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CAD MANAGER CENTER

Expert picks: Online resources for CAD software management.

Sifting through the online resources available to CAD managers can be a daunting task. To help, we reached out to a half-dozen CAD management experts to find out which tried-and-true online resources they use to help keep their teams running at top speed. Here are their top picks:

Time-saving tools and utilities

Noted CAD management expert Robert Green has collected and shared worksheets, calculators, and utilities that are incredibly handy for documenting CAD management duties.

https://www.cad-manager.com/tools

 

SSMPropEditor lets you edit properties on multiple sheets belonging to AutoCAD Sheet Set Manager (SSM). One of our CAD management advisors told us SMMPropEditor helped to “cut about 2 man-weeks of work down to 15 minutes.”

https://www.jtbworld.com/SSMPropEditor.htm

 

ReNamer is a file renaming program that lets you combine multiple renaming actions, which can be saved, edited, and re-loaded, across different folders—or even different computers.

https://www.den4b.com/?x=downloads&product=renamer

 

WinMerge is a folders and files comparison utility that makes it easy to determine what has changed between project versions.

https://winmerge.org/

 

Agent Ransack, an alternative file search engine is a preferred option for searching through LISP source code as it reads within files.

https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/

 

This application is popular for cleaning up AutoCAD-generated .DST files from the Recent Documents list. The application—and a discussion of its benefits—can be found on the Autodesk forums.

https://forums.autodesk.com/autodesk/attachments/autodesk/66/239236/1/AutoCAD%20Recent%20Documents%20Manager.zip

AutoLISP programming support

Unique, well-written, and useful AutoLISP routines recommended by our CAD management experts are available here.

https://lee-mac.com/index.html

 

Access ready-to-go AutoLISP programs and files, plus links to get expert help—often free—for creating new AutoLISP programs

https://www.jefferypsanders.com/autolisp.html

 

These two easy-to-follow AutoLISP introductory tutorials on the basics of AutoLISP programming can quickly set your teams up to program their own custom LISP routines

https://www.draftsperson.net/index.php?title=AutoLISP_Lesson_1_-_Introduction_to_Lisp_Programming

 

https://www.afralisp.net/index.php

Driver downloads

If you’re like most CAD managers, you frequently need the updated certified graphics drivers. Intel, AMD and NVidia have all set up easy-to-navigate driver download pages to keep your drivers up to date.

 

Intel: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/

NVidia: www.nvidia.com/drivers

AMD: https://support.amd.com/en-us/download

Resources for getting—and keeping—Autodesk software installed and current

Installation, activation, licensing resources for Autodesk products

https://knowledge.autodesk.com/installation-and-licensing

 

AutoCAD downloads/updates

https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad/downloads

 

Revit products downloads/updates

https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/revit-products/downloads

 

Inventor products downloads/updates

https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/inventor-products/downloads

AutoCAD commands, by release

Need to find out when an AutoCAD command was added or modified? https://www.hyperpics.com/commands/index.asp

 

Want even more details on AutoCAD through the years? See Shaan Hurley’s release history page.

https://autodesk.blogs.com/between_the_lines/autocad-release-history.html

Forums and Training

When you have detailed, specific inquiries, the AUGI and Autodesk forums are favorites for their informed, responsive communities. Should a solution not be found, you can raise your own “ticket”.

AUGI forums: https://www.augi.com/forum

 

Autodesk forums: https://forums.autodesk.com/

 

Looking for training opportunities in your area? The Autodesk Global Events search page finds Autodesk and partner-sponsored events by Industry, Event Type, Product, and Location.

https://us.gep.autodesk-services.com/search/

“How-to” advice and insights from Cadalyst

For many of the CAD management experts we talked to, Cadalyst was their “go to” site for up-to-date and relevant CAD management.

https://www.cadalyst.com/management

 

This twice-monthly Cadalyst e-mail newsletter focuses on CAD management and implementation advice and strategies.

https://www.cadalyst.com/listing/60/cad-managers-newsletter

 

CAD managers take advantage of dozens of these tips, tools, and resources that are updated weekly

https://www.cadalyst.com/listing/59/tips-tools-weekly

 

The CAD Manager’s Toolbox provides practical guidance to help you build a better practice

https://www.cadalyst.com/listing/61/cad-managers-toolbox/qa

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