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TodCast #29 Use Styles for Consistency

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Styles are a very powerful and probably an under-utilized feature that can really help make your Composer experiences more consistent. In one example from the forum, a user was adding spaces to text panels to make them the same size. I see users all the time that will make a new panel and change the color, position and size over and over again and manually   move them around to the same position. When I show them how to do this with styles usually the first comment is “I wish I would have found this a long time ago”

So here you go, today’s Quick Tip – Use Styles for consistency.

Just thought I’d add a little note. If you do want to add spaces and keep them, use the Character map tool for spaces in Windows and create the style with that...

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TodCast #28 Customer Video Sample #1

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This is the first customer video from one of our 3Dmojo users, Azhar Qazi.  Azar is a Mechanical Engineer  from India working for Precihole Machine Tools. He works in design and development of Air rifles as well as Deep Hole Drilling machines. As an additional activity he also creates content for marketing like rendered images, Composer animation, brochures, posters, and website activities. Self-taught in Composer, Azhar has been using Composer since 2012. You can check out some of his additional work at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IW859cUgrU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMTsqBGicNM

All the maintenance videos are linked through a QR code that is pasted on the respective machine part...

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TodCast #27 CATIA Composer Moto Demo

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Hello,

Here is just a few possible use cases for CATIA Composer showing some nice examples in Sales and Marketing, Quality Assessment, Customer Support and Services, Manuals and Technical Documentation, and Engineering and Manufacturing using imported PMI from CATIA.

BTW,  We are still looking for customer demo videos, possible tips or any other Composer skills you would like to highlight. One Customer has just submitted one and I’ll be posting it soon.

Come on, lets see what you got, show off your skills impress your co-workers.

Goat

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TodCast #26 3DVIA becomes CATIA Composer

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You probably noticed some changes when you got to 3DMOJO.

New logo and colors, whats up? You might say, “but I’m not a CATIA user.”  Not to worry, its all good 3DVIA Composer is now called CATIA Composer.  This is an exciting development which promises to be help for all Composer users.

CATIA is Dassault Systèmes’ pioneer brand. It is the world’s leading solution for product design and innovation. As Composer is professional content authoring software for the communication of engineering data, it makes sense to bring it into the CATIA family.

This transition allows us to access the latest CAD technologies, ensuring CATIA Composer is up to date with current versions and features of CATIA, while maintaining the openness that made 3DVIA Composer su...

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Calling all Heros

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Hero

It’s time to show off your Composer skills.

In talking with users at trade shows and customer sites many of you have developed really cool tips and tricks of your own to help speed up your production or help in specific situations.

Why not show off those skills and be a hero to others who may have similar needs. In the near future, we will be taking submissions from our users and resellers to help you do just that.

We realize that some of you may have cool ideas but may be a bit shy so you may not want to make a recording of yourself. We can help there too. If you submit a “rough” of either an idea or technique in any forum maybe it’s just screen grabs and a written procedure or a rough Camtasia screen recording I’ll be happy to re-record and give full credit to you for your ideas...

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TodCast #25 Fluid Tips Using Layers and 3rd Party Compositing

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In the past I’ve shown some fluid techniques with http://www.3dmojo.com/2008/05/15/3dvia-your-ipod-70-simulating-fluid-flow-in-a-tube/ This episode shows some nice tips if you are going to use 3rd party composting packages.Using selection sets to help render out layers gives you added flexibility and control.

Goat

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TodCast #24 R2014x Latest Features

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Take a peek at the latest features in R2014x Composer.  If you have not tried it yet, you can download a free trial at http://www.3ds.com/products-services/3dvia/3dvia-composer/resource-center/free-trial

you can also grab the latest fact sheet here.

http://www2.3ds.com/fileadmin/PRODUCTS/3DVIA/3DVIAComposer/3DVIA-Composer-R2014x-Fact-Sheet.pdf

Enjoy

 

Goat

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TodCast #23 Animation Organization Techniques

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This episode I’ve decided to revisit using Selection sets and Filters to help organize and edit your animations. Remember, naming selections in proper order can be a very powerful asset when editing your animation. Enjoy,   Goat

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TodCast #22 Mirror geometry and animations

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I literally just got off a web-ex with a customer that wanted to mirror a procedure to make let’s say a left hand/right version. I never did one of these before and thought I’d try it. When I figured out how easy it was I just had to share it with you guys.

Enjoy

Tod

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TodCast #21 Specify angles and correct measurements

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Recently I got a question of how to specify a specific angle on a polyline and get accurate measurements of angles. Here are a couple of tips and suggestions to do that. Also, of you have not checked out Tim’s Podcast of detail view of a detail view, check it out. It’s a very powerful way to get just what you need. http://www.3dmojo.com/2013/08/23/detail-view-of-a-detail-view/

Tod

 

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TodCast #20 Custom Rendering

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Don’t forget about Custom Rendering. 

Win friends, influence people, look like a big time illustrator, whatever reason you can think of, custom rendering in 3DVIA Composer is easy and a powerful way to highlight specific parts and produce cool illustrations.

If you have not tried it yet, you should.

Enjoy Custom rendering,

 

Goat

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Bio and Tough Mudder Excursion

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Hello, my name is Tod, author of the “world renowned” TodCast’s on the blog. You may have seen me on the Forum as user Goatshrink. Long story but let’s just say it was once a massacre of my last name and it kinda stuck.
I’ve been a visual communicator forever, graduating from UW stout with an industrial design degree in 1982. Of course I was only two at the time that makes me in my 30’s still, right? I guess I’m trying to stay young by doing things like the Tough Mudder Challenge. This last one did not quite go as expected.

Aside from my weekend warrior excursions I’ve been a long time animator and Pixar wannabe. I love communicating through animation...

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TodCast#19 Highlighting and Hotspots

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Recently a customer told me he wanted to be able to turn off all selection and highlighting including the red bounding box but still see only specific objects  clearly .so I showed him how to do it.  I thought to myself, this would be a handy little tip for a TodCast so here it is.

Enjoy

Tod

 

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TodCast #18 Additional Language Options with Styles and Meta-Properties

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After my last Podcast a user asked me if there was a easy way to just change the language in a whole document and publish to that language. Here are a few tips to make that easy.

Enjoy Additional Language Options with Styles and Meta-Properties

Tod/Goat

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TodCast #17 Multiple language using Meta-properties and Intelligent Views

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Today’s diverse workforce’s presents unique challenges when creating assembly and service procedures. Not everyone speaks or understands the native language. This challenge is also true for global sales and marketing content – how do you efficiently create compelling content in multiple languages?    3DVIA Composer’s powerful linking and intelligent views capabilities provide an easy solution.  Enjoy!

 

Tod

 

 

 

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TodCast #16 Easy Flow Techniques

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Previously I showed some flow techniques that relied on exploding geometry and animation techniques Recently a customer asked if there were simple ways to show flow, show Pressure Change and show Gas tanks filling up without having to rely on modifying the geometry even if it was all one piece or not even having geometry and, not using Key frame animation. Here are a couple of simple techniques that just might do the trick.

Enjoy,

Tod

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Dell AMD 3DVIA Composer Demo

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What started out as demonstration of AMD’s FirePro graphics card performance with 3DVIA Composer turned into a full-blown partner demo with Dell and AMD.

Here is the story. Antoine Reymond (AMD) was interested in showcasing the power of their FirePro graphics card at an upcoming tradeshow. The demo was built using large 3D CAD data sets and a 3DVIA Composer experience performing simultaneously on three separate monitors with AMD Eyefinity. When Antoine saw the 3DVIA Composer capabilities to present information in a cool way that people could understand, it sparked an idea to promote his product using 3DVIA Composer. Antoine quoted, “3DVIA Composer immediately clicked to me as the best way to showcase and create an interactive and animated storyboard...

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TodCast #15 Filters are your Friends

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Filters are your friends for time saving searches and isolating the actors you need.
These filter tips and tricks should help make you more productive and life just a bit easier leaving more time to enjoy your real friends. Filters are terrible at conversation anyway.

Tod

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TodCast #14:Quick Tips Technical Illustration- Ghosted Lines

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If you’ve ever wanted to make a ghosted line illustration, here is a quick and easy way to do it.

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TodCast #13:Basics of Scenarios

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Using scenarios can be a powerful tool in multi user environments. In addition, it can also be a way to simplifiy subassembly and assembly animations. Here are a few basic tips to help you get started.

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TodCast #12:Nested Bom Basics

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Have you ever wanted to nest your sub assemblies in numbered groups based on their parent assembly?

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you do just that.

This podcast replaces the original podcast by Marcus which is no longer available

 

Tod

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TodCast #11:High Res Silhouette with Line Control

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Have you ever wanted to create High Resolution Images in Silhouette mode but still have control over your line weights?  Here is a quick and easy tip to do just that.
Enjoy

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TodCast #10: Faking Geometry Deformations, Tips and Tricks

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You can’t do deformations in 3DVIA Composer… or can you?
True you can’t physically deform objects other than scaling but you can get by with quite a bit by faking it.
Recently a customer wanted to simulate a variable belt drive power system in 3DVIA Composer. This episode will give you some tips and tricks to help you do just that. You may even pick up a few other animation techniques and tips while you’re at it.

Enjoy Faking Geometry Deformations

 

Tod

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