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New CAD tips and tricks

There are already 2,229 CAD tips listed in the CADforum database of tips and tricks for AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, Civil 3D, 3ds Max and other CAD software. Some of the most popular latest CAD tips on

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New CAD blocks and symbols

You can exchange 2D and 3D CAD blocks and symbols with other users in the CADforum Block library. This free catalog currently contains 8,157 blocks, models, symbols and drawings in the DWG, RFA and IPT file formats. Here are the latest most popular blocks uploaded by people like you:

DWG, Mobile crane ...
DWG, Ducati 998 bike
DWG, Bedroom - beds
audi S5
DWG, Audi S5 2D
DWG, Audi

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New CAD and GIS tools

We offer many of our utilities as free or shareware CAD tools for download. Recently released or updated CAD utilities:

  • CSVlayers creates AutoCAD layers from imported CSV files (Excel)
  • PlotDWGarr + LayDWGarr - plots a rectangular array of drawings from the DWG modelspace, or generate a set of layouts
  • LOMAN - layout manager - quickly switch between layouts, sort layouts
  • 3DPlot - creates parametric math 3D surfaces in AutoCAD
  • TRANS uses Bing Translation to translate your drawing texts automatically
  • SplitArea - subdivision of a closed area (parcel with an arbitrary shape) to multiple lots by acreage
  • DynFrame - frames selected text with dynamic frame (mleader)
  • TwittControl - uses ACADtweet to submit AutoCAD commands remotely via your Twitter channel
  • ListInspection VBA macro - make a report of all inspection dimensions in your Inventor 2010-2012 drawing
  • DTMcol - analyze/color terrain model (3DFACEs) elevations in AutoCAD
  • FLayDel - delete all Frozen, Off or Locked layers

These and other similar CAD tools and utilities are available free from
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300,000 registered users on

The total number of registered users on the web portal CAD Forum has surpassed 300,000 beginning of March. The Czech-language section (for Czech and Slovak users) has now more than 40.000 registrations, the international English-language section has 260.000 registrations from more than 200 countries and regions. Thanks for your support.

AutoCAD 2013 and other new releases of the 2013 family

Next week, Autodesk will release the new version of AutoCAD - AutoCAD 2013 - plus other products of the 2013 family. New releases will use more of the web cloud services, will better cooperate and easily exchange data - both between the individual applications and inside the Autodesk Design Suites.

The main new features of the AutoCAD 2013 family are:

  • New drawing file format DWG2013 with better thumbnails and faster 3D
  • An interactive command line (transparent, mouse-controlled)
  • Extraction of isolines from 3D surfaces
  • Enhanced arrays
  • Enhanced hatch editing
  • In-canvas preview when editing properties
  • Enhanced point clouds (clipping, xref, intensity, context ribbon)
  • Strike-through text
  • Import of Inventor IPT files
  • Enhanced Autodesk Exchange Apps - application marketplace
  • Automated synchronization of drawings and settings with Autodesk Cloud
  • Enhanced documentation of 3D models - details, sections, associative dimensions...

More information and download on

Autodesk PLM 360 officially released

Autodesk has officially released the new PLM application "Autodesk PLM 360" (codename Nexus 360). This flexible cloud-based PLM system is designed for companies of any size, it's easy to implement and configure (in hours and days), has affordable price tag of 75$ per user and month (no other license costs). Autodesk PLM 360 is the first purely cloud-based PLM system.

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Top five reasons to use AutoCAD WS

The new version of the free mobile AutoCAD - AutoCAD WS Mobile 1.4 - brings 3 major enhancements: 3D, GPS support and plotting/ePrint. AutoCAD WS Mobile can be used on any mobile phone or tablet with the operating systems Google Android or Apple iOS. Autodesk mentions 5 top reasons to use AutoCAD WS:

  • Provides access to DWG files to all your team members - on site and on the road
  • Connects securely to your enterprise data (e.g. your company SharePoint), with security comparable to online banking
  • You can edit DWG files both online and offline (offline mode not supported in the browser version of AutoCAD WS)
  • Seamlessly integrates with AutoCAD and LT - synchronization, timeline/audit changes
  • It is FREE, and available for multiple platforms

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CAD Studio is now Autodesk Platinum Partner

CAD Studio Inc., the largest specialized provider of CAD, GIS and PLM solutions in the Czech and Slovak Republics, elevated its Autodesk partnership level to Platinum Partner, the highest level of cooperation. More in the press release

Latest CAD Downloads

The latest CAD utilities, viewers, object enablers, extensions, system libraries, patches and updates are available for download on

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