April 2008 Table of Contents

Cadalyst - April 2008 features
The Summer of BIM

Architects, designers, building owners, contractors, and consultants come together in an experimental BIM session.

Can CAD Market Grow in an Economic Downturn?

Some say technology will help architectural and manufacturing firms cope as budgets tighten.

Thin Is In — Large LCD Monitors

Both display quality and response time for large LCD monitors continue to improve, even as the products get thinner (but bigger in viewable area). New displays from Lenovo, NEC Display Technologies, and ViewSonic provide high quality at a reasonable price.

Caligari trueSpace 7.5 — 3D Modeling Software

Program complements CAD with modeling, rendering, character animation, and virtual-space capabilities.

Anark Core

Highly Recommended software moves CAD data to technical and nontechnical access while protecting intellectual property.

HP Compaq 8710w — Mobile Workstation

This laptop carries good performance, excellent battery life, great design, and lots of configuration and connectivity options.

Autodesk Design Review 2009 — Design Viewing and Collaboration Software

It's free, and it lets designers share their work with any Windows user.

Getting Better — What Should You Learn?

There are many places to look if you want to learn more about software, work procedures, programming, and networking.

Hybrid Learning Methods

Build training options to suit your personal needs.

Technical Uses for Nontechnical Software

Software outside the engineering realm still provides valuable functions for design.

AEC on Macs

Macs are the only PCs that can run all software on the market. See why they're favored by AEC users.

Tips Rain Down on Harry

The Top Tip of the month lets users break all selected objects.

In the Eye of the Storm

Developments in standards, SOA, and middleware meet to advance PLM.

Solutions for Sending Large Digital Files

Services provide options for when those big files absolutely have to get there fast.





Online Departments
Dialog Box
Readers have their say.

Industry News
Breaking stories from around the industry.

Product Showcase
Latest hardware and software releases.

Discussion Groups
Talk about CAD-related issues.

Conferences, classes, trade shows, and more.

Book Reviews
Latest publications about CAD.

AutoCAD Tutorials
Hot Tip Harry

By popular request: Harry demonstrates VBA and Visual LISP tricks of the trade.

Circles and Lines

Little features launched in AutoCAD 2009 add up to big savings in productivity.

AutoLISP Solutions

Convert lines and text to an AutoCAD table object that replaces the original data.

Learning Curve

Discover the powerful variations on AutoCAD's Leader command.

Bug Watch

Could AutoCAD 2009 be the son of Release 13?

CAD Clinic: Civil 3D

Use point styles to include additional attributes that need identification.

From the Trenches

Step-by-step instructions show you how to draw nice-looking bolts and nuts.

From the Trenches

Step-by-step instructions show you how to draw nice-looking bolts and nuts.

AEC Tutorials
1-2-3 Revit

Revit Architecture 2009's rendering functionality provides a better view of emerging designs.

Solutions From Synergis

Share 2D and 3D Autodesk Inventor data with AutoCAD users.

Working with VectorWorks

A new tutorial for VectorWorks users starts with the basics.

ArchiCAD Insights

ArchiCAD's Reference Levels feature can display elevation values relative to sea level.

Productivity Corner

Bentley's PowerCivil automates subdivisional roadway systems.

3D Modeling Tutorials
On the Edge

Monitor critical design parameters with Solid Edge Design Sensors.

Solid Thinking

Discover the power of the FeatureManager Design tree in SolidWorks.

Alibre Design Tips

Designing from the top down saves time when creating curvy parts.

Avatech Tricks

When the Adaptivity tool is not enough, a derived component may be the solution.

PLM Strategies

Enterprise searches allow you to go beyond Googling.

Inventor In-Depth

Inventor 2008 introduces new digital prototyping features.

Cadalyst Web Exclusives
One Happy Family

Autodesk uses its second annual World Press Days event to boast increased integration and interoperability throughout its 2009 product line.

PLM Speeds Time to Market for Watchmaker

Technology aids one luxury timepiece manufacturer in meeting the increasing demand for its specialized products.


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Cover concept developed by Cadalyst Art Director Annie Leung.