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I tend to buy HP for their printers and for their high-end computers and laptops. In tablets, they were a total fail.
Issue #988 Book written by Ryan Holiday; reviewed by Ralph Grabowski During high school English, we bored teenagers were taught about three kinds of conflict presented by fiction: man vs nature, man vs man, and man vs himself. All three... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #987 by Ralph Grabowski with Cedric Desbordes CAD vendors have taken two approaches to browserCAD. A small number enthusiastically embraces it, while a larger number is limiting their involvement to online collaboration. It is, after all, a lot easier... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Real-time spell checker Gabriela Borges (financial analyst): On Discovery Live [real-time FEA from ANSYS], I’m curious on the feedback that you've gotten since the announcement, and your understanding of the composition of PTCs CAD base, do you have a sense... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
by Oleg Zykov One of the most important events for me at the annual COFES (Congress on the future of engineering software) conference is Tech Suites. This is a series of briefings that are held by vendors who sponsor the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
I may give this item to my professional photographer daughter, who has two newer high-end Nikons, and maybe it can be of help to her in her work.
IP protection A reader asks, At COFES [conference], a guy from McKinsey asked me, "Why would blockchain would have material value over a typical distributed database?" Blockchain is most valuable where the transactions are between parties where there is limited... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #986 by Ralph Grabowski with Robert Berry It's been more than a year since I checked in with IMSI/Design. The company went through a change of ownership in the last couple of years, and so more programming and support... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Why would computing in the cloud restrict experimentation? Autodesk restricts use of generating design to (a) people who subscribe to Fusion 360 and (b) those who pay extra for tokens. This means very few have access to it. If you can get a fast calculation, you can only experiment more. Even though it runs on the cloud, it is generally unavailable, and so few people can experiment with it. Even then, every run costs tokens, which discourages experimentation. And have you seen We first wrote about it in 2009. See Regards, Ralph H. Grabowski Publisher upFront.eZine > newsletter > WorldCAD Access > daily blog > eBooks.onLine > learning portal > Twitter > @upfrontezine >
Issue #985 by Ralph Grabowski with Martyn Day The ceo of Stratasys resigned last month. The press release that reported the event was written in a neutral fashion. It gave no reason for the change at the top, but it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #984 by Ralph Grabowski with Eniko Pauko Every year, Graphisoft focuses on a specific area of ArchiCAD. For release 22, the company's programmers concentrated on making unlimited curtain wall designs, extending parametric modeling to elements like beams and columns,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
On Twitter, DEVELOP3D co-founder Al Dean explains why it is a mistake for Autodesk to limit running its generative design software on a cloud service: So here’s the thing with this. Autodesk’s Generative Design tools run in the cloud, its... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Part 2 (For update, see end of this posting.) When I last wrote about the Aurga remote camera controller (see , it wasn't working. It would not connect to the camera. Aurga tech support promised me that a software... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
For Canon, Nikon, and Sony DSLRs I tend to ignore pleas from Kickstarter, but over the years two pleas did catch my fancy. One was the latest release from the makers of Myst, even though the new game took something... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Now with international standards While CAD software from USA and Europe gets a lot of free publicity from industry magazines, software from other parts of the world tends to be ignored -- Asia, Russia, Africa, and so on. There is,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #983 by Ralph Grabowski So there we were in Phoenix, where the three-block walk along the deserted streets between the hotel and the conference center was about two blocks too long in the 42C-heat. We're in the opening keynote... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
People-free but in a bad way As I tried to stay out of the 108F-degree heat of Phoenix earlier this week, I figured out why companies like Uber were testing driverless cars in this part of the world. The Phoenix... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Funding unsuccessful It was in late 2014 when I received a press release regarding a new 3D printer aimed at children but being funded through Kickstarter. Aiming 3D printers at children had so far failed in the marketplace, as had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Maybe not so many In past conference calls, Autodesk liked to trot out the number of pirate users -- 12 million! -- as a sign of the huge upside to forcing its customers onto subscriptions. After all, 12 million as... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Five-year plan Autodesk ceo Andrew Anagnost describes where he hopes the company will arrive in five years, BIM-wise. - - - Our cloud products have become an integral selling point for our EBA [enterprise] customers and usage within our EBA... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #982 by Ralph Grabowski with Alexey Ershov LEDAS consists of a group of mathematicians and programmers from Russia who for nearly twenty years now have been creating some of the remarkable software used by CAD vendors. Much of their... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #981 by Ralph Grabowski with Max Freeman Alibre Design was one of several new programs showcased by Microsoft to show off the power of the Internet. Does any of the following sound familiar? Alibre Design was a 3D parametric... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #980 by Ralph Grabowski with Shawn Adamek Twelve years ago, Umbra got its start in Finland by solving a difficult problem: how to do occlusion culling at high-speed. Occlusion-culling technology determines which elements are excluded from 3D models, because... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
The difference, of course, being I have no control what Typepad, the blog host, offers, while CAD vendors define their Web sites.
Very few With Facebook having become a data-slurping, teenage-irresponsible, swear word, who would still want to be associated with it? Lots, when you look at the many Web sites requesting logins through Facebook or Google. A reader recently wrote me:... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at WorldCAD Access