June 2008 Table of Contents

Cadalyst - June 2008 About the Cover
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Special Section:
Cadalyst Celebrates 25 Years

A Quarter Century of Cadalyst

Cadalyst celebrates its 25th year with a trip down memory lane.

Tracking a CAD Giant

A look back at the founding of Autodesk and how it became dominant in CAD.

The Highs and Lows of CAD Hardware

CAD hardware has changed in unimaginable ways. Take a look back at yesterday's systems and track the amazing progress of 25 years.

Industry Insights — Looking Ahead
Industry leaders and Cadalyst insiders talk about the future.

CAD at a Glance: 1982-2007

A timeline outlining many of the major events that have taken place in the world of CAD throughout the past quarter of a century.

Community Building in Progress

Individuals, user groups, and companies meet in the cyberworld of social networking sites.

Cadalyst Labs Reviews
HP xw4600 Workstation with LP3065 30" LCD Monitor

Good pricing, performance, and overall quality make this workstation package ideal for a broad range of work.

NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700 - Graphics Card

A Highly Recommended graphics card provides accelerated drivers for AutoCAD and 3ds Max.

LaCie 324 — LCD Monitor

This display garners straight As for brightness, contrast, focus, convergence, color purity, geometric distortion, and raster rotation.

HP Compaq 8710w — Mobile Workstation

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

Expert Advice
Making Standards Stick

Win your users' enthusiasm by teaching them how CAD standards can simplify workloads.

Hybrid Learning Methods

Build training options to suit your personal needs.

Rational vs. Irrational Decisions

Get past day-to-day routines and use rational thoughts in your decision-making.

The Jack and Jill of Ergonomics

Ford uses digital avatars to test vehicle and assembly-plant ergonomics.

Data Collection in AEC

Digital data collection has significant advantages — higher speed, greater accuracy, and lower cost — over manual measuring methods.

Just a Few CAD Renovations

Harry's Top Tip lets users select an object in a drawing and make more objects of the same type and properties.

Solutions for Sending Large Digital Files

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

AutoCAD Tutorials
Circles and Lines

Record actions with a click of a button in AutoCAD 2009.

Learning Curve

This potpourri of little tricks will beef up your AutoCAD efficiency.

Bug Watch

Avoid the Perilous Purge and other sticky situations.

AutoLISP Solutions

Route automatically creates thumbnail previews for old DWG and DXF files.

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.

1-2-3 Revit

Improved searching functionality in Revit finds product content for building designs.

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.

Avatech Tricks

Discover Inline Work features in Autodesk Inventor.

Alibre Design Tips

Customize Alibre's templates with your new fields and graphics.

PLM Strategies

Enterprise searches allow you to go beyond Googling.

Inventor In-Depth

Inventor 2008 introduces new digital prototyping features.

Event Reports
Survival Tips for the Digital Jungle

Aberdeen's Product Innovation and Engineering Summit draws unconventional thinkers.

COE 2008 Annual PLM Conference & TechniFair

Dassault Systemes pushes PLM toward Web 2.0.

Lessons for the Future

Cadalyst's editor reflects on 25 years of advancements to celebrate where we've been and to anticipate where we're going.

News Analysis from the World of CAD

This month: Inventor LT: Free for Another Year, Stressful Exams, AI-Driven Simulation, Adobe 9 Is Ready for Collaboration, Mass Translation, NC on the Rise



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.