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Paying duty becomes a duty With upgrades due to be eliminated early next year, next up on Autodesk's chopping block is the perpetual license. Here is the exchange from a recent conference call with financial analysts (reproduced with permission of... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at WorldCAD Access
Yes, I have short fingers, as you surmise, and so the problem is real. (My wedding ring is very narrow, due to the near lack of space on the ring finger: between the knuckle and end of finger.)
In the last year or two, Dassault pulled ahead of Autodesk in terms of revenues, and with each quarter widens the lead.
by Roopinder Tara, Autodesk’s acquisition of NEi Nastran gives the CAD company instant credibility in the CAE (computer aided engineering) community. No longer can CAE users dismiss Autodesk as that pretentious CAD company that did little more than assemble... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at WorldCAD Access
Issue #828 In this week's issue of upFront.eZine, Dassault Systemes co-founder Francis Bernard describes how in the early 1980s the young company developed the top-down approach to selling the brand-new 3D CAD software, CATIA. You can read all about the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WorldCAD Access
Tomi T Ahonen is an ex-executive of Nokia Tomi Ahonen likes writing long, run-on pieces on his blog Long-winded pieces that are fun to read on a Sunday afternoon, because he writes streams of conscience, complete with 'ha ha... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WorldCAD Access
My Rebuttal to Roopinder Tara Living the life of a CAD reporter: Atop the Vancouver Art Gallery at a Lenovo-sponsored launch party for media, analysts, and industry friends enjoying free drinks, appetizers, live DJ music, and schmoozing -- along with... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at WorldCAD Access
Ditching thin for portable As computers get thinner, designers are forced to make keyboards more dreadful. No more sculpted keys to guide our finger tips to the centers of keys; they're all flat tops now. No more decent key travel;... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at WorldCAD Access
by Roopinder Tara, Announced last January with little fanfare (Flow was mentioned in an Autodesk blog post in January, and then picked up the same day in TenLinks Daily), there never was an official press release back then, no... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #327 Interior of the new Vancouver Convention Center, home for Siggraph 2014 upFront.eZine is back from its annual summer vacation with 2000 words covering last week's Siggraph 2014 conference. I met with 13 companies in 1.5 days: Imagination Technology... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
Siggraph 2014 in Vancouver, Canada Siggraph 2014 took place in the spectacular ocean-side Vancouver Convention Center Siggraph is the annual computer graphics show, and last week it was in Vancouver, Canada -- about a 1.5-hour drive from my home. When... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
by Roopinder Tara, Autodesk this week made it quite clear that they are serious about simulation. At a small press event, they revealed Nastran-based products: One is a standalone FEA [finite element analysis] solver, called Autodesk Nastran. The other... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
UK figures this week show Microsoft sold around 10,000 slate-style tablets last quarter, out of almost 600,000 sold overall. That’s the size of a rounding error. - Andrew Orlowski The Surface Pro tablet is a sexy beast, which is why... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
by Owen Wengerd, ManuSoft Among A&E firms that produce CAD drawings, it is common practice to maintain ownership of the drawings they create. In theory, this ownership is predicated on well-established contract and copyright law. In practice, however, it can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
When we think about the biggest CAD software companies, we think of the Big Four who make more than $1 billion a year: #1 Dassault Systemes ($2.6B) #2 Siemens PLM Systems (?) #3 Autodesk ($2.3B) #4 PTC ($1.3B) (? -... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
Tip A reader writes: Some time ago I bought ARES Commander and I use it on my Linux Mint. As the Mint upgrades every 6 months, I was asking Graebert for a new activation code every time. Well, the last... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
Faster than the ribbon The fastest way to get things done on computer is through keyboard shortcuts, and these are the ones I use often. (Depending on the software, certain ones might not work.) Ctrl+W to close the current window;... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
by Roopinder Tara, (Updated to reflect that free SketchUp was never licensed for commerical use.) How do you tell the largest CAD user base in the world that they they are going to cut off? You don't. SketchUp, known... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
MobileCAD is fairly unimportant to deep-pocket CAD vendors An email buddy writes, CADO [from England's Orange Juice Studios] ... had a somewhat tragic Kickstarter campaign, and I'm not sure if any major CAD firm has taken any interest supporting the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
by Roopinder Tara, What if making architectural models was easy, fun, cheap -- and clean? What if it they came in kits with pieces you can snap together, pieces that may actually resemble architectural elements like walls, floor and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #326 upFront.eZine takes its annual summer vacation from now until mid-August. See you then! In the meantime, you can continue to follow CAD and other news right here on this blog. Two companies are taking their CAD software in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
Hope for the hopeless When Microsoft added the Recycle Bin to Windows for holding erased files for up to a month, external devices tended to be read-only, such as CDs. There was no need for the Recycle Bin to support... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
$10 a month for the rest of my life When we first moved to this town, the local phone service was cheap: $11 a month, because we could only call two nearby, smaller towns without incurring long distance charges. Then... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #325 "This is one of the most interesting times in CAD. Mobile is part of that. We want to bring technology to screens wherever people are." That is what the chief technology officer told me in a recent conference... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
by Roopinder Tara, Quite often, companies pay for journalists to attend their events by covering all the costs. This has most journalists jumping for joy: it's one of the perks of being part of the press. There are not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at WorldCAD Access