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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 44)

8 Dec, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Lynn AllenVideo Tip: Super-Speedy Layer Control in AutoCAD
You may have used LayOff to quickly turn an object’s layer off — but do you know about the power LayOff has with blocks, or viewports? Watch this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen to master the additional capabilities of LayOff! Watch the video

 


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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

COMSOL Conference Makes User Presentations Available Online
Modeling and simulation software provider COMSOL has posted its 2014 user conference presentations online for free access by anyone. Viewers can explore more than 600 papers, posters, and presentations focused on multiphysics simulation. Topics range from wireless electricity applications to medical devices.

On-Demand Webinars Demonstrate Updates in SolidThinking
SolidThinking has published two free, on-demand webinars. "Introducing solidThinking Inspire 2014" discusses enhancements such as geometry-simplification tools, smoothing options, linear static analysis, and concentrated mass parts. "Introducing solidThinking Evolve 2014" explains new construction aids and scene management; enhanced user interface options; improved modeling tools; and live linking to KeyShot.

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Deals & Freebies

Free Leadering Tool Works with Multiple CAD Platforms
DuctiSOFT has released DiLeader (Dynamic Intelligent Leader), a free software tool for use with the ObjectDCL extension module that allows users to create multiple leaders attached to an object. Interested parties can visit the website to view animated screenshots that illustrate functionality and download the tool.

Autodesk Offers Free Trial of Newly Released HSMWorks 2015
Autodesk announced the release of its HSMWorks 2015 CAM software, and users can register for a free trial version. Enhancements include updates to HSMWorks' adaptive clearing and adaptive roughing features; stock simulation also has been updated. Students and educators can obtain HSMWorks free of charge.

LightWave 2015 3D Free Trial Available
LightWave 2015 ($995) is now available and users can download a free, 30-day, full-featured trial. Some of the new features in LightWave 2015 are bullet constraints, importance sampling, a match perspective tool, Genoma 2 character rigging system, edge rendering, and 64-bit QuickTime support. Registered users of LightWave v11 or earlier can upgrade for $495. Educational pricing is also available.

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Opportunities & Honors

San Diego BIMForum Issues Call for Presentations
Organizers of the spring BIMForum, to be held April 29–30, 2015, have issued a call for presentation proposals with a focus on transforming deliverables. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2015, at 5 p.m. ET. Interested parties can submit a presentation proposal online.

Presentation Proposals for Zuken Conference Now Being Accepted
Presentation proposals for the 2015 Zuken Innovation World Americas Conference, to take place June 1–3, 2015, in San Diego, California, are now being accepted. Proposals about case studies, challenging design experiences, new technology trends, and solutions to common design problems can be submitted online until February 6, 2015.

Tekla Bestows BIM Awards
Tekla, a provider of building information modeling (BIM) software, announced the winners of its 2014 North American BIM Awards. The annual model competition recognizes companies for exemplary use of BIM and Tekla Structures across three categories: best use of BIM; steel; and concrete. Winners of the 2014 Tekla Global BIM Awards will be announced December 9, 2014.

Integrated Environmental Solutions Named LEED Proven Provider
Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), the developer of IESVE building design analysis software, recently was designated a LEED Proven Provider by the Green Building Certification Institute. This designation was developed to streamline the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) project review process for experienced organizations that demonstrate consistent excellence in administering LEED projects.

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New Products

AEC: Pointfuse Pro
Software developer Arithmetica has launched Pointfuse Pro, a new version of its automated, mobile-compatible software that offers batch and simultaneous options for processing point clouds. Pointfuse converts point cloud datasets generated by laser scanners or photogrammetry into high-fidelity vector models. Potential users can download a free evaluation version of Pointfuse Pro.

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Mark Your Calendar

Photorealistic Visualization with Speed and Ease Using Iray+ for Autodesk 3ds Max
December 18, 2014
9 a.m. PT
Lightwork Design and NVIDIA will present this webinar about Iray+ in 3ds Max to show how fast interactive rendering can transform workflows. Read more

GEO Business 2015
May 27–28, 2015
London, United Kingdom
The purpose of GEO Business 2015 is to promote closer collaboration across the geospatial community. 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

Take the Cadalyst File Sharing and Collaboration Survey
Cadalyst is conducting a market survey to gauge the use of and perceptions around technologies for CAD file sharing and collaboration. Complete our short survey and we'll share the survey results and executive summary. Respondents will also receive access to "The Ultimate Guide to CAD File Sharing and Collaboration" (January 2015), by Robert Green, the expert behind Cadalyst's "CAD Manager" columns and the CAD Manager's Newsletter.

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Drawing Autodesk Inventor Standards with Style
With the Style and Standard Editor in Autodesk Inventor 2015, users can easily make drafting standards more visually interesting. Read more

Herrera on Hardware: The Interface of Choice for SSDs
PCI Express provides a much higher-capacity path to storage drives than SATA does. Read more

 


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