated PDF reporting. Users can register and try out KeyCreator Direct CAD and its optional modules for free.

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Opportunities & Honors

ZW3D Challenge 2014 Seeks New Household Product Designs
CAD/CAM software developer ZW3D is inviting CAD enthusiasts to submit drawings of new household products created with ZW3D to win prizes totaling $12,000 in value. A 60-day trial license of ZW3D and a free license of KeyShot rendering software are available to use. Entries must be submitted by November 30, 2014.

SPAR 3D Conference Announces Call for Papers
Organizers of the SPAR International 3D Measurement and Imaging Conference have issued a call for papers for the event scheduled for March 30–April 2, 2015, in Houston, Texas. For 2015, SPAR International is adding a less-technical business track and Introduction to 3D Tools, a track designed specifically for surveyors interested in exploring 3D technologies.

RAPID 2015 Conference Accepting Presentation Proposals, Designs
The RAPID 2015 additive manufacturing conference, which will take place May 18–21, 2015, in Long Beach, California, is accepting conference abstracts and research posters for consideration. The deadline for submissions is November 15. Submissions of art for RAPID 2015's gallery and puzzle designs will be accepted through December 1.

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Books & Training

California Funds CAD Training at Westech College Locations
Westech College offers state-funded CAD training programs for the southern California region to engineering, architectural, construction, and manufacturing companies. Students who successfully complete the course receive a certificate of completion, recognized statewide and nationally. The courses, which include Revit, AutoCAD, and SolidWorks offerings, are available at Westech's Fontana, Irvine, and Los Angeles campuses.

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New Products

AEC: BIM 360 Layout iPad App
Using Autodesk's BIM 360 cloud service, the BIM 360 Layout app for iPad controls a robotic instrument via Wi-Fi, which guides the field user to physical locations on a job site based on points created in the 3D model, thereby streamlining the process of checking progress and accuracy. The app is available at the Apple App Store.

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Mark Your Calendar

Pushing the Boundaries in Structural Engineering
October 21, 2014
8 a.m. PT
Oasys will present this webinar to show how structural analysis can be used to promote innovation. Read more

Go Full Circle with Cloud-Based PLM 360
October 22, 2014
2 p.m. ET
IMAGINiT will present this webinar that will focus on how product lifecycle management can help deliver more profitable products. Read more

BIMcloud Live Online Seminar
October 30, 2014
9 a.m. PT
This live webinar will present the workflow integration of GRAPHISOFT's BIMcloud solution with mobile devices. Read more

SPAR International 3D Measurement and Imaging Conference
March 30–April 2, 2015
Houston, Texas
This conference brings together professionals from diverse markets to learn about the latest advances and technologies in 3D data capture, processing, and delivery. Read more

RAPID Conference and Exposition
May 18–21, 2015
Long Beach, California
SME will sponsor this 25th annual additive manufacturing conference where all major manufacturers and leading technologies will be represented. 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 news@cadalyst.com.

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What’s New at Cadalyst.com

Tech Trends: Not Just Fun and Games
AEC professionals are adopting technologies from the video game domain. Read more

Tech Trends: Bespoke Medical Devices Suit Patients Perfectly
CAD software, 3D scanning technologies, and 3D printing are transforming the world of medical devices and implants. Read more

Gain Screen Real Estate in AutoCAD
Is your Command line taking up too much screen real estate? In this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, you'll learn how floating the Command line can give you more room for your drawing, and how tweaking the various settings can help you set up the perfect environment. Watch the video

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