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    Add Creases to Mesh

Add creases to sharpen mesh edges.

You can add creases to mesh objects that have a smoothing level of 1 or higher.

Add Creases to Different Subobjects

The result of creasing differs, depending on what type of subobject you select.

Edge. The selected edge is sharpened. The adjacent faces are deformed to accommodate the new crease angle.
Face. The selected face is flattened and all edges that bound that face are sharpened. Adjacent faces are deformed to accommodate the new shape of the face.
Vertex. The point of the vertex and all intersecting edges are sharpened. Adjacent faces are deformed to accommodate the new vertex angle.

Assign a Crease Value to the Edge
As you apply a crease, you set a crease value that determines how the crease is affected by smoothing. A value of Always ensures that the crease is always retained, even when the mesh is repeatedly smoothed. Higher crease values ensure that the crease is retained through several smoothing processes. (During smoothing, the assigned crease value is decreased by the value of the original level of smoothing.)

You can add a crease to mesh that has not been smoothed. However, the effect is not visible unless you smooth the object.

Remove a Crease
You can restore a crease to a smoothed state that corresponds to the smoothing level for the object. If you remove a crease that is adjacent to other creased subobjects, their contours are adjusted.

Featured NEWS
Has LD Assistant become the new Gold Standard?

In the entertainment lighting design and event planning market, it looks as if LD Assistant has moved up the ladder in CAD ranking with the release of LD Assistant 2010. The program now has more features than any competitor.
Design & Drafting, the manufacturer of LD Assistant, is the leading Autodesk partner in entertainment lighting design and event planning. LD Assistant uses superior layering, 2D drafting and 3D modeling tools that are employed by more than nine million CAD users around the world; its closest competitor can only boast around 400,000 users.
With so many designers using the same CAD interface as LD Assistant, users are able to take a CAD class at a local college or university. Unlike other programs, users can pick up a “How To" book at a local library or book store.
For us what's most impressive is the fact that the program had 2D drafting, 3D Modeling, FX rendering, built-in database and a real-time visualizer - all in one program. That means nothing else to buy and nothing else to learn... and we love that.
Now if they would only come out with LD Assistant for the Mac.      Click here to see a CAD comparison chart!

Design & Drafting NEWS
LD Assistant 2010 Smart Cursor Placing your cursor over any fixture in LD Assistant will show you the fixture's position, unit #, type, channel, dimmer, circuit, color, iris/gobo and candle power.
Placing your cursor over the cone of a fixture will show you the intensity of the lamp, beam and field size, distance to target and foot candles through the gel.
LD Assistant 2010 Insert Legend You can insert a legend at anytime during the design process to see how many fixtures, truss or blocks you have in your drawing. If you do not want to see truss in the legion just uncheck it and it will not show. Make legends for just the fixture or truss. With LD Assistant you are not limited to just one legend.
LD Assistant 2010 Pre-Viz Simply place your cursor over any light or moving light fixture in LD Assistant Control and have instant access to the DMX channels (below right) for pre-testing the system. Connect LD Assistant to JANDS VISTA on the same computer WITHOUT a DONGLE! Use Art-Net, ENTTEC, SACN or LDNet to connect to your console.
Click here to see LD Assistant and JANDS VISTA on the same computer!
• LD Assistant 2010 software is here!
SEE THE DIFFERENCE FOR YOURSELF.     Click here to request your 30 day trial today

Swank's Chicago Area Technical Director Nate Dillon
Design & Drafting has been setting the standard in entertainment lighting and event planning CAD technology for years. LD Assistant provides all the tools needed to create flawless event drawings and renderings. By offering my clients renderings that closely resembles the event helps with conveying the look and feel without raising expectations. “LD Assistant has taken CAD, which I have used over a decade, and turned it into a Lighting Designers friend.  Every version keeps getting better and better.”

     • If you have to import and export to AutoCAD DWG files, why not work with the original ? •
         LD Assistant is the only Theatrical, Entertainment Lighting and Event Planning CAD program that's 100% AutoCAD DWG

Autodesk® NEWS
• Introducing AutoCAD Freestyle - This $79.00 program from Autodesk uses genuine AutoCAD DWG. Other file formats include DWfx, PDF and Picture. On April 26, Autodesk launched AutoCAD Freestyle, new easy-to-use, low-cost 2D drawing software that is ideal for creating professional-looking drawings, layouts and plans. While Autodesk is primarily known for creating complex software for professionals -- designers, architects and engineers -- AutoCAD Freestyle was created for use in.... Click here to keep reading

• More features for PLASA 2010 as exhibitor list grows. -
UK - PLASA 2010 is to gain a host of new features this year as the list of exhibitors in audio, video, lighting and staging technologies continues to grow. Click here to keep reading

Johnson Controles - The global leader in delivering products, services and solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings, now offers a line of products and equipment on Autodesk® Seek web service. Visitors to the site can now access premium quality Autodesk Revit® Building Information Modeling (BIM) files for the following products: Water Source Heat Pumps; Johnson Controls Series 5, 10, 20, 40 and 100 Single Packaged Units; York Air-Cooled Chiller line (YCAV, YCIV, YLAA), Variable-Air Volume (VAV) boxes and fan-coil units. Sales and engineering guides, as well as installation, operation and maintenance manuals are also available.
How to Change the AutoCAD Layout Background Color - The default color of the paper in a Layout is white, but perhaps you would like it to blue or maybe black. Shaan Hurley, Between the Lines
AutoCAD & System Performance… so what’s running on your machine? - Firstly, you need to know what you have running on your machine. Their are a number of useful tools to identify what is running and more importantly what is taking up useful system resources on your machine. When you have identified all those programs you are running, you can then shut down the ones that you don’t really need. John Benstead, CADit
Inserting a circular raster image - If you are a long time, experienced user of AutoCAD, how many times have you stepped back and looked at the program from a novice point of view? Think about some of the tasks that seem trivial to you and then consider how you might perform them if you were new to AutoCAD. RK McSwain, CAD Panacea
Triangle lines always the same color - We had some reports that a user who wanted to see their surface in Realistic view were always seeing these triangle lines and that they were always gray no matter what color is set in the style. The keyword here is STYLE. These settings are part of the visual Style settings and not objects style. Almas Suljevic, Being Civil
Updates to the Spline Command - The new 3D modeling tools in AutoCAD 2011 required some updates to the spline command, and while a lot of them are most applicable to 3D situations, some of them have trickled over to the 2D side. Kate Morrical, LT Unlimited
Free DWG Viewer - Autodesk® DWG TrueView™ software is a free* stand-alone DWG™ viewer with DWG TrueConvert™ software included. Built on the same viewing engine as AutoCAD® software, DWG TrueView enables you to view the latest DWG and DXF™ files, just as you would in AutoCAD. By also installing the free* Autodesk® Design Review software, you can then open DWG files in Design Review to take advantage of powerful measure and markup capabilities, sheet set organization, and status tracking.
Free AutoCAD DWG Viewing and Editing Online - There is a free technology preview of AutoCAD DWG file viewing and editing made possible from your web browser utilizing a cloud of network computers and technology from Autodesk Labs Project Butterfly. You can easily view, edit, and collaborate with others without installing anything on your machine or those you share with. Just upload your DWG, DXF, JPG, PNG, or even a ZIP archive with external references (Xrefs). On July 1st there were many updates released to this web based Project Butterfly. Shaan Hurley, Between the Lines
Alienware M11x (Core i7) - Reviewed by PCMAG.COM 07/08/2010 - If you have Alienware's reputation, morphing an 11-inch laptop into a mighty gaming rig is easier than it looks. The Alienware M11x (Core i7) ($1,175 direct) is literally the size of a netbook, except it's outfitted in Alienware's signature stealth armor and adorned with color-changing LEDs. This second iteration of the Alienware M11x line has been updated with a low-voltage Intel Core i7 processor (from a Core 2 Duo) and Nvidia's Optimus switching graphics technology. More important, the laptop's powerful Nvidia gaming card breezed through all our gaming tests, while costing a fraction of what would pay for an adult-sized Alienware laptop. Though it won't replace bigger, hardcore gaming rigs, the M11x is a perfect fit for competitive road-gamers.
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center - is a meeting planner's dream. Featuring 1,511 rooms, 400,000 square feet of meeting and convention space and four acres of lush indoor gardens, the resort enjoys perfect year-round weather under a magnificent glass atrium. Set among the rolling pasturelands and wildflowers of the scenic town of Grapevine, the resort is located on the southern tip of Lake Grapevine.
Theatrical Lighting Designer - 11:11 Productions - Hollywood, CA - Broadway, Off-Broadway Producer and Director are seeking an experienced lighting designer for a developmental theatrical run of an original play. Rehearsals have already begun but show does not open until Nov. Six-week developmental run at the El Centro Theatre in Hollywood - Great team - Great script - Great expectations.
Design in July - Load-in Nov., starts Immediately*
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