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When you select three point pairs, you can move and rotate the selected objects in 3D to align with other objects.

The selected objects move from the source point (1) to the destination point (2).


The selected object is rotated (1 and 3) so that it aligns with the destination object (2 and 4).

The selected object is then rotated again (3 and 5) so that it aligns with the destination object (4 and 6).

• A Handbook for Theatre Users by David Ripley

A Handbook for Theatre Users is published by ET Press. After much struggling with how to approach it, I eventually hit upon one large project running throughout the book.
The current edition has 256 pages and over 250 illustrations. Supporting files for the exercises in the book are available from ET Books and are listed under
Theatre Techniques
AutoCAD - A Handbook for Theatre Users website.
Design & Drafting NEWS
LD Assistant 2010 30 Day Free Trial

Design & Drafting is now offering a fully working 30 day trial version of both the standalone full CAD program LD Assistant 2010 Ac10 AND the AutoCAD2010 plug-in LD Assistant 2010 PL10.
The program is a fully working 30 day trial. You are only limited by the number of blocks, textures and movies that we have included with the demo. Once you purchase a license, you will receive a DVD with more than 3,000 blocks, movies and textures including a complete 4 Level CAD course.
With LD Assistant, you can power design projects from concept through completion with ease. Click here to request a DVD.

AVSA LD Assistant's Australia Sales & Support Center

Design & Drafting is proud to welcome AVSA on board as LD Assistant's Australia Sales & Support Center. AVAS is located south of Melbourne in Bentleigh. For 30 day trials and support contact Alex Howard at AVSA. Click here to visit AVSA

New LD Assistant Support Help Desk

At Design & Drafting we are proud to offer to our users a new online Help Desk.
Once logged users can view:
• Announcements
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• Search our knowledge base
• Use the trouble shooter section
• Download updates
• View, modify, or check the status of your existing support ticket.
Click here to visit Design & Drafting's LD Assistant Help Desk.

Featured LD Assistant User Kevin Denzel
Kevin Denzel began working in the Audio Visual field in 1995.  His earliest experiences include working Camera Op and Video Switch for high school basketball games for the local Public Access TV stations and music equipment store customer service and sales. 
In March of 2003 Kevin became part of the Swank Audio Visuals opening team at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Michigan, where after one year he was promoted to Technical Coordinator.  In just under five years, Kevin was promoted to Technical Director as part of the opening team at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, Texas.  In this position, he is involved in large event setups and works closely with the Hotel Management.
Kevin uses LD Assistant to win more jobs and to give his clients a realistic overview of their event. Kevin recently had his seven year anniversary with Swank.

   • If you're having 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 Maya Software Helps Student Create Compelling Film about the Environment

The winning project was a film by Thilo Ewers entitled “They Will Come to Town,” which received the honor at the 8th Annual VES Awards held recently in Los Angeles. Other award recipients included Academy Award® winners James Cameron with the VES Lifetime Achievement Award and Dr. Ed Catmull, President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, with the George Méliès Award for Pioneering. Click here to keep reading
Autodesk Homestyler, Use Autodesk Homestyler free* online home design software to create and share home design ideas for your dream kitchen, room addition or interior design project. View floor plans and interior designs in 2D and 3D. Experiment with different styles. Save and share designs with friends. Make decisions with confidence. Homestyler is now available at
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
Manage Layers with the LAYWALK Command - LAYWALK, is a command that allows us to handle Layers very nicely. It opens a dialog where we can see all the layers listed. The objects on the highlighted layers will be shown on the screen. CAD Addict
• HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, business, and institutions globally. HP Personal Workstations are used by architects, engineers, designers, and GIS professionals around the world. HP engineers test and work with Autodesk to certify our workstations. To find HP hardware that is just right for your favorite Autodesk application go to
Automatic Save - AutoCAD automatically saves your files depending upon the setting in this box. Backup files help ensure the safety of your data. If a problem occurs, you can restore a drawing backup file.  If a problem occurs, you can restore a drawing backup file.In the Options dialog box, on the Open and Save tab, you can specify that backup files are created when you save drawings. If you do, each time you save a drawing, the previous version of your drawing is saved to a file with the same name and a .bak file extension. The backup file is located in the same folder as the drawing file. Click here to keep reading
Introduction to 3D Modeling - In this article of 3D modeling, I will introduce you with your working environment and teach you how to prepare you own environment.
Introduction To 3D Modeling In AutoCAD - In this first article of 3D modeling, I will introduce you with your working environment and teach you how to prepare you own environment.
Advanced solid modeling HELIX and SWEEP - In this article, I will explain how to draw a basic screw. As I will focus on HELIX and SWEEP commands, I will not draw the screw head and thread end according to rules.
How To Find Lost Toolbar - I will explain how to bring back a toolbar in case you have lost it by mistake (if you're still using). This is a very frequent thing that happens to CAD users.
Windows XP Still Rules - Windows XP still dominant according to Autodesk data. Autodesk’s data from their Customer Involvement Program (CIP) gives a pretty good idea of how many people (at least in the CAD industry) still use Windows XP.
OpenGL Headline News - NVIDIA announces Geforce and Quadro drivers supporting OpenGL 3.3.
AutoCAD 2010 Can Constrain You - Pt 1 of 2 - constraints working in AutoCAD, benefits, deleting them, Kendred Cooper, Hagerman & Company, Inc., Spring 2010
Setting up project files for transfer - Communication with the Vault server takes the form of SOAP commands over HTTP.  As you may know, SOAP is XML data, and XML is text.  Does that mean the program you wrote uploads and downloads files as text data?
Project Butterfly Review - There has been much written about cloud-based applications and while this concept is much talked about, the technology to enable this is still very much in development. For the foreseeable future, running a CAD application installed on a local hard drive, on a PC, will still be the normal way of doing business.
Adding toolbar to ribbon-based workspace - adding button to palette to insert title block layouts in AutoCAD, Michael Beall
Apple MacBook Pro (Core i7 2.66GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 15-inch - Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro keeps the same look and feel, but offers major internal changes, including an optional Intel Core i7 CPU, making it a very serious portable powerhouse.
Sony Vaio F Series VPC-F115FM/B - With great processing power, Blu-ray, and a 1080p display for $1,349, the Sony Vaio VPCF115FM/B is one of the best high-end all-around laptops we've seen in a while.
Alienware M17x Gaming Laptop Computer (Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000 250GB/8GB) - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000, 8 GB, 250 GB - 7200 rpm, Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English, Dual nVidia GeForce GTX 260M, 2GB SLI Enabled
HP Envy 15-1050nr - HP's new Envy 15 packs high-powered components into a svelte 15-inch body. The result is an upscale status symbol that still shows a few first-generation rough edges
Northrop Grumman - Springfield, VA - Sets up and maintains equipment for audio and video conferencing and teleconferencing meeting needs. Troubleshoots equipment and network configurations. Typical Minimum Education / Experience: High School and 2 years additional education and/or experience Must be Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) eligible. MULTIPLE POSITIONS. Security Clearance Required
Audio Visual Coordinator - Swank Audio Visual - This position assists in the set up and operation of audio visual equipment in a hospitality environment. Ensures a flawless meeting by providing clients with exceptional customer service and quality assurance. Follows up with clients during the events to make sure complete satisfaction is achieved and is accountable for all inventory at the end of each event.
CACI EVER VIGILANT - AUDIO VISUAL COORDINATOR - Responsible for the approval, setup of all meetings, and operability for the Fairfax Legato Road Facility AV operations. Operation of the AV equipment can included, but is not limited to: video projectors (fixed and portable), DVD, VHS, DVR, TV, plasma displays, audio (wired and wireless microphones, amplifiers, speakers, etc.), control (Crestron touchpanel operation, RS-232 and RJ-45), Video-teleconference (ISDN/IP), AV switching (Extron) and associated interface and infrastructure equipment.
AV Project Engineer - Ford Audio-Video Systems Inc. designs, installs, rents and services professional sound, video, and lighting systems for businesses, churches, education, entertainment, government, performing arts centers and sporting venues. Established in 1973 by the present owners, Jim and Claire Ford, the company employs 270+ with offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Dallas, Austin, Denver, Las Vegas and Houston.
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