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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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3DVIA Composer at Hannover Messe 2009

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Hannover Messe

Visit us at Digital Factory at Hannover Messe, Hall 17.0, Booth C40 from April 20-24, 2009!

We invite you to visit us at Hannover Messe. Take a look at 3DVIA Composer – “the revolution for product documentation.” Meet our partners from Dassault Systèmes and SolidWorks and see how 3DVIA Composer can help you deliver user manuals, work instructions, product information, and service and training materials directly from your 3D CAD data – and always keep it up-to-date.

Talk with our specialists from our Business Partners and receive first-hand information about all the advantages of our Dassault Systèmes PLM and SolidWorks solutions. During the fair we are available for all your questions from 9:00am to 6:00pm every day!

3DVIA – this is “3D for All...

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3DVIA your iPod #74: “Really fast exploded views”

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Have you ever spent hours to create a complicated exploded view, with thrust lines and callouts, only to have to re-do it when engineering makes a change on you?

This week, Tod Cruikshank shows us how to quickly create exploded views for technical illustrations. While in animation mode, he uses an innovative set of 3DVIA Composer functions to complete his demonstration. In particular he:

  • uses “associative paths” to create jagged thrust lines in one easy step;
  • uses a combination of assembly motion and part motion to create those thrust lines;
  • moves one part in an assembly, and then quickly applies that placement to other selected parts;
  • creates convenient hot keys to further increase the pace of his work.

When I first saw this technique, I was blo...

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Tech Writers Unite!

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It had been a long standing assumption of mine that anybody threatened by new technology would dig in their heels and fight for the status quo. In the case of 3DVIA Composer, I had believed that our ability to rapidly generate rich content would threaten the traditional technical writer.

I will not belabor the point any further… instead I bring you the voice of David Lance, an experienced technical writer who was recently introduced to 3DVIA Composer. (Full disclosure: David is a tech writer for SolidWorks.)

I sup...

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Evolution or Revolution?

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This blog post got me thinking about the way that technical illustrations have evolved over the past few years, from the days of airbrushing and photography to a new digital era of creating illustrations on a computer. It also got me thinking about a January 2008 article in Intercom magazine, entitled “Three-Dimensional Illustration for Technical Communicators” which has this to say about the evolution of technical illustrations from flat 2D images into robust 3D images:

“You don’t need to be a skilled illustrator to create effective 3-D graphics. Three-dimensional illustration allows the technical communicator to respond quickly to project changes and create imagery appropriate for most publications or multimedia...

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Ancient references

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Many people are familiar with this illusion of the “old lady, young lady” image. This old/new paradigm seems to be all the rage lately. On American television, we witness countless new reality shows featuring celebrities from the 80s and 90s, desperately trying to find new fame. While sometimes entertaining, there is also an embarrassing undertone to the shows, like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

It’s very similar to how PTC is reviving old Itedo Isodraw references and massaging them into wonderfully new Abortext Isodraw references. These retreads from the past, pure 2D technical illustration references, are being re-framed and re-branded as great new references that are fully leveraging 3D in new and innovative ways...

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3DVIA your iPod #59: “Knocking out the competition”

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You’ve heard us rant about the exceptional qualities of 3DVIA Composer, and how we make better reuse of CAD data than other competitive products such as Isodraw. I’ve shown 3DVIA Composer to people hundreds of times, and I never grow tired of the look of amazement on peoples’ faces when they see what we can do. But what really amazes me is how quickly our customers can go from purchasing our product to being productive and generating positive returns: it’s a tribute to our architecture and ease of use.

It’s why we win benchmark after benchmark, why customers continually choose 3DVIA Composer over other products, and why customers actually turn off those products in favor of 3DVIA Composer.

But don’t take it from me… take it directly from one of our newest customers, Miller Formless...

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3DVIA your iPod #56: “Using CATIA V5 metadata in 3DVIA Composer”

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It is a real pleasure to begin yet another year with a new amazing demonstration of the power of product information everyware, as implemented by 3DVIA Composer.

One of the questions I hear almost every time we talk to CATIA users is, “what about metadata?” How does 3DVIA Composer re-use this critical CAD data when I want to create compelling product documentation directly from my CATIA V5 3D CAD data?”

And it’s an important question because that metadata — data about the 3D CAD data — is critical to producing accurate assembly instructions, technical illustrations and more. If you can’t easily get the data about the data from the digital product definition into your deliverables, then a significant piece of effectively automating the documentation process would be missing.

As you can ...

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