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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 3 days ago 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 5 days ago at upFront.eZine News Archives
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
You can download your models in a non-intelligent form, such as STEP (I think).
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2016 on Seven flaws in Onshape today at WorldCAD Access
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They can't agree The executives of stock-funded CAD vendors need to roll in increasing revenues to satisfy Wall Street, enhance the value of shares, make shareholders happier, and subsequently keep their jobs. One way to increase profits in a mature... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
It's not Dassault or Autodesk PTC ceo James Heppelmann this week answered a question from a financial analyst about the company's changing head count: I know that maybe behind your question, there's questions like, "Are we spending enough money on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
XDesign leads the way In his response to a financial analyst during yesterday's Q2 conference all, Dassault Systems ceo Bernard Charlès controversially claimed to be the only vendor doing CAD on mobile devices, browsers, and any operating system. Perhaps I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
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Issue #898 by Ralph Grabowski with Rob Kaczmarek Convergent Science, founded in 1997 by a group of PhD students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, kept a low profile in Europe for the next 20 years. I'll explain why you may... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Better living through more acronyms James Heppelmann, ceo of PTC, talked this week about how he sees IoT [Internet of things] working with AR [augmented reality], CAD, and PLM: We're going to bring to market a technology we demonstrated at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #897 Our issue on Coming October 1: Autodesk's Future is Different (upFront.eZine #894) was the most-read one over the last 12 months. And so we got a lot of letters from readers, which we share with you here. A... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
When upgrades become downgrades As I work with recent updates to a variety of CAD programs, I notice that the updates are stripping functions out of the free and cheap versions of the programs. Customers are getting less by staying... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
The model I have uses a 3.5" drive, so there was lots of room to place the 2.5" SSD. Remember that SSDs don't need to be securely bolted down, like hard disk drives, because they have no moving parts needing protection!
Applying the Right ROM Last summer I bought a couple of tablets from China through eBay, and you might have read me raving about one of them. The Talk9x from Cube has Apple-like build quality (tho' no GPS and the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Top 5 Over the last year, the most-read issues of upFront.eZine consisted of the following topics. By "most read," I mean the issues that were read the most by subscribers and passed along to others. #5 upFront.eZine #877: 3D Insider's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #896 Guest Editorial by Erik De Keyser In his response to my two-part article "How Bricsys Plans to Conquer 3D," the ceo of Bricsys Erik de Keyser lays out his plan to attack underserved verticals using his company's unique... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #894 Industry Analysis by Ralph Grabowski Activist investors want to maximize the profit of public companies, i.e., ones that sell shares to the public. Once investors have at least 5% of an American company's shares, they can get a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Enforcing subscriptions A reader asks, I am quite curious how this subscription change shakes out for Autodesk. I find that everyone is considering alternatives now, which is new. - G.R. I think that all of Autodesk's customers who want to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
The ghost of "Chainsaw" Al comes a'knocking Activist investors want to maximize the profit of public companies, ie, ones that sell shares to the public. Once investors have at least 5% of the company's shares, they can get a seat... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #893 Industry Analysis by Ralph Grabowski Part I: The Foundation "I aim to make BricsCAD #1 in 3D by 2020." That's the gist of the outrageous-sounding claim made by the ceo of Bricsys, a small CAD software company headquartered... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #892 by Ralph Grabowski with Dave Taylor TuboCAD is one of those mainstays of the CAD world that like AutoCAD we tend to not notice areas in which it keeps improving. Now, to be fair, it's the programming folks... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives