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Something to do with a Chinese wall Ken Silverstein's (I actually don't know who he is) non-rant was reported by jimromenesko.com (also unknown to me): "Ken Silverstein Resigns From Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media, Blasts ‘Dishonest’ Leadership." I am vaguely... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at WorldCAD Access
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The Rough eBook Edition ($30) From 2001 comes this re-release of the classic text for CAD managers and managing CAD. CAD Manager's Guidebook tells you much of what you need to know to run a CAD department. How to justify new systems, how to set up drawing standards, and where... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at eBooks.onLine
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All for one When I write my books, I use four or five screens. My Windows 7 workstation has three, as illustrated below by the screen grab: In the center is the main 23" monitor (running at a higher than... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WorldCAD Access
upFront.eZine issue #847 Neil Peterson recently took over as the president of Open Design Alliance, and so Ralph Grabowski interviewed him to learn about the organization and his plans for it. upFront.eZine: Open Design Alliance is best known for its... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at upFront.eZine News
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No! to shoes-on-face I was at the Siggraph computer graphics conference four years ago when the industry was having a collective orgasm over 3D tvs and movies. It was the largest collection of hard-core believers housed in a single building... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WorldCAD Access
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Intriguing concept, flawed implementation My wife Heather is becoming sufficiently comfortable using her iPad that I suggested she take it as her "computer" the next time she travels. She would need a Bluetooth keyboard with which to type emails. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
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nanoCAD Mechanica Nanosoft has this krazy idea that it can give away its CAD software and then make money on... Well, it sounded crazy back in the day (they've around quite a while), but now it's normal. It's just that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
Quite a bit less than we'd guess For us, CAD software is our lives; for Trimble, not so much. The current priorities of the management of any public company are made public for an hour every three months during their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
by Owen Wengerd Let me tell you a story about loyalty. For many years, I've used a popular and highly regarded tax form preparation software from a well-known company. As a small business owner in the United States, I have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
upFront.eZine issue #846 by Ralph Grabowski Tom Shoemaker -- PTC vp of PLM marketing -- and Chris Bergquist -- director of PLM solutions -- talked to upfront.eZine about the Web-based PLM newly offered by PTC. (PLM is short for "product... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
Issue #846 In this week's issue of upFront.eZine newsletter, we have for you: PTC's PLM Cloud by Ralph Grabowski Tom Shoemaker -- PTC vp of PLM marketing -- and Chris Bergquist -- director of PLM solutions -- talk to upfront.eZine... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
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January 15, 2005 Following a mild ice storm a decade ago, in which everything in our town was coated with ice, Christmas lights colorized the ice-coated branches of this birch tree in our neighbour's yard. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
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Two of three I've been updating my line of books for BricsCAD V15, the latest release of the 3D and 2D software from BricsCAD, and here is my progress report: Pages from the new "Inside BricsCAD V15" ebook Now available:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
To 2015 and beyond! During last week's conference call with financial analysts, Dassault Systemes ceo Bernard Charles talked about his plans for the future. - - - To reach our ambitious mission on strategy objectives, over the last three years... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
upFront.eZine Issue #801 Guest editorial by Roopinder Tara Autodesk has come out strong in favor of online CAD and cloud technology. Many of their new apps announced at Autodesk Universtiy 2013 were browser-based, requiring online acces. In the press Q&A... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
upFront.eZine Issue #802 by Ralph Grabowski It was only a year-and-a-half ago that Kenesto came out of stealth mode. Randall Newton at the time described it as the unPLM: "Manufacturing firms would use cloud-based Kenesto to create a business process... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
upFront.eZine Issue #803 by Ralph Grabowski At a November luncheon given to the press during Dassault Systemes's 3DExperience conference in Las Vegas, company executives described the cloud initiative they planned to launch this month (January, 2014). Here are my notes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
upFront.eZine Issue #804 Evan Yares is general manager of Nanosoft America, whose AutoCAD-compatible software is developed in Russia. I interviewed him last week via Skype. - - - Evan Yares: There are a lot of software companies out there doing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
upFront.eZine Issue #805 by Ralph Grabowski Autodesk is quiet about its other solid modeling kernel, Core, perhaps because Core is directed at powering consumer-oriented software that runs in Web browsers -- unlike the fuss the company made over the introductions... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
upFront.eZine Issue #806 by Ralph Grabowski On the day that Autodesk's acquisition of Delcam was made legal, executives of both companies held an invitation-only press conference. The deal was first announced last November, finalized last Thursday, and cost Autodesk $286... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
upFront.eZine Issue #807 Guest editorial by Nikolay Snytnikov Recently Ralph Grabowski in his article "Introducing Core, Autodesk's Other Solid Modeling Kernel" drew attention to the re-branded Gen6 geometric kernel, the technology used inside TinkerCAD's Web-based CAD system acquired by Autodesk... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
upFront.eZine Issue #808 by Ralph Grabowski I call 2013 "the end-of-the-line for book writing." After getting my start in 1990 writing books, I now have around sixty titles and updates. Thank you to Que, Delmar, Wordware, OnWord, and Springer for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
upFront.eZine Issue #809 by Ralph Grabowski ASCON is Russia's largest CAD vendor, and C3D Labs is their year-old subsidiary formed to license the C3D kernel. Staff last week held Webinars to tell the media and others about its progress and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
upFront.eZine Issue #810 by Ralph Grabowski The cloud is not only for storing cat photos. Virtualization is another purpose. This is where CAD (and other) software runs on servers in a data center. Each server has one or two high-end... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at upFront.eZine News
upFront.eZine Issue #811 SpaceClaim, earlier this month, released SpaceClaim 2014 SP1, and director of product management Justin Hendrickson tells upFront.eZine readers about it: - - - Normally we wouldn't have much to talk about in an SP1 [service pack 1],... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at upFront.eZine News