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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 31)

24 Aug, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Lynn AllenVideo Tip: Super-Speedy In-Place Attribute Editing
In AutoCAD, when you double-click on a block with attributes, you can easily edit many aspects of your attributes. But what if you just want to edit the attribute values — and you want to do it in place right on the screen (not in a dialog box)? In this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, you'll learn the special key combination that allows you to do just that — so you can be the fastest attribute editor in your company! Watch the video

 

Use Burst Command as WYSIWYG Block Exploder
This tip from Matt Sibum uses AutoCAD's Burst command to explode blocks where objects inside the block are set to layer 0, so the items on layer 0 will inherit the layer of the block once burst. This way the Burst command works as a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) block exploder — what you see on screen before the burst accurately represents what you will see afterward. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Use the Rename Command to Change Block File Names
Jared Meerzo reminds us about AutoCAD's Rename command, which he uses to rename block file names. "You can use it to not only rename blocks, but textstyles, dimstyles, tablestyles, views, and many other objects." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Rotate Center Mark after Placing
Have you ever created a center mark in Autodesk Inventor, only to find out the rotation is off? This tip from David Gaskill shows a quick way to align a center line to a horizontal edge. 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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Deals & Freebies

Tech Soft 3D Releases Free 3D PDF Reader for Android Devices
Tech Soft 3D, a provider of software development tools and 3D PDF solutions to the engineering industry, launched 3D PDF Reader for Android, available for free from the Google Play store. 3D PDF Reader reportedly enables users to rotate, pan, zoom, slice, section, and interrogate 3D data embedded within a 3D PDF file.

Strata Announces Temporary Storewide Discount
Strata is offering a 30% discount on its 3D design software, training resources, libraries, and other products. The discount is available via the Strata online store with the code: SCHOOL30. The offer is good until September 10, 2015.

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Opportunities & Honors

Nemetschek Vectorworks Offers Conference Pass Giveaway for Students
Nemetschek Vectorworks is awarding free conference passes and hotel stays to students who enter its Conference Pass Giveaway program for Live Design International (LDI) 2015, to be held October 19–25, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada; ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo, to be held November 6–9, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois; or Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, to be held November 18–20, 2015, in Washington, DC. The program is open to U.S. students.

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Books & Training

TEDCF Releases Inventor 2016 Sheet Metal Training Course
TEDCF Publishing, a multimedia training course developer, released Autodesk Inventor 2016: Sheet Metal Design, the fourth course in a nine-part series for Autodesk Inventor 2016. The course reportedly covers all the sheet metal commands and critical modeling processes that apply to standard parts and assemblies as well as sheet metal parts.

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New Products

CAD: Onshape Mobile on Android
Onshape released Onshape Mobile on Android for public beta, which is available for free download from the Google Play Store. The app reportedly enables users of Onshape's parametric CAD system to design new parts and work with parts imported from other CAD systems; build large assemblies and work with imported assemblies; manage the release process; and collaborate in real time.

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Mark Your Calendar

PTC CAD Data Management: Meet Your Growing Engineering Needs with PDM
August 25, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This PTC webinar will discuss the use of PTC Windchill PDM Essentials to organize and manage product content, improve design reuse, broaden access to product information, and ensure control over design versions and release processes through product data management (PDM). Read more

Braking System Optimization with Model-Based Systems Engineering
August 26, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This Siemens PLM webinar will discuss how a model-based systems engineering approach, using LMS Imagine.Lab Amesim software, helps optimize braking systems and addresses integration challenges. Read more

Analyzing Optimizations in Inspire
August 27, 2015
2 p.m. ET
This solidThinking 20-minute tip will discuss analyzing optimizations in Inspire. Read more

Introduction to Ideate Sticky
August 27, 2015
11:30 a.m. PT
This Ideate webinar will discuss Ideate Sticky, which reportedly connects non-BIM (building information modeling) data from an Excel file into a Revit project. Read more

28th Annual Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Users Group Conference
April 3–7, 2016
St. Louis, Missouri
The annual Additive Manufacturing Users Group Conference was developed for both novice and expert users seeking insights, assistance, and guidance on technologies, applications, and processes. 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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