Featured NEWS for November 2012
Rental & Staging Road Show - Washington DC - Wednesday November 28, 2012
3:00 - 3:45pm: Live Event Design & Pre-Visualization by Kevin Denzel
Kevin Denzel, Technical Director at Swank Audio Visual, Southern Division, will present samples of his work using LD Assistant, with a focus on CAD and packaging workflow. Kevin demonstrates LD Assistant’s basic and advanced tools, and how to create everything from a great-looking static shot rendering to a recordable walk-through production design.
  On Nov. 28th, Kevin Denzel, Technical Director at Swank Audio Visual, Southern Division, will present samples of his work using LD Assistant, with a focus on CAD workflow. At the Roadshow Orlando, Kevin showed multiple examples of how LD Assistant can be used as a Technical and Sales tool. By using pre-visualizations it offers the opportunity to give an event setup a virtual “test-drive” before finalizing all details. Using LD Assistant Kevin can create a diagram complete to scale and identify any areas of concern, create diagrams and plots that help the event setup process, and ultimately show a client what to expect for their event with the pre-visualization and pre-planning involved in his role with Swank Audio Visuals. Denzel will present on this topic at the Nov. 28th Roadshow in D.C. You can register online now for the Nov. 28th Roadshow in Washington D.C.: http://www.avnetwork.com/rentalstagingroadshow
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CAD Program installed   With or without installed LD Assistant Ac 12 v3 or LD Assistant Ac 12 v3 Upgrade
OPERATING SYSTEM   Microsoft Windows® 7 64 bit
PROCESSOR   Intel 2nd Generation Core i7 socket 2011 CPU ( i7-3820, 3930K or 3960X )
MEMORY   32GB - DDR3 1600
DRIVE BAY 1   SSD 240G - Read Up to 555 MB/s - Write Up to 525 MB/s
DRIVE BAY 2   HD 2T - SATA 3.0Gb/s - Cache 32MB
GRAPHICS   NVIDIA® Quadro® Q2000 Professional Graphics
CHIPSET   Intel® X79 Express Chipset
AUDIO   Realtek ALC888S - 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
NETWORK   (2) Realtek RTL 8111E, 10Mb/s, 100Mb/s, 1Gb/s Operation, Support Wake-On-LAN (WOL) function
FRONT PANEL   (2) USB 3.0 Ports, (1) USB 2.0 Port with Mobile Device Charger Feature, (1) USB 2.0 Port, (1) Microphone-In
(1) Headphone-Out, Power Button, Power Indicator (Blue LED), Hard Drive/Optical Drive Indicator (Yellow LED)
BACK PANEL   (2) USB 3.0 Ports, (6) USB 2.0 Ports, (1) Line-In Port, (1) Line-Out Port, (1) Side Surround Jack, (1) Rear Surround Jack, (1) Center Bass Jack, (2) Gigabit LAN Port (RJ45), (1) CMOS Clear Button, (1) eSATA Port
(1) eSATA Power Connector, (3) Wireless Port Perforation eSATA Port
EXPANSION   (2) PCI-E x16 Slot, (1) Mini PCI-E Socket (Long), Supports mSATA , (1) Mini PCI-E Socket (Short)
POWER   500W 80 Plus, Input:100-240V AC
DIMENSIONS   Height: 7.8" inches, Width: 8.5" inches, Depth: 13.1" inches
WEIGHT   7.7 lbs. (Actual weight may vary depend on systems configurations)
WARRANTY   3 Year Limited Hardware Warranty
The Image Below Was Rendered In Less That 15 Minutes On The SX79DD Computer
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Featured LD Assistant Rendering - by G.B. Stephens, USF School of Theatre and Dance

Autodesk News
Autodesk Product Design Suite Helps Position Turkish Auto Company for Global Success
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has named BMC — a leader in the Turkish automotive industry — as the September Autodesk Inventor of the Month for using Autodesk Inventor 3D CAD software as part of Autodesk Product Design Suite to improve design and production processes at its main plant in Izmir, Turkey. These productivity enhancements allow the company to more efficiently produce a wide range of vehicles — from light and heavy trucks, to buses and military vehicles — which are supplied to international as well as local markets, helping BMC move towards becoming a global brand Click here to keep reading

Articles & How To
AutoCAD WS 1.4 - GPS integration, 3D viewing, print to PDF or DWF capabilities included, by RK McSwain, CAD Panacea. -
Autodesk presented a webinar to review the new version of AutoCAD WS 1.4 that is now available for download. If you are not aware of it, AutoCAD WS is a free web and mobile application for viewing and editing DWG files stored in the cloud. The "cloud" in this sense generally refers to storage space allocated to the user by Autodesk, but it was reminded to us that the "cloud" can mean other things such as SharePoint, Buzzsaw, and even your own servers, with the proper setup. It was even hinted that we might see some object enablers appear soon for WS.
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Watch these video tutorials to enhance your skills and make the most of your software. -
Create Objects, Modify Objects, Text & Dimensions, Blocks & Xrefs, Collaboration Tools, User Interface, Customization and Sheet Set Manager. Click here to view tutorials

The Silent Revolution - 3D Printing in the Workplace and the Home - by Martyn Day, DEVELOP 3D
Five years ago, if you’d said we’ll soon be able to print 3D models directly from pictures captured with a camera phone - and all for less than the cost of a half dodgy French breast implant - you would have been called a witch and burned, along with the nearest cat. But with a wave of new consumer 3D printers and a new photo capture technology from Autodesk, this is now possible. - There has been a quiet revolution in low-cost 3D printing for some years now. With the introduction of extrusion 3D printers such as the RepRap, an open source, low-cost 3D printer (approx $520), suddenly rapid prototyping started to be become very affordable. -Click here to keep reading

Exploring AutoCAD CUI
introduction (part 1) - by Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes
There are many questions and confusion about customizing AutoCAD with CUI. It’s supposed to be simpler and easier than the old mnu or mns file. I never use the old way, but I believe yes, it’s easier to do it graphically like this. So let’s discuss about customize user interface (or CUI). In this first article, we will discus about accessing the dialog and preparing our own CUI that we will use later. You can open the dialog by clicking the button in manage tab>customization>user interface. Click here to keep reading

Creating a command in tab (part 2) - By Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes
In previous tutorial, we explore the CUI dialog interface and create our own customization file. Let’s go further.
Let’s see what we will do:
1.We will use our own cui file. So create it first before you follow this tutorial. We did it on the last tutorial.
2.We will create custom commands. Later, we will combine them with existing AutoCAD command to our panel.
3.We will create a panel and a ribbon tab.
4.We will define in which workspace the panel should appear.
Change your active customization file
In your CUI dialog, select your custom CUI you created before. If you miss the first step, you can check it in this first tutorial. I named it CAD-NOTES, but you may use your own name. Click her to keep reading

Working with ribbon (part 3) - By Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes
We covered how you can create your own AutoCAD customization file and add your own commands, panel and ribbon tab there. In this article, we will cover more details about arranging our tools in a panel and tab by working with their properties. How to make our panel looks as we expected. We will add several more commands there, custom and AutoCAD default commands. If you haven’t got any custom command, you can follow our previous tutorial or just continue with default commands. Adding custom commands I created several commands from Paul Munford’s macro like below. You can refer to those macros or create your own if necessary.Click here to keep reading

Working with ribbon (part 4) - By Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes
In the last tutorial, we learned how to place commands to ribbon. But we know that ribbon is not everyone’s favorite. What if you want to add the commands to toolbar? What if you want to add commands to menu? Let’s see how we can do it here.

Working with toolbar
Working with toolbar should be easier. It has fewer properties than ribbon.
First, let’s open our CUI dialog box. Remember to activate customization file to yours (mine is cad-notes, yours might be different).

Creating new toolbar
Now we work on our own customization file. Try to click the + sign on the left of toolbars category. You should see there is no item below it yet. Our customization file is empty, remember? Click here to keep reading

5 more things you can do with CUI (part 5) - By Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes
We have 4 articles already about working with CUI. Many people think that CUI is only about creating custom commands, creating your own ribbon tab/panel or your own toolbar and menu. There are more things you can do with CUI, and actually quite cool.
1. Rollover Tooltips and Quick Properties
Rollover tooltips and quick properties both give you quick information of your object. Rollover tooltips will appear when you hover your mouse above an object. Quick properties is a palette that will open when you double click an object. Or you can set it to open automatically when you select object.
If you only want to see object’s properties, rollover tooltip would be a logical choice. But if you don’t like to wait until it appears, you can just choose quick properties. But the real difference is, you can edit the properties in quick properties but not in rollover tooltip.
Let’s say you are a surveyor. You would like to get information of an object quickly, like what is the object, its length and its area. You can just hover your mouse above it, and don’t have to inquiry its length and area! Isn’t that cool? Click here to keep reading

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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