Software. Software. Software. No designer, technician, or programmer should be without it! And the 2007 LDInstitute is just the place to sharpen your computer skills and put some new software programs to work for you. Here is a list of the courses offered in the LDInstitute this year, beginning on Monday, November 12 and running through Saturday, November 18—all as part of LDI2007 in Orlando, FL.

Register today, as space is limited in these classes! Every class is taught with just one person per computer for the best training format available:

LD ASSISTANT 08 & AutoCAD 2008 CAD Training
Tuesday AND Wednesday, November 13 and 14
9:30am–5:30pm
The study of light using photometric lights—a new way to explore the study of light and how it affects objects. Learn the new lighting and rendering tools found in LD ASSISTANT 08 and AutoCAD2008 and experience more speed, ease and accuracy than ever before. Photometric lights can use manufacturers' IES standard file format. By using manufacturers’ lighting data, you can visualize real photometric data in their lighting designs. Altman, Martin, and James Thomas have IES file and are included in LD Assistant 08. Taught by G.B. Stephens, associate professor of design, University of South Florida, and developer Rufus Warren of Design & Drafting Software Co.

Introduction to SFX 6.0 Audio Software From Stage Research
Thursday, November 15
9:30am–5:30pm
Class limit: 10 people
Get a jump-start on the newly released SFX 6.0 from Stage Research by attending this one-day, hands-on course taught by SFX expert Drew Dalzell. Learn about the new interface, audio engine, and other features you can use to create great sounding designs. Target Audience: Anyone who has recently purchased or who is considering purchasing SFX software for use in their venue. SPECIAL OFFER: Current owners will receive a free upgrade to SFX 6 by attending this session.

VectorWorks Training For Technical Production: Beginner
Tuesday, November 13 OR Wednesday, November 14
9:30am–5:30pm
Class limit: 20
This intensive, one-day hands-on seminar provides a solid introduction to using VectorWorks for technical production. This is not a class on how to draw a light plot: Frank's half-day lighting design tutorial on Friday or Saturday is the perfect follow-up to this course and covers light plots. Topics include 2D drafting basics, designing on-screen with 3D modeling tools, creating a simple scenic design complete with finished floor plans, a 3D model, and a perspective rendering. Learn the technique of using the same data model for construction plans and pre-visualization. Taught by VectorWorks expert Frank Brault of Nemetschek North America, creators of VectorWorks Foundation and VectorWorks Spotlight. (Frank's full-day advanced design tutorial on Thursday is the perfect follow-up to this course!).

VectorWorks Training For Technical Production: Advanced
Thursday, November 15
9:30am–5:30pm
Class limit: 20
This intensive, hands-on seminar provides advanced training in VectorWorks Spotlight for technical production. This is not a class on how to draw a light plot: Frank's half-day lighting design tutorial on Friday or Saturday is the perfect follow-up to this course and covers light plots. Topics include advanced techniques on how to re-think pencil drafting techniques, and designing on-screen with 2D drafting Lighting and Audio Software Training and 3D modeling tools, creating a simple design complete with finished floor plans, a 3D model, and a photo-realistic rendered animation. Learn the technique of using the same file for plans and presentations. This class is for those with a solid understanding of VectorWorks. Taught by VectorWorks expert Frank Brault of Nemetschek North America, creators of VectorWorks Foundation and VectorWorks Spotlight.

Tutorials

Half Day: Introduction to Light Plots with VectorWorks Spotlight for Lighting Professionals
Friday, November 16 OR Saturday, November 17 9:00am–1:00pm OR 2:00pm–6:00pm
Class limit: 20
This hands-on, four-hour tutorial provides an introduction to the essential skills of using VectorWorks Spotlight to create light plots. Attendees will discover the advantages of today's object-based lighting design programs: Create a simple light plot and from this data model, generate paperwork, sections, magic sheets and hanging cards! Also, learn how to seamlessly exchange data with Lightwright™. No lighting professionals should be without these skills in today’s entertainment industry. Taught by VectorWorks expert Frank Brault of Nemetschek North America, creators of VectorWorks and VectorWorks Spotlight.

wysiwyg Two-Day Intensive Training Session
Monday and Tuesday, November 12 and 13 OR Wednesday and Thursday, November 14 and 15
9:30am–5:30pm
Class limit: 20
One of the most popular courses in the LDInstitute™, this two-day course is highly beneficial for both beginner and advanced lighting professionals. Offering essential hands-on training for wysiwyg, that includes an easy-to-use 3-D CAD package, integrated paperwork tools with error checking, and real-time lighting simulation with photo-realistic rendering.

New This Year: Two Half-Day Vivien Training Sessions

Vivien 1/2-day Beginner Training Session
Friday, November 16
9:00am–1:00pm
Class limit: 20
Vivien is the most powerful, comprehensive software design tool available to meeting and event professionals. Produce a picture today of tomorrow. Win more contracts by creating realistic 3D images that will give your clients a glimpse into the future—a full-color, accurate view of their event before it happens. Users experience hands-on training which includes creating 2D room layouts, amazing virtual views, and spectacular 3D photo-realistic renderings for use in your eye-popping presentations. Using Vivien’s Wizards and tools, the user will quickly and easily design seating and table arrangements, pipe and drape and video projection. Users will realize that Vivien enables them to become more productive, professional and profitable. Taught by Joshua Koffman and an associate from CAST Software.

Vivien1/2-Day Intermediate Training Session
Friday, November 16
2:00pm–6:30pm
Class limit: 20
Vivien is the most powerful, comprehensive software design tool available to meeting and event professionals. Produce a picture today of tomorrow. Win more contracts by creating realistic 3D images that will give your clients a glimpse into the future—a full-color, accurate view of their event before it happens. Users experience hands-on training which includes creating 2D room layouts, amazing virtual views, and spectacular 3D photo-realistic renderings for use in your eye-popping presentations. Users experience hands-on training which includes a comprehensive look at library items, applying textures, importing from third party programs including AutoCad, merging SketchUp files, event resources, spreadsheets and layouts for proposals. Taught by Joshua Koffman and an associate from CAST Software.