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Hardware

Workstations

The Mobile Workstation: Purpose-Built for Today's CAD Professional

PCs and workstations have evolved into two breeds that share many of the same genes; from the outside, a mobile workstation and a notebook PC may look nearly identical. But inside, the two are very different, and our benchmark testing demonstrates why the mobile workstation represents the most appropriate, productive, and cost-effective tool available for visual professionals on the road. In this 12-page white paper, you'll find: a comparison of mobile workstation and PC components, and of their performance on CAD computing workloads; an explanation of factors that affect reliability and ergonomics; and more. Sponsored by Lenovo.

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Workstations

What Makes a Mobile Workstation?

Cadalyst has asked the question, "What makes a mobile workstation?" before, but in today's fast-moving market, the answers are changing. This overview explores the rapidly evolving market, describes the three primary product tiers, and explains why professional-grade components or systems can better serve designers and engineers. Download this updated guide to learn about new technologies affecting the market, which factors differentiate mobile workstations from standard laptops, and what to expect from entry-level, midrange, and high-end models. From the editors of Cadalyst.

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Other Hardware (3D input devices and more)

CAD Workstation Form Factors 101

With so many types of workstation models on the market today — and new arrivals appearing all the time — the options for CAD professionals have become much more diverse. While the proliferation of mobile, mini, remote, and even luggable form factors creates more flexibility, it also can create confusion. To get a clearer view of your options, download this 30-page guide, which compiles workstation expert Alex Herrera's entire five-part form factor series into one convenient resource. It's packed with clear, detailed explanations and illustrations that can inform your workstation selection process. From the editors of Cadalyst.

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Workstation vs. PC: Which Performed Better?

In the race to meet design deadlines, which options wins — a gaming PC or a professional workstation? Led by hardware expert Alex Herrera, Cadalyst put that question to the test, running CAD-related benchmark tests to evaluate the performance of a $2,200 professional CAD workstation against a $2,100 PC outfitted for gaming. See the results in this 11-page white paper — based on actual benchmark results — and decide for yourself which option makes sense to support your workload. Sponsored by Intel.

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Choose the Right CPUs for CAD Workstations

When it comes to the options available in workstation-caliber CPUs for CAD professionals, OEMs and users alike are seeing an expanding choice of brands and configurations to choose from. And while that might make for a more challenging shopping exercise, a few simple guidelines from workstation expert Alex Herrera can help you narrow choices down quickly and outfit your next CAD machine with an optimal CPU for your workload. From the editors of Cadalyst.

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How Workstations Can Benefit the Bottom Line

Professional workstations provide much more power and performance than standard PCs, but they come at a higher price, and many companies simply don’t understand the cost savings to be gained by implementing workstations. This white paper explains the return on investment (ROI) of HP workstations — that is, when companies employ highly salaried engineers, designers, architects, or creative professionals, workstations can save much more than they cost by keeping those experts productive over time. Sponsored by HP and Windows 10 Pro.

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Choose the Best Type of Monitor for CAD

To help you choose the right monitor for your needs, experts from four monitor manufacturers — BenQ, Lenovo, NEC Display Solutions, and ViewSonic — share their perspectives in this white paper. The guide addresses the most important considerations for CAD users, including size, resolution, form factor, viewing angle, and more! From the editors of Cadalyst.

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Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality for CAD

For decades, virtual reality (VR) has conjured compelling applications that promised to change the way we live and work. VR — and its sister solution, augmented reality (AR) — have struggled to live up to that potential, however. Industry expert Alex Herrera shares insights and predictions about how VR/AR is overcoming the challenges of the past, where the technology is heading, and how it might help you. From the editors of Cadalyst.

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The State of Reality Capture for AEC Projects

Reality capture — the collection of data that describes real-world structures, objects, and landforms — is evolving rapidly, as technologies become less expensive, more powerful, and easier to use. That’s good news for AEC professionals, who are bringing more drone-mounted cameras, laser scanners, photogrammetry software applications, and related technologies into their workflows, according to five solution vendors with shares of this growing market. From the editors of Cadalyst.

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Software

General (AutoCAD, licensing, cloud, mobile, etc.)

Fabulous Freebies for CAD Users

The editors of Cadalyst, with help from our contributing editors and readers who are in the CAD trenches day in and day out, have updated everyone's favorite guide to helpful tools and resources that don't cost a cent. Download our guide and you'll soon be asking yourself, "How did I live without this?" The latest edition of the guide has something for everyone, including unit converters, file and text utilities, BIM tools, mobile apps, and more. From the editors of Cadalyst.

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General (AutoCAD, licensing, cloud, mobile, etc.)

The Wide World of DWG-Compatible Software

Today there are more drafting software choices available from more vendors than ever before, offering customers an array of options in license types, prices, and capabilities. Download this free guide to learn about the history and current status of the DWG format, who the players are, and which of the many available product choices might be best for your needs. From the editors of Cadalyst.

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General (AutoCAD, licensing, cloud, mobile, etc.)

An Introduction to Generative Design

Generative design is opening new opportunities for solving design problems. It's also turning traditional workflows upside down, moving simulation ahead of model creation. But what is generative design? It’s a category of technologies that suggests design options, or optimizes an existing design, to meet criteria defined by the user. Understanding the basics of the technology and terminology involved can help you decide if it’s time to share your AEC or product development workload with generative design tools.  From the editors of Cadalyst.

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The Future of CAD File Formats

Today, the challenges regarding data and files for design-based industries are more diverse than they used to be — and they're evolving rapidly with the development of new storage and computing technologies. How are CAD developers approaching these challenges, and how are their strategies shaping our use of CAD data? Written by industry expert Randall Newton, this white paper provides insights into the complications of new devices and bigger file sizes; web services and the role of the cloud; and more.  From the editors of Cadalyst.

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General (AutoCAD, licensing, cloud, mobile, etc.)

From 2D CAD to 3D Modeling: Your Guide to the Transition

Whether you've already begun switching from 2D to 3D software or you're still considering your options, this free guide by CAD management guru and industry expert Robert Green will help you draft a plan, gather resources, and manage expectations. This eight-page white paper provides advice about choosing a trial project, training users to become productive with the new software, and more. From the editors of Cadalyst.

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AEC

Take the Gradual Path to BIM

Implementing building information modeling (BIM) can be an overwhelming challenge fraught with risk and uncertain benefits, but you don't have to take on everything at once — Bentley MicroStation allows design and construction firms to make progress one step at a time. To learn how small, incremental advances leveraging your existing investments in CAD and related technologies can yield big benefits over time — for both your company and the project owner — download your copy of this free white paper today. Sponsored by Bentley Systems.

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AEC

The AEC Professional's Guide to Outsourcing BIM Management

A good BIM manager is vital to an AEC firm's success. But what constitutes good BIM management? What does it mean to outsource BIM management, and when does it make sense to to do so? If outsourcing is right for you, how do you maximize its benefits and avoid the pitfalls? This whitepaper will answer those questions and provide the needed perspective to help companies make decisions that optimize their BIM initiatives. Sponsored by IMAGINiT.

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AEC

Implementing Generative Design for AEC

Generative design has made its way into AEC software and you’re eager to accelerate your architectural design processes with a new technology, but you don’t know where to start....

Before you decide to tackle this project, consider the factors that may increase—or decrease—the complexity of implementing generative design. Sponsored by Z by HP

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Cadalyst Pro Tips

Cadalyst Pro Tips #10: Questions to Ask Before Adopting BIM

Although it's not yet ubiquitous, building information modeling has become much more common in AEC and civil engineering environments in recent years. As with any technology that’s increasing in popularity, you may feel pressured to implement it. But before you make the leap, explore the issue with a critical eye and answer the questions in this tip sheet. From the editors of Cadalyst.

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Cadalyst Pro Tips #9: Training Checklists for CAD Managers

Training is an essential task on every CAD manager's to-do list. But with all those little details to remember, preparing a clear, informative training session can be overwhelming. These handy checklists present helpful advice from CAD management expert Robert Green in a concise format that will help you deliver a training session that will make your users — and your boss — happy. From the editors of Cadalyst.

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Cadalyst Pro Tips #5: Essential Communication Techniques for CAD Managers

As a CAD manager, communicating effectively with upper management is essential. For example, to get your users the tools they need, you must convince the person holding the purse strings that those purchases are worthy investments. To make these conversations less challenging, try these field-tested techniques from CAD management expert Robert Green.

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Fab Freebies 2021

The editors of Cadalyst, with help from our contributing editors and readers who are in the CAD trenches day in and day out, have updated everyone's favorite guide to software tools and resources that don't cost a cent. "Fabulous Freebies for CAD Users" has something for everyone. Download our guide and you'll soon be asking yourself, "How did I live without this?" 

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CAD Management

The Top CAD Technology Trends of 2020

When you're surrounded by emerging and evolving technologies, it can be difficult to determine which developments will be impactful and which are overhyped. To help you see the future more clearly, eight representatives of CAD software development companies discuss their picks for which trends to watch. Download this free guide to read insights and predictions from eight CAD software companies about how CAD and related technologies are changing. From the editors of Cadalyst.

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Outsourcing CAD: Tips for AEC Professionals

Your company must always be ready to adapt to changing workloads, and outsourcing is one way to scale up when needed. But before you turn to an outside firm or individual for a helping hand with your CAD work, learn about the benefits and limitations of outsourcing with this six-page white paper. From the editors of Cadalyst.

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Help Building Owners Get the BIM Data They Really Need

Teach your clients which model information can help them best manage their facilities - and in turn earn your clients' trust - and build your business. At the project hand-off phase, you need a clear idea of who is getting the data, what information that person needs, and how the data will be managed and kept up to date. Learn how to teach clients to get the most out of BIM data and in turn build your own business. Sponsored by IMAGINiT.

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A CAD Manager's Guide to Reducing Errors

This guide compiles three of Robert Green's CAD Manager columns: a two-part series on adapting quality control techniques for CAD, and an overview of common CAD management mistakes. Whether your problems stem from users who ignore standards, a company culture that doesn't prioritize quality, or self-sabotaging management techniques, this guide will set you on the path to greater efficiency, fewer mistakes, and better results. From the editors of Cadalyst.

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A CAD Manager’s Wish List

This list condenses main points from Robert Green’s CAD Manager column of the same name into a printer-friendly single-sheet resource. Get your copy for easy sharing with your users, bosses, other departments within your company, and more! From the editors of Cadalyst.

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The Why and How of CAD Standards

The CAD environment has changed, making CAD standards a much more complex — and perplexing — challenge than in the past. It’s time to rebuild your standards to reflect this new reality. This 15-page guide features the practical advice and easy-to-follow action checklists that CAD management expert Robert Green is known for. His entire four-part series of CAD Manager columns on standards is compiled here. From the editors of Cadalyst.

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