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With the release of SofTutor for AutoCAD R14 3D, New Vision Software gives designers the training tool they need to take advantage of the advanced capabilities of AutoCAD R14. The new SofTutor product covers tools for applying surfaces, solid primitives and solid variables, Boolean operations, importing and exporting 3D files to various formats, rendering and lighting, and 3D labs for mechanical and architectural engineering (as well as all the standard features of AutoCAD R12 and R13), in a hands-on format that allows designers to learn by actually using the new features in their own models as SofTutor's instructor describes and demonstrates them. And with multi-user and LAN licensing options, companies can train engineers right at their workstations, and then follow up the training by providing SofTutor as an on-demand help system users can access without leaving the drawing they're working on.

Studies have shown that people learn better and retain more by doing. That's why New Vision created SofTutor! With SofTutor's 100% follow-along video training format, there's never a reason to read anything. Simply run SofTutor side-by-side and simultaneously with your CAD program and follow along with our instructor.

Other training systems and multimedia tutorials require that you read a lot of information at once, remember what you've learned, then leave the tutorial and try the techniques in the actual program. SofTutor is different--you practice the techniques within your CAD program while the tutorial is demonstrating them--a true interactive, learn-by-doing tutorial!

SofTutor combines this side-by-side, follow-along capability with such flexibility features as keyword-searching (with a built-in search engine and cross-reference table), scrolling text to supplement the audio instruction, a window that can be sized and positioned any way the user wants, and speed controls that allow users to speed up, slow down, pause, rewind, fast-forward, and skip around to suit their own needs.

The result, New Vision president Randolph Hilgers says, is "the ideal training tool. It offers more than six and a half hours of video instruction new users can take straight through. And by running SofTutor on a LAN, companies can make it their customizable online help system." With more than 300 topics indexed, and more than 85 follow-along example files, SofTutor can answer in seconds most of the questions that arise, for new and experienced users alike. "We've built in the conventional wildcards as well," says Hilgers, "so with one query--say, 'lighting'--a user can develop a definitive list of chapters, subchapters, and topics where lighting is mentioned." Users can also create bookmarks, and search histories that track all items the user has searched for and played.

Does SofTutor's approach to training work? Ask Mark Townsend of Purdue University. "I used to spend 40 hours training basic MicroStation and still could not show everything that SofTutor shows. Now the trainees spend 20 hours with SofTutor and I spend a total of 2 hours with them."

SofTutor for AutoCAD R14 3D requires a multimedia PC (486/33 or better) running Microsoft Windows 3.1or better, a 2x CD-ROM drive, Windows-compatible sound board, speakers or headphones, mouse, VGA color monitor, 8-bit VGA adaptor (256 colors), 16 MB of RAM, 7MB of hard disk space (minimum installation).

New Vision Software, Incorporated is a Chicago based training company whose mission is to provide training, support and help products to engineering design firms and large corporate businesses using state of the art technology. The company has 12 employees and has successfully developed many other training products. More information can be obtained by visiting the company's Web site at and