August 2008 Table of Contents

Cadalyst - August 2008 On the Cover
Combining photography and high-quality 3D rendering, illustrator Rodrigo Gelmi (São Paulo, Brazil) used Adobe Photoshop and Luxology's modo software for the complex modeling presented by Volkswagen's "Spider Machine," which depicts a Volkswagen easily outrunning a multiarmed, spider-like tractor. (Car photo by Hilton Ribeiro)

Rotor Bug Strikes Again

Company designs, tests, and builds gyroplanes with the aid of SolidWorks.

Examining the Autodesk-Bentley Agreement

What's behind this gesture toward DWG-DGN interoperability — and is it the right thing to do?

Cadalyst Labs Hardware & Software Reviews
Digital Dreams — Visualization Software: Make Your Design Visions a Reality

Be they dreams or nightmares, your design ideas can come to life with the help of visualization software. Cadalyst looks at applications from AutoDesSys, Autodesk, Informatix, Luxology. and Okino Computer Graphics.

Maple 12 — Math Software

The latest release of this Highly Recommended math software will work with CAD applications to solve any mathematical problems.

AutoLINE 2009 — Linetype Management Add-On

Highly Recommended add-on helps designers manage and create complex linetypes.

Deep Access — Digital-Media Asset Management Software

Highly Recommended software for managing, collaborating, and publishing digital media at the corporate level.

Epson Perfection V700 Photo Scanner

Professional-level photo scanner offers remarkable flexibility for high-quality scans.

Expert Advice & Commentary
Managing Multioffice Mayhem

Listen to, plan with, and look over the shoulders of your remote CAD users.

Do You Need Modeling Standards?

Good standards are the beginning of quality models and downstream success.

Rewriting the Rules of PDM

An oil and gas industry manufacturer uses ENOVIA SmarTeam to manage its product data globally.

Modeling Technology for Building Engineers

Some BIM tools provide extended capabilities for integrating engineering analysis directly into the architectural design process.

Better Living with Objects and Smart Entities

Top Tip of the month is a set of VBA functions that move attribute values from one block to another.

AutoCAD Tutorials
AutoCAD 2009: Get a Better View

View designs from any Autodesk product in 3D with ViewCube in AutoCAD 2009.

Your Table is Waiting

You can link spreadsheet data to your AutoCAD files — and vice versa.

SDI — Serious Difficulties Increasing?

How to encourage AutoCAD to open your old drawings, avoid a crash, deal with missing objects, and make AutoCAD 2009 a bit less sticky.

Update Attributes from a Comma-Delimited File

Routine imports and exports data between an AutoCAD drawing and an Excel spreadsheet.

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.

AEC Tools
Create Custom Object Components

Learn how to customize object components in ArchiCAD.

cad clinic:civil 3d
Description Key Sets and Point Styles, Part 3

Create a point label style using the Label Style Composer dialog box.

Working with VectorWorks

Your constraint tools are there to help, so use them.

BIM and Cross-platform Project Teams

Autodesk NavisWorks integrates data and models from diverse sources into a Revit building information modeling workflow.

Solutions From Synergis

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

Productivity Corner

Bentley's PowerCivil automates subdivisional roadway systems.

3D Modeling
Using Reference Sketches to Create Advanced Geometry

Control features used to create advanced geometry with reference sketches.

Solid Thinking

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.

PLM Strategies

Enterprise searches allow you to go beyond Googling.

Inventor In-Depth

Inventor 2008 introduces new digital prototyping features. Web Exclusives
Bentley and Autodesk Join Hands to Bridge DGN and DWG

Bentley signs agreement with Autodesk, reduces its reliance on ODA's libraries.

Get Uncle Sam to Pay for Your CAD Classes

Federal funding is available for CAD training.

AutoCAD Giant's Green Footprint Grows Bigger

Autodesk completes acquisitions of Green Building Studio and Ecotect.

AutoCAD Set for a Civil Transition

As Land Desktop exits, AutoCAD Civil enters.

Cimmetry's AutoVue Returns Under Oracle's Hood

Classic viewing and markup program upgraded as an enterprise visualization tool.

Same Great CAD Tips — Made Easier

Cadalyst's library of AutoCAD customization code has a new look and new, interactive features that make it better than ever.

News Analysis from the World of CAD

Oracle Enters Adobe Territory; From Alibre to Altadyn (or As the CAD World Turns); Crank Out Inventions; Rugged Survivor Returns to Duty; Autodesk Student Community Grows.



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