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Featured NEWS
Lighting&Sound America Has a FREE LD Assistant 30 Day Trial DVD Inside The June Issue! -  
Design & Drafting is proud to announce that it has included a FREE 30 Day Fully Working Trial of LD Assistant 2010 inside the June issue of Lighting & Sound America. We think you’ll be extremely pleased – and impressed - with both the features and the performance of LD Assistant 2010. LD Assistant 2010 carries the ‘Powered by Autodesk technology’ logo, which means that you can be assured every file created or edited in LD Assistant 2010 is completely 100% DWG native! Kick the tires for 30 days and let us know what you think.
InfoComm 2010 - Conference: June 5-11 Exhibition: June 11 Las Vegas - More than 32,000 professionals from 90+ countries are expected in Las Vegas. Make plans now to join your peers and colleagues this June and discover why InfoComm is the premier event for the AV industry. Click here to learn more
Design & Drafting NEWS
LD Assistant 2010 software is here!
LD Assistant 2010 is here!
That means you can take advantage of advanced Schedules, Lighting & Production Tools, Console Connection, 100% true AutoCAD DWG file format, a comprehensive Fixture Library, and other new and enhanced features.
• Work more efficiently against shorter timelines and dwindling budgets.
• Minimize repetitive tasks and accelerate your time to completion.
• Design virtually any shape with 3D modeling tools.
• Boost productivity on any Microsoft® operating system – especially Windows® 7.
In a tough economy, nobody can afford to fall behind on technology.
*Free 30 day trial products are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that accompanies the software.

Click here to request your 30 day trial today
Design & Drafting New Online Community
Design & Drafting has added a new online support community.
Key features of the community include matching those members seeking similar support with one another. Our mission is simple – to build the most comprehensive and intuitive online community for entertainment lighting designers and event planning who are using LD Assistant or AutoCAD.
Available free of charge after completing a simple sign-in process.
Click here to visit and help build our NEW online Community.
• The LD Assistant New Ribbon

The ribbon is composed of a series of panels, which are organized into tabs labeled by task. Ribbon panels contain many of the same tools and controls available in toolbars and dialog boxes.

Some ribbon panels display a dialog box related to that panel. An icon in the lower-right corner of the panel indicates that you can display a related dialog box. Click the icon to display the associated dialog box.

Click here to learn more about LD Assistant's new ribbon.

LD Assistant Renderings by Swank's Designer Kevin Denzel, Well Worth Taking a Closer Look.

       • 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
• Autodesk Floats Design Tools in the Cloud

Company releases new details on Project Butterfly collaboration tool and outlines plans for cloud computing offerings around MoldFlow and Inventor. Project Butterfly, as described by Tal Weiss, lead software development manager at Autodesk, allows AutoCAD users to view, edit and collaborate in real time on DWG files online. With this cloud computing technology, anyone with a Web browser can log onto a site and access the same version of a file as opposed to the current way many engineering teams collaborate, simply by e-mailing files around. Click here to keep reading
• Entertainment Business Master's Degree - The entertainment world thrives on creative leaders, and Full Sail University's Entertainment Business curriculum can help prepare you to become one of those leaders. Click here to learn more
Discovering Tool Palettes - [ Level:Beginner] - Daily AutoCAD
Let’s Draw a Clock - [ Level:Beginner] - Daily AutoCAD
Advanced Plotting Using Layouts - [ Level:Beginner] - Daily AutoCAD
External References in AutoCAD: XREF - 1 - [ Level: Advanced] - Daily AutoCAD
Aligning Text Using Quick Properties Window - [ Level:Beginner] - Daily AutoCAD
LINE-LINE, LINE-ARC-ARC-ARC-ARC-LINE Continuity In AutoCAD - [ Drawing Basics] - Daily AutoCAD
Bring Back The Lost Toolbar - How to find lost toolbar - Daily AutoCAD
Bring Back The Lost Command Line - There is nothing to say if you have lost the command line - Daily AutoCAD
Bring Back The Lost Model And Layout Tabs - How to recover lost ‘Model‘ and ‘Layout‘ tabs - Daily AutoCAD
How Do I Bring Up The Old Layer Dialog Box? - Daily AutoCAD
My Save And Open File Dialogue Boxes Don't Appear - Daily AutoCAD
Quick Properties Window Shows Up Right In The Middle Of Screen - Daily AutoCAD
HP Elitebook 8730w Mobile Workstation - Date: May 4, 2010 - User Rewiew - "I bought this laptop at the end of last year because I needed another tax deduction. I didn't really think it would be something I'd use all that much for another year or two because I got it with Windows 7 64-bit. I work as a software engineer, independent contractor. Most of my clients still use programs that are not compatible with Windows 7.

I was sure surprised at what a great machine this turned out to be. Part of the reason is because Windows 7 has the XP virtual PCs (as a free download from Microsoft), which are so well integrated, unlike previous versions of Virtual PC. So I setup several XP virtual PCs, configured for different clients. Having the 8 GB of RAM allows me to run 2-3 virtual PCs at the same time, no problem. I'm using XP in virtual PCs most of the time, rather than being in native Windows 7, and it works great. You can't even tell that you're in virtual PC, since it runs so fast and smooth. Click here to heep reading
Senior Lighting Designer - Macy's - Cincinnati, OH, 45201, USA
Technical Director/Scenic Designer - South Orange County Community College District - Mission Viejo, CA, 92692, USA
PSAV - Advanced set up and operation of large and small-scale audiovisual systems with a specialty in either audio, video, computers, lighting, or rigging for live events while ensuring the utmost in client satisfaction. Lake Buena Vista, FL
Star Theatre Company - The Star Theatre is currently seeking a Technical Director/Resident Designer with experience in theatrical production and design and facility operations. The candidate selected for this position will have the opportunity to assist in leading a committed organization to its highest potential level. - Oceanside, California
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