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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 32)

31 Aug, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff


Editor's note: There will be no Tips & Tools Weekly on Labor Day; the newsletter will return on September 14.

This Week's Software Tips

Lend Your Fellow CAD Users a Helping Hand for Labor Day
Do you know a better way to work — in AutoCAD or any other CAD software tool? Take a few minutes to share your tips with your fellow CAD users, and benefit yourself at the same time: If we publish your tip, you can earn an Amazon gift card and be entered in the quarterly prize drawing. Then we all can enjoy a day off on Labor Day! Learn all about CAD Tips prizes here.

Split Linear Dimensions
Frequent contributor Danny Korem shows us a new feature of the redesigned Dim command in AutoCAD 2016. Now you have the ability to break up or split overlapping dimensions. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Time-Saving Macro for Repetitive Tasks
Jerri Thompson offers this tip as an example of scripting a repetitive task to save you time. "If you know the steps to manually complete a task, it's probably possible to create a macro, script, AutoLISP routine, or recorded action to help you complete the task." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Easily Change a Selected Dimstyle
This tip from Alex Kaplan explains how to easily change a selected dimstyle in an Autodesk Inventor 2016 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 If we publish your original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here).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

NVIDIA Streams Recordings of SIGGRAPH 2015 Presentations
NVIDIA has published online videos of discussions and demonstrations about visual computing topics that were presented by NVIDIA engineers at SIGGRAPH 2015 earlier this month. The videos, called the Best of GTC Talks and the Best of GTC Theater, are available for streaming on the company's website.

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Deals & Freebies

Autodesk Offers Fast-Track Program for Fusion 360
Autodesk announced a special offer for SolidWorks users who are interested in exploring the company's Fusion 360 cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM tool for product development. The Fast Track Fusion 360 program extends the Fusion 360 30-day free trial period to three months, and provides two hours of free consulting for individuals or 60 days of free consulting for teams of two or more people.

Autodesk University Announces Early Registration Discount
Early registration for Autodesk University 2015 (AU 2015) is now open. Attendees who register before September 24, 2015, will receive a $500 discount off the standard registration fee of $2,175. AU 2015 will be held December 1–3, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Opportunities & Honors

GPU Technology Conference Announces Call for Submissions
NVIDIA announced the company is accepting submissions for its 7th annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC), which will be held April 4–8, 2016, in Silicon Valley, California. The company is looking for papers on a variety of topics related to graphics processing unit (GPU) development and use. The deadline for submissions is October 13, 2015.

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New Products

Hardware: Lenovo ThinkPad P50 and P70
Lenovo released the ThinkPad P50 and P70 mobile workstations with MIL-SPEC testing and FLEX performance cooling. Both P series systems include Intel Xeon processors, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, as much as 64 GB of DDR4 ECC memory at 2,133 MHz, as much as 1 TB of M.2 PCIe storage, and 4K UHD IPS display and FHD touchscreen options.

AEC: Pilot-ICE
ASCON Group introduced the Pilot-ICE solution for design management and enterprise content management for design firms, architectural studios, project offices, and the design departments of industrial firms. According to the company, Pilot-ICE enables firms to store, track, and analyze project data as well as collaborate with customers and subcontractors.

CAE: PICLS
Software Cradle released its PICLS software for real-time thermal simulation of printed circuit boards. The software reportedly enables users to check the layout of components to avoid interference of heat between them. The resulting data can be transferred to the company's scSTREAM and HeatDesigner software for mechanical design.

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Mark Your Calendar

Simulating Powertrain Acoustics
September 2, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This Siemens PLM webinar will discuss simulating powertrain acoustics. Read more

Creating 3D Curves in Evolve
September 2, 2015
10 a.m. ET
This 20-minute tip from solidThinking will explain how to create 3D curves in Evolve industrial design software. Read more

Revit Auditing with Ideate Explorer for Revit
September 3, 2015
11:30 a.m. PT
This Ideate webinar will take attendees through nine auditing processes to help keep Revit projects running smoothly. Read more

e-SPECS for Revit Live Webinar
September 9, 2015
2 p.m. ET
This InterSpec webinar discusses the company's e-SPECS for Revit for automated and coordinated specifications with Autodesk Revit. Read more

Creating Surfaces in Evolve
September 9, 2015
10 a.m. ET
This 20-minute tip from solidThinking will introduce the process of creating surfaces in Evolve industrial design software. Read more

Taking the Test Backwards, and More Tips and Tricks for Acing the CSWP
September 10, 2015
10 a.m. PT
This SolidProfessor webinar offers tips on the Certified SolidWorks Professional exam from Mike Puckett, senior manager of the World Wide Certification Program at SolidWorks. Read more

Autodesk University 2015
December 1–3, 2015
Las Vegas, Nevada
Autodesk University is the U.S. conference for users of Autodesk software in a range of professions and industries that include design, engineering, construction, manufacturing, and digital arts. 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

CAD Manager's Toolbox: Autodesk Software Calculator
Use this sample worksheet to analyze software purchase decisions. Read more

Autodesk Software Goes Subscription-Only in 2016
With major licensing policy changes on the way, it's essential to make a plan for how you'll purchase seats of AutoCAD and other software titles. Read more

Super Speedy (and Top Secret) In-Place Attribute Editing
Double-click on a block with attributes, and 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)? Watch the video

Sketch Circles and Arcs in SolidWorks 2015
Learn about two types of circles and three types of arcs you can draw with SolidWorks sketch tools. Watch the video

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