Creating Rope Light in LD Assistant
Looking to add rope light to your rendering? Click here to learn how to use the tools found in LD Assistant to create rope light FX.

Featured Rendering - by G.B. Stephens, USF School of Theatre and Dance

Autodesk News
Autodesk Offers Chronicle for Project Workflows
Project Chronicle is a free technology preview from Autodesk Research that makes it extremely convenient and easy for users to capture, share, and learn from software workflows. Project Chronicle consists of a recording utility to capture recordings, and a website that displays the recordings as Chronicles, interactive video tutorials. The videos can be shared publically or set to private, so that they can be used as internal training materials for a private office or classroom.
The Chronicle Recording Utility allows users to capture workflows from within Autodesk products. The utility records a continuous video screen capture and optionally voice narration. What makes Chronicle unique is that is also records the timing and details of workflow information, such as the tools, settings, and dialog boxes that are used during the workflow.Click here to keep reading

Articles & How To
Get Your Layers in Line With the Layer Translator - by Ellen Finkelstein
Whether you receive drawings from others or just need to fix up some sloppy work created in-house, you sometimes need to change layer names and properties for objects in your drawings so that they match your layer standards.
A great way to do this is to use the LAYTRANS command, that is, the layer translator. You specify sets of Translate From and Translate To layers based on existing drawings. For example, if you have a drawing with Layer1 (bad form!), you can translate it to the OBJECT layer. This process is called layer mapping.

Set up layer mapping - If the layer names in your current drawing are meaningless to you, I recommend that you start by writing down how you want to map these layers. That’s because the dialog box you’ll be working in doesn’t give you any information except for the names. You can’t tell which color a layer is, for example...
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Plot to Print on AutoCAD WS 1.4 - by Kate Morrical
AutoCAD WS is great for taking your drawings on the go, right? Of course. And one of its big advantages is that it natively reads DWG files, so there’s no conversion necessary when you upload or share.
But what if you want to send a drawing from WS to someone who’s not using it? Sure, you could try to convince them to create an account (It’s fast! It’s easy! It’s free!), but sometimes you might not have time even for that.
Enter the new “Plot to Print” feature in AutoCAD WS 1.4.. Click here to keep reading

Moving objects in front of - or behind- other objects - by Ellen Finkelstein
When you draw only simple objects, such as lines, rectangles and circles, it doesn’t make much difference which object is in front (on top) or in back (behind), because all objects are wireframes. You can see every object, unless one object is exactly on top of another–which isn’t considered a good practice.
But when you attach images, fill (hatch) objects with a solid fill, or create text, which object is in front and which is behind can be very important, because these objects can hide other objects.
For example, you may want an image to show on top of a solid fill. Click here to keep reading
What will went wrong if I use imperial template for my metric drawing? - by Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes
So what’s so wrong if I use imperial template for my metric drawing? Nothing is wrong. You will just have more things to do. If you are a veteran AutoCAD user or if you already find the workaround, this will not be a big issue to you. But if you are a beginner, you will want everything to work out of the box. You will not want to use too many commands or change too many variables/properties in your first days of work.e. Click here to keep reading

CAD on the Go - by Brian Benton, AUGI Author
Autodesk has released several mobile applications on iOS and Android. Most of the apps are available for either platform. Some are for creating new designs; others are there for viewing files. Still others are used for communicating with your design team. Autodesk has even released a game for iOS. With all of the mobile apps out there, what do you need to know about them? - First off, most of the apps are free. The Sketchbook series (there are three versions) is the exception, but there is a free version of it as well. All of them work with their corresponding Autodesk “regular” versions. For example, the AutoCAD WS can open and edit regular AutoCAD files (.dwg). In fact, AutoCAD WS is made to work with AutoCAD. Why would you want to have AutoCAD, or any of these apps, on your phone? Who wants to create drawings on such a small screen? Not me. I have no desire to create a set of construction plans on my phone’s screen. And that’s okay, because that is not the purpose of these apps (except maybe Sketchbook on a tablet). These apps are intended not to replace their desktop counterparts but to supplement them. It is their mobile abilities that make them appealing and useful.. Click her to keep reading

CAD Management - Get It In Gear by Mark Kiker, AUGI Author
A timely reminder. A nudge forward. A kick in the pants. -
These are just some of the motivating ideas that you might use in your daily interactions with your team and others. The CAD Manager has to motivate people to encourage progress. Motivation is the process we use to spur others on to action. -
It is imperative that the CAD Manager be a motivator so the firm can move forward. They need to motivate when it comes to the small stuff and the large things. Daily, weekly, and ongoing motivation is needed because people get bogged down in the project work and may lose sight of the purpose: Where they are headed and why they are doing it..Click here to keep reading

Know what your plot will look like when you use plot styles - by Paul Munford, AutoCAD Tips Blog
Did you know that you can set AutoCAD up to show you exactly how your plot will look, even before you Preview it? (You can click the Preview button in the Plot dialog box to preview your plot.) - It’s easy – when you know how. This technique applies when you use a color-dependent (CTB file) or named (STB file) plot style. Plot styles help you create and save plotting variations and are a great productivity tool. If you aren’t using plot styles, I highly recommend that you check them out. Here are two tutorials to get you started: Click here to keep reading

Dell Precision M6700 review by Tom Lansford, CADplace
  The newest 17 inch mobile workstation from Dell gives you the 3rd generation Intel Core i7 computing, AMD FirePro professional graphics, a classy and rugged design with expandability and capacity that makes you feel like you are taking your desktop on the road with you.

This is a nice 17 inch professional workstation. The design with the aluminum & magnesium alloy chassis has a simple, stylist look and a solid feel - the perfect combination for professionals. The style is clean and understated. Everything feels solid and firm. No flexing, no weak spots.

The latest Core i7 mobile processors, mine came with a Intel® Core™ i7-3920XM Processor Extreme Edition running at 2.9 GHz with a maximum Turbo Boost 2.0 clock speed of 3.8 GHz..
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LD Assistant Rendering Computers
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LD Assistant 2012 System Requirements
LD Assistant Ac 2012 is a 32 bit program requiring XP 32, VISTA 32 or Win 7 32 bit OS. The program will install on WIN 7 64 Bit OS and run as a 32 bit program and LD Assistant will take full advantage of all the RAM you have on your computer.

Requirements for 2D Drafting • Microsoft® Windows® 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium or Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional (SP3 or later) • For Windows 7: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon™ dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology • For Windows XP: Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended) • 6 GB free disk space for installation • 1,024 x 768 display resolution with true color (1,600 x 1,050 with true color recommended) • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 or later web browser.

Requirements for 3D Modeling • Pentium 4 or Athlon processor, 3 GHz or greater or Intel or AMD dual-core processor, 2 GHz or greater • 4 GB RAM or more • 1,280 x 1,024 true color video display adapter 256 MB or greater, Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater, OpenGL, Microsoft® Direct3D®-capable workstation-class graphics card.

Standard Rendering Requirements • 4 to 6 GB RAM
High-End Rendering Requirements • Depending on the size of drawing from 6 to 12 GB RAM may be needed.
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