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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 40)

3 Nov, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Could You Use a $25 Amazon Gift Card? 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 or LISP 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.

Use Keyboard Shortcuts: Up Arrow and P
This week Steve Roberts shares a time-saving AutoCAD tip. "I'm a terrible typist ... so this method helps me a lot." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Leverage Driven Dimensions
David Gaskill contributed this Autodesk Inventor tip, which shows how you can leverage driven dimensions to make something symmetrical. "In the sketch below, you may want the rectangles to be spaced equally from each other." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Base a Parts List on Level of Detail
Have you ever wanted to add a parts list to a drawing without having to select a view to base the parts list on? In this Autodesk Inventor tip, David Gaskill shows you how. 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 If we publish your original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here).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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Deals & Freebies

Bricsys Offers Free Trial of BricsCAD v15
Bricsys is offering a free, 30-day trial of the newly released BricsCAD v15. The DWG-compatible 2D/3D CAD software (starting at $520) has been upgraded with a ribbon interface and the Look From widget. Windows and Linux users reportedly have access to more than 400 applications running on BricsCAD and are able to port AutoCAD-based applications without modifying the source code.


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Opportunities & Honors

Solid Edge, Keyshot, and Razor Sponsor 'Get Crazy' Design Challenge
Solid Edge is sponsoring the Crazy Cart design challenge with KeyShot and Razor USA. CAD users are invited to trick out the Razor Crazy Cart, an electric go-kart, by editing the original CAD model and creating cool renderings and animations using Solid Edge and KeyShot software (free trials are available). Entries must be submitted by November 21, 2014.

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New Products

AEC: Connected BIM
Australia-based Aconex has extended its cloud collaboration platform for the construction industry. Aconex Connected BIM helps project teams manage building information modeling (BIM) data and processes. Designers can create and modify models in their native authoring tools and publish them in the Aconex BIM Cloud. All team members can view, distribute, mark up, and contribute to model data.

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Mark Your Calendar

Building Accurate Models with GT STRUDL, Part 2
November 5, 2014
10 a.m. CT
This webinar will demonstrate finite element analysis of structure models, nonlinear base plate analysis, and the analysis and design of offshore structures. Read more

V-Ray for Maya — Ready for Battle
November 5, 2014
11 a.m. PT
In this free Novedge webinar, Chaos Group will demonstrate V-Ray v3 for Maya's ray tracing and rendering performance. 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

Aconex Launches Connected BIM Product for Model-Based Collaboration
New release extends cloud-based platform to manage building information modeling (BIM) project data. Read more

User Profile: The Unstoppable Designer
Matt Rifenburg's career is proof that passion, determination, and the willingness to take on new challenges can overcome many obstacles. Read more

Herrera on Hardware: Does Thunderbolt I/O Have a Place in CAD Workstations?
The input/output technology supports fast, expandable storage for big datasets — but what other value does it have for CAD users? Read more

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