Official Minutes of the April 2006 Meeting

(Victoria Associations Incorporation Act 1981(as at 01 July 1998) Registered No. A 13467)

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MINUTES OF APRIL 2006 GENERAL MEETING

HELD AT:

THE CONFERENCE ROOM, OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
55 WALSH STREET, NORTH MELBOURNE

ON:

 MONDAY, 3RD. APRIL 2006

Attendance:

As per Attendance Book.

Apologies:
Apologies were received.

Attendance:

As recorded on the Attendance sheet.

Opening:
The President, Mark Miller, welcomed everyone attending, requested them to ensure that they had registered on the Attendance sheet, and opened the April 2006 General Meeting at 6.30 pm.

Minutes of Previous Meeting (February 2006):
The Minutes of the previous General Meeting held on the 6th. February 2006 as circulated with the Notice Paper in the "Newsletter" aka "Vicaug News" – ((we)blog) were received, adopted and approved. There was no business from the Minutes of the previous Meeting.

The President's Opening Address (the Prez Sez):
The President opened the April 2006 General meeting and welcomed all in attendance.

New/another/alternate Venue required for bi-monthly General Meetings:
The President advised that:

a.

members should regularly "log on" to the VICAUG Weblog ("blog") site to keep themselves aware of items of interest;

b.

this particularly applies to the venue for future General Meetings as it is by no means certain that we will be using this venue beyond or after the next meeting on Monday 05 June 2006. This is due to the Department of Human Services (DHS) "moving house" soon and we will need to find another place to hold our meetings.

c.

members are requested to assist as a matter of urgency as this issue/matter needs to be resolved urgently;

d.

if you have any ideas, let a committee member know or drop an email to Peter Godfrey at pgodfrey at netspace dot net dot au. (replace the appropriate words with punctuation or course); and

e.

keep "logging on" to the VICAUG "blog" at: https://vicaug.wordpress.com for regular updates of/on this and other matters.

Presentations:

1. AutoCAD 2007: by Steve Hunter – Onset Design 

Steve is known to most of us as the proprietor of Onset Systems, specialists in CAD customisation and document management solutions. He is a Registered Autodesk Developer, working with vast range of enterprises.

Many new features of  AutoCAD 2007 were mentioned in some detail. Some but by no means all of these features included: "dashboard"; upgraded "workspaces" (introduced in AutoCAD 2006);  "Dynamic UCS";  some new template files; a couple of ways to visualise 3D models; new objects such as helix;  Palettes such as "Design Centre"; new Pyramid object; "3D Move"; "Polysolid";  a new emphasis on 3D and graphics; a new "tuning dialog"; improved "camera" settings; CUI corrections; Pdf export function; "DWF underlay"; new DWF attach command; improved Layer Express Tools; and an improved Network Licence manager.

2. News for the Pews: by Mark Miller, President of VICAUG

Due to other previous obligations, this was a shortened presentation but included: insights into the world of gadgets (not just  AutoCAD); mini projectors with OLED technology; no more plasma screens being manufactured – all going LCD; new Nikon 10 megapixel camera; and Wireless networking components.

3. "Tips and Tricks":   by Mark Miller:
Mark Miller demonstrated and informed of many useful " tips and tricks"  to streamline and maximise efficiencies in the use of AutoCAD.

The "Tips and Tricks" referred to are to be published as separate articles/items in the "Tips and Tricks" section of the VICAUG Weblog (aka "blog"). 

"Thank You's":
The President thanked Steve Hunter for his excellent presentation. He also thanked members who had attended and participated in the presentations.

Reporting on Technical Aspects relating to Technical Aspects of Presentations Etc:
These minutes are of a general(ised) and "précis" nature only.

A more focussed, technical and topic-specific report by "others/another" will appear in the VICAUG  Weblog (i.e. "blog") – which is published on a "continuing/ongoing" basis at: https://vicaug.wordpress.com

The "blog" report/s will also include all links relating to the subject matter of these Minutes.
Next Meeting:
The next General meeting is intended to be held on Monday 6th. June 2006 at a venue yet to be determined and advised as it is quite possible that we will not be able to use the current venue – i.e. the Conference Room, 1st. Floor, 55 Walsh Street, North Melbourne -commencing at 6.30 pm.

Members will be advised in due course of the date and venue as this matter is addressed.

Closure: 
There being no further business, the President thanked all for attending, and closed the meeting at 9.30 pm.

(M.J.Ginnane)
Secretary and Public Officer.

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