Monday, May 30, 2011

AutoCAD 2012 Fundamentals Training Video - Available in the coming weeks!!

I have created two AutoCAD training videos; AutoCAD Fundamentals and Advanced AutoCAD. I am currently in the process of updating both titles for AutoCAD 2012. I literally just finished the one and only "redo" of an audio clip and sent it to the publishers. This is the last but of editing they need to perform. If you have been waiting for AutoCAD 2012 Training, the wait is nearly over.

I will be updating everyone, and my blog, with new links and pricing when the video is complete and ready for purchase.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

CAD - With my pants on this time!

That's right! I had to CAD with my pants on today!! You guessed it! I am employed once again and started today. I am working for a Civil Engineering, Surveying, Planning and Landscape Architecture firm. A few years ago I was doing this type of work. Now I'm back and I get to use Civil3D!! I'm going to start off getting the Landscape Architecture department back on track then move over to engineering. I'll also be helping out the planning and surveying departments. I've done this type of work before (yes all of it and more) so I will be able to help out every department.

So what do my pants have to do with CAD? Well, for the past month I've been laid off but working nearly everyday. I worked hard finishing my AutoCAD 2012 Fundamentals training video. It is in final editing and should be available in the coming weeks, just in time for summer.

While working at home, i would lock myself in a room and record videos. I typically wore shorts and a T-shirt. I didn't have to wear pants. I didn't even wear shoes! Being a professional place of business (my new employer) I am required to wear pants, socks and shoes! What a concept!

I'm very excited about my new employment. I enjoyed working out of my home, but it wasn't paying much. I didn't expect to find work, good work, this quickly. I am truly blessed.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Autodesk AutoCAD WS Facecast - Watch it here on CAD-a-Blog

Autodesk has a great Free CAD application called AutoCAD WS.  It's a free web based AutoCAD based program that can read and write DWG files.  Autodesk is having a live "facecast" on Thursday May 26th at 9 am PST.  What's a "facecast"?  Well it's a webcast presented through Facebook.  You can see the AutoCAD WS Facecast on their Facebook page here.  Autodesk has had a few Facecasts so far and they have been successful.  One Facecast was about AutoCAD for MAC and it featured Matt Stein, one of the lead develoeprs of AutoCAD for MAC.

Imagine having the chance to hear from a lead developer on your favorite program!  Autodesk is doing this again but for AutoCAD WS.  This Facecast will feature the co-creator of AutoCAD WS Tal Weiss.  During the facecast you will be able to log on and ask questions.  Not every question will be answered but many of them will be.  Maybe you want to learn what AutoCAD WS is.  Maybe you've been using it but have a few questions.  Come to the facecast and fine out.

If you aren't using Facebook that's ok.  Aotudesk has provided me with a link so that the facecast will also be broadcast here on CAD-a-Blog!!  That's right!  If your boss has blocked Facebook you can watch the facecast here.

Watch live streaming video from autocad at livestream.com

Make sure to watch the Facecast here on May 26th at 9 am PST.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Upgrade to an Autodesk Design Suite, for FREE*


Autodesk is making it possible for current Subscription customers to upgrade to one of their new Design Suites for free, sort of.  The criteria for upgrade eligibility is simple enough, you have to request an upgrade for current, one year active subscriptions.  Simply go to their request form web page and fill out the form.  The upgrade is free, but limited to the Standard Suites.  There are three versions of each suite; Standard, Premium, and Ultimate.  The standard suites don't pack the same punch as the ultimate suites of course, but you will be getting more software.

*The upgrade is free, meaning that you will not have to pay the additional cost for the new license, but you will have to pay for the new subscription fee when your contract is up.  That being said, it is not a completely free upgrade, but it will only cost you if you want to keep the subscription.  I suggest that you talk with your Autodesk reseller to get an idea of what the new subscription fee will be before you upgrade.  I suggest that you consider it.  Yes your software coast will go up, but it might not be as much of an increase as you think.  Plus you will be getting more tools at your disposal.
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