Wednesday, June 30, 2004

ADT Named Views & Layers

As a quick note for those using ADT 2005 and named views. If you create your views early on in your project you may notice that if you edit a named views boundary later that some of the layers will be frozen.

To fix this use the "Update Layers" button in the views dialogue box as shown in the figure below.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

ADT 2005 Installation Update

For those interested the agenda for the next two days is focusing on the following items:

1. Updating custom Design Center content. Really easy and straighforward. I particulary like the directory and content structure (introduced in 2004) from earlier versions as this makes much more sense. My custom stuff fits perfectly in these modules with only a few additional sub-directories.

2. Migrating existing property set definitions from an older release to work seamlessly with 2005. This is the bulk of the work to ensure that legacy projects migrate seamlessly into the new release.

With this of course are all the tags, schedules and more. One item I am looking forward to being able to finally take advantage of is the many improvements/additions to PSD's such as Formula properties, Location properties, Classification properties, Material properties and of course Project properties too…

Combining PSD’s with scheduling and classifications make this an incredible way to report/return needed data in many forms. If you are not sure what these are or how they work and would like to see some examples posted here let me know.

This is powerful stuff...

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Computing Life

What a great weekend... Besides cleaning up the studio and rearranging the space layout, we managed to take an early morning walk with Dylan and our pup along the oceanfront. This afternoon/evening gave me a bit more time to take care of a few computing related needs.

All the items I have been working on this evening (web page development, documents, spreadsheets, newsgroups, web surfing, instant messaging, etc...) have all been possible through Linux. Finally got around to setting up my e-mail using Evolution too... Still have lots more to learn but Linux Online is a great resource as well as the Linux Documentation Project.

happy computing (whatever OS your using)... =)

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Rendering and learning

As I am sure you are aware the internet has and continues to offer more information on a wide range of topics. On the rendering side of things a few sites that have caught my eye recently include:

Animation Meat! - a great site for understanding traditional animation with a large number of notes and more from professional animators and studios.

Animation World Network - This is a great resource to find out what is going on in the animation industry.

Pixel Corps - Great information, classes and more. This site covers a broad range of digital media.

Animation Mentor - while not fully released yet this looks like a promising site to stay tuned for. Sign up on the site to be notified when the mentoring goes live.

Pluginz - Digital tools for digital artists. This is a great resource if you are looking for third party plug-ins and more.

And of course if you are a Viz user be sure to check out Vizdepot for free tutorials, forums and more. Also be sure to check out the recent banners and links Steven posted too.

As you can tell by the range of items mentioned above I have been doing some video/animation work recently. I love working with digital media. One phase that I have not yet explored but hope to soon is how to shoot/work with a green screen. More to come on this soon...

Monday, June 21, 2004

Discreet Events...

Discreet is having several events happening in the next few months, among them an open house in New York and Santa Monica showing a full range of products (Max, Flint, Flame, Combustion, Smoke etc...). More information and dates can be found here.

happy rendering...

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Look, up in the sky is that...

A question I have been getting asked quite a bit recently is "How do I get my work to look better?" Well there are numerous ways to make that happen.

One of the best is to be observant to the environment around you and keep a keen eye on the small details in your work.

The second is to look at inspiring work from other talented groups/individuals out there. CGNetworks has just released Expose 2, which is full of beautiful work from a large range of artists. The proofs for this look incredible too.

happy rendering...

Cleaning History...

With a short weekend break from rendering, teaching and consulting I decided this would be a great time to catch up on some digital cleaning from the studio harddrives.

Along the way I ran across "The Autodesk File" from John Walker (original founder of Autodesk, Inc.). If you have never read this document and are curious about the early days of Autodesk then this is for you. I stayed up way too late last night but I managed to read through the entire thing in one sitting.

There are a few new exciting things I am working on/with and hope to be able to share with you soon...

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Dock this...

Ever use the macintosh docker? I ran across Aquadock recently for windows and it has been a welcome addition to my utility list. It says that additional docklets are available but I have not dived too deep into this section yet, but this is a nice free utility.

Monday, June 14, 2004

EVAUG Meeting

The Eastern Virginia AutoCAD Users Group is holding their next meeting on June 17, 2004, at Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company (HEWV) Architectural Firm's "Knowledge Cafe", located at 120 Atlantic Street, in Norfolk, Va. between Waterside and MacArthur Mall.


6:30-6:50pm - Meet & Greet - We will start the meeting off with some food and drinks. This is a great chance to see old friends and meet other CAD users from area companies.

6:50-7:00pm - Introduction to the Group

7:00-7:30pm - Topic #1 -AutoCAD 2005 - New Features - Fields - If you have not sure how to use the new Fields feature in 2005 this session was made for you.

7:30-7:40pm - Short Break - This is a chance to chat, eat, stretch and/or carry on a corner discussion.

7:45-8:30pm - Topic #2 - ADT 2005 - Project Navigator - You may have seen this at the demo's, or seen others using it but wondered what the Project Navigator is exactly and how it can help to save you time?

8:30-8:35pm - Wrap Up, Prize Giveaways and Dismiss

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Independant Animations

Ran across this from Digital Producer

Looks like an interesting DVD. For those who are creating their own short animation films you can submit them here.

happy animating...

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Busy break

The break in posting this past week has been brought to you by the letter's A-D-T. Consulting, teaching, customization and more... be back this weekend to update. =)

happy cadding...

Friday, June 04, 2004

You cannot keep them down

I spend quite a bit of time online, there I admitted it. But I was just catching up on some information from 3DTotal and was sorry to hear they were the victim of malicious intent. Not an electronic virus, but a living breathing one (or more). To read about the rest check here and the current follow-up here.

Tom, Ben, Chris, good luck finding the bloke(s) who did this... and congratulations on your ingenuity in getting the site back-up (love the paperclips). Your content and community is a great resource to many users...

Easter Eggs

Well the Autocad 2005 (and vertical products) easter egg has been revealed and more information here.

happy cadding...

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Dual Booting

Well the time came for me to add a full Linux distro to my new notebook after using Knoppix while I got the windows side of the machine ready to work with. As luck would have it around the time I was ready a new release from Mandrake came available and off I went to install it (courtesy of Linux Journal).

Having read about dual booting for sometime and having a windows system in the past that had a similar setup I decided this would be relatively easy. Mandrake 9.2 and above offered a feature to partition your windows drive for a ntfs system and no matter what I tried I could not get it to work. I ended up purchasing a new copy of partition magic. After installing this to do my partition set-up it kept bombing out. The long story is that if you are planning to run a dual boot set-up, first run a chkdsk on the harddrive before attempting to partition. After I performed the chkdsk /f trick the Linux installion went pretty easy.

Well now I have the best of both worlds as I continue learning about Linux/UNIX, though my most important tools are not written for this platform yet it is nice to see some of the features available in other operating systems.

Media Player 10 Beta

For those who use the Windows Media Player from Microsoft, there is a new beta just posted and available for you to test (provided you have windows xp). Looks to be some good features and support for new devices too.

Cleaning Machine

Wow, after getting back from a heavy production week of modeling geometry it was time to do something about the mess. Having spent a small bit of time moving everything into one large pile and clearing the surfaces for a good cleaning, everything is now clean and organized.

Which brings about another brilliant idea, if you are feeling overwhelmed or frusturated in your rendering life (and can afford 30-45 minutes of not working) take some time to clean up your area. For a few good tips on ways to reduce your clutter try this.

happy cleaning...

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