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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 41)

9 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.

Lynn AllenVideo Tip: Lengthen (or Shorten) AutoCAD Lines in a Flash!
If you need to lengthen lines a specific distance or to a total length, then you should be using the Lengthen command! Join Lynn Allen as she shows you how handy the Lengthen command can be when editing your objects. Watch the video

 

AutoCAD Tip: Prevent Inadvertent Tab or Model Space Switches
Frequent tipster Michael Partenheimer explains why AutoCAD 2016 switches the current tab or model space when the cursor hesitates over a tab preview. "The delay in switching drawing previews could be annoying on anything but the fastest CAD machines." He suggests changing a simple variable setting to give you full control of your interface. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

AutoCAD Tip: Filter Xref Layers in Layer Properties Manager
Tim J. Harlow shared this tip to help users save a little time when scrolling through xref layers in AutoCAD. "Timothy shows you exactly how to set up a layer property filter specifically for xref layers." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Delete Features with End of Part Marker
Have you ever wanted to delete several features in the Autodesk Inventor browser tree at the same time? This tip from David Gaskill will show you how to use the browser tree's End of Part marker to delete multiple features at once. 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 If we publish your original, previously unpublished tip, you can earn a gift card (learn more about prizes here).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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Deals & Freebies

ASCENT and CADLearning Offer Free Autodesk Certification Prep Materials
ASCENT Center for Technical Knowledge has partnered with CADLearning to offer free access to official Autodesk Certification Preparation content for a limited time. The online certification preparation portal includes content by ASCENT and CADLearning video courses by 4D. The materials are available free from November 3–December 3, 2015, to users who register.

SolidProfessor Announces Training Program Discounts
SolidProfessor is offering a 30% discount on annual memberships to the company's CAD, CAM, and BIM software online training programs. The company also announced discounts of as much as $2,500 on SolidProfessor for Teams training programs.

Rhino3DPRINT 2016 Free Demo Available from MecSoft
MecSoft, a CAD/CAM software developer, is offering a free demo of Rhino3DPRINT 2016, an integrated plugin for Rhinoceros 5.0 that offers tools for preparing 3D data that could not otherwise be 3D printed. The demo is available at no charge to users who register on the company's website.

BOXX Offers Discount on Overclocked APEXX Workstations
BOXX announced a 10% discount on overclocked workstations, including the APEXX 1 models 1401 and 1601, APEXX 2 models 2401 and 3402, and APEXX 4 model 7402. The discount is available by using the promo code APEXXOC on the company's website or by calling 512-835-0400. This offer ends November 30, 2015.

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Opportunities & Honors

Studio Using Graphisoft Software Wins Architecture Community's Award
Hungary's A4 Studio has won the World Architecture Community's Award in the Public Buildings/Community Centers category for its design of the Casablanca Market in Morocco. Designed using ARCHICAD, building allows traffic to flow through the arcade-like marketplace. Founded in 2008, the World Architecture Community is a global community portal for architects.

NVIDIA Seeks Beta Testers for Iray Program
NVIDIA is seeking Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, and McNeel Rhino users to participate in the company's Iray Beta Program. Beta users will test the physically based rendering technology's ability to generate photorealistic imagery. Registration information is available on the company's website.

SPAR 3D Expo & Conference Accepting Call for Papers
SPAR 3D Expo & Conference is seeking abstracts for the 2016 event, to be held April 11–16 in The Woodlands, Texas. Abstracts should focus on 3D fundamentals and leveraging the technology's potential for cost reduction, safety enhancement, and monitoring assets in real time. The deadline for submission is December 6, 2015.

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Books & Training

SolidProfessor Releases SolidWorks Electrical Course
SolidProfessor launched its SolidWorks Electrical training program, which discusses the SolidWorks user interface; how projects and the various drawing types work; and the specifics of developing and detailing designs with things like symbols, wires and cables, PLCs, and terminals. The course also discusses the development of 2D schematics, wiring line diagrams, and mixed-scheme drawings that combine the two.

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New Products

GIS: CyberCity 3D Smart City
CyberCity 3D released its 3D Smart Cities mapping platform to help municipal authorities and planners visualize towns and cities in 3D. According to the company, the models are fully interoperable and will perform on most proprietary GIS and 3D design packages. The platform also enables streaming via any Internet-connected device.

PLM: Aras Innovator PLM as a Managed Service
CloudOne released Aras Innovator PLM as a Managed Service, which enables users to manage and operate the Aras platform in a cloud environment. The product combines cloud-based infrastructure and services with the Aras product lifecycle management (PLM) solution.

Hardware: Canon L-series MFP
Canon introduced its L-series imaging systems, which are designed for low-volume architecture, engineering, and contracting businesses. The imagePROGRAF iPF770 MFP L36 is a large-format copying solution with a 36-inch scanner and printer. The imagePROGRAF iPF670 MFP L24 has a 24-inch scanner and printer.

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Mark Your Calendar

Introduction to PCBWorks for SolidWorks
November 10, 2015
12 p.m. ET
This Javelin Technologies webinar will introduce the company's PCBWorks design tool engineered for SolidWorks. Read more

Basics of Design Intent
November 10, 2015
1 p.m. ET
This Onshape webinar will discuss decisions made in the design process and how they can correctly or incorrectly reflect intent. Read more

Auditing Your Revit Project with Ideate Explorer
November 11, 2015
11:30 a.m. PT
This Ideate webinar will take students through nine auditing processes for Revit projects in the company's Ideate Explorer software. Read more

MODO for Automotive Rapid Concept Design Studios
November 11, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This company webinar will discuss the use of MODO 3D modeling software for creating 3D models of concept designs in the automotive industry. Read more

Onshape Wherever You Are
November 12, 2015
11 a.m. ET
This webinar presented by Onshape will focus on the use of the Onshape mobile app to access CAD data from mobile devices. 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

Graebert Seeks to Conquer the Device Divide
The newly updated ARES Touch is just one facet of Graebert's mission to make full-featured CAD available on every type of platform. Read more

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

First Look Review: HP DesignJet T3500
Quiet, powerful model is an excellent choice for an everyday printer. Read more

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