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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 17)

11 May, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Congratulations to Our $150 Quarterly Prize Winner!
Cadalyst congratulates tipster Michael Partenheimer, who won the Cadalyst CAD Tips prize drawing for the first quarter of 2015. The next drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card will be held in July, and you can start qualifying now; the more CAD and LISP tips you submit, the better your chances of winning. Submit your tips now!

Lynn AllenVideo Tip: Add Your Own Synonyms to AutoCAD
Do you work with software products besides AutoCAD? Would you prefer to use some of the same "lingo" that you're familiar with? Or perhaps you'd just like to customize AutoCAD to talk the way you want it to. This video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen will show you how to add synonyms into AutoCAD to improve your user experience! Watch the video

 

Quickly Reconcile New Layers
Frequent tipster Michael Partenheimer offers a shortcut for using AutoCAD's New Layer Notification tool to quickly reconcile all new layers. "This is a good example of taking a time-consuming task and reducing that down to a click of the mouse (or the equivalent)." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Shift, Control, and Tab Key Functionality
R.T. Rinehart offers a list of his favorite AutoCAD keyboard commands using the Shift, Control, and Tab keys for increased productivity. "A very nice list of keyed shortcuts for AutoCAD." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Open a Drawing from a Part
Have you ever wanted to open the IDW or DWG of an Autodesk Inventor part? Or have you wanted to open a part when you are in an IDW or DWG? This tip from David Gaskill shows you how to quickly open a related drawing. 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 If we publish your original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here).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

Onshape Releases Video for SolidWorks Users
Onshape has released a video explaining how to use its cloud 3D CAD system alongside Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks 3D MCAD software. The video covers topics such as collaboration, design tools, and data accessibility when using both software programs simultaneously.

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Deals & Freebies

Luxion Offers KeyShot Upgrade Promotion
Luxion announced a promotional offer for the company's upcoming KeyShot 6 release. According to the company, anyone who purchases KeyShot 5 will get a free upgrade to KeyShot 6 when it's released. KeyShot is 3D rendering and animation software that creates images from 3D models.

CL3VER Announces New Subscription Pricing for AEC Presentation Software
CL3VER announced revised pricing for the company's 3D interactive presentation software. According to the company, an entry-level subscription rate now starts at $50 per user, per month. Users can register on the company's website or sign up for a free trial.

Fisher/Unitech Offers Buy One, Get One Promotion on SolidWorks Pro or Premium
Fisher/Unitech announced two SolidWorks promotional offers. Each purchase of SolidWorks Professional qualifies for a free seat of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM CAD Editor, SolidWorks Model Based Definition, or SolidWorks Inspection. Each purchase of SolidWorks Premium qualifies for a free seat of SolidWorks Composer, SolidWorks Plastics Standard, or SolidWorks Electrical 2D, or 3D. The offer expires May 31, 2015.

Trimble Launches Free Trial of eCognition Suite 9.1
Trimble Geospatial is offering a free trial of eCognition Suite 9.1 software for remote sensing and GIS applications. According to the company, the updated release includes capabilities to more efficiently generate intelligence from images and point clouds acquired by aerial, spaceborne, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)-based, or mobile mapping platforms.

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Books & Training

IMAGINiT Technologies Launches New Blended Learning Autodesk Training Classes
Rand Worldwide, engineering design and information technology solutions provider, today announced that its IMAGINiT Technologies division has introduced multi-modal blended learning Autodesk training classes. Rand defines "blended learning" as a combination of instructor-led online instruction and a self-study component conducted via IMAGINiT's ProductivityNOW portal.

International LiDAR Mapping Forum Publishes Conference Presentations
The International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) has published 43 presentations from the ILMF 2015 conference, which took place in February. The PowerPoint presentations can be purchased from the conference website for $175 before May 15, 2015, and $200 after that date.

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New Products

3D Scanners: Space Spider
Artec 3D introduced the Space Spider professional-grade handheld scanner, which reportedly captures details of small objects for reverse engineering, quality control, product design, and manufacturing. Artec also announced an update to its Artec Studio 10 software suite, which is designed to work with Artec's handheld 3D scanners and a variety of other sensors.

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Mark Your Calendar

Make Radically Better Products with Design Optimization and Metal 3D Printing
May 14, 2015
8 a.m. PT
This SolidThinking webinar will discuss the use of the company's Inspire software with 3D Systems printers for product development. Read more

Collaborating in Onshape
May 14, 2015
1 p.m. ET
In this webinar, company representatives will review the various ways design teams can collaborate using Onshape CAD software. Read more

3D Scanning for CAD
May 19, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This NextEngine webinar will discuss the workflow of scanning and converting mesh scan data into editable CAD solids using RapidWorks software. Read more

Rapid.Tech and FabCon
June 10–11, 2015
Erfurt, Germany
The Rapid.Tech trade fair and user conference and the FabCon 3D printing conference are joint events for users and developers of additive manufacturing technologies. Read more

Building Content Summit 2015
July 22, 2015
Washington D.C.
This one-day event will focus on understanding the unique challenges related to building information modeling (BIM) content. 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

Mobile Workstations Have the Right Stuff for Continued Growth
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Don't get stuck waiting for your files — update your settings and save time now. Read more

Femap Tips and Tricks: Shortcuts for Navigating Femap's Model Info Tree
If you're working with a long list of entities, such as Materials or Properties, save yourself some time by using the Model Info entity scrolling capability. Read more

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