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I’m running Civil 3D 2009 on a PC with an Nvidia Quadro 3500 video card. I’ve recently taken a few steps to speed things up. First, I disabled Communications Center, which speeds up start times. Second, I installed the latest Nvidia Drivers. Finally, I installed the Nvidia Powerdraft Drivers.

I didn’t do any benchmarking, so I can’t say exactly what effect these changes had, but if you are having problems with AutoCAD’s speed, you might want to try a few of these things.
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OS Tools – VirtuaWin

To continue the theme from last week’s post about handy-dandy OS Tools, I’d like to talk about VirtuaWin.  This wonderful and simple open source (and free) application will put the power of virtual desktops at your fingertips.  There are other virtual desktop options out there, but this one is my favorite.

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For Your Amusement

This is pretty off-topic, but I did a search on our network drive for AutoCAD script files.  Below are the filenames.  Enjoy.

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OS Tools – Launchy

This post isn’t specifically about AutoCAD, but about some of the freeware/open source tools I use to make working in Windows faster and more efficient.  My top three favorite open source apps are Launchy, Folder View and VirtuaWin.  These tools are great for speedy application or folder launching, and for managing your desktop space.  Best of all, all three are free.  This week I want to talk about Launchy.

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