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New CAD tips and tricks

There are already 2022 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 catalog currently contains 7034 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:

RFA, Potted bamboo
DWG, maxi market
DWG, house plan 2
DWG, Mobile cranes
DWG, fasade

(see all blocks )

New CAD tools

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

  • ImgConvert - embed raster images into DWG, generate QR Codes and other raster tools for AutoCAD 2012/2011/2010
  • CsvLayers - create/import layers from a list in a CSV/Excel file
  • InsertX - directly insert a block stored in another DWG drawing
  • BLegend - creates a visual table (legend) of blocks (all or selected) used in the current drawing
  • TextFreq - frequency analysis of drawing text occurrences, highlights duplicates
  • XOffset - multiple offset command - offsets polylines inwards/outwards
  • Scatter - move selected objects randomly in 2D or 3D - orchard, parking, crowds...
  • GeoRefImg - georeferencing for AutoCAD and ADT - automatic repositioning of raster images (with world files)
  • srxTEXT - search and replace AutoCAD drawing texts using regular expressions, supports batch scripts, table replacements
  • CITin - add support for reading .CIT raster image files in AutoCAD

These and other similar CAD tools and utilities are available free from
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Project Galileo - new GIS/BIM tool

Autodesk Project Galileo is an easy-to-use conceptual design tool integrating GIS, BIM and CAD data for creating infrastructure and urban projects. It offers easy "game-like" tools for manipulating large datasets from various sources to present and analyze 3D context of a project and its environment.

Try Project Vasari at

AutoCAD WS Mobile 1.2 - DWG editor for Apple iPad and iPhone

AutoCAD WS is a popular browser-based free DWG editor and viewer (available online at

Its mobile counterpart is the "AutoCAD WS Mobile" DWG editor. You can use it to view and edit DWGs - not only AutoCAD DWG drawings but now also for Inventor DWG files. The new version 1.2 is also localized into German, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.

Try AutoCAD WS at

New 3ds Max 2012

Autodesk announced a new version of the world's most popular 3D animation and visualization software - 3ds Max 2012. Max 2012 is built on a new graphical kernel "Nitrous" that uses multi-core processors (CPU) and graphics card processors (GPU) to dramatically increase performance and quality of viewport display in large 3D scenes. New intelligent "Substance" textures are resolution-indenpendent. NVIDIA PhysX is used to compute dynamic simulations inside 3ds Max. The integrated "iray Renderer" uses the iray rendering technology by mental images supporting hardware acceleration of NVIDIA GPUs.

See the Max homepage at

Online STL2DWG converter

A new feature on the portal is the web application that converts (translates) any text- or binary STL file (3D stereolitography) to AutoCAD 3D entities. Choose your STL file (max. 20MB), start the upload with the "Convert" button and let the file upload finish. The result of the conversion can be then downloaded and dragged to the AutoCAD window (SCR file), or directly opened (DXF file) - it will be loaded/imported automatically.

Try it at STL2DWG converter

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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