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The Design Explorer
CAD & 3D Modeling Newsletter

Welcome to the Ashlar-Vellum user newsletter, The Design Explorer.

This quarterly newsletter serves our community of drafting and design professionals by providing news on events, products, our staff, and customer successes using our CAD and 3D modeling software on Mac and Windows. In each issue you will also find information relating to upcoming product releases as well as tips and techniques for accelerating your productivity. The Proven Success section spotlights the successes and innovations of our remarkable user community. Expand your possibilities with The Design Explorer.

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Issue 36 1st Quarter ’14

  • Ashlar-Vellum Job Board Updated
  • Ashlar-Vellum Training Board in the Works
  • More Affordable STU Pricing
  • Call for 3D Printing Stories
  • Graphite in Process Engineering Control & Maintenance
  • A New Way to Skin a Ski
  • Slipper Satin & Ribbons

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Issue 35 4th Quarter ’13

  • Release of Graphite™ v9
  • AlphaCorr™ Dieline Genius™
  • Blessings for the Season
  • Dear Ashlar-Vellum...
  • Light Years Ahead with SteelRules™
  • Success Pops Up All Over for Americhip
  • It All Starts with a Cobalt Model

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Issue 34 3nd Quarter ’13

  • New Pricing, New Bundling. Introducing Cobalt™ & Xenon™ Solo
  • Graphite v9
  • Ashlar-Vellum & AlphaCorr™ Teams to Switzerland
  • Cobalt v8 SP4
  • Ashlar-Vellum Explores Database Front-end Development
  • Dear Ashlar-Vellum...
  • Simplicity Pays Off

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Issue 33 2nd Quarter ’13

  • Announcing the Ashlar-Vellum Job Board
  • Database Management & Workflow
  • Welcome Gene
  • Augmented Reality
  • Featured Designer Loggia
  • Vellum®:accessories
  • Mud, Snow, Sand, Meet Technology

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Issue 32 1st Quarter ’13

  • Ashlar-Vellum Receives Frost & Sullivan Award
  • Welcome Jane
  • Welcome Les
  • TeraViks Score in Robotics Regional
  • Racing Rat Trap Design
  • Robert Bou to SPAR International
  • Lounging in Luxury

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Issue 31 4th Quarter ’12

  • Wishing You a Blessed Holiday Season
  • Graphite™ v8 SP4 Released
  • Stealth Award Given
  • Graphite™ v6 Obsolete in April 2013
  • Cobalt™, Xenon™ and Argon™ v8 SP3
  • The Art of Engineering in Cobalt™

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Issue 30 3rd Quarter ’12

  • Cobalt’s Organic Workflow vs. The Competition
  • Mountain Lion Support for v8
  • STU Renewals
  • New Service Pack Anticipated for Graphite™
  • Crafting the Dream: The Art of Furniture Design & Fabrication
  • High Stylin’ in Xenon with Freestyle Systems Dryers
  • Retired by Design
  • Always Seen in the Best Light

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Issue 29 2nd Quarter ’12

  • Featured Designer
  • New v9 Icons
  • Graphite Power Users
  • From our Email
  • New Banners
  • Call for new Gallery Items
  • Graphite Drawing & Modeling Tip: Keyboard Mask
  • Success is No Shock for American Suspension

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Issue 28 1st Quarter ’12

  • Improved Hatching in Cobalt, Xenon & Argon v9
  • Seeking New OEM Opportunities
  • Make Our Day
  • Drawing & Modeling Quick Tip
  • Alchemy:Adept & Alchemy:Essential
  • Welcome Back Fedor
  • Vellum Nitrogen™
  • Walkin’ in Sunshine: The Joy of No Electricity Bill

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Issue 27 4th Quarter ’11

  • The Season’s Best from Ashlar-Vellum
  • New Image Handling Options in v9 3D Modeling
  • Accessory Focus
  • Some Anticipated Features in Graphite™ v9
  • Some Anticipated Features in Cobalt™, Xenon™ & Argon™ v9
  • Innovate to Differentiate

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Issue 26 3rd Quarter ’11

  • Roar of the Lion
  • More New 3D Modeling Features Discussed v9
  • STU Renewals
  • Graphite Tessellated Text
  • Time Out Snafu
  • Welcome Alex Shcherbakov
  • Welcome Back Alexey
  • Joining Us for Training
  • Cobalt Makes the Differential

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Issue 25 2nd Quarter ’11

  • QR Codes on Website
  • Last Chance to Upgrade REALLY Old Software
  • Dynamic Motion Software
  • New PDF Options Coming in Graphite v9
  • Ashlar-Vellum Files on the iPad
  • Tessellated Text Available for Graphite
  • Disappearing Palette Bug Exterminated in Graphite
  • Welcome Back Marina Kukarina
  • Create Animated 3D PDFs with SimLabs Composer
  • Art, Ceiling Fans & Square Roots

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Issue 24 1st Quarter ’11

  • Happy Anniversary to the Designer Elements
  • Upgrades from Obsolete Software to Disappear
  • Looking Ahead
  • Training for JC Penney
  • Ooops!
  • Training for WLM Pattern & Machine
  • Advanced Training for Henry James Bicycles
  • Update to Graphite v8 SP3
  • Unicode to be Implemented in Graphite
  • Set Arcs Script for Graphite
  • Choosing the Upgrade Path from old Vellum Software
  • Ice Cream Dream Machine

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Issue 23 4th Quarter ’10

  • Joy and Peace this Holiday Season
  • Ashlar-Vellum Job Board Coming
  • Updated Utility Scripts
  • Graphite v8 SP3 Released
  • STU Renewals
  • Training Closes the Circle for Henge Docks
  • Studebaker: Iconic & Immediate

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Issue 22 3rd Quarter ’10

  • Cobalt, Xenon & Argon v8 SP2 r5 Released
  • Graphite v8 SP2 r3 Released
  • A Sneak Peek at Iridium
  • Call for Sketch Rendering for Gallery
  • Mac Cosmetics Training
  • Improvement for SolidWorks to .SAT Export
  • How to Insert a 3D Object into a PDF File
  • A Stiff Shot of Successo

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Issue 21 2nd Quarter ’10

  • Announcing Alchemy:Essential & Alchemy:Adept
  • Cobalt, Xenon & Argon v8 SP2r4 Released
  • Graphite™ SP2 r3 Coming
  • Call for Drawings
  • Models and Stories
  • Ashlar-Vellum & US Subs on SolidSmack
  • Training at Mac Cosmetics
  • Dreams Reached
  • What are NURBS and Why are They Important?
  • In the Spirit of Great Design

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Issue 20 1st Quarter ’10

  • Graphite v8 SP2 and Hot Patch 1 & 2 Released
  • Meet Alexander Gorbatovsky
  • Spot Light on Vellum:accessories
  • PDFs from within Graphite
  • Advanced Clipping Planes
  • Support for Box and Temporary Point-of-Purchase Design
  • The Wizard of Whiz

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Issue 19 4th Quarter ’09

  • Happy Holidays from Ashlar-Vellum
  • Cobalt vs. SolidWorks: The Movie
  • V8 SP2 for Cobalt, Xenon & Argon Released
  • Graphite v8 SP2 Adds Large Format Printers at High Resolution
  • Support for Windows 7 and Snow Leopard
  • Keeping the Fun Factor in Design

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Issue 18 3rd Quarter ’09

  • Reach for Your Dream
  • Check out Ashlar-Vellum on eCorpTV
  • Cobalt, Xenon & Argon v8 SP2
  • Stroke Shortcuts
  • Layer Sets
  • Sketch Rendering
  • Enhanced Drafting Assistant Preferences
  • Revised Model-to-Sheet Dialog Box
  • Help>Tutorials
  • JPEG and PNG Import Supported in Graphite
  • Customer Feedback
  • Rather Be Fishing?
  • Taking the Devil out of the Details with Cobalt

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Issue 17 2nd Quarter ’09

  • New Hatch Patterns in Graphite v8
  • Graphite Users Group Starting
  • Reach for Your Dream
  • Past Design Explorer Articles Available on Website
  • Tutorials on You Tube
  • Graphite on the Go
  • Illuminating More than Product Design

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Issue 16 1st Quarter ’09

  • Reach for Your Dream
  • Extended Hours for Customer Service
  • Cobalt, Xenon & Argon v8 Addendum and DVD Shipped
  • Rentals Offer New Possibilities for Today’s Economy
  • Cobalt Named Staff Pick
  • What’s Driving Your Model?: Associative vs. Constraint-driven Parametric Modeling
  • New Access to Outer Space

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Issue 15 4th Quarter ’08

  • Cobalt™, Xenon™ & Argon™ SP1 Released
  • Holiday Hours
  • Graphite SP1 Hot Patch 3 Released
  • Don’t Forget Share
  • New Cobalt & Xenon Pricing
  • Vellum Acquires Ashlar’s Products
  • Preview Pane Now in Graphite Open Dialog Box
  • Graphite Named Staff Pick by Apple
  • Eliminating the “Wrong Entity on Sheet” Error
  • Welcome Alyona
  • What Do I Need to Know about 3D Printing?
  • Catching a Dream in Midair
  • The Wizard of Whiz

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Issue 14 3rd Quarter ’08

  • Graphite™ v8 Service Pack 1 Released
  • Cobalt, Xenon & Argon v8 Service Pack 1 Update
  • Nisha Patel Named Director of Customer Service
  • Check Web for Update
  • RCSI to License Graphite Custom
  • Improved PDF Export in Graphite v8 SP1
  • Diagonal Line Issue Solved
  • Why won’t Ashlar-Vellum Open my old Mac File?
  • SCORE! Information Update
  • Graphite Quick Reference Card Available
  • Why is my Drawing a Tiny Speck?
  • Rather Be Fishing?

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Issue 13 2nd Quarter ’08

  • Cobalt™, Xenon™ & Argon™ v8 Releasing on Power PC
  • Graphite™ v8 SP1 in Beta
  • What is Organic Workflow™?
  • Ashlar-Vellum Organic Workflow Movie
  • New Features in Cobalt, Xenon and Argon v8
  • New SolidsWorks & Cobalt Movie in Production
  • New Best Things about Ashlar-Vellum Movie in Production Success Stories with Sound Bites
  • Running on 64-bit Processors
  • Welcome Elena Subbotina
  • New Assignments within Ashlar-Vellum
  • Why Do I Get a Funny Text File when Downloading Old Software Versions?
  • In Loving Memory
  • Innovative Kitchen Design Made Easier in Cobalt

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Issue 12 1st Quarter ’08

  • Ashlar-Vellum Turns 20
  • Cobalt, Xenon and Argon v8 Release for Windows
  • New Hot Topics & FAQs
  • There are three options for creating
  • Reading AutoCAD’s DWF Files
  • Graphite v7 & v8 Disappearing Palettes in Mac OS X 10.3/.4/.5 (Panther, Tiger, Leopard)
  • Services to Know About
  • Welcome Dmitriy Belous
  • What you Need to Know about Adobe’s PDF
  • Graphite Tips & Tricks Book
  • Does Cobalt, Xenon or Argon do Sheet Metal?
  • Does Ashlar-Vellum Support FEA?
  • Design to Production in One

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Issue 11 4th Quarter ’07

  • Ashlar Incorporated to Turn 20
  • Holiday Hours
  • Ashlar-Vellum on Mac Intel with Leopard
  • SAVE 30% on Ashlar-Vellum Software
  • Why Can’t I Read this AutoCAD File?
  • New Photo-realistic Rendering Features for v8
  • New Wood and Glass Rendering Tutorial
  • More Tutorial Movies by Economaki
  • Welcome to Ashlar-Vellum
  • Cobalt Makes the Differential
  • Listen to the Sound of that Ferrari

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Issue 10 3rd Quarter ’07

  • Crash on Launch Hot Patches Released
  • Beta Builds
  • New Address
  • Curve/Surface Projection Tool Enhanced
  • New People
  • Parallels 3.0 Now Works with Ashlar-Vellum Software
  • When Tech Support Can’t Reproduce Your Problem
  • Right the First Time
  • A Sweet First for Starbucks

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Issue 09 2nd Quarter ’07

  • Graphite™ v8 Released
  • Open Beta for Cobalt™, Xenon™ & Argon™ v8
  • Crash on Launch Bug Smashed
  • Need Help? Try these Options
  • Old Software on New Operating Systems
  • Upgrade from Vellum 2.7 Discontinued
  • New Faces
  • New Positions at Ashlar-Vellum
  • Using Cobalt, Xenon and Argon on Mac Intel Machines
  • Focus on Ashlar-Vellum Accessories
  • Cobalt, Xenon & Argon v8: Features Benefits & More
  • Lounging in Luxury
  • Optimizing the Optima

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Issue 08 1st Quarter ’07

  • Ashlar-Vellum Users Win Good Design 2006 Awards
  • V7 Service Packs Released
  • Graphite v8 in Beta
  • Cobalt, Xenon and Argon v8 in Beta
  • Tips from our Knowledge Experts
  • Accessory Feature
  • Watching Conceptual Design Take Form
  • Xenon Changes Designer’s Point of View

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Issue 07 4th Quarter ’06

  • v7 Service Packs Released
  • Lense Housing Tutorial and Podcast
  • Graphite v8 Making Progress Toward Release
  • Graphite Enterprise Licensing
  • Ashlar-Vellum Innovation Council
  • The Benefits of Cobalt™, Xenon™ & Argon™ v8 Features
  • New Gallery
  • NOVEDGE Newsletter Gives Xenon Four Stars
  • Ashlar-Vellum UK Ltd to Begin Operations
  • Flying the Beige Skies of Mars
  • Cobalt™ Delivers Speed & Savings

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Issue 06 3rd Quarter ’06

  • Argon™ Huge Success with Girlstart
  • Service Packs Available
  • Graphite v8 Preview
  • Announcing Cobalt, Xenon & Argon v8
  • Lighting Techniques for Great Photo-realistic Rendering
  • Argon in Surface Fabrication
  • Greg’s Podcast
  • Training & Quick Start Consulting
  • Don’t Forget about Rental Options
  • New Web Banner Enhances the Bottom Line
  • Ashlar-Vellum Accessories
  • A Designing Machine

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Issue 05 2nd Quarter ’06

  • Ashlar-Vellum and Girlstart
  • Cobalt™ 7 Reviewed in MCAD
  • SP1 Ahead of Schedule
  • Robert Bou Awarded 5th Patent
  • Opening Ashlar-Vellum under OS 9
  • Graphite Spline/Arc/Ellipse Conversion Script Now Available for CNC
  • Running Ashlar-Vellum on Intel Macs
  • Draw by Layer Utility Script Available
  • Puksta Featured on Crown Point’s Wood Shavings
  • New Knowledgebase
  • Help Spread the Word
  • How to Trace Over an Image in Graphite
  • DownRev DXF Convert Utility
  • Need a Short-term Copy of Ashlar-Vellum? Try Renting
  • Champion Racing Engines
  • Thinking Inside the Box

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Issue 04 1st Quarter ’06

  • Greg’s Ashlar Podcast
  • Au Makes the Cover of Forbes
  • Quick Start Consulting
  • Support for Intel Mac
  • Arnold CAD Named Ashlar-Vellum Channel Partner of the Year
  • Hot Fix 3 Released for Download
  • Service Pack 1 Approaching Count Down
  • Update on Legal Matters
  • Avoiding the ACIS Error Monster Or How to Build Models that Really Work
  • Not Your Daily Grind
  • In the Spirit of Great Design

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Issue 03 4th Quarter ’05

  • Dutch Court Grants Ashlar-Vellum another Victory
  • Vehicular Design Initiative
  • Welcome to Ashlar-Vellum Training
  • Accessory Feature: Graphite Share™, Cobalt Share™, Vellum Share™
  • Special Upgrade Pricing
  • German Court Denies POSH’s Appeal
  • Rio 21 on the Go with Obvio!
  • Accessory Feature Graphite Tips & Tricks Book
  • Hot Fixes
  • Meet our Staff
  • File Translation Tutorial for Graphite
  • Ten Benefits of Ashlar-Vellum Professional Software
  • Translations without Pain
  • Clearly a Great Design

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Issue 02 3rd Quarter ’05

  • Ashlar-Vellum Releases Cobalt, Xenon and Argon v7
  • Features and Benefits of Cobalt, Xenon and Argon v7
  • A Hot Response
  • Ashlar-Vellum Brings on New Head of Development
  • EDU & STU Combine to STU
  • Steering the Vehicular Design Add-on Specifi cation
  • Architosh Represents Ashlar-Vellum
  • Accessory Feature Vellum:tracks
  • Accessory Feature Vellum:environments
  • File Translation Tutorial for 3D Modeling
  • Ice Cream Dream Machine
  • Taking the Devil out of Details with Cobalt™

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Issue 01 2nd Quarter ’05

  • Into the Light
  • Winning Legal Battles
  • What does this Mean to You as our Customer?
  • New Look for the Website
  • Proclaim your Success
  • New Releases of Cobalt, Xenon and Argon v7
  • Upgrade NOW and Save
  • Graphite Plug-in for Spotlight
  • Website Furniture Feature
  • Techniques for Better Drawing & Modeling
  • Select All Shortcut
  • Right-click Menu
  • Parawhatics? Who Needs Dimensionally Constrained Parametrics?
  • Accessorize your Models
  • Meet our Staff
  • Rather Be Fishing?
  • Dare to be Square

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