Monday, June 27, 2011

New To CAD Clues

We are introducing a number of new features to the CAD Clues website.

New Look
One big change you can see is the new look to the website. We are keeping the simple look and feel, but getting a nicer look. We hope you like it

CAD Clues Desktop App
Internet Browser
I am a big fan of Google Chrome web browser. One of the things I like about it is the ability to make a web application shortcut from any website. Today we are going to show you how to make a web application shortcut for CAD Clues.
1. Download Google Chrome.
2. Go the CAD Clues website
3. Select the custom button located on the to right of the web browser
4. Select tools and then Create application shortcuts...
5. The Create application shortcuts pop up box will appear asking where you want to place your new application (Desktop, Start menu, and/or Pin to Taskbar)
6. Enjoy!!!

CAD Clues Mobile Web App
Did you know at CAD Clues has a Mobile Web App available in both iOS and Android system.
Creating the CAD Clues MWA on your handheld device.
1. go to CAD Clues MWA on your phone.
2. web clip the webpage.
3. enjoy!


Web Icon
Say buy buy to the blogger icon and hello to the new CAD Clues icon to your web browser.

Share Bar
We are very happy to add this new feature to the website. The new share bar (powered by Meebo) allows you to share post from CAD Clues to Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. The ability to use IM services like Google Talk, Yahoo, and much more is also available from the share bar. Find out more at

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Profiles 101

Cutting profiles are needed in almost all projects. In Civil 3D, you can view horizontal information in the form of a vertical profile. Today we are going to learn how to:
  1. Generate a profile from an existing alignment
  2. Changing profile styles and editing profile properties
First, we need to define “profile.” A profile is an object which represents elevation information for a horizontal alignment or object line. The profile contains two components: profile view and profile object. The profile view is the object, such as the profile grid and display information. The profile object is the vertical information form the horizontal alignment, such as the existing or proposed grade.

Generate a profile from an existing alignment
First, an alignment and surface is needed before creating a profile. Once the alignment is ready, it is time to create the profile.
Menu > Profiles > Create Profile from Surface.


“Create Profile from Surface” box pops up. This is where the profile object information (existing surface) is added to the profile view information (grid, station labels, etc). Under Alignment, select the alignment to profile.

Once you select the surface, click on “add” to place the information in the profile list.


Tip: Profile object information can be added and removed by using the same steps above without recreating the profile.
Tip: When the profile is generated, it is helpful to check the style used for the profile object information.


Once all proper information is placed, click on “Draw in profile view” button. A new box will pop up when creating a new profile. The settings are divided into categories:
  • General
  • Station Range
  • Profile View Height
  • Profile Display Options
  • Pipe Network Display
  • Data Bands
  • Profile Hatch Options

Select alignment: The alignment in which to create the profile
Profile view name: Give it a name everyone will understand
Description: Remember to add today’s date here
Profile view style: Standard Style set by your CAD Manager
Profile view layer: allows layer to be changed of profile element
Show offset profile box: If you have offsets in your profile, this will place it in different profiles instead of the same profile.
Station Range:
Automatic: This will automatically set up the station range for the profile
User specified range: Customize the station range of the new profile
Profile View Height:
Automatic: Automatically sets elevation range
User specified: Customize the elevation range of the new profile
Split Profile View: Refer to help menu
Profile Display Options:
Same as the profile list in last “Profile View” box
Pipe Network Display:
Pipe information for the profile can be added
Data Bands:
Data Bands are information which can be placed in the profile such as the existing and proposed surface, pipe information, etc. The data bands can be placed at the top or the bottom of the profile.
Selection Band Set: Selection of the type of data bands needed
Location: Location of bands (top or bottom)
Set band properties: Setting per design.
Profile Hatch Options:
Hatch can be added to areas within the profile.
Once setup is complete, click “Create Profile View.” The software will prompt for the location of the profile. Select the location in the drawing in which to place the profile.

Changing profile styles and editing profiles properties
Profile properties can be modified at any time after creating the profile by:
Clicking on the Profile > Right Click > Profile View Properties


After a profile has been generated, information can be edited as if you were creating a new profile.


Friday, June 3, 2011

5 Free Must Have Autodesk Tools

Desktop Applications

Autodesk 123D
123D is a great little 3D modeling application that is simple to use.  I can spend hours playing with this software.


Autodesk Design Review
Design Review is one of best application for sharing your design documents.


DWG Viewer
No AutoCAD, no problem.  DWG Viewer allows you to view and print dwg files from any computer for free.

Web Applications

Ever wish you could design a dream house or  play Architect for a day?  Now you can with the new Homestyler by Autodesk.


Check it out: Homestyler


Check it out: AutoCAD WS