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Featured NEWS
LD Assistant 2011 Release NEWS
When It's Your Design That's On The Line, Why Settle For Less Than The Best!
4   Design & Drafting is completing beta testing of LD Assistant 2011, the World Standard in Entertainment Lighting Design. This new release offers more FX to Entertainment Lighting Design and Event Planning than any other CAD program on the market.

Other companies claim to push the boundaries of CAD, but we must ask, do they have 3D Audio, LED Screens, Fireworks, Smoke, Fire, Ice, Water, Wind, Real-Time Video Playback or a built-in Real-Time Visualizer so you can connect your console to the CAD program?

With LD Assistant you get NO HYPE, only real tools to help you win more jobs.

"If you can find a CAD program that has all the same features that LD Assistant offers for under Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000), we will buy it for you," says Rufus Warren of Design & Drafting.
Fifteen Reasons to Buy LD Assistant 2011
1 1) Improved Rendering Process and New Rendering Window
The new rendering dialog includes more useful settings and a new rendering window that ensures speed, better results and better user control of the rendering process.

2 2) Improved Animation Process and New Camera Path Animation
The new Animation dialog includes more features and settings. Now you can define animation scenes and set camera moving path, time, speed and more to ensure great results.

3 3) New Pyrotechnics Effects on Objects
Put new pyrotechnics effects on any curve like lines, circles, polylines or splines. Set emitters as sphere or stream, set options like time, colors, angle or radius to obtain breathtakingly cool results in rendering, visualization and animation.
4 4) New LED Surfaces
Use any Image, AVI and WMV movie to transform any extruded surface into an LED matrix. Set size, sharpness, brightness and color contrast to design your needed LED surface for render, visualization and animation.

5 5) New Video and 3D Audio Engine for Better Performance
Use the new video and audio engine based on DirectX to better design your projectors, fixtures and audio cabinets. Simulate your design using 3D sound. Play any used or generated image, video and audio file using the new LD Assistant Media Player.
6 6) New Smart Custom Entities like CurveText
Use smart custom entities like CurveText to annotate your drawings.

7 7) Improved Atmosphere & Lens Effects
You have now different dialogs to set Atmosphere and Lens Effects. Volume light rendering is faster and more realistic including noise and turbulence. Your effects now have a preview dialog for better design.

8 8) New Real-time Simulation for Water and Cloth
Transform any planar surface to water objects with reflection, refraction and ambient rendering.
Transform any extruded surface to a cloth object and simulate it in the wind conditions.

8 9) New Real-time Shadow Effect Simulation
Set shadows property to any light fixture. Set scene objects to receive or cast shadows from all or selective lights.

8 10) Editable Production Objects Geometry
You can now edit any geometrical property of production objects including fixtures, truss, table and chairs, risers or racks.

8 11) Improved Smart Cables
With improved wires and cables you can now set more properties, associative labels and edit their geometry by drag and drop using the grips.

8 12) Improved Object Utilities
Multiple object utilities options can be now applied to multiple blocks and multiple attributes from a single command.

8 13) New DMX Connections with GrandMA and Flying Pig consoles
Now you can use the power of LD Control simulation with GrandMA and Flying Pig consoles using the new implemented DMX drivers.

8 14) New DMX Profiles Editor and DMX Patch Editor
Now you can use the DMX Profiles Editor as a separate command and also as a feature of Lighting data dialog. The new DMX Patch editor allows you to quickly assign the light from the drawing to DMX channels.

8 15) Improved User Interface
The new ribbon interface together with the new LD Assistant Tasks dialog allows you to quickly find and call any LD Assistant command and option.

Pre-Order LD Assistant 2011 and Save $300.00 On New or Upgrade Versions
Pre-Order and reserve your copy of LD Assistant 2011, the most advanced Lighting and Event CAD program ever offered! When you pre-order, your credit card will NOT be charged until the program is shipped. LD Assistant 2011 is slated for release before July 30, 2011. Be the first to have this superior program ORDER NOW.This offer is ONLY good until LD Assistant 2011 starts to ship.
Click here to pre-order LD Assistant 2011 and SAVE $300.00!

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Featured LD Assistant Rendering
If a picture is worth a thousand words... then here's a few thousand!
Special thanks to Kevin Denzel for allowing us to show some of his work. Renderings are copyrighted © by Kevin Denzel.

Creating Planar Surfaces - using planar surface tool, Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Exchange
Generating a Mesh for a 3D Solid Using AutoCAD's Brep API from .NET - Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface
Remove Hatch Contextual Tab Ribbon - removing items below hatch creation state using CUI editor, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes
Adjusting Block Scales - inserting block with units in inches into drawing with units in centimeters, Erhan Toker, Daily
Video Tip - Text in All Caps - choose option from text editor, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog
Creating Metric Drawing Sheets with Imperial Page Sizes - AutoCAD tutorial, Donnie Gladfelter, The CAD Geek
Customized AutoCAD Opening For Your Own - create profile, customize AutoCAD, create shortcut for profile, Orhan Toker, Daily AutoCAD
Five Commands You Can't Live Without - AutoCAD tips on construction line command, Mtext tool, multileader, measure command, midway between two points OSNAP, Beth Powell, AUGI
Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol.16, No.11) - organizing support files in AutoCAD, using grips for quick editing, rendering 3D objects, Cadalyst
Auto-Complete Commands and System Variables - AutoCAD LT 2012 tip, auto-complete command remembers user's choice, highlights by default next time, Kate Morrical
An Academy Awards AutoCAD Hip Tip on the Action Recorder - record action in action tree, save macro as extension of .ACTM, Lynn Allen's Blog
AutoCAD WS Mobile - Offline Editing & Viewing of DWG Files - free app saves changes when offline, shares changes once connected to internet, Shaan Hurley, Between the Lines
Creating AutoCAD WS App for Your Desktop - creating web application shortcut of AutoCAD WS website using Chrome, CAD Clues
Edit Your AutoCAD Designs On the Go - editing features in AutoCAD WS: basic shapes, snap preview, copy, paste, brush tool, Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider
Downloading Your Mobile/Web Edits Into AutoCAD - AutoCAD WS tip, Daniel, AutoCAD WS Blog
5 Quick Tips for AutoCAD WS - using shortcuts, contextual toolbar, panning, zooming by mouse, sharing multiple drawings, AutoCAD WS
Viewing Layouts in AutoCAD WS - AutoCAD WS 1.2 supports layouts, ability to add markups, Kate Morrical, LT Unlimited
The 100th Michael's Corner: Thank You - capture non-standard viewpoint, assigning hatch transparency in AutoCAD, Michael Beall, CADTutor
Hardware Rewiews
HP's First Entry-Level Workstation: Z210 - available with performance advisor software, Xeon E3 1200 processors, Intel HD Graphics P3000 technology, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop
HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation - fitted with Intel Core i7-720QM processor, DreamColor 2 display, touch-sensitive buttons, integrated smart card reader, limited 3 yr warranty, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering

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