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Tidbits: Vectorworks, Baz and Vue, and Virtualization news

Mac CAD and 3D News: V-Construct offers more Vectorworks 2009 training classes in NYC; plus Baz Lurmann’s “Australia” the movie uses Vue for 185 shots. This story details the the making of the film using Vue 7 tools; finally we have news on a new book for making nice with Windows on your new Mac. Good stuff all below!

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Upcoming Vectorworks Classes in Spring 2009

V-Construct is holding more Vectorworks 2009 classes coming up this month. Here’s the schedule for March and April:

Vectorworks 2D Essentials Session I: Drawing Basics

Date: Mar. 28. 2009
Time: 9am-5pm
Venue: Computer Tech Centers
352 7th Ave, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Cost: $395 early registration March 20. $545 after

Vectorworks 2D Essentials Session II (Saturday): File Organization

Date: Apr. 4. 2009
Time: 9am-5pm
Venue: Same as above
Cost: Same as above

Vectorworks 3D Essential Session I (Saturday): 3D Modeling

Date: Apr. 25. 2009
Time: 9am- 5pm
Venue: Same
Cost: Same

Baz Luhrmanns’ “Australia” uses Vue for 185 shots

In an interview, Emmanual Blasset, CG Supervisor on the upcoming film “Australia”, gives us the scoop. Emmanual Blasset has been working on big projects suck as “Farscape”, “Matrix Reloaded” and “Happy Feet” for about 8 years now. “Australia” was the first project that he approached Vue to use. The film’s lead matte painter, Tim Warnock, was the person who initially proposed to use Vue for the films large tropical digital sets. After some tests Vue was intergrated into the films CG pipeline. Vue was used by 3 matte painters and 2 TDs across 20 shots. After 18 months of shooting, using a crew of 80, to create a total of 185 shots.

Now for those who have seen the movie, during its +3 hour duration, there is hardly a shot which has not been painted by a CGs’ touch. Luhrmann is known for his over the top stylized films, such as Moulin Rouge and Strickly Ballroom. But never before has he birthed a film so stylized by CG alone. He was definitely going for something different in this one, and Australias’ CG painters as well as the creators of Vue, should be proud. To learn more about Vue go here: http://www.vue7.com/

Installing Window on a Mac may now be easy but doing it right is no picnic

For those of us who see Windows as foriegn as speaking the Inuit language, there is now a solution, a new book called “Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac,” Third Edition. Written by cross-platform guru Joe Kissell, the book covers Windows XP and Windows Vista. It gives procedures for working with “virtualization” programs VMware Fusion, Parallels Desktop, and VirtualBox, along with Apple’s dual-boot solution, Boot Camp.

And he covers instructions for installing each program in a way that makes it possible to run Windows programs on a Mac without installing Windows itself. And for those who fear the other side, such as myself, this is a very beautiful thing. The book is selling for $10.USD and for more information you can read this page at O’Reilly.

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