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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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Top Reasons for Using LaunchPad

Attention: Architects, Engineers and Designers!

Here are 5 Good Reasons why LaunchPad should be an essential tool in your drafting and drawing applications:

1)   Enhances Input Speed and Productivity – by minimizing the keystrokes and distances involved in entering input commands, LaunchPad makes you faster, more efficient, and allows you to create/produce more work.

2)   Supports most Autodesk® and Adobe Products® – such as Photoshop®, AutoCAD® Architecture, Revit®, 3dsMax®, as well as Google® SketchUp®,  applications that can move you into the increasingly popular and essential realms of 3D modeling.

3)  Improves Ease of Use in Applications – with a universal command input system, as well as command editor for all programs, Launchpad allows for an easier and more simplified way of entering commands across the board and throughout a variety of different programs.

4)  Creates an Ergonomic Drafting Environment – allowing you to keep one hand on the keypad and one hand on the mouse, with the eyes focused on the work/screen.

5)  Portable on Any Supported Computers – the same keypad can be used on multiple computers such as an office computer, home computer, laptop, etc., with only one purchased code.

The list is even longer, but we chose to highlight 5 reasons for now.  When you take these considerations into account, you can see why LaunchPad is able to help transform the way you work.  You become better at what you do and more competitive through the use of the newly supported and diversified products that can propel you forward.

We’re hearing from many architects in the field who value and continue to praise using the LaunchPad KeyPad.  In fact, if you’d like to hear directly from some of them, please check out our “Testimonial” page on the website.  Our users say it all and now they’re even more excited over the 3D applications that LaunchPad supports.  They see and understand how adding these new applications into their drafting and drawing environments can improve their skills and take them further in their professions by giving them a competitive edge in moving from 2D vector based drawings to 3D modeling based drawings.

LaunchPad makes learning these applications easy with its universal input system that crosses over into each of the different applications.   For example, there is an editor with a command screen, component screen and materials screen that applies to products like SketchUp®, Photoshop® and AutoCAD® products.  LaunchPad users who are beginning to include these new applications into their work are reporting positive experiences and EXCITEMENT over just how easy they are to implement and use, with very impressive results!  They see the potential for advancing themselves among other architects in the industry and with their clients through the production of enhanced, quality representations and renderings of their drawings and house plans, etc.

So, if you are a LaunchPad user, you may want to consider some of these new applications yourself.  And, if you’re new to LaunchPad, then now is the time to try it.  The benefits you receive with LaunchPad will only continue to grow!  To find out more about LaunchPad and what it can do for you, check out the website at:  http://www.launchpadoffice.com

We will be bringing you more technical information, videos with examples and demonstrations, and answers to some of the “how to” questions and scenarios in using LaunchPad with different applications.  So, stay tuned…

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LaunchPad Supports IntelliCAD®

LaunchPad is excited to announce that we are now actively supporting several of the products that are part of the IntelliCAD® Consortium.  We are currently injecting and running in progeCAD® and AcceliCAD®, which are two of the many software vendors who utilize IntelliCAD® for their drawing engine.  Along with these two applications, we’ll also be bringing in CADopia® and several others that are being requested by users.  In case you’re not familiar with IntelliCAD®, it is very similar to AutoCAD and sells at a fraction of the cost.  The IntelliCAD® Technology Consortium (ITC) – a unique organization owned and governed by its members – focuses on the development of the IntelliCAD CAD platform compatible with the DWG file format. 

There are a total of five products that we’re looking at adding in the immediate future and there are another 25 products that will be brought in over time, as requested by individual users.  We are pleased to be able to include these new additions in LaunchPad’s family of supported products and continue to increase LaunchPad’s versatility and usability with many different applications on the market today.  Let us know which one of the IntelliCAD products you are currently using.  Whether you’re a LaunchPad user or not, we’d like to get an idea of which ones are the most popular.

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