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Open Design Alliance's Teigha Cloud 4.0.1 beta Press releases from Open Design Alliance are important, because they tell us today what AutoCAD workalikes like IntelliCAD, BricsCAD, and ARES (DraftSight, CorelCAD) are going to be doing tomorrow. ODA's API is called... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at WorldCAD Access
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It depends on the direction I love checking numbers, and so I was interested when Dell joined Autodesk in announcing a new study. It said that you would be more efficient if you just would spend more money with them.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WorldCAD Access
AutoCAD's first 3D parametric modeller As I researched for an article that will appear in the January 12, 2015 issue of upFront.eZine, I was racking my brain about an Autodesk MCAD product called "Designer." I knew it existed briefly, but... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WorldCAD Access
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September 9, 2009 Hard to believe that it's been five years since I visited Russia. Here's a photo I snapped of riders on the Moscow subway. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WorldCAD Access
Issue #840 Some subscribers noted that I haven't kept up with an annual feature in which I wrote about the books I've read. Here we return with this year's list. "The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom" by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #839 In this week's issue of upFront.eZine newsletter, : It's Time to Declare browserCAD in a Deep Funk [This article is expanded from one first posted Nov 20 on WorldCAD Access.] Oh, and readers keep responding to our article... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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from Kitimat BC Canada My dad sent along photos taken by friends living in the northern seaport town of Kitimat, where I recall growing up with (as much as) 40 feet of snowfall in winter. What Buffalo residents residents experienced... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #838 In this week's issue of upFront.eZine newsletter, readers respond to last week's article on user interfaces: Readers Write about User Interfaces You can read all about the business of CAD at www.upfrontezine.com/2014/upf-838.htm. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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from Senic GmbH Tobias Eichenwald wrote last week to give me an early look at his company's new controller, named Flow. Like a 3D mouse, it is designed to work with your existing 2D mouse. Unlike the 3D mice from,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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artandtheaerialist.com My daughter does photography as part of her work in the communications department of a university. She does professional photography as a side job on weekends. And she does photography as a fun hobby. Here she is at work... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
With OnShape being in closed beta, we don't know what it does, how it operates, and how well it might be able to compete with the entrenched competition. Adjacent seats may be the best it can hope for, rather than displacing seats, like a Creo or NX. Even a by-now-"oldtimer" like SpaceClaim (ten years old, next year) is still just an adjacent CAD package, according to Deelip Menezes' interview wiht SpaceClaim director of product management Justin Hendrickson: http://www.deelip.com/?p=9157
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by Ralph Grabowski It was a scant two years ago that a flurry of start-ups launched 3D MCAD software that runs in Web browsers. The catalyst was HTML5 and other browser technology that allowed users to interact with 3D models... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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by James E. Heppelmann [Reprinted from Seeking Alpha] The Internet of Things is the #1 topic of interest right now in the field of information technology, and PTC has a legitimate opportunity not only to play in this market, but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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Mobile Ground Penetrating Radar Catsurveys has figured out how to synchronize large quantities of data generated by ground-penetrating radar to a moving geographic location (using corrected GNSS -- global navigation satellite system). It's employed to determine the location of undergound... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #837 This week's issue of upFront.eZine newsletter feature article is an excerpt from my talk at the Bricsys International Conference 2014 in Barcelona, Spain: User Interfaces (And What We Can Learn from their Limitations) by Ralph Grabowski You can... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
If by saying "presstitute" you mean that I am paid for my work, then yes: 'Design Engineering' magazine pays me to write for them; once my article is published by their print magazine, I am free to reprint the article on my site(s). If, however, by "presstitute" you mean that Dassault Systemes paid me -- directly through a fee, or indirectly through paid travel or advertising -- to write this article, then you'd be wrong. Regards, Ralph H. Grabowski Publisher upFront.eZine Publishing > Web site > www.upfrontezine.com WorldCAD Access > daily blog > www.worldcadaccess.com eBooks.onLine > learning portal > www.upfrontezine.com/ebooks
Toggle Commented Nov 13, 2014 on Solidworks 2015: Orphan No More at WorldCAD Access
by Ralph Grabowski [This article first appeared in Design Engineering magazine, and is reprinted with permission.] Four years after Dassault Systems badly announced the successor to Solidworks (which led to a frenzy of speculation as its dedicated users debated the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #836 This week's issue of upFront.eZine newsletter reports on the ongoing failure by Autodesk toregister DWG as a trademark in the United States: DWG Stays Free of Autodesk by Ralph Grabowski You can read all about the business of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
Graebert says the software is designed for "any" Android tablet with a 7" screen or larger. The final verison is due to ship with ARES 2015 ships, so hopefully by the end of this year. Regards, Ralph H. Grabowski Publisher upFront.eZine Publishing > Web site > www.upfrontezine.com WorldCAD Access > daily blog > www.worldcadaccess.com eBooks.onLine > learning portal > www.upfrontezine.com/ebooks
I cover what I cover. You are free to read it, or not. Regards, Ralph H. Grabowski Publisher upFront.eZine Publishing > Web site > www.upfrontezine.com WorldCAD Access > daily blog > www.worldcadaccess.com eBooks.onLine > learning portal > www.upfrontezine.com/ebooks
Issue #835 This week's issue of upFront.eZine newsletter reports on a segment of the Indian CAD scene, specifically DSTools: Entrepreneurial Software From India by Ralph Grabowski You can read all about the business of CAD at www.upfrontezine.com/2014/upf-835.htm. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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Gaudi, Gaudi, Gaudi Even though I was in Barcelona four nights for a two-day conference, I got to see the city like a tourist only on my last day there. Conferences tend to be morning to late-night events, leaving little... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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For my 3.5-week trip through Europe this month, I look along my trusty three-year-old ASUS Android tablet and my brand-new Lenovo Windows 8.1 ultrabook, one of their Yoga models. The Yoga has three input devices, and none of them is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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Issue #834 Back from Europe and the 2014 Graebert Annual Meeting in Berlin and Bricsys International Conference in Barcelona, and so this week's issue of upFront.eZine newsletter reports on how the two CAD vendors are similar and different: Twin Peas... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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Building information modeling BricsCAD V15 is shipping today, and it includes the first edition of the return by Bricsys to architectural design. Recall that the company created the AEC software that was purchased in the 1990s by Bentley Systems for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at WorldCAD Access