Sifting through the online resources available to CAD managers can be a daunting task. To help, we reached out to a half-dozen CAD management experts to find out which tried-and-true online resources they use to help keep their teams running with the latest training and education of their CAD software. Here are the top picks of CAD resources, support and other helpful tips & tricks:
Time-saving CAD Resources & utilities
Noted CAD management expert Robert Green has collected and shared worksheets, calculators, and utilities that are incredibly handy for documenting CAD management duties.
SSMPropEditor lets you edit properties on multiple sheets belonging to AutoCAD Sheet Set Manager (SSM). One of our CAD management advisors told us SMMPropEditor helped to “cut about 2 man-weeks of work down to 15 minutes.”
ReNamer is a file renaming program that lets you combine multiple renaming actions, which can be saved, edited, and re-loaded, across different folders—or even different computers.
WinMerge is a folders and files comparison utility that makes it easy to determine what has changed between project versions.
Agent Ransack, an alternative file search engine is a preferred option for searching through LISP source code as it reads within files.
This application is popular for cleaning up AutoCAD-generated .DST files from the Recent Documents list. The application—and a discussion of its benefits—can be found on the Autodesk forums.
AutoLISP programming CAD support
Unique, well-written, and useful AutoLISP routines recommended by our CAD management experts are available here.
Access ready-to-go AutoLISP programs and files, plus links to get expert help—often free—for creating new AutoLISP programs
These two easy-to-follow AutoLISP introductory tutorials on the basics of AutoLISP programming can quickly set your teams up to program their own custom LISP routines
If you’re like most CAD managers, you frequently need the updated certified graphics drivers. Intel, AMD and NVidia have all set up easy-to-navigate driver download pages to keep your drivers up to date.
CAD Resources for getting—and keeping—Autodesk software installed and current
Installation, activation, licensing resources for Autodesk products
Revit products downloads/updates
Inventor products downloads/updates
AutoCAD commands, by release
Need to find out when an AutoCAD command was added or modified? http://www.hyperpics.com/commands/index.asp
Want even more details on AutoCAD through the years? See Shaan Hurley’s release history page.
CAD Training & Forums
When you have detailed, specific inquiries, the AUGI and Autodesk forums are favorites for their informed, responsive communities. Should a solution not be found, you can raise your own “ticket”.
AUGI forums: https://www.augi.com/forum
Autodesk forums: http://forums.autodesk.com/
Looking for training opportunities in your area? The Autodesk Global Events search page finds Autodesk and partner-sponsored events by Industry, Event Type, Product, and Location.
“How-to” advice and insights from Cadalyst
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