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New CAD tips and tricks

There are already 2,305 CAD tips listed in the CADforum database of tips and tricks for AutoCAD, LT, 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 8,978 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:

Fastener Blocks - Metric
DWG, Dynamic 2D metric ...
DWG, Titanic
3D curtain -ansel
DWG, Curtain

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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:

  • Txt2XLS - export selected drawing texts to Excel
  • BCount - count blocks, enhanced Express Tool command with dynamic blocks support
  • IncText - renumber existing AutoCAD texts with incrementing numbers (counter)
  • FLay - automatic force layer for selected commands (drawing objects), AutoCAD LISP reactor
  • Xls2Curve/Curve2Xls - draws curves or points from coordinates in Excel sheets, exports curve coordinates to Excel
  • CADstudio Revit Tools (trial) - bonus productivity tools for Revit Architecture a Revit MEP
  • GeoRefImg - georeferencing for AutoCAD and ADT - automatic repositioning of raster images (with world files)
  • DWGsync (trial) - synchronized co-viewing (zoom/pan) of multiple DWGs in AutoCAD 2013/2012, app installer
  • Anaglyph - generate 3D stereograms, anaglyphs (red-cyan pictures) of AutoCAD, Inventor and Revit 3D models
  • CITin 2013 - .CIT raster file support for AutoCAD 2013 or Map/Civil 3D 2013 or LT 2013
  • EXCELLINK 2013 (trial) - hot-links AutoCAD 2013 block attributes to Excel 2000/XP/2003/2007/2010 sheet
  • VRMLout 2013 (trial) - VRML2/97 export for AutoCAD 2013
  • Budweiser2013.dwg - DWG compatibility benchmark file

These and other similar CAD tools and utilities are available free from
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List of CAD Studio's tools on Autodesk Exchange Apps

CAD Studio as a member of Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) has developed hundreds of plug-ins for AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, Civil 3D, Vault and other Autodesk products. Some of these plug-ins are now available also on the Autodesk "appstore" - Autodesk Exchange Apps. As the most part of our tools is free, you may want to check their functionality by installing them from Exchange Apps. Installing a tool from Exchange Apps is very simple. Start the Exchange Apps - either directly from your CAD or in your web browser - locate the requested tool and click on the Free or Trial button. All installation and integration into your CAD products' ribbon is done automatically.

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Free 3D anaglyphs for Autodesk products

CAD Studio has prepared a small "3D CAD gift" for all users of Autodesk CAD applications. We have released three freeware plug-ins "Anaglyph" for AutoCAD, Inventor and Revit 2013. These add-on utilities automatically create "anaglyphs" from your 3D CAD models. These stereoscopic images are then viewable in 3D with plain red-cyan glasses.
Although anaglyphs are a relatively old method of 3D viewing, they are a simple and inexpensive imaging method. You do not need any specialized hardware to display compelling 3D models and scenes, you can watch objects in three dimensions on any media - from drawings through a computer screen to the TV or mobile devices. The principles of creating anaglyphs from 3D CAD models - i.e. separating views for the left and right eye - can be also used for other, more modern imaging methods, such as 3D TVs.

Read more on Anaglyphs - 3D for your CAD

Augmented reality comes with Autodesk Showcase

A very interesting technology comes to CAD world with the new plugin for Autodesk Showcase 2013 released on Autodesk Labs - "Augmented Reality". Augmented reality is a live view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated input such as rendered 3D models. Autodesk Showcase with the added plugin "Augmented Reality" is able to insert (key-in) a photorealistic 3D model from CAD applications in real-time into live video from a web camera or other video sources.

More information and download on Augmented reality

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