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LD Assistant 2012 NEW 3D Audio
Ever wonder what it would be like to walk around in your design space, and actually hear the audio coming out of the individual speakers? Now you can - the programmers at Design & Drafting have added 3D Audio to LD Assistant 2012. For the first time ever, you can 'walk' from one area to another and hear different audio coming out of the speakers in your CAD program. "We are very proud of this innovation, and are working diligently so that any audio source can be attached to any speaker in the drawing," says Rufus Warren of Design & Drafting.

Under the light drop-down menu, look for and click on Data. When the fly-out opens, click on Sound Equipment Data. When the Attach Data to Sound Equipment opens (below) use the browse button to navigate to a MP3 file and click on to attach it to the speaker.

Add your data in the dialog below and have it show in a sound schedule, or you can make the chages in the schedule.

To hear the audio playback while walking through, just walk into the cone. Each speaker can have a different MP3 file attached to it.
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Next month we will look at LD Assistant's NEW Pyrotechnic Effects!

LD Assistant 2012 Texture Tip
The first time you install LD Assistant 2012, you will need to set the path to the new texture libraries. To do this, look under the lighting tab and click on the LD Options icon. When the LD Option dialog opens, look at the bottom of the dialog and click on Update Support and Textures File Search Path. This will set the path to the new libraries and other paths that are needed to display advanced renderings and movies.
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Did You Know
LD Assistant 2012 is the only Entertainment Lighting Design, Visualization & Event Planning Software with Wire & Cable? Now for the first time ever designers can track: • Cable Length • Cable Price • Cost Per Foot • Cable Name • Cable ID • Position of Cable • From Location •To Location • From Plug Type • To Plug Type and more all in a single built-in Spread Sheet!
 

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Autodesk News
Autodesk Dazzles by The Motley Fool
The company's total revenues went up by 15%, to $549 million, mainly due to strong demand for new licenses of its computer-aided design products, including newly introduced product suites. Net income rose 36%, to $72.8 million, aided by cost controls and robust growth in revenues across all of the company's major markets. Click here to keep reading.

ARTICLES & HOW TO
In the Field with AutoCAD WS - by Jason Drew
AutoCAD WS is one of the many new cloud services offered by Autodesk. It allows users to upload and share drawings with anyone around the globe. No need to send large email attachments or upload to FTP sites. AutoCAD WS works with the following devices:
•iPhone & iPad •Mac •Android phones and tablets. •AutoCAD (Plug-in) Have you ever gone out to the field with a stack of paper drawings and wondered if there was a better way to perform a walk-down? Click here to keep reading.
Managing Customization Files by Matt Worland, AUGI Library
In several discussion forums I have read about the frustration CAD users feel when their CAD manager has locked down many parts of AutoCAD®. The CAD manager is generally trying to make his job easier by limiting the areas that typical users break and then need help fixing their machine. Managing company standard interfaces while allowing users the freedom to customize AutoCAD in a controlled environment can be a difficult task. Clcik here to keep reading.
Autodesk Announces New Features Coming to AutoCAD WS by Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog
The ability to print from a mobile device is not a game changer but a good feature to have especially when collaborating out of the office with a tablet and AutoCAD WS. I feel that the real use of this feature will be limited. If I am collaborating with an uploaded DWG file then printing it is not a problem once I return to my desk, where my printer is. If I am collaborating with another user then they already have access to the file. Since they have access they will be able to print the drawing as much as they want to. I can print to my mobile device to my home or work printer (Yes I’m a geek) but I have yet to need to use that feature. That being said, having the ability to print from AutoCAD WS if the need arises is a good thing. Click here to keep reading.
Autodesk Enhances AutoCAD WS - By: Zacks Equity Research
Autodesk Inc. (ADSK) has more to offer to its AutoCAD users as it is about to add new and enhanced 3D features in the next version of AutoCAD WS. It does not end at that, as the users also get to enjoy features such as global positioning system (GPS) and Plot-to-Print facility in the latest AutoCAD WS. Click here to keep reading.
What's in the Next AutoCAD WS Release - viewing, sharing 3D objects in DWGs using AutoCAD WS, easy access to GPS in mobile device, pre loaded printing option, Daniel Swords, AutoCAD WS Blog
The 4 Myths of Cloud Computing in Business By Leslie Guevarra
James Staten, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, provided his company's take on the subject this week at the Autodesk University, where cloud computing was Topic A for the annual users conference that drew more than 8,000 people. [Disclosure: Autodesk hosted my stay at the event.] Click here to keep reading.
The Art of Drafting - Putting Together a Set of Plans - by Mark Kiker, CADDManager Blog
You should be thinking about how a set of plans are used and then group them for maximum efficiency and clarity. The entire set should tell a story that starts off with the overall story and then gets in the details as you march to the back of the set. Think smaller scale to larger scale as you zoom in from the overall plot plans to the minute construction details. Click here to keep reading.
Using UNDO: It's More Than Just One Step Back - tips for using the UNDO command by Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes
You can undo several operations by typing a number here. Let’s say you want to undo 5 commands, just type 5 then [enter]. To be honest, I never use it except to undo everything. Typing 999 is faster than pressing U [enter] several times. I don’t think anyone will remember how many steps they want to go back. Click here to keep reading.
Hardware for the CAD Professional
Four Things to do with Your Old CAD Hardware System, Pt 1: by CADspeed
Exponential growth in the capabilities of CAD software eventually will require companies to upgrade CAD hardware systems so an organization can benefit from the new design functions. The overall goal of any upgrade should be to maximize these benefits to improve the company’s workflow (and the bottom line). Click here to keep reading.
Four Things to do with Your Old CAD Hardware System, Pt 2: by CADspeed
We’re talking about what you can do with the older CAD hardware systems after an upgrade in this two-part series. The first section reviewed possible internal needs. Now we’ll look at what to do with hardware systems that are surplus or simply too outdated to be reused. Click here to keep reading.
 



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