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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 6)

23 Feb, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Lynn AllenVideo Tip: Handle AutoCAD Files in a Flash
Of course you know the basics of saving and closing files in AutoCAD, but are you familiar with SaveAll, CloseAll, and QQuit? This video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, Autodesk evangelist, will show you the time-saving advantages of these three great productivity commands! Watch the video

 

Use the Tool Palette to Maintain Standards
Danny Korem sent us an AutoCAD tip about using the multileader. "I recommend that everyone adopt the multileader as the ultimate way to introduce annotations to DWGs." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Plotting in Color and Your AutoCAD Background
Michael Partenheimer wants us to understand how our personal AutoCAD preference settings can change the plots we create. "If you use the 256 AutoCAD colors to create color plots, you should be aware that your personal screen setting may affect your plots." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: Cross Part Geometry Projection
This week's Autodesk Inventor tip from David Gaskill shows us how to project geometry without it being adaptive. "This tip will show you a quick way to project geometry and have it be independent of the part it was projected from." 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

MecSoft Offers Free Trial of VisualCAD/CAM/3DPRINT 2015
MecSoft Corporation is offering a free demo version of VisualCAD/CAM/3DPRINT 2015. The standalone additive and subtractive manufacturing software suite includes VisualCAM and Visual3DPRINT. Both programs are completely integrated inside the VisualCAD 2015 CAD platform, and can be purchased and licensed independently of each other.

Early Bird Rates for American Institute of Architects Convention Will End Soon
Those planning to attend the AIA Convention 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia, must register by March 18 to get the early bird rate. Other discounts include the young professionals' discount for members 40 and younger and the student discount, which buys entry for $25. New AIA members can register for free (restrictions apply).

GrabCAD Announces Workbench CAD Collaboration Tool Is Now Free
GrabCAD recently announced that GrabCAD Workbench is now free for all users. GrabCAD Workbench includes CAD collaboration tools designed to ensure that engineers and partners can find the right CAD file, avoid duplicating work, and get input from all team members.

Power Surfacing for SolidWorks v2 Available as Free Demo or Upgrade
Power Surfacing is a plugin for SolidWorks from nPower Software. The plugin integrates subdivision surface modeling into SolidWorks, providing tools for modeling organic, freeform surfaces. Power Surfacing v2 is a free upgrade for owners of Power Surfacing v1; others can register to download a demo version.

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Opportunities & Honors

Revit Technology Conference Asia 2015 Issues Call for Abstracts
Organizers of Revit Technology Conference Asia 2015 are seeking abstracts for conference presentations. Sessions can take the form of labs, technical presentations, or facilitated forums. Abstract submissions will be accepted through March 9, 2015.

Autodesk 2014 Inventor of the Year Voting Now Open
Members of the Autodesk Manufacturing community are being asked to select the 2014 Inventor of the Year from a dozen companies featured as 2014 monthly Autodesk Inventing the Future honorees. Voting is under way and closes March 13 at 5 p.m. Pacific time.

Thinkbox Software Opens Deadline v7.1 Beta
Thinkbox Software has launched the beta for Deadline v7.1, the company's data management solution for rendering and processing information. The software includes new features such as built-in cloud support and enhanced application support. For beta access, interested persons should contact beta@thinkboxsoftware.com with their system specs.

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New Products

AEC: MassMotion Flow
Software provider Oasys has launched MassMotion Flow, used to develop crowd simulations from imported CAD geometry or from scratch. The software is capable of simulating the movement of hundreds of thousands of people and holds data in a single SQL database. MassMotion Flow can be purchased or rented; a free, 30-day trial is available.

Workstations: Boxx APEXX 5
The APEXX 5 workstation (starting at $10,418) from Boxx is designed to handle rendering and simulation tasks. The basic configuration includes dual Intel Xeon 3.5 GHz processors, 32 GB DDR4-2133 RAM, one Nvidia K5200 GPU, a 240-GB solid-state drive, and 20X dual-layer DVD RW. Expansion slots can accommodate eight full-size hard drives.

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Mark Your Calendar

Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing using VisualCAD/CAM/3DPRINT
February 25, 2015
11 a.m. PT
This NovEdge webinar will provide an overview of MecSoft's additive manufacturing Visual 3DPRINT product and the VisualCAM subtractive manufacturing software solutions. Read more

Organic Surface Modeling in SolidWorks
March 11, 2015
11 a.m. PT
Viewers of this Novedge webinar will learn about Power Surfacing v2 for SolidWorks. Read more

GIS in Action 2015 Conference
May 4–6, 2015
Vancouver, Washington
GIS In Action will be a combined GIS conference of Washington and Oregon chapters of URISA. Read more

Revit Technology Conference Asia 2015
September 10–12, 2015
Sentosa, Singapore
Those who attend the inaugural Asian Revit Technology Conference will learn from some of the world's top instructors and industry experts. 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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