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Issue #933 by Ralph Grabowski with Mark Williams Mark Williams is the new vice president of worldwide sales at Spatial Corp. This matters, because Spatial is the division of Dassault Systemes whose job it is to provide SDKs [software development... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #932 by Ralph Grabowski with Phil Spreier PDF [portable document format] was first developed by Adobe in 1992 as an electronic replacement for paper. When it first came out, we were pretty puzzled by it, because laser printers did... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives
It depends The more power a USB outlet provides, the faster it charges your phone. A new Android app named 'Ampere' answers the question. I installed it on my new UMI Super cell phone, and then went around plugging it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #931 by Ralph Grabowski with Istvan Csanady We've seen a number of CAD programs break out of the mold set by the first and second generations of mobileCAD apps, which largely are viewers with maybe some redlining capabilities. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Profits over reliability Amazon's failure of its east cost server site was so significant that even the mainstream media wrote about it. As you probably know by now, an Amazon employee typed the wrong (probably Linux) command parameters, causing failures... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
Inateck FD2002 I have a ton of hard drives, well a dozen or so, that I've liberated from old computers and laptops headed for the dump -- er, recycling facility. Removing the drive is the only way to ensure no... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
At this point, the camera is the primary problem. It does not focus at infinity. On the UMI forum, people are saying this is a software problem. I wonder if it is specific to Android 7.0; I did not have time to test it on Android 6 before the update to 7 came along.
Issue #930 This issue is sponsored by C3D Labs Pre-COFES Conference on C3D Modeling Kernel C3D Labs is holding a free conference on the first day of COFES in Arizona, USA. Keynote speaker is ASCON Group CEO Max Bogdanov. C3D... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives
This is possible when the cell phone maker runs pure Android on their phones. They don't need to spend time adapting their unique UI to the new release.
Audio A-OK After using my new UMI Super smartphone a few more days, I can report on more experiences. Audio Quality. The vendor, UMI, had promised the audio would be fabulous. And it is -- whether listening by corded headphones,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
The best thing to do is to download the 30-day demo of various CAD programs to see if their architectural abilities suit you. In some cases, you will have to get an add-on app that does architectural design.
The free version of DraftSight is a general CAD package, meaning it is meant for 2D drawings and not specific to any discipline in particular. The Pro (paid) version of DraftSight is oriented towards mechanical design.
UMI Super As this is the weekend in Barcelona where the world's biggest cell phone makers unveil their new $800 superphone models for 2017 -- with the exception of Apple and Google, who always skip MWC -- I thought it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #929 by Ralph Grabowski with Etienne Lacroix When I first learned of Vention and visited the Web site, you might forgive me for thinking it is a new CAD software company. (See figure 1.) Turns out it's not; Vention... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Logitech's line of gaming hardware (mouse, keyboard, etc) has quite different utility software from its regular line. More features for gamers, fewer for those of us used to what SetPoint offers.
I did not, and so I have begun the process through eBay to have my payment refunded by the seller, TomTop. I since discovered the phone is available through Amazon, ordered it last weekend, and hope to receive it next week.
Issue #928 Great BIM review. Luv the politics! - Chris - - - The only reason most firms are adopting BIM is because of government mandates. We're pushed into it or we can't bid on the contracts. The workflow is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Chuwi Hi12 My dual-boot tablet stopped working. Dead. None of my revival techniques worked on it, and so it was time for a new tablet that boots into Android and Windows 10. As I perused the possibilities, I came across... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
Makes too much sense I've always thought that the best form factor for a tablet is the one that Asus pioneered with its TF-100 line -- a tablet with a detachable keyboard, the keyboard housing additional ports and a second... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
I know what you mean. My first Android, a Samsung, had that wonderful brightness control; a more recent one lost it. Dunno why Google didn't add it as a standard feature in Android. I too am going the way of Chinese-branded phones (via eBay) that cost $200 but have the functions of $800 Samsungs and Apples -- and run unadorned Android.
Issue #927 by Ralph Grabowski with Jean Haney The problem with the PDF format is that it was never meant for CAD. When Adobe co-founder John Warnock conceived the portable document format, his dream was that publishing issues like spot... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #926 by Ralph Grabowski "Why isn't this universal yet," is the question that ran through the four BIM conferences I have attended in four years. Agreement is universal that BIM ought to be wonderful for all involved, but then... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Homeless woman recharges her cell phone and portable battery pack courtesy of an outlet at a church Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
My guess is that the ODA cannot use 'Revit' in the name (Autodesk has been very litigeous) and 'BIM' is recognizable to the people in our industry who need to know what Teigha BIM does.
We no longer have to pay $10 or $15 for USB cables from Staples or BestBuy. In fairness to them, they need to charge a lot for optional extras to make up for low profits in big-ticket items. But as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at WorldCAD Access