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It is pretty sad when the money from a class action suit against a company merely returns to the coffers of the company that created the problem in the first place!
Toggle Commented 3 hours ago on The Cliq of Death at WorldCAD Access
Issue #913 by Ralph Grabowski In a surprise announcement from Prague, the Open Design Alliance said it has been working for three years documenting the two primary file formats used by Autodesk Revit: RVT for native model files, and RFA... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at upFront.eZine News Archives
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Wülzburg-Weißenburg View from the castle outside of Weissenbug, Germany, taken in 2012 with my Nexus 4 cell phone camera Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WorldCAD Access
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Minolta XE-7 I finally got some rolls of film, put one in my re-acquired Minolta XE7 SLR, and took a few shots on a walk yesterday. The shutter button and film forward mechanism feel so satisfying, and the sound gratifying.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WorldCAD Access
I do not recall the ROM I used, but I would recommend trying an old one first.
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With the recent release of Solid Edge ST9, I had the opportunity to ask Siemens PLM Software a few questions. John Fox is vp of marketing for mainstream engineering at Siemens. - - - Ralph Grabowski: How many users does... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
It is up to ODA members to decide what they want to use the new Teigha BIM API (aka Revit API) for. So far, the ODA has heard that they want to use it to run external programs that make use of the data stored in Revit files. Right now, these programs have to run inside Revit, which requires a Revit license. Doing drawing translation between DWG and RVT is a possibility but not the #1 use-case.
What the ODA is doing is a way to read and write Revit files. It is not a translator to and from DWG. OTOH, PDF is not particularly accurate either, but it seems to do well enough in the CAD world.
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Teigha BIM For the first time, CAD users will be able to access Revit model files independently from Revit. This was the motivation to open up Revit with the new API from Open Design Alliance: Competitors want to interoperate with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
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Also, persistent transactions (Check out the Twitter stream on @upfrontezine for additional coverage of the ODA 2016 conference, as well as Randall Newton's coverage at @RSNatWork .) The ODA has figured out how to make DWG files suitable for client-server... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
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Multiple formats, too Coffee is over (or, in my case, break for tea), and now Ilya Zavyalov is telling us about large data and multiple format for Teigha Cloud. To handle large drawings on the cloud, some rendering is done... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
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Teigha Kernel Here are a set of slides shows how the Teigha graphics engine works: ODA chose OpenGL ES2 because it is cross-platform, supports mobile devices, is a strong standard, and is compatible with WebGL. This last item is important,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #912 This issue sponsored by PLM Components Innovation Conference Boston, MA October 11-12, 2016 An outstanding lineup of 20 industry experts and CxOs -- including George Allen, Jon Hirschtick, Sean Flaherty, Jon Stevenson, and Ken Versprille -- presents at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
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Keynote Neil Peterson heads up the Open Design Alliance, and started off the two-day conference here in Prague with several assertive statements: "We have been known as 'the DWG guys', but today we support seven file formats. We promote open... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
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Zip! There was a brief interlude when the Zip disk reigned supreme. I was reminded of this when my dad plonked a box of computer cables on my floor. Amongst the tangled mess was an Iomega Zip drive (see figure... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #894 Part II: Bricsys Builds on Its Foundation Industry Analysis by Ralph Grabowski In part I last week, I introduced the foundation upon which Bricsys plans to build an all-emcompassing 3D modeler based on the universal DWG format. Embracing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #903 by Martin Enthed Each year, X3DMedia holds its one-day Develop3D Live conference in Warwick England. The conference last year boasted the official launch ofOnShape, and this year's event featured a keynote speaker from IKEA, Martin Enthed. (See figure... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #906 by Ralph Grabowski Last year, and for next few years, see Autodesk changing its entire business model to what it thinks is the future. At the end of January, the company eliminated sales of permanent licenses of standalone... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #908 by Ralph Grabowski It was first introduced to the public at the annual Solid Edge University last October, and now Catchbook is out of beta. It is a parametric sketching app for Android, iOS, and Windows 8.1/10. (See... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #911 by Arkadiy Kamnev Twenty years ago the Russian founders of ASCON Group made the decision to begin writing a new mechanical CAD system, today known as KOMPAS-3D. To power the system, the company established a team to write... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #909 by Ralph Grabowski with Robert Graebert Graebert Gmbh is significant to our industry because it is the only CAD company to have all or most of its ARES CAD software running on six operating systems: Android, iOS, Linux,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
I report on what I experience with the hardware to which I have access. Further to your question about VR for CAD: it has been around for years, so there is a niche market that finds it useful.
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2016 on Consumer VR is virtually useless at WorldCAD Access
My friend Don writes Slashdot is mostly devoid of useful info nowadays, but there were some useful comments about the value of CDs/DVDs/BlueRays in this article: https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/16/08/26/1420259/ask-slashdot-do-you-still-use-optical-media He made for me this summary of important comments, which I am happy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
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Minolta XE-7 The only SLR I ever bought was a Minolta XE-7 film camera. This is the story of why it is the only SLR I ever bought. I caught the photography bug in my teens, and lugged around my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
The price of the system I described is US$1,050, so cheaply made, not cheaply priced. I see that the Vive lists for $799. I've made a note on my calendar to contact you on Aug 22, 2021.
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2016 on Consumer VR is virtually useless at WorldCAD Access