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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 40)

2 Nov, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Earn Extra Holiday Spending Money!
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 original tip, you can earn an Amazon gift card — it's that easy! Learn all about CAD Tips prizes here.

AutoCAD Tip: Paste Objects as a Group
Tom Beauford shares an AutoCAD macro that enables users to paste as block, explode, create an unnamed group, and purge the block. "A very clever way to add another option for pasting in objects from the clipboard." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Vault Tip: Change Item without Revision Bump
Have you ever wanted to make a quick change to a file in Autodesk Vault, but you didn't want Vault to automatically update the revision number? This tip from David Gaskill explains how to change the state of a locked/released item in Autodesk Vault without changing the revision number. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: How to Resize View in Drawing Layout
Sometimes the simplest tips can save the most time. Alex Kaplan offers this super-quick method to resize a view in Autodesk Inventor. 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 If we publish your original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here).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

Free Introduction to 3D Technology Report Offered by SPARView
The editors of SPARView and the SPAR 3D Expo and Conference published the "Five Ways 3D Technologies Can Improve Your Business" report, which explains the benefits of 3D technology in a commercial setting, including the AEC, forensic, and security industries. The report is available free for visitors who register on the company's website.

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Deals & Freebies

Free ScanProof Software Trial Available for Contex Customers
Global Vision, a proofreading technologies developer, and Contex Americas, a provider of large-format imaging solutions, are offering a free trial of the ScanProof print inspection solution with the purchase of a Contex wide-format scanner. The free software trial is available to new and existing Contex customers who purchase the HD Ultra 36- or 42-inch scanner; HD 54-inch scanner; or HD iFLEX flatbed scanner before November 30, 2015.

NextEngine Offers Free Software with Scanner Purchase
NextEngine is offering a free copy of its UltraRes software (normally $995) with the purchase of its NextEngine Scanner Ultra HD hardware. The UltraRes solution was designed to transfer large data sets into 3D models. The offer is available on orders placed on or before November 15, 2015.

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Opportunities & Honors

Certiport Names 2015 Autodesk Certified User World Champions
Certiport, a test delivery solution provider, announced the 2015 Autodesk Certified User World Champions. The winners of the online student design competition were Katiúcia Fontana Alano of Brazil, Architectural Design Challenge for Disaster Relief Housing; Hayden Gosting of the United States, Manufacturing Design Challenge for All Terrain Bicycle; and Asafe Souza of Brazil, 3ds Max or Maya for Digital Story Telling.

KeyShot Announces Humster3D Car Render Challenge
The developers of KeyShot real-time ray tracing and global illumination software are accepting automotive modeling and visualization design entries for the Second Annual Humster3D Car Render Challenge. The contest is open to professional and student designers. The deadline is November 24, 2015.

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Books & Training

MCAD Software Courses Added to i GET IT Online Training Library
Tata Technologies announced that its i GET IT online training program has released five new self-paced training courses for engineers. The courses include SolidWorks 2016 Quick Start, NX 10 Electrical Routing, NX 10 Mechanical Routing, Autodesk Inventor 2016 Essentials Part 3: Basic Shape and Part Design, and Using Mold Tools in SolidWorks 2015. The courses are available for i GET IT subscribers via the company's website.

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Mark Your Calendar

Spatial Data Automation: Three Ways to Save Time with FME
November 3, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This webinar, hosted by Safe Software, will discuss techniques for converting spatial data in formats such as CAD, GIS, KML, and TIFF; transforming aerial photography; and performing reprojections in the company's FME software. Read more

Revit Model Management with Ideate BIMLink
November 5, 2015
11:30 a.m. PT
This Ideate webinar will discuss ways in which Ideate BIMLink can help with managing a Revit model. Read more

Creating Efficiencies in Federal Maintenance Repair and Overhaul
November 9, 2015
1 p.m. ET
This Carahsoft webcast will discuss how Department of Defense and civilian federal agencies can use Autodesk software to break down traditional asset data silos and retain confidence in the asset reference data throughout the lifecycle of the system. Read more

Autodesk University 2015
December 1–3, 2015
Las Vegas, Nevada
Autodesk University is the U.S. Autodesk user conference for attendees from 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

Cadalyst Labs Report: Color Wide-Format Printers for CAD
These multifunction machines produce beautiful color prints to show off your work, plus black-and-white plots for day-to-day design checks. Read more

Dealing with Errors in AutoCAD Programs
Errors are bound to happen, but it's simple to incorporate error handling in your VB.NET and VBA code. Read more

CAD Manager's Toolbox: Keep Backups Current with Microsoft SyncToy 2.1
This utility for Windows users simplifies a tedious chore — and it does so for free! Read more

CAD Manager Column: An Open Letter to All CAD Users
You work with your CAD manager every day, but do you really understand how he or she can help you with your workload — and vice versa? Read more

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