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New CAD tips and tricks

There are already 2089 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 7457 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:

Otis elevator
DWG, Otis elevator - 2D
DWG, 3D pipe library - DIN
DWG, Liebherr ...
DWG, VW Touareg
woman sitting
DWG, Woman sitting

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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:

  • SPEAK - can your AutoCAD talk? Yes it can - narrates the layer list, reacts with voice on commands etc.
  • Click2XLS - export clicked point coordinates to Excel sheets
  • TabReStyle - resets cell style in selected table objects
  • Depends - list all file dependencies in the current DWG - xrefs, images, fonts, underlays, etc.
  • SlopeTick - draw slope tickmarks (batter lines, hatches) between two polylines
  • PreSave reactor - perform selected actions before any Save operation (zoom, layer, purge, preview, saveAs...)
  • PSfixTxt - add prefix or suffix to the selected drawing texts (LISP)

These and other similar CAD tools and utilities are available free from
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Autodesk Project Photofly 2.0 - our experience

We have performed more tests on the Autodesk Photofly web cloud service for conversion of photos to 3D models. We have tested many other model types - e.g. a car, fire extinguisher, Merkur toy set, amphora or a wooden doggie toy. Some models were processed fast and smoothly, some models had problems with the 3D recognition (shiny surfaces, holes in the toy set).

Read about Photofly on Photofly - 3D models from photos and look at the resulting 3D models on our Photofly test page on

More about Photofly at

Autodesk Apps online store

Autodesk has launched a new online tool providing access to many add-on applications directly from AutoCAD 2012 - Autodesk Apps - an Autodesk Exchange store (a kind of "Autodesk Market" similar to Android Market or Apple iTunes).

Through the new tab "Apps" in the standard "Autodesk Exchange" window in AutoCAD 2012, users can download (or buy) and automatically install more than 100 add-on applications and block libraries. All the Apps tools were pre-tested by Autodesk and confirmed as safe to use.

Project Neon - Revit cloud rendering

The web-cloud rendering service Autodesk Project Neon now supports not only DWG scenes from AutoCAD but also Revit projects - read more on our blog.

You just choose the scene, camera, the requested resolution (up to 2000px), the rendering quality and the output format of the resulting picture of your scene and the Neon service does the rest. You can wait for the rendering "online", or you can set Neon to send you a notification e-mail with a link to pick up your picture (JPG, PNG or TIFF).

Login to Project Neon at

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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