CAD Manager's Newsletter (#306)

13 Aug, 2013 By: Robert Green

Record Your Own CAD Training Videos

Learn the correct software settings that will allow you to create clear, easy-to-follow tutorials for your users.

In the previous issue of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I showed you how to prepare for making your own training videos. If you haven't had a chance to read that background information, you may wish to do so before proceeding further.

In this issue, I'll show you how I set up my Camtasia recording software when I make my own training videos. These tips should save you hours of trial and error, and speed you along the path to making your own videos. Here goes.

Video Resolution

Your studio is all set up, your CAD application is running, you know what you want to say, and now it is time to record. Based on my recommendations about screen resolutions (detailed in the previous article), I'll show you how to start recording for an HD 720 video.

First, access the video area capture settings from Camtasia's Recorder dialog.


Next, set your record area to capture your CAD application window. Read more »

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How to Throw a Fit and Prosper from It

If you're anything like me, there are days when you're ready to scream in frustration over your CAD management job. The reasons are many: technical problems, standards conflicts, careless users, etc. Chances are, however, you've bitten your tongue and endured the pain in silence.

What if I gave you permission to express that frustration, and told you it could actually benefit your career? Indeed, you should pitch a fit — a controlled fit, that is — to get your management's attention. This is potentially dangerous territory, however, so be sure to follow these steps carefully.

  1. Calm yourself. I'm not advocating a temper tantrum — that'll just get you fired. You must never stoop to ranting, raging, or throwing things. The goal is not to behave like a cranky toddler, but to protest in a controlled manner that'll get everyone to see the problems you face.
  2. Do your homework. Write up a detailed list of the CAD-related bottlenecks, process problems, communication failures, and other sticking points that are detrimental to your company. Leave out any frustrations that are solely personal annoyances. Focus on problems that cause delays, force rework, and waste money!

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:: Resources

Dassault Systems Offers Downloadable Composites Webinars
Dassualt Systemes has released the first recorded webinar in a series about composites technology. In this and future installments, experts will explain innovations in the integration of composites analysis, fiber placement, draping simulation, composites tooling, operations intelligence for manufacturing, and long-term archiving. The webinars are free to those who register.

:: Events

SolidWorks Night School: Working with Imported Geometry
August 21, 2013
6 p.m. ET
This Fisher/Unitech webcast series offers tips, tricks, and knowledge for anyone who wants to learn more about SolidWorks. Read more »

CIMdata PLM Certificate Program — Andover
September 16–20, 2013
Andover, Massachusetts
This assessment-based project lifecycle management (PLM) certificate program includes a personalized classroom experience, individual and team-based exercises, and individual evaluations of achievement. Upon successful completion of the program, each participant will receive a CIMdata PLM Certificate and become a member of CIMdata's global PLM Leadership community. Read more »

AVEVA World Summit 2013
October 30–November 1, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Serving both the plant and marine industries, the AVEVA World Summit will feature a mix of speakers that include customers presenting real-world case studies, AVEVA senior management, and industry partners. Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to

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Solid Edge University 2013, Part 2: Q&A with Karsten Newbury
Senior vice-president discusses the direction of Solid Edge under his leadership. Read more »

Autodesk Introduces Cloud-Powered Version of Infrastructure Modeling Solution
Flexible quarterly purchase plan makes InfraWorks 360 Pro suitable for short-term and budget-constrained projects. Read more »

Aras Innovator Upgrades Multi-CAD Management Performance
Latest release of open-source PLM platform delivers 'fastest multi-CAD check-in / check-out.' Read more »

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial:
Explore the New Assembly Simplification Process in Autodesk Inventor 2014

This video introduces the new simplification tools available on the Simplify Tab > Simplify Panel, which provide an alternative to using Shrinkwrap or Derive Assembly to simplify an assembly model. Watch the video »

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