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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 41)

10 Nov, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Lynn AllenVideo Tip: Nudge Your AutoCAD Objects into Place
Have you ever needed to just nudge an AutoCAD object into its proper place? Join Lynn Allen as she shows you this top-secret tip for moving objects on the screen without going into a single AutoCAD command! Watch the video

 

Create Group Layer Filters
Michael Ishman sent this handy AutoCAD tip for using group filters: "You can create group filters in the layer manager when you have a lot of layers in your drawing." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Introduction to Parameters
This Autodesk Inventor tip from David Gaskill shows how to add name-specific parameters to your model and to then leverage one of the parameters from the other. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Wrap a Parts List on a Drawing
David Gaskill sent another Autodesk Inventor tip that shows how to modify a parts list to better fit a drawing. "Sometimes you need the extra real estate on your drawing for views — not the parts list." View the complete tip and post your feedback.


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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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Resources

Free Ebook Offers Tips for 3D Professionals
A new, free ebook from 3Dconnexion offers tips for 3D professionals who want to improve their creativity through habits, tools, and hacks. The Creativity Handbook for 3D Professionals explains how to cultivate a creative mindset; explores the habits used by highly creative people; lists ways to hack your biology to enhance creativity; and more.

New Report Analyzes PLM Software Market in China
Research and Markets has published a new report, Mainstream PLM Software Market in China 2014–2018 ($2,500), which predicts the mainstream product lifecycle management (PLM) software market in China will grow at 11.94% during that period. The report covers mechanical CAD, collaborated product data management, simulation and analysis, and numerical control.

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Deals & Freebies

Luxion Updates KeyShot, Offers Free Trial
Luxion has released KeyShot v5.1.57 rendering and animation software and is inviting users to try it out before buying. New enhancements include pattern scattering; advanced procedurals; render camera/viewsets; Sørensen leather materials; Retina support; Multitouch support; and new 3D format support. Download the free trial.

Enhanced KeyView CAD Viewer Includes New Detection Features
Germany-based K2D-KeyToData has updated its KeyView CAD viewer to identify design changes between CAD files, and a free trial version is available. According to the company, all major CAD file formats can be opened for visual comparison of parts. The model-compare function detects missing, added, removed, or modified parts and sections. Reports containing comparison graphics can be created.

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Opportunities & Honors

Connecticut Student Named Mastercam Innovator of the Future
CNC Software has announced the winner of its Mastercam 2013–2014 Innovator of the Future competition, which challenged contestants to design an aerospace mirror. High school student Ryan Jacquemin from Torrington, Connecticut, received a $1,000 check, Mastercam software, and a trip to the Kennedy Space Center.

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Mark Your Calendar

Creating a BIM Deliverable from a Point Cloud
November 13, 2014
1 p.m. ET
This webinar, presented by Spar Point Group, will discuss best practices for how to model with point clouds in Autodesk Revit. Read more

Adelaide Autodesk Tech Day with Lynn Allen
November 14, 2014
Thebarton, South Australia
Redstack will sponsor this free event in which architects, designers, engineers, manufacturers, and executives can network, improve job skills, and learn about the latest technology trends. Read more

Protect Your PCB Design Intellectual Property
November 19, 2014
10 a.m. CT
This Zuken webinar will demonstrate how to use permissions controls to automatically protect intellectual property in printed circuit board (PCB) designs. 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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