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HP Z8, Z6 and Z4 It used to be that workstation makers made their own CPUs. I suppose Oracle-owned Sun is the only one still doing so, called the SPARC. Integraph was the most interesting, as in the 1980s they... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WorldCAD Access
Issue #952 by Ralph Grabowski A flurry of last-minute attendees forced ODA ceo Neil Peterson to find a larger meeting room at the hotel in Prague. This comes as no surprise to me. As Autodesk goes off in a direction... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at upFront.eZine News Archives
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Vendor Presentations Day 2 of the Teigha conference traditionally has been for 1-on-1 meetings, where members can meet with ODA programmers. This year, we have a spillover, however. Several vendors are holding side conferences to talk technically about their software:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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(For coverage of Teigha Publish SDK for 3D PDF output, see my twitter stream at @upfrontezine .) Switching over to the Teigha Cloud presentation, this is for viewing and editing drawings in a Web browser, where the code is stored... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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Sergy Stepantso, cloud team The Open Design Alliance has been leading Autodesk. The CAD vendor initially refused to release a DWG read/write API, saying DXF was sufficient; but when it saw that ODA was doing well, it countered with its... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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Sergy Slezkin, Core team lead The core of Teigha DWG has been split into Kernel and Drawings. Kernal is the file-format independent part. On the Drawings side, it now supports DWG 2018, digital signatures, and large objects that are bigger... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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Ivan Serbinovsky, team lead Prague castle, world's largest, overlooking the Vltava River We're back from the break and now getting a look at how to bring custom geometry into the ODA's new Teigha BIM API. TIP: Remember to read our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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Day 1 Keynote: The Evolving Mandate ODA began in 1998 with a crystal-clear mission to work with .dwg files, to keep pace with new releases of .dwg, and set up as a non-profit. "We take care of member needs, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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Alexander Federov, senior software engineer Prague art for sale in Prague So now we get into the nitty-gritty details of new APIs from ODA. The first is the new Visualize API. It is a file-independent module meant for handling display... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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Sergy Vishnevstsky, Development Director John Lennon wall in Prague Sergy Vishnevstsky's question to us is, What is necessary to add new functions to software? For instance, engineering workflow improvements involve data exchange, data representation, onsite field inspection, and collaborative work.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #951 by Ralph Grabowski with Zoltán Tóth For 26 years now, CADLine has produced ARCHLine.XP software for architects. They are headquartered in Budapest, Hungary, the home to other BIM firms, such as Graphisoft and OrthoGraph. (Cadline has no relation... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives
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Back in Prague Alright, here we are in Prague, just waiting for the annual Open Design Alliance conference to begin. This is my fourth time in the city, and I am starting to feel like a local. Even the occasional... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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Q&A ANSYS yesterday released details of its new GPU-based simulation software, Discovery Live, which, the company says, runs faster on a desktop computer than in the cloud. It is an application of HPC [high-performance computing] that uses parallel processing to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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Massively-parallel computing on the the desktop In the minds of engineers, simulation is an afterthought. We concern ourselves primarily with solving designs geometrically, and many of our designs don't need to be tested against failure, anyhow. For those that do,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
The same occurred to my wife's phone, and so I checked everything by swapping out things: - Try a different charger - Try a different USB cable In her case, it turned out that the USB cable had somehow gone bad, and no longer transmitted electricity. The only other option I can suggest is to buy another Umi Super, as they are quite cheap now -- US$190 or less.
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2017 on Umi Super phone: 3 months later at WorldCAD Access
Issue #950 by Ralph Grabowski with Dmitry Popov Nanosoft is one of the very few companies in the world that develops on its own an AutoCAD workalike; nanoCAD (first letter is lowercase) is not based on IntelliCAD nor was it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #949 by Ralph Grabowski with Ray Bagley Spatial is the API division of Dassault Systemes. They are famous for having the first commercially successful solid modeling kernel, ACIS, which, for example, integrated solid modeling into AutoCAD in 1994. (Autodesk... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives
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A bus runs over Autodesk's future When I wrote last week here on WorldCAD Access about how edge computing will replace cloud computing for certain applications, I could not know that a week later I'd be given a demo from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
I can't tell you, as I have returned the monitor to Benq. Perhaps you can glean some information from the Web page: http://www.benq.com/product/monitor/pd2710qc/features/
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2017 on Benq's Brand-new PD2710QC Monitor at WorldCAD Access
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Reviewed by Ralph Grabowski When the public relations firm for Benq asked me if I would want to review one of their new 27" and 32" monitors aimed (in part) at CAD users, I asked for the smaller one of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom Cell phones used to have great battery life, lasting weeks. Credit the low-res, monochrome screen for that. Then a decade ago Apple came up with a power-sucking full-screen phone where most of the innards consisted of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
When you read Peter Theil's 'Zero to One' you learn that the plan always is to turn a service into a monopoly. The 'zero' refers to no business and the 'one' to the business as monopoly, like PayPal.
Issue #948 by Ralph Grabowski with CIMdata "Data obsolescence" occurs when a company needs to use data longer than the CAD or PLM vendor wants to support it. When support falls by the wayside, the design firm experiences high costs... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Fresh code The CAD industry is incestuous, with people wandering from firm to firm, starting new ones, joining old ones. The software itself tends to work and look the same, no matter the source -- with a few exceptions. Even... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
No, you cannot add more than 8GB. The motherboard limits the maximum amount of RAM. As for using a VGA with more processor using pci slot or minicard 2 slot, I have no idea!