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AutoCAD WS: Go Mobile and Collaborate in Real Time

Posted by cadhardware

Jul 12, 2011 6:27:27 AM

With over 2 million downloads in less than a year — AutoCAD WS has become quite the mobile sensation. Thanks to Cloud technology, you can now upload your drawings to AutoCAD WS — and access them from any iOS (iPod touch, iPAD, iPhone) or Google Android device.

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Topics: Workstations, Autodesk, Hardware, AutoCAD, WiFi, Connectivity, Laptops, Dell Workstations, Windows, Mobile, CAD

The Advantages of Eyefinity for CAD, Part 3: Rules of Thumb

Posted by cadhardware

Jul 5, 2011 6:35:11 PM

Previously in this series, we've talked about using Eyefinity with older displays and how to find the right adapter for non-DisplayPort monitors.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Displays, Graphics Card, Graphics Cards, Eyefinity, Video Cards, Dell Workstations, Display, CAD

The Advantages of Eyefinity for CAD, Part 2: Adapters to the Rescue

Posted by cadhardware

Jun 30, 2011 3:54:21 PM

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Displays, Graphics Card, Graphics Cards, Eyefinity, Video Cards, Dell Workstations, Display, CAD

The Advantages of Eyefinity for CAD, Part 1: DVI Monitors and DisplayPort Graphics Cards

Posted by cadhardware

Jun 28, 2011 3:17:48 PM

Eyefinity drives 3 or more displays simultaneously.

Eyefinity lets you drive 3 or more independent displays simultaneously from a single low-power FirePro graphics card. This technology is great for CAD users because it enables you to multi-task different workflow applications on each display or span a single CAD application across multiple displays as one desktop workspace. Check out this video showing using a three-display configuration driven by a single laptop and then tell me you don’t want it.

DisplayPort for Graphics Cards and Display Manufacturers

Whether you are talking AMD FirePro or Nvidia Quadro, DisplayPort has become the standard output port for both consumer and professional graphics cards. Yes, there are legacy DVI ports on some cards and there are even cards specifically designed to address the legacy market (e.g., FirePro V5800 DVI). But largely the debate about standards is over, and DisplayPort is here to stay. (I have written about the advantages of DisplayPort previously.)

But while the graphics card manufacturers embraced DisplayPort early on, the display manufacturers (Apple aside) have only recently made the switch. Beginning in 2010, Asus, Dell, HP LaCie, Lenovo, and NEC released more than 80 displays supporting DisplayPort. But there are still a lot more displays released with only the less expensive DVI or VGA input connectors.

So What Do I Do with My Older Monitors? Can I Still Use Eyefinity?

So what do you do if you have a display/monitor released before 2010 that only has single-link or dual-link DVI inputs? Or perhaps more interestingly, what if you want to set up a 3- or 4-display visual workspace for your CAD workflow using Eyefinity, but some or all of the displays you plan to use only have DVI/HDMI/VGA inputs?

Next, I'll talk about DisplayPort adapters that can help you do just that.

Author: Tony DeYoung

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Displays, Graphics Card, Graphics Cards, Eyefinity, Video Cards, Dell Workstations, Display, CAD

Dell-Sponsored TwitterChat with Lynn Allen on AutoCAD WS Web Service

Posted by cadhardware

Jun 23, 2011 6:18:18 PM

Did you miss our Dell-Sponsored TwitterChat with Lynn Allen? We archived the conversation here so you can check out the conversation.

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Topics: Dell Business Workstation, Workstations, Hardware, AutoCAD, WiFi, Connectivity, Dell Workstations, CAD

Hardware Configurations for Solid Edge and Other CAD Applications

Posted by cadhardware

Jun 14, 2011 8:32:48 AM

Since high performance, high scalability workstations can cost a bit more than traditional desktops or laptops, people should do some comparison shopping first. An entry-level desktop workstation can be both price competitive and still offer many features of traditionally higher priced workstations. So what should you look for when you are comparing hardware features?

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Topics: Dell Business Workstation, Workstations, Solid Edge, RAM, Hardware, Graphics Card, Hard Drive, Processors, Operating Systems, GPU, Memory, Graphics Cards, Mobile Workstations, Video Cards, Operating System, Laptops, Dell Workstations, Windows, Mobile, CAD

How Advances in Mobility Technology Will Affect the CAD Workplace, Part 2

Posted by cadhardware

May 26, 2011 4:07:49 PM

In my last post, I theorized how advances in mobility technology will affect the CAD workplace. Now, what are these wandering CAD minstrels going to work on? Oh, that is the beauty of it all.

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Topics: Workstations, RAM, Accessories, Hardware, Multi-Threading, Hard Drive, Processors, Operating Systems, GPU, Graphics Cards, Mobile Workstations, Connectivity, Backup System, Video Cards, Dell Workstations, Windows, Display, Mobile, CAD

Tips for Going Mobile with CAD, Part 2: Recommended Features

Posted by cadhardware

Mar 29, 2011 3:40:17 PM

In Part One I talked about how 17-inch mobile workstations aren't really mobile, but rather desktop workstation replacements that you bring to a stable destination, plug in and go to town. In this post I want to cover the features that I would look for when selecting my 17-inch mobile workstation. Most of these points also apply to 15-inch mobile workstations, so read on!

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Topics: Workstations, Mobile Workstations, Laptops, Dell Workstations, Mobile, CAD

Memory Makes A Difference: Performance of ArchiCAD on 64-bit Versus 32-bit Operating Systems

Posted by cadhardware

Mar 14, 2011 10:21:46 PM

When Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD 14 was released last year, a client called us about upgrading. The upgrade was a significant one, as this company was still using ArchiCAD 10. At this point, the company’s drafters were essentially working around problems with their system, which included “Memory Full” errors when updating elevation sheets and other system timeouts.

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Topics: Dell Business Workstation, ArchiCAD, 32-Bit, Operating Systems, Operating System, 64-Bit, Dell Workstations, Windows

Welcome to CADspeed!

Posted by cadhardware

Mar 10, 2011 2:06:39 PM

Longitude Media, publisher of Cadalyst, developed the CADspeed blog through a partnership with Dell and AMD. This content-rich blog is devoted to helping CAD users, CAD managers, and IT personnel optimize hardware for CAD applications. Blog posts will be developed by a variety of contributors who are experts in the area of professional hardware, 3D CAD software, or other related topics, including current bloggers, consultants, software resellers, freelance writers, and even CAD users/managers/IT personnel themselves.

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Topics: Dell Workstations

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