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New CAD tips and tricks

There are already 2,891 CAD tips listed in the CADforum database of tips and tricks for AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, Civil 3D, Vault, Simulation, 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 13,086 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, Drainage standard ...
DWG, Dresses - very ...
Reception Counter
DWG, Reception counter ...
RFA, Grass patch
DWG, Tower crane G3 33B ...
DWG, Marble patterns
BMW M3 E90
DWG, Patterns

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New CAD tools

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

  • AddLen - add total length of lines and curves by layers
  • InsertC + BlockC - insert new (or renumber existing) blocks with incrementing numbers in attributes
  • fAREA - creates a dynamic area label (acreage of the selected objects), or length label, or property label
  • GeoCode - forward and reverse geocoding for AutoCAD maps - point to postal address, address to position, what3words
  • TURBO toggle - switch AutoCAD to faster mode by setting all relevant variables
  • SELBLK - select all blocks of the same name as the picked block or by wildcards
  • COPY2LAY - copies selected objects to all specified layouts
  • LOMAN - layout manager - quickly switch between layouts, sort layouts
  • CopyViews - imports named views from another drawing
  • LinCatalog - draws a catalog of complex linetypes defined in a .LIN file or in the DWG
  • Normals (and FlipFace) - draw or flip normals of 3DFaces or recolor 3DFaces facing towards/away from the camera
  • TxtOverlap - find, mark and traverse overlapped texts in the drawing
  • Click2XLS/Click2OO - copy coordinates of clicked points to Excel or OpenOffice/StarOffice Calc
  • Scatter - move/rotate selected objects randomly in 2D or 3D or curves - orchard, parking, crowd...
  • DrGrid - draw 2D or 3D grid lines, opt.numbered
  • DynLTscale (DLTS) - scale linetypes dynamically by mouse dragging
  • SelfIntersect - check for self-intersections, duplicate and zig-zag/retracing vertices in polylines
  • IncText - renumber existing AutoCAD texts with incrementing numbers (counter)
  • 3DConstruct - convert 3DFaces or wireframes to solid 3D constructs
  • TCase - extended TCase Express Tool supporting accents and small-caps
  • CADstudio Revit Tools (trial) - bonus productivity tools for Revit (2017-2013)
  • CADstudio Inventor Tools (trial) - bonus productivity tools for Inventor (2017-2015)
  • CADstudio Civil Tools (trial) - bonus productivity tools for AutoCAD Civil 3D (2017-2013)
  • DWGsign - protect your DWG drawings by adding a permanent invisible watermark
  • BIMsign - protect your Revit BIM projects by adding a permanent invisible watermark
  • DwgText (trial) - links any DWG-drawing text with Excel (export/import)
  • CITin 2017 - .CIT raster file support for AutoCAD 2017 or Map/Civil 3D or AutoCAD LT
  • GeoRefImg - georeferencing for AutoCAD - automatic repositioning of raster images (with world files)
  • SureSave reactor - always automatically save a copy of edited DWG (even on Close/Save:No) and on AutoSave
  • Job-Time - time-tracking reactor - net editing time spent on DWG drawings (edittime)
  • TRANS - easy translation of AutoCAD drawing texts - either manual, Trados-assisted or automatic via Bing Translator
  • 3DPlot - generate AutoCAD 3D surfaces with parametric math functions - Z=F(X,Y)

These and other similar CAD tools and utilities are available free from
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Last year's Christmas tools

This special part of the year is slowly coming again but still let us recall the Christmas CAD presents from the last year - with a set of free add-on tools and goodies given out by CAD Studio. Extend Windows Explorer to recognize Revit file version, punch your favorite photos into sheet metal in Inventor, make your DWGs more intelligent by storing LISP macros into them, add virtual parts from Excel to Inventor assemblies, make linetypes on the fly, etc.

Read more on CAD utilities giveaway X-mas 2015

Measure and markup any CAD data

With the latest updates of the cloud service for CAD document management, Autodesk A360, you can not only view and share but also measure and markup any CAD data - in virtually any 2D or 3D CAD format. Access your project data anytime, anywhere, in your web browser or on your mobile device.

More information on Measure and markup CAD data in Autodesk A360

How fast is Inventor on Citrix

Application virtualization and the application publishing technology for intranet and internet users is already available for a long time, but it has been traditionally limited rather for office applications for performance reasons. This is no longer true and we have tested Inventor performance under Citrix.

More information on Autodesk Inventor on Citrix with accelerated graphics? Why not?

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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