Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 15, No. 27)2 Aug, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff
This Week's Software Tips
Insert Styles with Design Center
Tipster Kent Elrod describes a work process that provides easy access to standard styles and blocks using AutoCAD's Design Center. "This is much faster than navigating to a file in Design Center." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Rotate Hatch Patterns for Angled Roofs
W.C. Casey sends us a neat trick to make hatch patterns look more authentic in a 2D elevation view. "Elevation views are a standard part of any architectural drawing set, and hatch patterns — roof shingles, for instance — are a quick way to add some realism." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Autodesk Offers Visualization Screencasts
Autodesk's Buildings Media Center offers free educational materials for architects and designers, including archived webcasts. Featured screencasts available to registered users include Tips and Tricks for Visualization in Renovation and Retrofit Projects and Better Design Decisions with Visualization.
Z Corp Webcast Presents Architectural 3D Printing Case Study
An on-demand webcast available from 3D printing and scanning technology provider Z Corp explains how 3D printing works. Users must register to view the complimentary webcast, which also describes how UK architectural firm Gilberts has reduced architectural model-making costs.
OptiTex Creates Wiki Resource
OptiTex, which provides CAD solutions for textile-related applications, has launched OptiTex Help. The wiki offers access to the entire OptiTex knowledge base, including technical information regarding OptiTex products and services.
Pfeiffer Publishes Benchmark Reports for Maya, 3ds Max
Autodesk has announced the publication of four research reports from technology research institute Pfeiffer Consulting that quantify performance, productivity, and efficiency gains of Autodesk Maya 2011 and Autodesk 3ds Max 2011 software over earlier versions. The reports include ROI studies and user-workflow productivity studies.
Khronos Releases Updated OpenGL Specification
Industry consortium the Khronos Group has announced the immediate release of the OpenGL 4.1 specification, the sixth update to the OpenGL specification in two years. This version of the royalty-free specification maintains full backwards compatibility, and integrates OpenGL ES (embedded systems) functionality for desktop and mobile platform portability.
Deals & Freebies
Ideate Offers Free Trial of Updated Revit Tool
Ideate, an Autodesk solutions provider, is offering a free 30-day trial of the 2011 release of Ideate Explorer for Revit. The Ideate-developed add-on gives Revit 2011 users the ability to search, filter, and finish more than 10,000 building elements in a Revit building information model (BIM).
StudioGPU Launches Student Pricing Program for MachStudio Pro
Software developer StudioGPU's nonlinear real-time 3D workflow and rendering software MachStudio Pro is now available at educational pricing to qualified students. MachStudio Pro is specially priced at $499, and the software bundled with AMD's ATI FirePro V7800 workstation graphics card is $999. The company also offers a free full-featured MachStudio Pro 30-day trial.
Autodesk Creation Suites Provide 40% Savings on 3D Software
Autodesk has introduced Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suites Premium, incorporating tools for 3D modeling, digital sculpting, texture painting, animation, effects, rendering, and compositing. The suites provide savings of more than 40% when compared with purchasing the software separately.
Books & Training
Autodesk Offers New Softimage, DEC Certification Programs
Autodesk has announced new instructor certification for Autodesk Softimage software, as well as a new cross-certification program for trainers wanting to teach multiple Autodesk Digital Entertainment Creation (DEC) products.
Mark Your Calendar
Webinar: Lifecycle Assessment and BIM for Sustainability
September 14, 2010
10–11 a.m. PT
Robert Middlebrooks will lead this webinar from Autodesk, which will address the need for architects, engineers, construction professionals, and building owners to focus on the best decisions during conception, design, construction, and operations in order to support sustainability objectives. Read more
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