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Coming Soon - Images and Textures by Walt!
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LD Assistant 11 News - New Wire & Cable Being Added
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FREE CAD Blocks For October
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Featured LD Assistant Rendering
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Special thanks to Kevin Denzel for allowing us to show some of his work.

ARTICLES & HOW TO
Is Your Hardware Preventing Your CAD Software from Reaching Its Potential? - Curt Moreno, CADspeed
Create a Custom Keyboard Shortcut - AutoCAD customization tutorial, Ellen Finkelstein, AutoCAD Tips Blog
Creating Linetypes Tool - 'make linetype' command in AutoCAD, Gil Cordle, CAD Clues
Software Fireworks - creating associative array, adjusting row count, spacing, editing source object, Michael Beall, CADTutor
How Do You Share DWG Files? - ETRANSMIT command packages set of DWG files, Dean Saadallah, LT IS STILL AUTOCAD
AutoCAD Snap - No Longer a Drawing Mode to Avoid - snap mode turns off automatically in AutoCAD 2012, easy-to-expand grid display can display snap grid as X,Y grid, dotted grid, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog
AutoCAD Tip: Text Alignment Technique - using ROTATE command to align AutoCAD text to angled object, Brian Curran, CAD Notes
Annotative Scale, Dimension Styles, Text Styles and Tool Palettes in AutoCAD - inability to manage styles through library file, ARCHIdigm
AutoCAD WS and 123D Integration - publish 3D models as 2D drawings in AutoCAD WS, Daniel Swords, AutoCAD WS Blog
Overview of UCS Control Options - modifying UCS in AutoCAD 2012, Robert Green, AutoCAD Exchange
Rotated But Not Aligned - working with isometric drawings that are not perfectly square using AutoCAD, Isaac Harper, AutoCAD Exchange
 
AutoCAD WS
Why It's Better to Upload with AutoCAD - uploads xrefs, support files automatically; Tal Weiss, AutoCAD WS Blog
Guide to Getting Help at AutoCAD WS - tutorials covering basics of mobile app for AutoCAD WS, Daniel Swords, AutoCAD WS Blog
AutoCAD WS: Go Mobile and Collaborate in Real Time - sharing drawing file through AutoCAD WS, Lynn Allen of Autodesk, CADspeed
 
Other Stuff
Photofly, a Free App, Makes 3D Models Out of Your Snapshots - Photofly uses photogrammetry technique to extract 3D shape of scene from 2D images, John Pavlus, Co.Design
Photo Scene Editor v2 Evaluation 1 - instructional video for creating 3D model from 2D images, Arthur Hughes
Photo Scene Editor v2 Evaluation 2 - creating models using real world scenes from neighborhood using Project Photofly, Arthur Hughes
 
Hardware for the CAD Professional
Wide Angles - 36" printer from Canon, imagePROGRAF iPF 755, has resolution of 1200x1200, automatically switches to finer resolutions when needed, selects appropriate amount of ink to be used, David Chadwick, CAD User

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 deigned 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 WORKINF 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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