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The 3D cake model was created in Alibre Design by Max Freeman, Alibre product manager. Alibre offers Alibre Design Xpress, a 3D parametric CAD product, free of charge. Download Alibre Design Xpress via the link at www.cadalyst.com/alibre.
Cadalyst Celebrates 25 Years
A Quarter Century of Cadalyst
Cadalyst celebrates its 25th year with a trip down memory lane.
Tracking a CAD Giant
A look back at the founding of Autodesk and how it became dominant in CAD.
The Highs and Lows of CAD Hardware
CAD hardware has changed in unimaginable ways. Take a look back at yesterday's systems and track the amazing progress of 25 years.
Industry Insights — Looking Ahead
Industry leaders and Cadalyst insiders talk about the future.
CAD at a Glance: 1982-2007
A timeline outlining many of the major events that have taken place in the world of CAD throughout the past quarter of a century.
Community Building in Progress
Individuals, user groups, and companies meet in the cyberworld of social networking sites.
Cadalyst Labs Reviews
HP xw4600 Workstation with LP3065 30" LCD Monitor
Good pricing, performance, and overall quality make this workstation package ideal for a broad range of work.
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700 - Graphics Card
A Highly Recommended graphics card provides accelerated drivers for AutoCAD and 3ds Max.
LaCie 324 — LCD Monitor
This display garners straight As for brightness, contrast, focus, convergence, color purity, geometric distortion, and raster rotation.
HP Compaq 8710w — Mobile Workstation
This laptop carries good performance, excellent battery life, great design, and lots of configuration and connectivity options.
Making Standards Stick
Win your users' enthusiasm by teaching them how CAD standards can simplify workloads.
Hybrid Learning Methods
Build training options to suit your personal needs.
Rational vs. Irrational Decisions
Get past day-to-day routines and use rational thoughts in your decision-making.
The Jack and Jill of Ergonomics
Ford uses digital avatars to test vehicle and assembly-plant ergonomics.
Data Collection in AEC
Digital data collection has significant advantages — higher speed, greater accuracy, and lower cost — over manual measuring methods.
Just a Few CAD Renovations
Harry's Top Tip lets users select an object in a drawing and make more objects of the same type and properties.
Solutions for Sending Large Digital Files
Services provide options for when those big files absolutely have to get there fast.
Circles and Lines
Record actions with a click of a button in AutoCAD 2009.
This potpourri of little tricks will beef up your AutoCAD efficiency.
Avoid the Perilous Purge and other sticky situations.
Route automatically creates thumbnail previews for old DWG and DXF files.
CAD Clinic: Civil 3D
Use Civil 3D's point label styles to define the properties that show adjacent to a marker.
From the Trenches
Step-by-step instructions show you how to draw nice-looking bolts and nuts.
Working with VectorWorks
Your constraint tools are there to help, so use them.
Improved searching functionality in Revit finds product content for building designs.
Solutions From Synergis
Share 2D and 3D Autodesk Inventor data with AutoCAD users.
Placing standard details into ArchiCAD projects.
Bentley's PowerCivil automates subdivisional roadway systems.
3D Modeling Tutorials
A treasure trove of SolidWorks information awaits you on the Internet.
On the Edge
Solid Edge Variable Limits enforce critical design values while maintaining creativity.
Discover Inline Work features in Autodesk Inventor.
Alibre Design Tips
Customize Alibre's templates with your new fields and graphics.
Enterprise searches allow you to go beyond Googling.
Inventor 2008 introduces new digital prototyping features.
Survival Tips for the Digital Jungle
Aberdeen's Product Innovation and Engineering Summit draws unconventional thinkers.
COE 2008 Annual PLM Conference & TechniFair
Dassault Systemes pushes PLM toward Web 2.0.
Lessons for the Future
Cadalyst's editor reflects on 25 years of advancements to celebrate where we've been and to anticipate where we're going.
News Analysis from the World of CAD
This month: Inventor LT: Free for Another Year, Stressful Exams, AI-Driven Simulation, Adobe 9 Is Ready for Collaboration, Mass Translation, NC on the Rise
Readers have their say.
Breaking stories from around the industry.
Latest hardware and software releases.
Talk about CAD-related issues.
Conferences, classes, trade shows, and more.
Latest publications about CAD.
Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen guides you through a different AutoCAD feature in every edition of her popular "Circles and Lines" tutorial series. For even more AutoCAD how-to, check out Lynn's quick tips in the Cadalyst Video Gallery. Subscribe to Cadalyst's free Tips & Tools Weekly e-newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!