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LaunchPad presents the Technique Video Series

LaunchPad is excited to introduce a new video series called “52 Weeks of LaunchPad Techniques.”  The series will feature one simple technique per week using the LaunchPad keypad to input commands for drafting and drawing within the many applications supported by LaunchPad.  Demonstrations will be done in AutoCAD, SketchUp, Photoshop, 3dsMAX, Revit and many more.

While there are literally thousands of commands that can be executed with LaunchPad and all of its supported products, we decided to highlight one collection each week to give a general sampling of how the product works within different applications and what it can achieve.  When we are finished, we’ll have an entire collection of techniques for users to tap into as a resource for new information, continuing education or just refreshers for our veteran users out there.  The videos will show how easy LaunchPad is to use with a myriad of drawing products and how much it simplifies the drafting and drawing process, while increasing speed and productivity.  We’re certain there will be examples of things that our users may not be aware of, so there’s potential for something to be learned by all!

The technique used in the first video in the series was actually suggested recently by one of our users who needed the process for a current work project.  The video focuses on drawing Outlets and Wiring on a floor plan using the LaunchPad keypad while working in AutoCAD.  The example used is only one of many possible ways the task can be completed.  We chose a short set of commands in our two macrosets to provide an initial understanding of chained commands and pauses.  We also show how to string commands together to execute a series of tasks that are necessary when doing just the simplest of things, like inserting outlets and wiring them up.

The next video will be on the Programming and Drawing of Standard Primitives with LaunchPad inside 3dsMAX.  Stay tuned!

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LaunchPad Releases New Video Series

LaunchPad is excited to announce the first release of a three part video Introduction Series on using LaunchPad with Google SketchUp, one of the many programs it supports in drafting, drawing and modeling applications.  Part 1 provides an initial understanding of the basic fundamentals of the LaunchPad Keypad and how it operates.  The video features graphic explanations of some of the keypad systems and brief demonstrations within Google SketchUp. 

In Part 2 of the series, there will be an introduction to techniques that LaunchPad employs to empower users working in SketchUp.  There will also be many more hands on, practical applications and demonstrations of usage in Part 2, which will soon be released. 

Part 3 of the video series will introduce the programming of the new Keyin Editor, which is different from the one that comes standard with LaunchPad for AutoCAD.  The new editor is completely revamped and much easier to use.  Here the user will see how easy it is to setup their favorite SketchUp commands with the LaunchPad keypad.  This editor is now standard for all other supported non-AutoCAD products.  Also, we will be introducing how to configure the new Asset Manager, which is a new additional product that allows users to catalog, organize and search/retrieve components, materials, ruby scripts and 3rd party plugins in a simplified way. 

Later in January, there will be two more videos coming out, which are part of the Instructional Series of the Keypad and featured Plugins for SketchUp.  These tutorial videos will completely instruct the user on how to fully use LaunchPad inside of Google SketchUp.

If you’re new to LaunchPad, this is a great way to find out more about the product and see firsthand how it can increase your speed and make drawing easier and more enjoyable.  You’ll see how the LaunchPad speed and ease of use is achieved by the keystroke savings and decrease in distances traveled in entering input commands.  Many commands are accomplished with only two-key entries that give you hundreds of possible combinations.

If you’re an existing user of LaunchPad, it’s also a good sampling of what LaunchPad can do in Google SketchUp.  LaunchPad has entered into the 3D realm of drafting, drawing and modeling and, in the process, opened many doors for Architects and others who are looking to migrate and expand into 3D models.  Plus, for those who aren’t aware, Google SketchUp is a FREE application!  It can be downloaded and used at no cost.  It’s a great addition to the family of products supported by LaunchPad.

Stay tuned for the rest of the series and the programming videos to follow.  The videos will truly help you with the functionality of LaunchPad and will show you better ways to draw in SketchUp.  The entire video series will really be worth the look!

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Simple Video Using LaunchPad with Google SketchUp

This is a simple video that demonstrates the Google SketchUp process of drawing several objects, via iconic buttons and menus, and the movement of the mouse and key distances it takes to select the commands.  With the LaunchPad demo, the input commands are entered using the LaunchPad keypad with only simple two key combination entries for the same commands.  You can see that the LaunchPad input is clearly a faster and easier method of drawing.  The left hand never leaves the keypad, the eyes never leave the screen, and the right hand remains on the mouse, thus leaving a much smaller footprint for the same input.  Speed is increased and the process is more fluid.

LaunchPad with SketchUp on YouTube

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