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Issue #905 by Ralph Grabowski with Cody Armstrong Thing is, people don't have to use Onshape. There is freeCAD and cheapCAD, and really expensive CAD that your employer requires you to use. And until Onshape programmers implement an offline mode,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Part of the wholesale drive to subscription enforcement is to tackle piracy. Illegal copies won't run for more than those 30 days -- or at all.
The "no Internet, 30 days to play" spin is a diversion from the more serious issue: "no pay, no play" with Desktop Subscription. Right when the next recession hits (projected for later this year or next), your company can't afford the next $1,680 Autodesk wants out of you for for every license.
Programming inside Onshape We have an interview with Onshape about their new FeatureScript programming language coming up in Monday's upFront.eZine newsletter. In the meantime, here are ten things to know about the new FeatureScript programming language from Onshape: 10. It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #904 Book by Craig Smith; review by Ralph Grabowski When I bought my new car four years ago, it was 11 years old. I had spent a year thinking about what I wanted. Out of the universe of world... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Mathematician and programmer C3D Labs this year celebrates the 20th anniversary of its C3D geometric kernel. So to celebrate the anniversary, the firm is interviewing its staff. The second interview is with Alexander Alakhverdyants, and conducted by C3D product manager... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
There is a theory of organization development that all organizations begin by serving the customer, but by 25 years or so, the organization changes orientation to become inward looking -- its reason for existence changes to meet the on-going existence of the organization, whether or not it has any reason to still exist. This theory applies to ones that are for-profit and non-profit.
Autodesk has figured out its workaround for your plan: if you are on maintenance (that's the annual subscription you pay with permanent licenses to get upgrades and support included), if you ever go off maintenance, you can never get back on. Once off maintenance, your options are: - stay off forever. - switch to making those annual subscription payments, which are designed to be more expensive than maintenance.
Toggle Commented May 24, 2016 on No Pay, No Play at WorldCAD Access
To answer your question: "Every time you open the software will it check online the license?" Yes. In fact, it does this already -- as of AutoCAD 2015, to the best of my knowledge.
There are two sets of numbers and two sets of sources discussed here. Mr Eden refers to the number of new subscribers from all sources, using a press release from Autodesk as his reference. This is fair. This blog entry, however, discusses a somewhat different topic, specifically a subset of those new subscribers -- those who were permanent license holders -- and quotes Mr Bass as its source. (We always provide a link to the original source material so that our readers are able to check the context for themselves.)
This article may help you move back to normal Windows: "How to go back to Windows 7 or 8 after an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade" by PC World
0.9% switch Autodesk is on an adrenalin-fueled rush to complete a two-prong change of its entire business that affects customers negatively: Customers will only be allowed to pay repeatedly for using the software; no pay, no play Customers will only... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
No More GWX! A reader writes: Ralph, here is shocker that I got this past week. I put my laptop in sleep mode during the middle of the day and then later that night I looked at the screen to... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #902 by Ralph Grabowski with Brian Rohde Exact modeling (or precise modeling) kernels have been used for over 30 years. "Much of the world we live in has been designed with these precise or b-rep [boundary representation] modelers," said... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
M.I.A. (Missing In Announcements) Autodesk's big three CAD packages are AutoCAD (general design work), Inventor (mechanical design), and Revit (architectural design). Autodesk's executives have repeatedly stated their plan to eventually become all-cloud all the time. Two of the big three... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #899 From the Editor This week I am in Chicago for the Vectorworks Design Summit, being held Monday-Wednesday at the Fairmont Hotel, Millennium Park. I plan to blog live from the event on WorldCAD Access, and then report more... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
No, M.2 SSDs cannot be used in this model of computer. It uses the SATA interface.
Pointing to folders A reader writes: I am trying to transition the AutoCAD users [at my firm] to BricsCAD and would like to run a "mixed" environment until I am certain I can pull the plug on AutoCAD. Before I... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #900! To celebrate the 900th issue of upFront.eZine and its 21st anniversary, I went back two decades -- back, back into our archives to see what was being reported by a one-year-old upFront.eZine in 1996. At the end of... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Storefront for Art and Architecture OK, here we are back in the Imperial ballroom of the Fairmont hotel, downtown Chicago, for day 2 of the Vectorworks user conference. The keynote speaker is Eva Franch, who, it appears to me, combines... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Destination Chicago Museum of Art Chicago skyline at night, looking across Millennium Park Inside the art museum, admiring the work of the Impressionists Inside the hall, inside the museum, in which the party was held, with a live jazz band,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Here are some images provided by Vectorworks about new features. First, an image of what the new Resource Manager looks like: And here are the things available for free (on the left) and additional features available to subscribers: Links to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Resource Manager. Access models and parts from many sources, view information about them, search for them by name, and organize them into folders (applause for this last item) through drag and drop (more applause). More Beam Functions -- aka structural... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Day 1 Alight, here we are, awaiting the start of the keynote address by new CEO Biplab Sarkar. He was the previous CTO, being at Vectorworks for 16 years, taking on work like integrating Parasolid into the software. Before this,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Live from Chicago This being my first time at a Vectorworks user conference, what's it like? (Previously I was at press-specific events hosted by Vectorworks.) Well, we have about 600 users here from a lot of countries. At yesterday evening's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at WorldCAD Access