July 2008 Table of Contents

Cadalyst - July 2008 About the Cover
Cover concept developed by Cadalyst Art Director Annie Leung.

Following the FIRST Robotic Beasts

High school students compete to engineer the best robots.

Cadalyst Labs Hardware & Software Reviews
Power! Speed! Action! — Mighty Mobile Workstations are Packed and Ready for Adventure!

With powerful new microprocessors and high-performance mobile graphics subsystems, mobile workstations are useful for design professionals on the go. Cadalyst Labs looks at systems from @Xi Computer, Lenovo, and Polywell Computers.

Vico Virtual Construction Suite 2008

Six component programs unite to provide the most comprehensive, integrated, and evolved BIM application available to date.

AMD ATI FireGL V8600 and FireGL V8650 — 1-GB and 2-GB Graphics Cards

Good performance and onboard RAM make these cards ideal for users who work with complex models or graphically demanding applications.

HP Compaq 8710w — Mobile Workstation

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

Expert Advice & Commentary
Gaining Independence and Influence

The more influence CAD managers have in the workplace, the more independence they will earn.

The Current State of MCAD

Free software, high-powered features, and direct modeling are some of the highlights found in today's MCAD industry.

Rewriting the Rules of PDM

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

BIM Goes Residential

Programs specifically for residential builders provide all the advantages of big-time BIM.

Pleasures of Customization

July's Top Tip is a function that displays information about any entity object.

AutoCAD Tutorials
AutoCAD 2009: Quick View Commands

Don't get lost in multiple layouts; use Quick View Layout and Quick View Drawings.

Who Knew about AutoCAD Projects?

Here's the secret to keeping unruly xrefs under control.

Update Attributes from a Comma-Delimited File

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

AutoCAD Slips with Its Grips

Grip goofs galore, and how to crash AutoCAD by picking OK.

Design Viewer and Windows Applications

The word is Word.

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.

AEC Tutorials
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.

ArchiCAD Insights

Placing standard details into ArchiCAD projects.

Productivity Corner

Bentley's PowerCivil automates subdivisional roadway systems.

3D Modeling Tutorials
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.

Using Design Values in a Bill of Materials

Use parametric values to update changes to the design automatically.

PLM Strategies

Enterprise searches allow you to go beyond Googling.

Inventor In-Depth

Inventor 2008 introduces new digital prototyping features.

Event Reports
Architects Embrace BIM at AIA Convention

Two-day seminar packed with best practices and case studies focuses on building information modeling and integrated project delivery.

Bentley Empowered (BE) 2008 User Conference

Sustainability and interoperability reign as compelling factors in achieving infrastructure return on investment at Bentley's 2008 conference. Web Exclusives
Anark Puts On New Game Face

Well-known name in game development announces a greater focus on CAD and PLM.

The Birth of the Virtual Machine, a Quest for Hybrid CAD

Archimedes Project and Synchronous Technology take center stage at Siemens event.

The Ribbon Man

In this two-part series, Autodesk product designer Matt Stein fields questions about the much-discussed ribbon interface in AutoCAD 2009.

Johnson, Wong Take the Helm

Together we'll deliver the information and tools our Cadalyst readers can't pass up.

News Analysis from the World of CAD

Court Rules AutoCAD Resale Lawful; The Other Scanner; MSC.Software Plugs into PTC; The Twilight of LDT; SolidWorks Education Edition Teaches New Lessons



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