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TEDCF Launches Inventor 2013 Drafting Course

Springville, CA, May 23, 2012 – TEDCF Publishing, an Autodesk Authorized Publisher and member of the Autodesk Developer Network, today released Autodesk Inventor 2013 Certified: 2D Drafting and Customization, a video based training course for Autodesk Inventor 2013.

2D Drafting and Customization is the third course in a series of Inventor 2013 Certified courses scheduled for release this year.  It covers all the commands associated with 2D drafting, the development of drawing templates and styles, and customization of the Inventor User Interface.

One of the most outstanding changes to this year’s version is customization of material and appearance libraries that are new to Inventor.  Inventor 2013 now uses material and appearance libraries instead of material and color Styles.  As one of the most predominant and helpful changes to Inventor, it also imposes a significant learning curve.

This course simplifies the use of both Material and Appearance Libraries.  It shows you how to create custom libraries, how to create custom appearances, and how to create custom materials that use custom appearances.  It also shows you how to migrate styles from older versions of Inventor to material and appearance libraries.

“Material and appearance libraries are great,” said John Koop, Software Engineer for TEDCF Publishing. “You just need to know how to use them.  They give you more control over how parts and assemblies look in several different applications, and custom appearances can really make your parts stand out.”

The 2D Drafting and Customization course can be downloaded, and you can pre-order the upgradeable DVD.  When all seven courses are complete the DVD will ship on July 31st.  It will contain all seven courses so that the you can easily upgrade to a new course without having to purchase another DVD.

TEDCF Publishing has also enhanced their Lesson Player.  Along with adjustable playback speed and a lesson search engine, users can now assign global hotkeys. This gives users the ability to pause and play lessons while working in the Inventor environment. Users can also use hotkeys to advance to the next lesson in the course and review previously watched lessons.

These are some of the features of the course.

  • Lessons in Metric & English
  • Lesson Search Engine – find lessons fast
  • Progressive layout – step-by-step training
  • Simplified learning format – thorough explanations
  • Automatic book-marking – the course automatically opens on the last viewed lesson.
  • Volume Slider – adjustable volume.
  • Speed Slider – adjustable playback speed.
  • Full-screen capability
  • Time Displays – the length of each lesson along with the current time is displayed.
  • Hide-able Control Panel – gives users more room for full-screen viewing.
  • Hotkeys – gives users control while working in the Inventor environment.
  • System Requirements: Windows, Speakers, and Windows Media Player 9 or above.

Training courses offered by TEDCF Publishing run from a single installation on a PC computer. Users can pick specific courses to watch or watch course bundles containing several courses.

Visit 2D Drafting and Customization 2013 to learn more and watch sample lessons.

About the Author

David Melvin, PE is a licensed Mechanical Engineer and Autodesk University instructor with over 25 years of experience in research and development for major companies. He founded The Engineering Department Consulting Firm in 1998 and soon discovered that he needed an easier and faster way to train his draftsmen and engineers to use Autodesk Inventor. This need led to his founding of TEDCF Publishing’s video-based training courses in 2000. Now TEDCF Publishing’s  courses are used by thousands of professionals, students, and teachers worldwide.

About TEDCF Publishing

Founded in 2000, TEDCF Publishing is a division of The Engineering Department Consulting Firm.  The company attained recognition as an Autodesk Authorized Publisher & Developer within the first year of business.  The company provides training courses for Autodesk Inventor 6 through 2013, SolidWorks 2009-2011, and Microsoft Excel. 

Autodesk, Autodesk Inventor, and Inventor are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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