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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 5 days ago 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
Issue #979 What's In Store for Solidworks Users, Part 2 by Ralph Grabowski Solidworks 2018 launched last October and just three months later Dassault Systemes was already showing what it might add to Solidworks 2019. Solidworks employees demo'ed an impressive... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Clash of the CEOs One week the ceo of PTC reaffirms his love for Industry 4.0, and the next week competitor Dassault Systemes sloughs it off as yesteryear's technology. (Industry 4.0 goes beyond concepts like the industrial Internet and the... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Double-digit growth For a CAD package as firmly set on the desktop as Solidworks, its sales are growing remarkably. Not only is it stuck on the desktop but doubly-stuck in Windows. Yet sales in 2018 are "double-digit," as marketing people... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #978 During January's annual Solidworks World love-in, Dassault Systemesmade what could be perhaps the most important announcement in a decade to the Solidworks users assembled in Los Angeles: the French company finally recognized that Solidworks is here to stay... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Strange projects At one time PTC was all about CAD (Pro/Engineer). Then it was all about PLM (Windchill). Then it was all about ALM/SLM (products whose names I wouldn't know). And now PTC is all about IoT (ThinkWorx). Still, some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
IoT yes, CAD, not so much Dassault Systemes and Autodesk continue to be the only Big 5 CAD vendors to wholesale their software from the multiple servers located who-knows-where (ie, the cloud). Siemens PLM, PTC, and Bentley Systems have little... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #977 by Ralph Grabowski with John MacKrell A few blocks away from the worldwide offices of upFront.eZine Publishing, new water pipes were last week put under the road. I wish I'd taken a photo of the stack of D-size... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #976 by Ralph Grabowski with Sean Flaherty After being at Vectorworks for a long time, Sean Flaherty is now chief strategy officer at Germany's Nemetschek Group. Nemetschek originally was a software company that developed Allplan, a CAD system for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #975 by Ralph Grabowski With its ultimate aim being subscription-only access to applets getting their data from a single centralized database, Autodesk follows in the footsteps laid down first by Dassault Systemes. More of more of this is revealed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
I and others suspect One AutoCAD means that the add-ons will no longer get new features -- abandonware. Perhaps the idea is to give users just enough of architecture, etc to get them frustrated enough to buy Revit, etc.
Issue #974 by Ralph Grabowski with Roman Lygin and Ramil Gasanov CADEX is a file translation company, one that I previously interviewed in The company now has a Web version of their translation-viewing software. To learn more, I interviewed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #973 by Ralph Grabowski It's a rare for today's MCAD programs to not have every single one of the user interface innovations introduced two decades ago by brilliant TriSpectives programmers. Yet IronCAD continues its streak in being unique. It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Opinion by Ralph Grabowski An industry insider alerted me a day ahead of the March 22 release of AutoCAD 2019 that AutoCAD would not longer be available standalone, but only as part of a suite. I ran that tip on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #972 by Ralph Grabowski There are CAD vendors, and then there are the vendors that undergird the CAD vendors. These somewhat invisible software developers are the reason CAD exists today in abundance. Or to put it another way, CAD... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Have you tried OpenOffice from ? It is based on the Symphony code.
Issue #971 by Ralph Grabowski with Marc Petit Marc Petit, general manager of Unreal Engine Enterprise at Epic Games, talked to upFront.eZine as his company prepared to launch Unreal Studio. This software is a new pipeline for importing 3ds Max... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Users have questions When Epic Games announced Unreal Studio for CAD users, the Webinar was accompanied by a Q&A panel. I picked out the best questions and present them below; you can read the entire list at . I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #970 by Ralph Grabowski There have been, over the course of years, MCAD systems that shook up the way we think design ought to be done. They made an impact, changed our way of working -- and then failed.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #969 by Ralph Grabowski It seems to me that big advances in MCAD arrive every ten years or so. 1986 saw PTC introducing history-based parametric MCAD, and just about everyone made that the standard way to model in 3D.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Dr. Neil Littell at Ohio University is seeking your help conducting a study on future trends in PLM. He writes: - - - This study is anticipated to result in a series of journal articles on the projected impact of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Thanks for the comments and your experience. I choose the 13" to match the 13" size of my laptop. The resolution is the same on both (HD) so no blurriness. Have you tried setting the resolution independently on both monitors? (Right-click the desktop, Screen Resolution, and then choose the Display to adjust.)