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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 20, No. 7)

2 Mar, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Change the Display of Selected Objects in AutoCAD 2015
Levi Connolly shares this AutoCAD tip for those who miss the way previous versions of AutoCAD display selected objects. View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Ensure Aligned Dimension Text
This week, Scott Lawson shares a helpful AutoCAD tip for those who work with dimension text. "If you dimension in paper space, you know it is difficult to get the dimension text to align to objects that are at angles other than 0 or 90." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Inventor Tip: A Shortcut to Get to the Extrude Command
David Gaskill's tip is designed to save you time while working in Autodesk Inventor. "When you have finished a sketch, pick an entity." 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

Free Trial of ProgeCAD 2016 Professional Available Now
ProgeCAD is offering those who register a free, 30-day trial of its newly updated software for advanced technical drawing. ProgeCAD 2016 Professional includes dynamic input, cloud integration, advanced solid grips, 3D ortho, annotative objects, PDF/A print, and other new features.

Luxion Offers Free Upgrade to KeyShot v5.2
Luxion, a developer of rendering and lighting technology, has released KeyShot v5.2 as a free upgrade to all customers with a subscription. Among the software's performance improvements is new support for the SolidWorks 2015 file format on both Mac and PC, enabling SolidWorks users to import SolidWorks 2015 files directly from the KeyShot interface.

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Opportunities & Honors

Sign-Ups for ExactFlat OnLine Beta Begin Soon
A new version of ExactFlat will enable manufacturers to convert 3D design models into 2D flat patterns with a cloud-based solution. Those interested can sign up for the free public beta of ExactFlat OnLine beginning March 15, 2015. The ExactFlat suite of software is designed for manufacturers working with fabrics, technical textiles, and advanced materials.

CGTrader Names Winners of 3D Robot Challenge
CGTrader, whose recent contest challenged readers to conceptualize what the robots of the future would look like, has posted the contest winners on its Web site. The winning entry for Best 3D Robot Model is Medical Bot, by user cnever, and the Best 3D Robot Model Portfolio was submitted by user Lordlight.

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Books & Training

Training Available for BIM Workflow Content Solution
A partnership of Global eTraining (GeT) and INVIEWlabs is making Unifi Training Courses available to all GeT customers. Unifi is a cloud-based digital asset management solution tailored for building information modeling (BIM) content workflows. GeT training reportedly will soon be accessible directly through Unifi's support panel for seamless training integration inside the software.

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New Products

AEC: BIMx Presentation App
GRAPHISOFT's BIMx project presentation application features the BIMx Hyper-model, a technology for integrated 2D and 3D building project navigation. Licensing options include BIMx (recommended for clients); BIMx PRO (recommended for architects); and the BIMx Model Sharing in-app purchase option (recommended for architects).

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Mark Your Calendar

Desktop Wide-Format Scanning
March 19, 2015
1 p.m. ET
In this half-hour educational webinar, Contex will provide attendees with tips and tricks to get the most out of their wide-format scanning solutions. 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: Free Tool Diagnoses Memory and SSD Compatibility for Your CAD Machines
Ready to upgrade your current system with new memory? Crucial can help you figure out the details. Read more

Recapture Your CAD Mojo by Learning Something New
Learn something new and exciting, and solve your company's future technology problems at the same time. Read more

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? Watch the video


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