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Our Newest, State-Of-The-Art CAD Station

Posted by Rob W on August 20, 2013

About 4 months ago we added our 12th CAD station. After we add a station, and we find a good detailer to operate it, we then work on building a new station and look for a new detailer. After many months of research we decided to purchase a CAD Station, in lieu of building one, and we decided on this 2D Cad Station. We are now in search of a detailer who can operate it.


No more excuses for being non productive


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FirePro V7900 Workstation Video Card

Posted by Rob W on September 22, 2011

Here we have a FirePro V7900 Workstation Video Card, made by AMD . Check out the video for more info!

ATI 100-505647 FirePro V7900 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Workstation Video Card. Supports up to 6 monitors with one card and only takes up one slot.




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Fuze Meeting – Affordable Online Meeting Software

Posted by Rob W on March 1, 2011

Fuze Meeting is a web conferencing tool that lets you share everything on your screen in high resolution with anyone, anywhere, on any device… on any continent, on any planet, in any of the neighboring galaxies. Okay, not quite. But one day.

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Advance2000’s BIM Cloud 2.0 Webinar

Posted by Rob W on February 11, 2011

• Learn the basics of the BIM Cloud
• Understand how your firm will benefit from utilizing this next generation type of environment
• Have ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss with our expert your organizations challenges

About our speaker…
Chris France is the president of our North Carolina office and most recently a CIO for a large architectural firm so he sees technology from the owners perspective.  He has experience in both developing and implementing Cloud solutions.  Additionally, France is an accomplished speaker and most recently presented at the 2010 Autodesk University Conference.

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Test Your Hardware Systems Running AutoCAD 2000-2011

Posted by Rob W on February 5, 2011

The Cadalyst Systems Benchmark 2011 (C2011) is designed to test and compare the performance of systems running AutoCAD. Test files are available free for download.

The Cadalyst Systems Benchmark is designed for use with full, basic AutoCAD only. It is not intended for use and may not function properly with market-specific AutoCAD versions such as Architecture, Mechanical, or Civil 3D; AutoCAD LT; trial versions; international versions; etc.

The Total Index Score is calculated based on subindex scores for four areas of performance: 3D Graphics, 2D Graphics, Disk, and CPU. The 3D visualization portions of the C2010 benchmark are compatible with AutoCAD 2009 and later; the 2D portions of the test work with AutoCAD 2000 and later. The benchmark compares the test times of your current system with a set of base times and computes an index number. An index score of 135, for example, means your test system is 135 times faster than the base system for the functions tested.

Please review the Readme file in the accompanying download for full details and instructions for running the benchmark test and evaluating Total Index Scores. Remember, as is true for all benchmark tests, the Cadalyst Benchmark Test is merely a guide for measuring system performance.


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Logitech G500 10 Buttons Mouse

Posted by Rob W on January 11, 2011

10 Programmable buttons Extra 10 buttons lie readily at your fingertips, and are fully programmable to facilitate frequent control functions.

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FREE-PDF Text Extractor

Posted by Rob W on January 5, 2011

A-PDF Text Extractor

A-PDF Text Extractor is a free utility designed to extract text from Adobe PDF files for use in other applications. There are three mode of output text: In PDF Order, Smart Rearrange and With Position. Learn more about the output type here.

The program is freeware, which means that you can use it either persionally or commercially for free.

The program is a standalone application; no Adobe Acrobat needed. A command line version is available also to allow you to call in your program or script.

If you want to grap images from PDF files, you may check out the A-PDF Image Extractor.

If you find it useful, please consider making a donation The Free Version Is Here

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I-inc iH-252HPB 25″ Widescreen LCD Monitor $169.99

Posted by Rob W on November 3, 2010

Feast your eyes on the 25″ (24.6″ Diagonal) Widescreen Active Matrix TFT Display, which will leave you wondering why you haven’t already made it a part of your home. The iH-252HPB model is a great upgrade from any 20-inch monitor and comes with full HD capabilities. Clear and sharp images are within your reach with full 1080p resolution, perfect for all your movies, games and applications. This large 25-inch screen makes it easy on the eyes for you to complete your computing tasks and write up important documents. With a 2ms fast response time and it’s energy efficiency, the I-inc iH-252HPB 25” widescreen active matrix TFT display is one incredible monitor that will keep you focused in on its 16.7 million color display.

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Does 64-bit Computing Matter for CAD Users?

Posted by Rob W on October 23, 2010

You’d have to be living under a rock to not have heard that the PC market is in the middle of a transition from 32-bit to 64-bit computing. However it’s very likely you have not heard much about how this change is going to help you. The reality is that it has not delivered much yet. This transition has been happening very slowly because there are three separate 64-bit transition steps which need to occur in series. The first step is the processor and motherboard hardware, second is the operating system and hardware drivers, and last are the programs. The big benefits of the change won’t start to come until all three steps are complete. The good news is, we are just about there.

The advantage of a 64-bit architecture is that it allows the PC to juggle much bigger chucks of data – like real big numbers. If you are not regularly doing math with numbers over 4 billion you might think this is not going to help you. The real advantage for CAD users comes in the area of large memory addresses. 32-bit systems are limited to handling 4 GB of RAM. They just can’t count memory addresses higher than that. 64-bit systems can count so much higher that the ceiling of the amount of RAM possible becomes far out of sight. Back in 1990 when I thought my new 32-bit 486 with 4 MB of RAM was cool I didn’t think I would need a thousand times that much RAM in 20 years. I’m just as sure today that I won’t need a million times as much RAM on my desk in 20 years, but the 64-bit processor architecture will handle it.

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HP Officejet 7000 Wide Format Printer

Posted by Rob W on October 13, 2010

Low-cost, B-size inkjet printer




18″ Clamps

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