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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 16)

4 May, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Edit Attribute Values in the Properties Palette
In response to several tips about the Gatte command's ability to change block attributes, Nick Antonov offers this alternative of using the Properties palette to change the attributes of multiple blocks with the same name in an AutoCAD drawing. "Nick's alternative of using the Properties palette is a good idea and should work in most situations." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Create a List of Drawings
Frequent tipster Michael Partenheimer shares this easy way to create a list of AutoCAD drawings that has worked since the days of DOS. "An excellent tip that works for just about any situation that you might need." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Vault Tip: Change the Default Item Number
Have you ever created an item in Autodesk Vault and not liked the default item number assigned by the software? This tip from David Gaskill shows you how to change an item number to what you want it to be. 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 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

LiveWorx 2015 Offers Free Live Streaming
Organizers of LiveWorx 2015 announced live streaming of the event's main presentations during the conference, which will be held May 4–7, 2015, in Boston, Massachusetts. Hosted by PTC and ThingWorx, LiveWorx 2015 focuses on the business use of the Internet of Things. To view live streaming of the event, register on the conference website.

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Deals & Freebies

Free Trial of Evolve 2015 Available for Download
SolidThinking is offering a free trial of its Evolve 2015 3D hybrid modeling and rendering software to site visitors who register. Evolve 2015 was developed to enable industrial designers to evaluate, research, and visualize various designs. Evolve runs on both Mac OS X and Windows.

Bricsys Offers Free Trial of BricsCAD 15.2
New users can download a free 30-day trial of the newly updated BricsCAD for Windows, Linux, and Mac. Updates to the 2D/3D DWG editing software include improvements to Quad cursor draws, sheet metal junctions, and web map service. All BricsCAD users with a v15 license can download the upgrade free of charge.

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Opportunities & Honors

Bentley Issues Call for Submissions for Be Inspired Awards
Bentley is accepting submissions for its annual Be Inspired Awards competition, which recognizes infrastructure organizations for extraordinary performance in design, engineering, construction, operations, and project delivery. Three finalists in each category will win a trip to London to present their projects at the Year in Infrastructure 2015 conference, which will be held in November. The deadline for entries is May 31, 2015.

HoneyPoint3D Receives Autodesk Award
HoneyPoint3D received the April Autodesk Inventing the Future award for its work teaching 3D printing workshops to consumers with help from Autodesk Fusion 360. The company offers online 3D CAD modeling training videos, live events, and publications for adults, students, and corporate gatherings.

2015 Product Design Challenge Winners Announced
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Autodesk announced the winners of the 2015 Product Design Challenge. The award for Best Use of the Autodesk Fusion 360 Tool went to Cole Smith, a Virginia Tech School of Industrial Design student, for a water-saving public restroom faucet. The winner of Best Student Design was Tjitte de Wolff, student in the Industrial Design Engineering Program at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, for a glue-less, self-assembling, biodegradable bag.

GrabCAD Launches Charging Dock Design Challenge
GrabCAD, an online community for mechanical engineers and industrial designers, announced a design challenge for an Apple Watch and iPhone dock. To enter, submit a design for a new docking station that can hold and charge both the new Apple Watch and the current iPhone 5, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus by May 25, 2015. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top six designs.

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Books & Training

Nemetschek Vectorworks Releases Vectorworks Training Manuals
Nemetschek Vectorworks has announced updates to the company's Vectorpress series of guidebooks — Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual, Seventh Edition and 3D Modeling with Vectorworks, Seventh Edition. The updated training manuals are available for purchase from the company's website.

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New Products

MCAD: VXinspect 3D Inspection Software
AMETEK Creaform has introduced VXinspect 3D inspection software, with tools for first article inspection (FAI) and quality control. According to the company, VXinspect provides integration for contact and non-contact measurement in numerous manufacturing applications. The software is designed to be used with the company's HandyPROBE, MetraSCAN 3D, and HandySCAN 3D portable measurement devices.

MCAD: PARTsolutions Mobile App
CADENAS Strategic Parts Management has released the PARTsolutions mobile app. According to the company, the app enables users to visualize the PARTsolutions system environment on a smartphone or tablet. The app is available for Android and iOS operating systems.

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Mark Your Calendar

Use Onshape Alongside Existing CAD Systems
May 5, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This Onshape webinar will explain how to use Onshape cloud-based 3D CAD software alongside existing CAD systems. Read more

e-SPECS for Revit
May 6, 2015
2 p.m. ET
This InterSpec webinar introduces the company's e-SPECS for Revit software, which is designed for automated and coordinated specifications with Autodesk Revit. Read more

Introduction to Artlantis 6
May 6, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This Novedge webinar will introduce the company's Artlantis 6 software, a 3D rendering application for architects and designers. Read more

All About Onshape's Security
May 8, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This Onshape webinar will discuss the company's security platform for CAD users. Read more

Connection Event Chicago
May 19–20, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
This Bentley two-day event will introduce the company's CONNECT Edition software geared for executives and professionals in architecture, engineering, construction, and operation of infrastructure. 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

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