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  • High Speed Rail and BIM - quick look at rail design software: AutoCAD Civil 3D, InfraWorks 360, Bentley Rail Track, Ferrovia plug-in by CGS plus; BIM implementation on high-speed rail projects, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Mar 18, 2015
  • A Look at Vectorworks 2015 - ability to set text style by class, rectangle wall mode, users can import 3DS, SKI files for photorealistic renderings, available for $3,500, CADspeed, Mar 15, 2015
  • The Revision Tool - creating changes in ArchiCAD project by: change manager or change tool, ArchiCAD SADC, Mar 17, 2015
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AutoCAD 2016

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  • ACA 2016: Quick Notes - same file format, interface color schemes as in 2015, drawing window status bar is completely removed from ACA, cut plane text is replaced with icon, new tab renamed to start, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Mar 21, 2015
  • AutoCAD 2016 - Annotations - DIM command is now accessible from annotate ribbon tab, apply DIMLAYER system variable to apply to specified command if appropriate dimension layer is not existing in drawing, CADline, Mar 20, 2015
  • AutoCAD 2016 - Drawing and Editing - new geometric center object snap allows snapping to geometric center of polygons, polylines, isometric line grid now updates when isoplane is changed via isometric drafting status bar control, CADline, Mar 22, 2015
  • AutoCAD 2016: File Tabs - NEWTABMODE system variable has been renamed to STARTMODE, new deployment option checks if start tab is displayed for install deployments, CLOSEALLOTHER command offers command line access, Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD insider, Mar 20, 2015
  • AutoCAD 2016 for Developers - DWG, binary application compatible release, number of sysvars related to AutoCAD's security features can now be locked by CAD managers, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Mar 23, 2015
  • AutoCAD 2016 New Dimension Tool - new DIM tool allows selecting object, pick points if OSNAPS are on, dimension arcs, circles with 'R' radius marking, diameter symbol in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, Mar 19, 2015
  • AutoCAD 2016, Pt 2 - new GCE osnap cuts down on construction lines, offers command preview commands like BLEND, ERASE, STRETCH, ROTATE, SCALE, PDF enhancements makes SHX fonts, unicode characters searchable, Lynn Allen, Lynn Allen's Blog, Mar 20, 2015
  • AutoCAD 2016 - User Interface - new drawing file tab is renamed to start, press ctrl+home to switch focus from current drawing to start tab, tip of day is updated daily in learn page, CADline, Mar 20, 2015
  • AutoCAD 2016 - What's New - enhanced drawing file tab, layout options, status bar menu, revision clouds, DIM commands, text wrap, layers, new text frame property, closed polyline snapping, improved move/copy, section object adds flexibility to AutoCAD, Jamie Ditsworth, Inventor Topix, Mar 19, 2015
  • AutoCAD 2016 What's New Review - UI enhancements continues with its darker/sleeker 2015 interface, layout tabs are drag, droppable, system monitor watches troublesome system variables, revision clouds now behave like polylines, flexible PDF support, improved reality computing, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Mar 19, 2015
  • AutoCAD 2016 XREF Layer Controls - check layers that are in drawing vs layers that belong to XREFs both in layer properties palette, layers dropdown, control overridden layers by changing XREFOVERRIDE system variable, AutoCAD Tips, Mar 20, 2015
  • Conducting Your Best Drawing Ever with AutoCAD 2016 - file tabs are updated, allows option to drag, drop layout tab, status bar wrapping, GALLERYVIEW system variable inserts blocks or styles, new UI finder, enhanced graphics, pre-configured system variable monitor, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Mar 19, 2015
  • Drawing Circles Around the Competition with AutoCAD 2016 - reduced display of grips in numbers when revision cloud is selected, improved DIM command, center OSNAP now snaps to geometric center of closed polyline, improved Xref, PDFs, property previews, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Mar 20, 2015
  • Here is AutoCAD 2016: The Last Perpetual License You Will Ever Get - improved UI elements update NEWTABMODE system variable, revision clouds comes with new ease of editing, enhanced reference controls, annotations, will still run on AutoCAD 2013 DWG, ability to password protect DWG files is removed, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, Mar 19, 2015
  • Introducing AutoCAD 2016, Pt 1 - revised version allows creating rectangular, polygonal, freehand or object revision clouds, offers enhanced dimensioning possibilities, new text frame option in properties, Lynn Allen, Lynn Allen’s Blog, Mar 19, 2015
  • What's New in AutoCAD 2016? - Autodesk approved some requests on AUGI wishlist: geometric center object snap, updates to revision cloud, new text frame property was added to Mtext objects, Synergis, Mar 19, 2015
  • What's New in AutoCAD 2016 - improved start tab, file tabs, layout tabs, status bar, dimension command, allows controlling quality of vectors, rasters while exporting drawing files to .PDF, Michelle Rasmussen, ASCENT Blog, Mar 20, 2015
  • What's New in AutoCAD Mechanical 2016 - OFFSET command allows previewing geometry as cursor is moved, FILLET command checks appearance of corner before finalizing selection of filet, button is added that can directly create block part references, Clinton Brown, CADline, Mar 22, 2015
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AutoCAD Civil 3D

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  • Crest and Sag Profile Labels - create label style, separate low or high point values into their own text component, generate expressions for both high, low point conditions before assembling label style in Civil 3D, Kevin Breslin, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Mar 17, 2015
  • Stacked Fractions, Subscripts, and Superscripts in Label Styles - add desired symbol between 2 pieces of text, highlight numerator, denominator, stack symbol, once highlighted visit text component editor to select stack fractions button in Civil 3D, James Mussleman, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Mar 17, 2015
  • Truncated Elevations - start expression by moving elevation decimal two places to left, truncate elevation, multiple it by 100, subtract this elevation from original elevation in Civil 3D, Kevin Breslin, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Mar 17, 2015
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Autodesk, Products

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Autodesk Inventor

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Autodesk Revit

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  • Be Careful Creating a Central File in 2015 - close central file, create local path, apply synchronize with central, browse to select central file via shared resource path in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Mar 17, 2015
  • Calculating Gross and Net Wall Areas - apply parameter filter to improve performance when handling large model where majority of family instances are not hosted by wall of interest in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Mar 17, 2015
  • Changing the Workset of Pipe Insulation in Revit - create pipe schedule, select pipes with 'highlight in model,' group them, change workset of group before ungrouping massive group in Revit, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, Mar 18, 2015
  • Down Time in Afghanistan - turn on design options function after creating main model, generate options to form some view, apply visibility graphics to set view to display contents of particular view in Revit, Ron Palma, Ideate, Mar 18, 2015
  • Ensuring Your Families Make the Cut - ensure cut with void when loaded in family, model void extrusion(s), apply cut tool before cutting selected element in Revit project, HOK BIM Solutions, Mar 20, 2015
  • FindInserts Retrieves All Openings in All Wall Types - convert square feet to square meters, calculate wall area minus openings, temporarily delete all rolled back openings in transaction, determine total area of all openings in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Mar 19, 2015
  • IFCExportUtils Determine Door and Window Area - visit ExporterIFCUtils class to find easy approach to access actual surface/opening area, apply GetInstanceCutoutFromWall, ComputeAreaOfCurveLoops to handle oddly shaped window in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Mar 23, 2015
  • IMAGINiT Revit Utilities: Excel Link Tool to Add Rooms or Sheets in Excel - include ElementId, ClarityId or Guid when creating export file, insert number of rows required for placeholders, enter 'create' in id box before saving, importing file back into Revit, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Mar 20, 2015
  • Lookup Tables and a Little Chat - Getting the Type Name into a Text Parameter - generate sample look up table before creating text parameters in Revit family, Darren Snook, Revit Waterman, Mar 19, 2015
  • Revit Architecture 2015 - Adding Dimensions to a Wall with Openings - open aligned dimension tool to change wall centerlines option to wall faces, pick drop-down to entire wall, select options button to display auto-dimensions dialog where openings is set to width, Martin Phelps, CADline, Mar 19, 2015
  • Revit Moves with Nearby Elements Command - lock lines to wall edges so they move when walls move, apply align tool before locking area boundary lines to walls, tips to apply, identify bugs in 'moves with nearby elements' option in Revit, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Mar 22, 2015
  • Revit Tip: Schedule Technique for Quicker Sheet Creation - apply sheet lists to create placeholder sheets in Revit, YouTube, Mar 16, 2015
  • Shortcut to Transfer Your Material - open floor properties to select material, highlight text in material field, copy material, select material parameter to assign material without getting into material browser in Inventor, Philip Chan, Phil-osophy in BIM, Mar 13, 2015
  • Trial, Error, Success - creating fully customizable, parametric valve family in Revit, Kyle Schicker, AUGI Library, Mar 17, 2015
  • Update to Chainlink Fence Railing - revised version utilizes latest railing styles, modified construction displays site view, allows control visibility of view to display as traditional linework in Revit, Richard Binning, Beside the Cursor, Mar 18, 2015
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Rapid Prototyping

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Reviews - Software

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  • form•Z pro 8 Brings New Modeling Concepts to Architects - impressive dynamic sections, layout tool, realtime rendering engine, materials library, real-time Boolean features, automatic plane, subdivision surfaces, Bill Debevc,, Mar 20, 2015
  • Glovius CAD Lets You View, Mark Up and Compare CAD Models - Glovius 4.0 provides sharp, well-outlined, stable 3D model viewing, impressive email function, cross-section tool, adjustment feature, ribbon tool layout for the section feature, compare models function, price starts from $295, John Evans,, Mar 24, 2015
  • IMSI Design TurboCAD Mac Pro 8 - fully 64-bit, ACIS R24 delivers binaries for Mac platform that are thread safe, new quad mesh modeling tools, woodworking joinery tools, array of rendering, presentation improvements, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Mar 23, 2015
  • SITEOPS: Engineering Software for the 21st Century - cloud-based app consists of 4 modules: layout, grading & piping, topo import, swept path analysis, available for $8,500 per year, Rande Robinson,, Mar 18, 2015
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  • Adding Languages in SOLIDWORKS Inspection - download/buy OCR dictionaries that are compatible with language of documents, visit SOLIDWORKS Inspection dictionary location, add new folder in notes folder, move downloaded file to folder created, Jean-Pierre Chalhoub, Javelin Technologies, Mar 20, 2015
  • Changing EPDM License Type - open SOLIDWORKS EPDM installation wizard to select PDM editor, contributor or viewer, restart workstation once new license type is selected, Andrew Lidstone, Javelin Technologies, Mar 18, 2015
  • Configuring Part Numbers for Paint and Materials - create part, add configurations, include derived configurations to each material configuration, set properties of derived configurations before auto-creating design table in SOLIDWORKS, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, Mar 17, 2015
  • Cooking with Pi in SOLIDWORKS - design simple cylinder for roller, insert reference plane that is tangent to surface of cylinder, parallel to right plane, edit dimension before using new segment tool to divide bottom of rectangle into equal parts, David Brown, Mar 14, 2015
  • Design with Confidence Using SOLIDWORKS Electrical Design Rule Checks - visit design rule manager to add desired design rule configuration to project, check right-click menu to access component's properties, review manufacturer's part, circuit definition if component violates rule, Andy Beaupre, CAPUniversity, Mar 18, 2014
  • Flow Simulation Tech Tip: Geometry Check Tool - The Key to Flow Happiness - employ flow simulation tool to determine fluid in model, bad geometric relations, gaps in model, David Roccaforte, Fisher/Unitech, Mar 17, 2015
  • How Do I Change Units in SOLIDWORKS? - visit document properties, units options under tools menu to change units settings, employ modify dimension drop-down or add unit suffix to convert value entered back into defined unit system, Jake Gosling, CADtek Blog, Mar 20, 2015
  • Installation Repair - open control panel to select SOLIDWORKS version to be repaired, click repair individual installation on 'welcome to SOLIDWORKS installation manager' screen, pick product to repair, clear other products on screen, Jon Weston-Stanley, Solid Solutions, Mar 18, 2015
  • A Renaissance in PLM Leadership - Can Bassi Make Lightning Strike Twice for SOLIDWORKS? - what to expect, future developments, respect for legacy, 2 pillared strategy, major challenges, more, Verdi Ogewell,, Mar 23, 2015
  • Rotate SOLIDWORKS Drawing View to Align an Edge to Horizontal - apply align drawing view, horizontal method to update view automatically, repeat step of updating standard views if 'update standard views' method is used in SOLIDWORKS, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, Mar 21, 2015
  • Select All the Entities - select filter surface bodies, apply knit surface feature to combine numerous surfaces into single surface body, employ 'try to form solid' option if surface is fully enclosed to create solid body in SOLIDWORKS, Neil Lantto, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Mar 16, 2015
  • SOLIDWORKS - Creating an Apple, Pt 1 - technique to generate organic shape of apple in SOLIDWORKS, Matt Morgan, Mar 19, 2015
  • SOLIDWORKS - Creating Custom Property from Sketch Length - employ length of sketch that allows generating notes, BOMs in SOLIDWORKS, Dane Potter, YouTube, Mar 18, 2015
  • SOLIDWORKS - DimXpert - tool to add manufacturing dimensions in SOLIDWORKS, Ronit Mukherjee, YouTube, Mar 17, 2015
  • SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Private State - SOLIDWORKS EPDM 2015 has new permission that allows all users to see files that have never been checked in, Justin Webster, InFlow Technology, Mar 16, 2015
  • SOLIDWORKS - How to Create Reference Geometry Axis - tips to turn on/off temporary axis in SOLIDWORKS, Paul Nishihira, YouTube, Mar 20, 2015
  • SOLIDWORKS - How to Create Reference Planes - turn on/off reference plane(s), Paul Nisihira of GoEngineer, YouTube, Mar 23, 2015
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Pin Connector - connects solid or shell body to another body, implement with retaining ring, with key options by freeing some DOFs between rigid bars, calculate pin force if pin is very stiff, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, Mar 17, 2015
  • Toolbox Application - process to access customize hardware page, configure particular type or component, display component in SOLIDWORKS, Jon Weston-Stanley, Solid Solutions, Mar 18, 2015
  • Top Methods for Achieving Compliance Through Quality Inspection - create ballooned drawing before generating First Article Inspection Report (FAIR) package, copy dimensional characteristic to Excel form, calculate lower/upper limit of each dimension before validating produced parts in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Mar 18, 2015
  • Using the Ctrl Key to Speed Up SOLIDWORKS Modeling - press ctrl key along with other keys in keyboard to influence several commands in SOLIDWORKS, Jay Pierson, YouTube, Mar 16, 2015
  • What's New: SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2015 - first article inspection, in-process inspection software allows automating creation of ballooned inspection drawings, reports in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Mar 13, 2015
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