On the Cover
The image of the Super Street 38 motorcycle is courtesy of Right Hemisphere. Original CAD design work done by Mark van der Kwaak of dbbp.com. The motorcycle design was created using CATIA V5 and rendered using Right Hemisphere's Deep Exploration 5.5 CAD Edition. Right Hemisphere's Lars Olson applied materials and Realight to the CAD data in Deep Exploration prior to the rendering of the image. Art direction by Annie W. Leung.
SimCity for Real
From humble beginnings at The Vermont Country Store, CommunityViz is poised to become the land-use planning software of the future.
Cadalyst Labs Hardware & Software Reviews
Designs Spring to Life — 3D Publishing Tools Make File Sharing as Easy as Opening a Book
3D publishing software from companies such as Adobe Systems, Okino Computer Graphics, QuadriSpace, Right Hemisphere, and SolidWorks extends access to 3D designs created by popular CAD applications.
Xi MTower 2P64X — Dual Quad-Core Workstation
Extended evaluation reveals the benefits of this high-end, highly recommended system.
ArchiCAD 12 — BIM Software
ArchiCAD 12 is a must-have solution that provides offers significant breakthroughs in speed, design flexibility, and documentation.
Dell Precision M6300 — High-End Mobile Workstation
Mobile system packs the computing power of a dual-core desktop workstation.
Expert Advice & Commentary
Budgeting for Success
You might hate budgeting, but it's crucial to making sure you and your users have the tools they need.
Assault with a Deadly CAD File
A few diversionary tactics could help you survive the experience of sharing 3D models.
More Bang for Your Truck
Manufacturer of vehicle performance adjusters gets a boost from PLM.
Golden Rule of BIM
To reduce errors and bad information, building owners turn to BIM.
Tip or Treat?
Harry's top tip for October is an expert system for annotating profile data.
Random AutoCAD Tips and Tricks for All, Part II
Good advice to make you more productive.
X Marks the Ref
Behold the power and capabilities of externally referenced files in AutoCAD.
How AutoCAD Can Mess You Up Behind Your Back
Interoperability issues within a single DWG format and AutoCAD's foot fetish cause problems.
Convert Qleaders to Same-Style Mleaders
Q2M routine automatically converts a leader while maintaining the style and text of the original.
Design Viewer and Windows Applications
The word is Word.
From the Trenches
Step-by-step instructions show you how to draw nice-looking bolts and nuts.
cad clinic:civil 3d
Description Key Sets and Point Styles
Point label styles display user selected object properties and define how the label behaves and what the label displays.
Print Versus Plot
The method you should choose depends on your task.
BIM and Green Building Studio
Architects transform their designs from carbon-positive to carbon-neutral.
Working with VectorWorks
Your constraint tools are there to help, so use them.
Bentley's PowerCivil automates subdivisional roadway systems.
Creating Flat Pattern Drawings of Sheet Metal Parts
Use the Sheet Metal Workspace to create intelligent sheet metal parts and detailed drawings.
CircuitWorks — Electro Meets Mechanical, Part 2
The Component Library automatically stores information about SolidWorks models for later use.
Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology, Part 2
Capture ideas as fast as you can imagine them.
Autodesk Inventor 2009 Frame Generator
Populate your parts and material lists to combine like frame members and total lengths.
Adding Tolerances to an Autodesk Inventor Model Sketch
The more information that's stored in your model, the more robust the model becomes.
Enterprise searches allow you to go beyond Googling.
Inventor 2008 introduces new digital prototyping features.
Cadalyst.com Web Exclusives
Parasolid Pumps Up Vectorworks '09
Modeling kernel speeds up the design software and provides more flexibility.
PTC Leaves 'For Sale' Rumor Unanswered
Stock climbs following a speculative report in Financial Times.
CIMdata Releases New PLM Market Report
Market watcher sees growth in markets traditionally not associated with PLM.
Lattice Pushes XVL for Design Validation and CAD Data Distribution
Company advocates the use of its lightweight format for process simulation.
Autodesk Introduces Flexible Software Delivery
The pick-and-choose installation option may alleviate some headaches associated with annual release cycles.
Autodesk Launches Rebate Program
The company's Efficiency Stimulus Program targets small businesses.
Responsibility: It's Not a Four-Letter Word
In your role as a CAD user or as a human being, step up to the plate and make the world a better place.
News Analysis from the World of CAD
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Cadalyst readers have their say.
Bentley's Commitment to Open Access to GIS Data, Link to Nowhere, Kudos to Robert Green, Reports of 2D Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated.
Breaking stories from around the industry.
Latest hardware and software releases.
Talk with your peers about CAD-related issues.