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This weeks tip covers sharing Alias files with Adobe Illustrator. This is something I came up with years ago when I did a lot of Graphic Design and needed a way to get CAD data into Illustrator. Illustrator can read postscript information and Alias’s print function has the ability to save a file in postscript. Problem solved!

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Created by Aaron… your Alias CAD Geek

Latest Autocad Electrical Hotfix – Project Database

Today’s post is really just a reminder that it pays to always check to see if there are any new hotfixes or service packs you may be unaware of. While thinking about items to talk about I took a look for the last time a service pack was released for AutoCAD Electrical 2009 (SP2 released on Oct. 27 2008). To my surprise there is a new hotfix that was release on January 19 2009 that should fix a problem one of my current customers was having a couple of weeks ago. No matter what Autodesk software you run today it never hurts to see whats new. The latest Electrical service pack fixes an issue with the project file database having random crashes. If you have experience this you know exactly how frustrating it can be.

Follow this link for the latest hotfix and remember you need to be on service pack 2 also with administrative privileges

Thanks to the Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical Team

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Mechanical – Hide the What?

Filling in for one of my colleagues today, I’d like to show one of my favorite Mechanical features – 2D Hide Situations. Usually when I show people this command alone, it convinces them that they should be using Mechanical instead of vanilla AutoCAD. If you create drawings that have hidden lines showing what objects are in front or in back of one another, you know how tedious it can be to break all of those lines and change the linetypes. Worse yet, make a change and you have to do it all over again. Yuk! Check out some options with the Associative Hide command in AutoCAD Mechanical…


John (trying to fill in for Jim) with the INCAT CAD Geeks

Design Accelerators – Part 3 – Shafts

Today we’ll keep working on our belt design utilizing another aspect of the Design Accelerators. Watch how easy it is to create a simple shaft using the shaft generator tool. It is quite easy to add standard features such as wrench flats, chamfers, reliefs, etc. As with the other Design Accelerators, the shaft tool allows you to verify that you design works as intended without worrying about the tedious process of creating solid models. Let’s take a look…


John with the INCAT CAD Geeks

Shortcut Organization in Vault

I have previously pointed out the benefits of using shortcuts in Vault to keep track of the active jobs or designs I am working on, but some Vault users have a lot of different common areas they access. If you have as many shorcuts on your desktop as me, you most likely could use some housekeeping on your Vault shortcuts as well. This can be accomplished by creating new Shortcut Groups in Vault as shown above. These are essentially like creating extra folders to sort your shortcuts and make it easier to get to just the right Vault location in a hurry.

Contributed by Ben of the INCAT CAD Geeks

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