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Check out the Mid Century Modern CAD symbols on the ArchBlocks website

Mid Century Modern CAD symbols blocks.

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Great Autodesk products Tips and Tricks issue.

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Wishing everyone a healthy and happy New Year!!

New ArchBlocks Statues Library

Take part in the Rendering in Autodesk 360 Contest to win fantastic prizes!

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Autodesk University Virtual starts tomorrow!

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New AutoCAD Exercise Workbooks.

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AutoCAD Tricks for MText: Beyond the Basics

AUGI – Autodesk Users Group International

AutoCAD tutorial on using Mtext command.

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Mtext Tips and Tricks

Experience the freedom of taking your designs with you — wherever you go.

AutoCAD® WS is a mobile CAD application that gives you the freedom and flexibility to view, edit, and share your DWG™ files on your Android phone or tablet. AutoCAD WS mobile app offers a simplified, intuitive set of viewing, editing, and markup tools so you can work on your designs while you are on the go. Open drawings from email attachments, sync your files from the web, or upload drawings directly from AutoCAD software. Drawings can also be saved locally so you can work in the field without an Internet connection.

*Requires Android 2.1 or above. Recommended devices include: 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM.

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AutoCAD WS Mobile App

This is a guest post by CAD Consultant Brian M. Curran @

So the economy has pulled back, you’re a Drafter, and you’re looking for part-time or full-time income. The thought of doing freelance work has crossed your mind, but you’re not sure where you would start. Well, I can provide some tips on how to get started with CAD freelance work, based on my personal experience of doing just that.

First you’d need to identify the types of drawings that local or national businesses have a need for. I’d focus on your local market first, because I believe most businesses that hire freelancers, hire local ones. I wouldn’t rule out long distance relationships though, because much if not all of your work could probably be done through email and web conferencing. And during this discovery process, you should also make a list of companies that potentially have a need for such drawings. These two things go hand-in-hand, and you can’t have one without the other.

Once you have identified the types of drawings you’d like to offer services for, then you’d need to assemble a portfolio of those types of drawings, if you don’t have one already. It’s not likely that someone would send work your way, without you first providing them with samples.

Next you’d have to make sure your resume was in order. Along with this, would be your references. A good reference could set you above your competition. – Yes, there’s going to be competition. There’s always competition!

Now that you have identified a need, have identified companies that potentially have that need, can prove your competency via your portfolio, resume and references; you’d need to get in touch with the decision makers who can give you work. Do a little web research on your list of companies, and try to identify who the decision makers are.

If you could identify the decision makers, or at least the next best person, get ready to call them. Before calling, do some reading on cold-calling, and then make your calls. A simple phone call could be the start of a wonderful business relationship!

Thanks for the article Brian!

You can contact Brian at his website address listed above.

I just wanted to let everybody know that I just finished my first AutoCAD video tutorial. It’s called: “Introduction to Design Center”. My goal for these free AutoCAD tutorials is to provide you with short AutoCAD tutorials that will cover not only the features of AutoCAD, but also how to actually draw projects like floorplans, elevations, etc.

This video explains how to use AutoCAD Design Center, and how CAD block libraries are organized to help with your block library management. After all, it’s about working efficiently, and as quickly as possible.

So enjoy my very first video tutorial, and please feel free to add any comments on how I can improve these AutoCAD video lessons.

Thanks, Kevin

Please let me know if you have any questions about the video tutorial for AutoCAD Design Center.