On the Cover
Cover concept developed by Cadalyst Art Director Annie Leung.
Designed after Our Own Image
Architects design a new type of building based on communal BIM.
A Design with Teeth
With help from AutoCAD, the author built a fully submersible shark.
Cadalyst Labs Hardware & Software Reviews
Budget-Conscious Workstations — 64-Bit CAD Power for Less than $2,500
Cadalyst evaluates six 64-bit systems from @Xi Computer, Lenovo, Polywell Computers, SYS Technology, and Velocity Micro.
Cadalyst All-Star Awards 2008
Cadalyst's editors pick their favorite hardware and software products of the past year.
SolidWorks 2009 — 3D MCAD Software
Latest release corrects ribbon menu blunder and adds SpeedPak to minimize size of shared files.
IES Virtual Environment 5.9 — Building Energy Analysis Software
Software suite virtualizes the process of assessing building design for environmental considerations.
Expert Advice & Commentary
CAD Manager's Survey 2008
This year sees higher salaries but fewer full-time positions and less authority.
Ask for What You Want
If you want your software to do something, ask the developer for it — your wish might be granted.
AEC Software by the Clock
As time progresses, applications emerge, companies merge, and software gets better.
Hot Tips for Cold Days
This month's top tip winner automatically dimensions polylines.
Happy Holidays and Happy Programming
2008 goes out with a bang-up batch of 23 tips from Harry, including a Top Tip to cross-reference symbols and functions in your LISP code.
Object Properties at Your Fingertips
Reduce repetition with the Quick Properties tool and Rollover Tooltips feature in AutoCAD 2009.
Two features found in AutoCAD 2008 can tame your misbehaving dimensions.
Clipping Right Along with Xrefs
We continue the discussion started last month about the power of the mighty xref.
A Stroll down the XREF Path
The third and final installment in the saga of the xref.
Full-Fillet Three Lines
This bit of code lets you automatically fillet three lines by simply selecting them in clockwise or counterclockwise order.
Publish Pages Plentifully and Take a Stab at Stopping the Stickies
When is 1 really 2 and 2 really 3? When it's an AutoCAD update number.
AutoCAD's Longest-Lived Bug?
Partial plots, password-protected pitfalls, problems in paper space, and some sticky civil stuff.
cad clinic:civil 3d
Grading — Thinking Outside the Box, Part 1
While not as obvious, Civil3D's subassemblies and corridors may offer more powerful ways to create a finished grade surface.
cad clinic:civil 3d
Point Coordinate Transformations
Use Point File Formats in Civil 3D to import and export points to assigned coordinate systems.
The Magic of Parameter Transfer
The Eye-dropper and Syringe tools allow favorite settings to be reused for similar parts.
ArchiCAD Curtain Wall
The Curtain Wall tool enables users to configure, place, and edit elements.
BIM and Autodesk Ecotect
How BIM and Autodesk Ecotect help architects understand their conceptual building design's performance.
3D Modeling Tutorials
Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology, Part 3
Change your models as fast as you change your mind.
Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology, Part 4
Survive in a multi-CAD world.
Unsection Parts in 2D Section Views
Create section views and manage them with drawing explorer.
What Else is New in SolidWorks 2009?
A look at some of the lesser publicized additions to the software.
Cadalyst Web Exclusives by Kenneth Wong
HP Launches New Thin-Client Solution Based on Blade
Computer maker turns its attention to MCAD.
SolidWorks Tries Installment Plan
Rent-to-own licensing begins at $199 a month.
A Closer Look at Autodesk's New FDO Providers
One is to remain in Autodesk's custody; another is destined for the open-source community.
Systems Integrators Take the Field at Oracle Open World 2008
'Coopetition' puts emphasis on integrating disparate enterprise systems.
Brushing Up in a Down Economy
Jobless? Or just feeling uncertain? Take advantage of tools and training that can give you an edge.
News Analysis from the World of CAD
IMSI/Design Freeware Targets AutoCAD LT Users; Quiet Eulogy for Mechanical Desktop; Joel Harris Wins Hot Tip Harry Challenge 2008; Student.s Facebook Efforts Earn AU Scholarship; Autodesk Announces 64-Bit Revit; Autodesk Fights SolidWorks over DWG; Dell Debuts Mobile Workstation to Covet; Object 3D Printer Fits on Desktop
Breaking stories from around the industry.
Latest hardware and software releases.
Talk with your peers about CAD-related issues.