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Now! Slower than 1GHz! 2014 was the year the computer world began running backwards. Those of us growing up with personal computers in the 1980s and 1990s experienced ever increasing speeds. Some of us remember desktops with TurboBoost! buttons that... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WorldCAD Access
HDMI out -> USB in I have this Surface-class tablet I rarely use, because it is underpowered. But it is a full Windows 8.1 (well, Windows 10 Tech Preview) computer that is wonderfully light. Side rant: I think Microsoft could... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WorldCAD Access
Issue #859 The dirty secret in CAD is that multi-core CPUs (which all computers today boast) are completely useless for drafting, modeling, and editing activities. They come into play only with tasks that can be broken down ahead of time... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WorldCAD Access
Issue #859 by Ralph Grabowski with Tibor Szolnoki One of the grim realities of CAD is that drafting and modeling tasks cannot use the many cores we have in our computers today. Fifteen of those 16 cores roaring along at... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at upFront.eZine News
Issue #858 HP has spent 15 years working on modular page-wide printheads that work with any width and speed of printer, in order to catch up with arch-competitor Canon-OCE. Here, HP staff talk about the technical aspects of the development.... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
upFront.eZine #858 by Ralph Grabowski PageWide is the printing technology that HP is counting on for its future, particularly after November, when the printer division is split off as a separate company from the computer division. HP famously makes its... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #758 Ralph Grabowski: I recall speaking with Caustic back in 2009, when you had just started up in San Francisco, offering hardware-based ray tracing. What's been happening since then? Alex Kelley: 2009 was when we came out of stealth... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #757 Geomagic product manager Kevin Scofield called last week from his Frankfurt hotel room so that upFront.eZine readers would be the first in the world to read the details on Spark, "the latest in reality-capture and modeling from Geomagic."... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #756 Autodesk didn't react after its ceo Carl Bass in April made this controversial statement during a video interview with TechCrunch: "I'd say two to three years from now, every one of our products will be used online. The... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #755 At last month's Bricsys International Developer Conference 2012, I again spoke on the subject of CAD on smartphones and tablets. Whereas last year I urged participants to consider porting their software to Android and iOS devices, this year... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #754 Windows 8 has launched, so where are all the CAD vendors lining up staunchly behind Microsoft? **sound of crickets** The problem for Microsoft is that in Windows 8 it designed itself a enterprise-hostile operating system, and so that... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #753 IMSI/Design is recognizing the unique advantages portable devices have over desktop computers and even laptops: "...mobile hardware has some terrific advantages over desktops. Easy gesture interfaces. All day battery life. Accelerometers. Gyros[copes]. GPS. Digital cameras. Effortless portability and... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #752 Luxion a decade ago invented realtime raytraced rendering. The company's vp of marketing Thomas Teger talked to CADdigest managing editor Ralph Grabowski about the origins of the company, the current product line, and the future of rendering. Q:... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #751 Guest Editorial by Henrik Vallgren It's been a strange decade in computing. Ten years ago, the trend in software development was towards productivity languages, such as Java and .Net. Efficiency was deemed irrelevant, because computers doubled in performance... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #750 Words escaping from the small number of CAD reporters attending Dassault Systemes's media event last week tell us that the latest revision of the Solidworks V6 concept will ship next year, and will be a conceptual modeler based... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #749 A few months ago in http://www.upfrontezine.com/2012/upf-744.htm I wrote about Right Hemisphere's new life as the Visual Enterprise Solution division of SAP, the giant German business management software company. Back then, we did just a Q&A, but SAP thought... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #748 From reading through transcripts and analyses, it appears to me that there were three reasons for the sudden* slowdown in Autodesk sales in Q2, which lead to the company's CFO reducing revenue projections for the rest of the... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #747 Eric Leafquist is product manager for SolidWorks Electrical with a background in electromechanical design, and his job is to get the product launched. He last week delved into the details about this month's launch of Dassault Systemes' newest... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #746 Last week NVIDIA announced new graphics products at SIGGRAPH; the week before, however, the company spent an hour telling upFront.eZine about them. Before I go on, however, it's best to understand the meaning of the many names that... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #745 The problem: the huge amount of money people have to put up front to implement a search solution, such as PLM. But this costs too much and takes too long to implement + the pressure from the vendor... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #744 upFront.eZine has covered Right Hemisphere a number of times over the years, with the earliest reference being in 2003. The company last year was bought up by SAP, and so marketing director Bob Merlo thought it's now a... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #743 Guest editorial by Bart Blankendaal Further to the last two issues of upFront.eZine, in which you wrote about benchmarking rendering on the desktop versus the cloud, I did a benchmark myself. First, though, I'd like to answer some... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #742 In the early days of desktop CAD, you could tell a workstation from a regular desktop computer. Workstations ran UNIX for their operating system (instead of DOS), were really expensive (at over $10,000), and came primarily from two... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #741 Last issue, I tested the speed in rendering AutoCAD's largest sample 3D model on my computers vs Autodesk's online rendering service. The results generated many letters to the editor, which I reproduce here. The content of the letters... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #740 One of the claims of cloud-based processing is that it is like harnessing the equivalent of dozens, hundreds of computers to carry out compute-intensive tasks, such as finite element analysis or even rendering. I had read of beta... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at upFront.eZine News