A Long Time Between Drinks
If you are a regular reader of our newsletter you’ll have noticed it’s been quite some time since the last one was published. It’s amazing how time flies. Some of you will have received a few email blasts with news articles in the last few months, but we figured it was about time we published the newsletter itself. So here we are again, full of news and itching to let you know.
Sit back and relax for a few minutes whilst you check out the following articles
A warm welcome to the newest member of our team, Daniel Ramiro, who joins us all the way from Madrid in Spain. Dani brings with him a happy disposition and extremely helpful nature (as well as a smugness about Spain’s superior soccer skills!)
If you’ve ever worked closely with our staff you’ll know that we’re a fun team with a serious desire to provide excellence in everything we do. Whilst money is the reason we’re in business in the first place, its our passion to give service that drives us day to day.
Best 3D Visualization Software
Informatix Software International, have announced CAD International as its distributor in the region for its famous Piranesi imaging software.
Entourage objects such as trees, people and cars can be dragged in from the extensive library and when placed they get larger as you bring them seemingly closer to you – and the pixels that would be further away in the scene automatically get hidden. There is no need for masking or lasso selection either, the software just knows what is related to what and what should be painted and what shouldn’t. Brilliant.
You do not get a second chance to make a first impression.Piranesi gives users the ability to deliver high quality renderings quickly and efficiently, creating an atmospheric, evocative, and exciting representations. Its a lot of fun to use and you are likely to win more business using it.
Anyone wishing to see some of the superb images that our customers have created in Piranesi is very welcome to enjoy a visit.
Fujitsu Develops World’s First Ultra fast 3D CAD Engine
Fujitsu and iCAD in Japan, recently announced the development of the world’s first computer aided design (CAD) engine, designed to be used as part of a 3D CAD system for designing machinery that is capable of processing data for one million parts in 0.2 seconds!
Close Tabs With Your Mouse
Now that just about every Internet browser is using tabbed browsing and the default setting is to open new windows in a new tab, chances are that at any given time you’ve got several tabs open.
When you try to close your browser, you get a warning message asking if you want to close all tabs or just the current one. If you need to choose which tabs to close, clicking that itty bitty ‘x’ on each tab takes some precise mouse moves.
An easier way to close those browser tabs, is to point to the tab (a bigger target) and click the middle mouse button (your mouse wheel) And if you start by clicking the leftmost tab you want to close, you can close most of the tabs without even moving your mouse.
DRC Software Challenge
Gary D’arcy was a clever man. He pioneered the DRCAuto software products starting with Smart Architect and followed up with a plethora of tools to enhance the use of basic AutoCAD in every day drafting.
Perhaps his greatest software triumph was to develop a unique LiSP enabling process that gave AutoCAD LT the ability to support third party applications which, it has been said, was removed at the eleventh hour by AutoDesk prior to its first release.
Many years on, Gary has sadly passed away leaving us a legacy of extremely useful software, but… his company no longer exists and the source code (now owned by CAD International) appears to have been deliberately crippled making it extraordinarily difficult to continue development in a timely manner.
Within weeks of the demise of Gary’s family company, a new company emerged (owned by one of Gary’s former employees) and has taken only a few months to release almost identically operating software that previously had taken many years to develop. If you are on our DRCAuto mailing list you will have received emails from them by now as they have also direct marketed to the same existing DRCAuto clients as we have on our list.
In the mean time we are reverse engineering the code to get it back to how is was before the employees left Gary’s company and it closed its doors. Whilst we are making steady progress it is very slow, so we invite programmers wanting interesting and challenging work to assist us in speeding up the process and help develop the software into the future to contact us.
New Plant Symbols Released
Users of LANDWorksCAD will be pleased to know that we have a new set of plant plan symbols to add to the already large selection. The new symbols are sketchier and for the most part more appealing than the more rigid CAD-like ones that shipped with the software previously.
The new symbols are available for purchase at a very reasonable price for use with your existing LANDWorksCAD software. Take a look at the PDF file of the plan symbols here.
Keep an Eye Out for Panel-Mate
urrently under development and soon to be released (before Christmas) is Panel-Mate. Panel-Mate will model anything that can be made from panels or slab-like forms such as kitchen, bathroom and architectural cabinetry. It will provide complete cutting lists and manufacturing drawings too. So if you design or model cabinets of any description this tool will prove to be invaluable. You can even use Panel Mate to model walls, floors and roofs of buildings too. Register your interest
Teachings of Zen
- Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me for the path is narrow.. In fact, just piss off and leave me alone.
- Sex is like air. It’s not that important unless you aren’t getting any.
- No one is listening until you fart.
- Always remember you’re unique. Just like everyone else.
- Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
- If you think nobody cares whether you’re alive or dead, try missing a couple of mortgage payments.
- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
- If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
- Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
- If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably well worth it.
- If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
- Some days you are the bug; some days you are the wind screen.
- Don’t worry; it only seems kinky the first time.
- Good judgment comes from bad experience … and most of that comes from bad judgment.
- A closed mouth gathers no foot.
- There are two excellent theories for arguing with women – Neither one works.
- Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.
- Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
- We are born naked, wet and hungry, and get slapped on our ass … then things just keep getting worse.
- Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
When you visit our NEW International web site, you’ll see we have a range of fantastic new CAD created images supplied by users of our software. By providing us with images of your work we can give you free links to your web site and thus provide you with free advertising exposure.
If you have a good story that goes with your submission then supply that too. Every one likes a good story! You will need to own the copyright for your images and give us permission to publish.
We have thousands of visitors pass through our site globally every week so this is a great opportunity for you to gain some free marketing exposure.
StrucPLUS New Version
It seems that each time we blink there is a new operating system, a new hardware architecture or a new version of AutoCAD released onto the market and each time this happens we busy ourselves tirelessly to update our software to match. So, we now have a new version of StrucPLUS for AutoCAD2011 and Bricscad. It works with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, 32Bit or 64Bit machines.
Free Yourself with IronCAD
CAD International has accepted reseller rights for IronCAD, the leading innovative solid modeller for mechanical and product design.
IronCAD fills a major need for CAD International’s clients by providing the tools and intelligence of well known products like Autodesk Inventor and Solid Works whilst giving a significantly more flexible and easy to use methodology.
“In comparison to IronCAD, the other systems seem like you’re trying to draw whilst being tied to a chair.”
IronCAD is the the only professional MCAD software to provide the freedom of drag and drop, constraint-free modelling and the patented on screen Tri-ball device. It is the fastest way to precise 3D design.
RealCAD Engine and SDK
Did you know that there is a software developers kit (SDK) for RealCAD that you can use to write your own applications using RealCAD as your CAD engine? RealCAD’s powerful CAD engine can also be licensed for the creation of your own CAD software in specialized industries or specific geographical markets.
On a PC, did you know that if you have a need to run Windows XP and also Windows 7 on the same machine, by installing VMWare Workstation you can have both at the same time! You don’t have to boot up in one or the other either, simply switch between them on the fly. You can even drag and drop from applications in one operating system into another – cool!
Real CAD for SketchUp
Whilst SketchUp is probably the easiest to use 3D sketch design software available, many are critical of its ability to make useful 2D documentation, even in the professional version using ‘Layout’ and of course no tools in the free version – Well we’ve fixed that!
Simply import the entire SketchUp model file from either the free or professional version of SketchUp directly into RealCAD – edit it if you wish, add features, text, accurate dimensions and even make new 3D views, then compose layout views or capture SketchUp scenes and paste them directly into RealCAD. This is the best of both worlds harmoniously together. Contact us directly for the special pricing we are offering on this for a limited time only
CAD Starter Packs
If you are talking with colleagues who might be thinking of getting CAD, you can feel totally comfortable advising them to do it this way. The cost is very low, the software is provided, the training is provided and most importantly the support is provided.
New Plant Database
If you would like to expand the list of plants in your database within LANDWorksCAD we now have over 2000 plants to choose from. The new database uses the new plant Figures discussed in the article above and also selects the plants from a different folder to the previous version so as not to get them mixed up.
To make using the new plant database particularly useful, we will be releasing a free video tutorial that will show you how it works and how to edit it to suit your own needs. The new video will also be useful for existing users who simply want to edit their existing database with existing or new plant symbols.
If you are interested in this new database, please drop us a lineand we will let you know how you can get it and use it in your software.