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Issue #832 In this week's issue of upFront.eZine, we learn about how Malaysia's Radica Software has 2D electrical schematics running on Visio. You can read all about the business of CAD at Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at WorldCAD Access
Too many layers PLM World offers a history of Unigraphics, the software now known as NX. At the second annual user group meeting in 1977, the 25 users in attendence had one primary gripe. The single biggest controversy was a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WorldCAD Access
It's pining Some users and many tech sites bemoaned Microsoft's "removal" of Windows Experience Index (WEI) from Windows 8.1; it was not removed. WEI is still there as a command-line utility; what Microsoft removed was the dialog box interface. And... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WorldCAD Access
I was heavily into model railroading in my teens, which I credit for keeping me sane through those insane years, and even today enjoy being delayed by freight trains thundering through our road crossings. Which is why when a train-related... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at WorldCAD Access
My explanation for the blog entry titled, "End of Democracy." Autodesk marketing loves touting that they are "democratizing design." Their definition is limited to "lower prices," and then for only a few, select pieces of software they acquired (and that had been sold at much higher prices pre-acquisition). Core software prices go up, contradicting the claim. Contrary to the beliefs of Autodesk marketing, democracy is not about lower prices but about choice. By removing reasonable priced upgrades (already done) and removing perpetual licenses (coming up next) from the choices customers can make, Autodesk brings to an end "democracy." The good news is that Autodesk's actions (which I also see as stemming from panic over future income) gives the AutoCAD workalike industry a better chance at sales. Knowing this, Autodesk has perhaps fired its first volley in a war to make smaller, perpetual license-offering competitors unpalatable to customers -- by suing ZWSoft. (So far, the law suit is going badly for Autodesk, and so I trust this will be the last such signal to the market.)
Issue #831 In this week's issue of upFront.eZine, we learn about some of the new CAD functions in Vectorworks 2015, which don't becomes public until tomorrow. You can read all about the business of CAD at Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at WorldCAD Access
The cameras of recent Android phones can take 360-degree photographs. But when viewed by software that don't handle spherical displays, the image is distorted at the top and bottom, kind of the way that maps of the world exaggerate the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
...and why I replaced its SSD drive A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Lenovo Yoga at Staples, fell in love with it, and bought it a few hours later at a sale price of $1,050 for my birthday.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #830 In this week's issue of upFront.eZine, we get an overview of two major lawsuits affecting the CAD business. There's AutoDimensions vs Autodesk and Dassault Systemes. And there is Autodesk vs ZWSoft. You can read all about the business... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
by Greg Reuter The RD640 is a server computer that Lenovo designed for business critical applications and virtualization and to be highly configurable. It is meant for medium to large enterprises. Servers are computers designed to serve up and store... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #829 In this week's issue of upFront.eZine, Alexander Yampolsky is back wtih another technical article on automated drafting. This time he describes a system for generating 3D models from specifically annotated 2D drawings. You can read all about the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
I agree with you that there are two use cases for tablets: - Casual consumption by consumers: this market is mature (current tablet technology is good enough) and is saturated (sales are slowing). - Production use by professionals: this market needs faster-stronger-better technology to handle the extreme uses cases presented by 2D/3D CAD and digital content creation (movies, animation, games) An Android tablet with a keyboard is an amazing product (as I keep harping about my Asus TF-101 Transformer with dual batteries and lots of ports). When I urge manufacturers like Dell and Lenovo to produce such products, their eyes glaze over -- and they keep outputing stunted $180models instead.
Autodesk customers on another forum are also discussing the end of perpetual licenses. You can read the comments at... "Autodesk bullyboy tactics look to be getting worse" C4 Cafe
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 Aug 27, 2014 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 Aug 26, 2014 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 Aug 25, 2014 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 Aug 22, 2014 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 Aug 21, 2014 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 Aug 20, 2014 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