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Monday, August 15, 2005

Blog Alert! - Civil 3D - Paving the Way

See what Scott McEachron of Dallas, TX has to say on his Civil 3D - Paving the Way blog.

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Sunday, August 14, 2005

CAD Blog Alert! "CAD Panacea"

See what R.K. McSwain of Houston, TX has to post on his CAD Panacea blog.

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Saturday, August 13, 2005

AutoCAD 2006 Instructor

AutoCAD 2006 Instructor
A Student Guide to Complete Coverage of AutoCAD's Commands and Features
By: James A. Leach
ISBN: 0073522619
McGraw-Hill Higher Education

As some of you know, I am an AutoCAD Instructor and a former award winning ACI (Autodesk Certified Instructor) while I was working at a local ATC (Autodesk Training Center) for many years. Finding good training materials and resources is always something I like to share. Whether you are new to AutoCAD or a veteran user this is a great book, here are my comments...

I have used this book (and it's all it's various editions written for previous releases of AutoCAD) for some of my longer term training sessions and highly recommend it. It is always hard to find good training materials, and I feel this is one of the better books available for instructor-lead training and self instruction. It is also an excellent reference to be used after any training is finished, which includes a 24-page Index, Table of Command Access, Tables of Limit Settings, Tables of Template Drawings, Dimension Variables Table, System Variables Table, Command Alias Tables, and more. The book is also loaded with great tips.

Another good reason for seasoned users to get this book is that AutoCAD 2006 Instructor makes it easy to upgrade from previous versions of AutoCAD by the use of a 2005 and 2006 bar in the margin that highlights the new features. The exercises and examples cover all the disciplines, which makes it an excellent choice for students and professionals in any of the architecture, engineering, construction, and design fields. I personally like the way the command are grouped, the logical order in which that they are presented and even how they are presented (a Command Table, so you will know the Pulldown Menu / Command (if you type) / Comand Alias / Shortcut / Screen Menu (which toolbar) and even the Tablet Menu (remember those?).

Lastly, I will mention that the book has a most excellent group of contributing authors and others who are acknowledged in the book's preface, too numerous to list. And the fact that James A. Leach has always made himself available for comments and suggestions. Thank you Jim and thumbs up !!!

For more information, Click here.

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Friday, August 12, 2005

NEW: AUGI AutoCAD Wish List Voting

The new AUGI Wish List Balloting web site is now live and ready for your votes. Yes, this is your chance to help change the product by providing feedback and letting Autodesk know what new features or additional enhancements to existing features are important to you... GO VOTE!

AUGI membership is FREE and there are many benefits to becoming a member of the largest Autodesk product user group in the world. So go join AUGI today and then go vote on your top 5 Wish List items from the list of wishes that have been nominated by AUGI members. (some were even posted by yours truly).

The chance to submit any future Wish List items to the in the next nomination cycle should begin in September after the top 10 from this voting cycle are announced. The Top 10 Wish List items are presented annually to Autodesk from AUGI at Autodesk University.

Shaan Hurley's "Between the Lines" Blog postings on the New AUGI Voting site:

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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

CADzation's First Annual AU Giveaway !!!

That's right... Enter today (it's FREE!!!) and you could be the Grand Prize winner of a trip to Autodesk University in Orlando, Florida November 28 - December 1, 2005

CADzation's First Annual AU Giveaway !!!
Enter today for your chance to win over 300 prizes.

The giveaway Begins July 1, 2005 and the last day to enter is September 30, 2005. No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

Use this link:

Also check out all of the great products CADzation has to offer.

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Saturday, August 06, 2005

DWG to PDF Converter...

To follow up on my previous post "DWF vs. PDF" I saw that AnyDWG Software, Inc. has a stand-alone DWG to PDF Converter, simply called Any DWG to PDF Converter they also have other products that might be of interest.

Any DWG to PDF Converter is a full featured DWG to PDF converter that allows you to batch convert DWG and DXF to High Quality vector PDF without the need of AutoCAD, it is not a virtual Printer.

For more information, please click

AnyDWG Software, Inc.

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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Google does logos...

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Are we there yet?

I am hoping to be able to attend this year's Autodesk University... if you have never been, it is an awesome event. Excellent training, great networking, wonderful people and a lot of "other" activities. Like I said, I am hoping to be there, Registration is open this Monday August 1, 2005. <<- IMPORTANT UPDATE The registration is now open for for AUGI Members and Autodesk Subscription customers only. Regular registration will begin August 8th, 2005.

Shaan Hurley's "Between the Lines" Blog

Shaan Hurley's "Between the Lines" Updated Blog

Jimmy Bergmark's JTBWorld Blog

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