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October 2013        Read this online
 
LD Assistant Ac13.5 Adds Wind, Water, Beam Turbulence and More!
"Once again LD Assistant Ac13.5 raises the bar with new features not found in any other program in our industry. We at Design & Drafting believe that the more tools a designer has at hand, the more jobs they will win," says Rufus Warren of Design & Drafting. With AC13.5 designers can now enjoy more interaction with their projects and clients. Come see how you can Do More and Win More with LD Assistant Ac13.5!   Click here to view lighting plots and renderings created in LD Assistant.
   
LD Assistant Ac13.5 is FREE to all LD Assistant Ac13 users! | Visit Design & Drafting's contact page to request your update.
   
Question:
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Answer:
NONE... Only Design & Drafting offers FREE updates with new features!
Tired of paying for patches and fixes? Now is the time to switch to LD Assistant Ac13.5 for only $1,997.55!
   
Wind
Wind   Simply drawing a polyline then extruding it allows you to attach a Cloth Effect. Once the polyline is extruded, click on Cloth Effects under the Visualization menu. When the Cloth Methods dialog opens, click on Create Cloth Block to access Block editing parameters..

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Water
Water  

This is one of the new cool effects found in
LD Assistant Ac13.5. Now with a few clicks of the mouse you can add a water fountain or a pool of water to your real-time walk through.
Imagine walking through your hotel lobby design and seeing a fountain with running water.

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water

Beam Turbulence
Beam  

With LD Assistant Ac13.5 not only do you have real-time Lens Effects that include Glow, Ray, Ring, Star, Streak... now you can add Noise/Turbulence to the beam of light in your real-time walk through. Click here to see a movie

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With LD Assistant Ac13.5 you also have 3D Audio, so as you walk-through your design you hear the music playing, and as you move into a another room you can hear people talking.

 
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CAD Articles
Text… Custom Linetypes!!! by Tatiana Machado, Being Civil
Sometimes we have the need to create a new custom linetype to denote different lines in our drawing, like water lines, gas lines, fences, etc… For those of you that have some custom linetypes with text and have been moving this LIN file alone from older releases, here is something that you may not know.
When we talk about text custom linetype we need to consider: Text Styles, Scale, Rotation, X offset, and Y offset. Probably the rotation is being the most painful one, because is not the same to draw a line from left to right, that from right to left…. So we end up with things like this... Click here to keep reading
 
AutoCAD Tip: Your template doesn’t have to be complicated By Edwin Prakoso
Drawing template is a feature that you should optimize to gain more productivity. Read Brian Benton’s article here: why you should use a template. You might be tempted to add everything you use in your template. It would be nice to have everything when we start our drawing, isn’t it?
Wrong. It would only make your template become complicated and become corrupt.
Only essentials styles and objects in template
It’s necessary to prepare your template so you can start drawing immediately. However, you shouldn’t put everything in your template. If you have all AIA layers in your drawing, you will have more than 500 layers. I seriously doubt that you will use all of them. This will only make us difficult when we need to find a layer.
If you put everything inside your template, this will make your template become large and inefficient. Too many objects can also make your drawings corrupt.
Some suggestions to keep in your templates:
1.Some settings that are kept in drawing files. 2.Necessary objects like frequently used page setup and title block. 3.Most frequently used styles (text, dimension, etc.) 4.Frequently used layers. Click here to keep reading
 
Properties, Properties, Properties by Todd Shackelford, The Lazy Drafter
If you are old enough to remember when AutoCAD didn't have a Properties, window, pallet, dialog, or anything... when a properties anything pops up on your screen you more than likely go full on grumpy geezer.
Well, here are the most common ways a properties something injects itself into your workflow grandpa.
First if you see this.... Click here to view
 
Do More with Fewer AutoCAD Tools by Edwin Prakoso, AUGI Library
Most Windows applications have common interface and workflow traits. This consistency helps to eliminate steep learning curves and enables users to quickly adapt to other software. Today, we expect to use software in the way we operate other software. It stands to reason that as Windows-compliant software, AutoCAD® has a similar look and feel to other Windows applications.
Imagine if you had never used AutoCAD before. When someone asks you to modify an object, what do you do?
Here are some possibilities:
1. You will try to select it and see what will come next. You would try to see if there are grips available.
2. You will try to double-click on the object.
3. You will right-click and see what options are available in the contextual menu. Most of us will try to find the edit options or properties-related tool on the list. Click here to keep reading
 
Considering Low Cost Workstations by Aaron Goldberg
The “New Efficiency” that is dramatically impacting all phases of IT equipment has not missed the CAD workstation. As the economy moves forward slowly and budgets are continually pressured, the focus is on lowering capital expenses and costs. For the CAD professional, this means that considering low cost workstations is now de rigueur. Does this mean that designers will be left waiting for drawings to render or to rotate? Clearly the capability of low cost workstations is well past where it has been even a couple of years ago. This recent review of low cost workstations provides an excellent round up. Click here to keep reading
 
Maintain standards by returning objects to By Layer settings by Ellen Finkelstein
You’ve certainly heard the principle that you should use layers to give objects properties. When you create a layer, you give that layer a
•Color
•Linetype
•Lineweight
•Transparancy
•Plotstyle Also, for 3D drawings, you can apply a material to a layer with the MATERIALATTACH layer. But it is all too easy to make an exception for an object and change it so that a property is not according to its layer. For example, you can select an object, and choose any color for it by going to the Home tab, Properties panel, Object Color drop-down list. Click here to keep reading
 
Constructing multi-character complex linetypes in AutoCAD. by Ralph Grabowski
Yup, even though competitors like MicroStation and TurboCAD have had built-in linetype editors for years now, Autodesk still expects the customers of its $4,100 software to construct linetypes by hand, in writing the cryptic code in Notepad.
Reader A.C. last week wrote me:
I have been reading your tutorials on linetype files for AutoCAD and I have made an attempt at a complex linetype, but unfortunately I can’t get the coding right. Is there any way you can help? What I am after is combining two to make one. Is it possible to add the crosses from the ‘redundant apparatus’ linetype to the ‘foul water rising main’ linetype?
He provided me with the code he had written and screen grabs of what he wanted. I did some experimenting in Notepad, going through this debugging cycle: 1. Write some linetype code in Notepad. 2. Save the file as an LIN file. 3. Use the -linetype command to load the LIN file. 4. Enjoy (not!) decoding the cryptic error messages, all of which read generically like this, no matter the problem: Click here to keep reading
 
4 ways to modify block definition by Edwin Prakosot
Block is very useful as reusable contents. And when you need to create similar objects in your drawing. One of the most popular benefit is when you need to modify all instances, you only need to modify one. All other instance will be automatically updated.
We will see four method that you can use to modify your block here.
Explode and recreate the block
This is the oldest way I know, the old school. The classic.
A long time ago, the only way to edit a block is by exploding the block to simpler object. Made any changes necessary, then recreate a block with the same name.
This method has become obsolete. If you are still using very old version, you may be still be able to use it. But in the latest version, you can’t do this anymore.
I can’t recall in which version Autodesk disabled this. If you know the last AutoCAD version that can do this, please share it in comment section. Click here to keep reading
 
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