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LD Assistant 11 New DMX Editor
Design & Drafting is now adding another feature requested by users, a simple to use DMX Patch Editor.
With MORE POWER and MORE CONTROL than any other CAD program on the market, LD Assistant is the World Standard in lighting design CAD programs. LD Assistant is an all-in-one CAD program with No-Add-On's to buy and it's 100% AutoCAD DWG!
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ARTICLES & HOW TO
A CAD Manager's Letter to IT - CAD manager asking for login privileges, 2-way communication, involvement with IT department while taking crucial decisions, Robert Green, Cadalyst,
CAD Management: Giving Good Advice - don't give advice too soon, ask people to clarify what they are actually seeking, don't talk too long, ask questions, provide disclaimer, Mark Kiker, AUGI Library
Draw 2D Isometric Views - SNAP or DSETTINGS command in AutoCAD, LT is Still AutoCAD
Attach an Xref - uses of Xrefs, notes when attaching Xrefs, Ellen Finkelstein, AutoCAD Tips Blog
Exaggerating Drawing Scale - draw in full scale while working with AutoCAD, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes
Turning Splines into Plines - SPLINEDIT or PEDIT command, Lynn Allen's Blog
How to Create a Text Style for a Dimension - setting height of text style to zero in AutoCAD, Ellen Finkelstein, AutoCAD Tips Blog
Understanding How Dimensions are Associated with Objects - AutoCAD dimensions updating automatically, association with objects, Ellen Finkelstein, AutoCAD Tips Blog
Saving, Using and Managing Your AutoLISP Program - automatically loading AutoLISP program when AutoCAD starts, placing AutoLISP in AutoCAD interface, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes
Work with AutoCAD Drawings in AutoCAD LT - working with fields, constraints, multiple UCS, AutoCAD LT 2D, 3D solid object shading, Dean Saadallah, LT is Still AutoCAD
Why You Should be Using Sheet Sets - printing, publishing, archiving, transmitting files from sheet set manager in AutoCAD, Brian Benton, AUGI Library
 
AutoCAD WS
AutoCAD WS has 2 Million Registered Users (1 Million + Android Downloads)
Going Mobile with Autodesk Mobile Apps - SketchBook, Buzzsaw Mobile, Inventor Publisher Mobile Viewer, Bluestreak, AutoCAD WS are available, Gil Cordle, CAD Clues
 
Other Stuff
Autodesk Releases 123D Sculpt App for iPad
Project Photofly 2.1 - Let's Give This a Shot - making model of 3DConnexions SpacePilot Pro, Loren Welch, Manufacturing Toolbox
How to Keep Your Workstation Graphics Card Updated, Pt 2: What Should You Do? - ask for automatic checking feature in app, get latest drivers from AMD, NVIDIA websites, Tony DeYoung, CADspeed
 
Hardware for the CAD Professional
Dual Graphics Engines Power New Boards from AMD - AMD FirePro V7900, FirePro V5900 have AMD Eyefinity, PowerTune, GeometryBoost technologies, support latest DisplayPort 2.1 specification, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering,
Xi MTower PCIe Workstation Provides More Bang for the Buck - overclocked processor based on Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture, frequency of 3.8GHz, NVIDIA Quadro 5000 graphics card, less boot time due to solid-state hard drive, initially requires some assembly David Cohn, Desktop Engineering
NEC MultiSync EA232WMi Monitor - LED-backlit 23" display includes environment friendly features, is lead free, RoHS compliant, pleasing display, highly praised by Ron LaFon, Cadalyst
HP Z210 CMT Desktop Workstation - entry-level machine with Intel Xeon processor, NVIDIA Quadro 2000 graphics card, pre-installed HP Performance Advisor, Power Assistant, might have cooling issues, sluggish performance with some 2D, 3D apps, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe
Seeking Real ROI in a New Workstation - benchmarks provide only indication of raw capabilities, have limited role in accessing ROI, Alex Herrera, GraphicSpeak

Professional Online CAD Training by Art Whitton
For 11 years Art Whitton has offered the best online CAD tutorials and training for new and experienced users. The lessons are adapted from a four level course he developed for new CAD users. Originally, the tutorials were designed for Release 14 and have now been updated and adapted for LD Assistant or AutoCAD 2010. These tutorials will work flawlessly for LD Assistant or AutoCAD 2012. Art's approach has always been to teach the commands in their context and in a natural progression.
CAD LEVEL 1 - Beginners
LESSON 1-2 ASSIGNMENT 1 INTRO TO DRAWING & MODIFYING
LESSON 1-3 ASSIGNMENT 2 MORE MODIFYING COMMANDS - OSNAPS
LESSON 1-4 ASSIGNMENT 3 - ACCURATE INPUT
LESSON 1-5 SELECTION SETS
LESSON 1-6 ASSIGNMENT 4 MODIFYING COMMANDS
LESSON 1-7 ASSIGNMENT 5 MODIFYING COMMANDS
LESSON 1-8 ASSIGNMENT 6 LAYERS / DIMENSIONING / TEXT / SCALE
LESSON 1-9 DIRECT DISTANCE ENTRY AND OBJECT TRACKING
LESSON 1-10 CHANGING THE PROPERTIES OF OBJECTS
LESSON 1-11 ZOOMING AND PANNING AROUND A DRAWING
LESSON 1-12 ORTHOGRAPHIC PROJECTION
LESSON 1-13 SECTION VIEWS
 
CAD LEVEL 2 - Intermediate
LESSON 2-1 PLANNING A PROJECT - OFFICE FLOOR PLAN
LESSON 2-2 INTRODUCTION TO BLOCKS - CREATING AND INSERTING
LESSON 2-3 ALIGN AND ROTATE
LESSON 2-4 ATTRIBUTES - NON-GRAPHICAL INFORMATION
LESSON 2-5 HATCHING - FILLING AREAS
LESSON 2-6 WORKING WITH TEXT
LESSON 2-7 WORKING WITH POLYLINES
LESSON 2-8 LAYOUT TABS
LESSON 2-9 PARAMETRIC CONSTRAINTS
 
CAD LEVEL 3 - Advanced
LESSON 3-1 INTRODUCTION TO 3-D
LESSON 3-2 ISOMETRIC DRAWING
LESSON 3-3 WORKING IN 3 DIMENSIONS
LESSON 3-4 VIEWING 3-D OBJECTS
LESSON 3-5 BASIC WIREFRAME MODELS
LESSON 3-6 LINE THICKNESS
LESSON 3-7 REGIONS AND 3-D FACES
LESSON 3-7a MORE ABOUT EXTRUDING & LOFTING
LESSON 3-8 REVOLVED OBJECTS
LESSON 3-9 ADDING MATERIALS
LESSON 3-10 PRIMITIVE SOLIDS
LESSON 3-11 BOOLEAN OPERATIONS
LESSON 3-12 CHANGING FROM THE WCS TO THE UCS
LESSON 3-13 MAPPING MATERIALS
LESSON 3-14 CREATING NEW MATERIALS
LESSON 3-15 EXTRA PROJECTS AND A TUTORIAL


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Design & Drafting appreciates your interest in our products. Please forward this newsletter to your friends and associates, however, NO part of this newsletter may be used without permission. © Copyright 2011 by Chicago Stage Equipment Company Inc. D.B.A. Design & Drafting. Autodesk, AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, DWF, DWG, DXF, ObjectARX are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.© 2011 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved. Rufus Warren Editor