April 2011
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NextComputing Announces Mobile Workstation for CAD Users
NextComputing, a leader in high-performance portable and small form-factor workstations and servers, announces a new solution for CAD users looking for a powerful workstation computer to run their demanding applications, but have been dissatisfied with the limited options available in laptops.

Configured for engineers and designers running computing-intensive 3D CAD software, the diminutive Radius LE workstation takes up no more desktop real-estate than a notebook computer, yet offers the features professional users need to work quickly and efficiently, including: Quad-Core Intel Core i7 2.80 GHz processor - ATI FirePro graphics with up to 2GB GDDR5 memory - Integrated 17-inch high-resolution (1920x1200) display. Click here to keep reading
What The Effect of Autodesk's Registration of DWG as Trademark Means
Autodesk expected to succeed in attempt to trademark DWG, users may benefit with less confusion, more effects on industry, Owen Wengerd, WorldCAD Access. Click here to keep reading
Autodesk Issues Update 1 for AutoCAD 2011 for Mac
The following features have been updated to fix issues identified using incoming Customer Error Reports (CER): •2D Display •3D Selection •File Navigation •General UI •Graphic System •Hatch •Install •Layers •Open/Save •Properties Inspector •Quick View Tools •Start-up - Click here for more information
Autodesk Up 16% in 4th Quarter
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, ending January 31, 2011, revenue was $528 million, up 16% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. For all of fiscal 2011 revenue was $1.95 billion, up 14% compared to fiscal 2010. Click here to keep reading
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Scalable Viewports - As you may already know, using LAYOUTs in AutoCAD when printing has numerous advantages. One of these advantages is the ability to scale viewports in LAYOUTs. Orhan Toker, Daily AutoCAD
Creating Planar Surfaces in AutoCAD 2011 - Learn how to create a planar surface. In this super quick video, Heidi describes the new Planar Surface tool including the option to create a planar surface from an existing closed boundary. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider
AutoLISP Exercise: Using Block and Conditional If - CAD Notes, Edwin Prakoso
60 AutoCAD Tips in 60 Minutes - there's bound to be one or two even the veteran AutoCAD user does not know, Lynn Allen, Autodesk
Blending Surfaces in AutoCAD 2011 - creating blended surface that automatically updates as you modify the associated defining surfaces
Trimming Surfaces in AutoCAD 2011 - powerful combination of surface trimming, surface associativity, Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider
Is Teamwork the Key? - shifting expectations for upfront analysis from individuals to team, engineering-matters.com
Using the Navigation Bar in AutoCAD 2011 - Learn about the tools on the Navigation bar that help you navigate around and through your models. In this video, Heidi describe how to display the Navigation bar and introdusce you to many of the navigation tools including the SteeringWheels and 3D Connexion support. Heidi Hewett
Default Keyboard Shortcuts in AutoCAD for Mac - According to the official definition of Autodesk – “Shortcut keys (Keyboard Shortcuts) are key combinations that start commands. For example, you can press Ctrl+O to open a file and Ctrl+S to save a file, which is the same as clicking Open and Save on File menu.” With Keyboard Shortcuts you can control switching of System variables and Drafting Settings (Ortho mode, Osnap mode, etc.)
Extruding Surfaces in AutoCAD 2011 - Learn how to create extruded surfaces. In this video, Heidi will introduce you to the Extrude tool and describe how to create an extruded surface versus a solid. She covers basic extrusion options including the ability to specify a direction or select a path. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider
Isolating Objects in AutoCAD 2011 - Learn how Object Isolation tools in AutoCAD lets you control object visibility independent of layers. In this video, she demonstrates how to isolate selected objects so that all other objects are hidden. Heidi also shows you how to hide selected objects and how to end the object isolation so that all hidden objects are, once again, visible. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider
Using the 3D Gizmos in AutoCAD 2011 - Learn how the 3D gizmos can help you create and edit paths and profiles for 3D models. In this video, Heidi describes how to use the 3D Move, Rotate and Scale gizmos to constrain editing operations to a specified axis or plane. Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider
Tips & Tools Weekly Vol 15 No. 43 - open sheet sets without AutoCAD; move, copy, rotate and scale with 1 command, shift to reverse, Cadalyst
Adding Color to Your B/W Drawings - If you produce construction documents, chances are the majority of your work is produced in black and white, for eventual printing and/or reproduction on a monochrome printer. If you use color dependent plot styles, then your default CTB file may be set up so that all of the ACI colors (1-255) plot black. RK McSwain, CAD Panacea
How To Create Annotative Text Style - Draw space, click on annotation scale button in AutoCAD, run text style, click on new button, mark annotative tick box, activate text style by hitting set current, The Annotation property makes text objects appear the same size on printouts of different scales. This comes in very handy when printing out drawings. For example, the title of a 1:50 drawing is the same height as that of an 1:5 drawing. Similarly, description texts are uniform in size regardless of the drawing scale. Normally, we would have to change the sizes of all text objects for every scale of printouts that will be made. Gokalp Baykal, Daily AutoCAD
Editing Dimension Objects Using Grips - AutoCAD objects can be modified using GRIPs, dimension value will be instantly updated as you move end points of dimension lines, Orhan Toker, Daily AutoCAD
How to Create PDF from AutoCAD with a Single Click - export PDF files from AutoCAD drawings, fine tuning export to PDF process, adjust layer export in the file. The ability to ‘Plot’ PDF files directly from AutoCAD has been on the AUGI wish list for many years. PDF remains the standard ‘Electronic’ file format for drawing exchange in the AEC Industries. PDF support was finally added to AutoCAD in 2009.
Shaan Hurley, Between the Lines
NVIDIA Quadro 5000 Review - $2250 card performs well, good for large assemblies, rendering, RobRodrquez.com

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