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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 5)

9 Feb, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff


Editor's note: There will be no Tips & Tools Weekly on Presidents' Day (February 16). The newsletter will return on February 23.

This Week's Software Tips

Lynn AllenVideo Tip: Never Lose Track of Your AutoCAD Drawing Again!
Remembering which directory your open drawing file came from can be daunting. Sure, we can use SaveAs to check out the drawing directory — but why waste time doing that? Instead, you can display the directory at all times at the top of the AutoCAD drawing editor! In this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, you’ll see how easy it is to do. Watch the video

 

Discover AutoCAD's Attsync Command
Here is another AutoCAD tip from frequent tipster Levi Connolly. "At my place of work, I get drawings from multiple sources that I have to take in and standardize to our format." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Try Out Right-Click, SelectSimilar, and Find
Joe Bridges encourages users to try some underused AutoCAD tools. "There is a very useful AutoCAD tool that is usually turned off, which is the Right-click Customization." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Part Priority Quick Access
David Gaskill offers this little time-saving tip for Inventor users. "One of my favorite Inventor tools is the Part Priority command." View the complete tip and post your feedback.


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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

DeskArtes Offers Free View Expert Software
Users can download the free View Expert from software developer DeskArtes for checking and repairing 3D models for production with 3D printing systems. DeskArts also recently released Expert Series v10.2, a 64-bit solution for 3D printing, additive manufacturing, and simulation data preparation.

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Opportunities & Honors

CGTrader Challenges Designers to Recreate Nature in 3D Model or Rendering
CGTrader, a 3D model marketplace, is challenging its designer community to create the environment they are surrounded by or would like to inhabit. Models can be realistic or imaginary, recreate nature, or portray a completely different environment. Prizes will be given for the best visionary proposals.

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Books & Training

Geometric Modeling Guide Now Available in English
C3D Labs announced that the training book Geometric Modeling ($40), by Nikolay Golovanov, is now available in English. The book is intended for those who study, use, or develop geometric modeling systems.

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New Products

Scanners: SD One Wide-Format Scanner
Contex has released the SD One wide-format scanner, designed for the desktop. The Energy Star–certified SD One has built-in cloud connectivity; scans 36" documents at 600 dpi; and includes Automatic Image Quality for instant cleanup and alignment. Scanned images can be saved to multiple file formats, and the software is available in a variety of languages.

AEC: IMAGINiT FM and BIM Connection Service
IMAGINiT Technologies has launched its FM and BIM Connection Service, which enables AEC firms to share building information modeling (BIM) data in an integrated workplace management system, ARCHIBUS, rather than trying to manage building operations using CAD files, the company reports. IMAGINiT provides one-to-one virtual training so that AEC firms can demonstrate the value they're providing customers.

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Mark Your Calendar

3D Scanning for CAD
February 12, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This NextEngine webinar will demonstrate the workflow of scanning and converting mesh scan data into editable CAD solids using RapidWorks software. Read more

Reverse Engineering with RapidWorks
February 19, 2015
11 a.m. PT
Viewers of this NextEngine webinar will learn how to turn NextEngine Mesh models into parametric solid models using RapidWorks v3.5. Read more

One-Click 3D Model Creation with the Multidrive
February 26, 2015
11 a.m. PT
In this NextEngine webinar, presenters will show how to automate the scanning of 3D objects using the NextEngine Multidrive turntable. Read more

COFES 2015
April 16–19, 2015
Scottsdale, Arizona
The theme of this year's Congress on the Future of Engineering Software (COFES) is "Stepping Back to See the Big Picture." 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

3Dconnexion Introduces CadMouse
Coming soon, the device aims to meet the needs — and overcome the mouse-related frustrations — of CAD users. Read more

Autodesk Announces Subscription-Only Access for Standalone Desktop Software
Beginning in February 2016, customers who own perpetual licenses without a Maintenance Subscription will have to move to a subscription plan the next time they upgrade. Read more

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Take Flight with Free-Form Tools in Inventor 2015
Traditional Autodesk Inventor modeling tools do not readily lend themselves to creating smooth organic shapes. Free-form modeling, however, allows these shapes to be created quickly and easily. Read more

Herrera on Hardware: Do You Have the Power? Part 1
The best processors in the world won't do you any good if your workstation's power supply isn't up to the task. Read more


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