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Runs on iOS, Windows Metro, and Web browsers Intosite is an app that lets Siemens customers place 3D models and other data onto Google Maps. I tested it on an iPad. There is no demo mode, and so Siemens PLM... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WorldCAD Access
Yes, Siemens Does Cloud We continue to takes our summer break by publishing every other week, and so the next issue of upFront.eZine appears August 31 -- which just happens to be my birthday -- with our story about Intosite... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WorldCAD Access
Atop the cliffs of Retreat Cove looking through Abutus trees on a pair of kayakers Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at WorldCAD Access
Issue #870 Q&A with Graebert on MobileCAD Design by Ralph Grabowski This four-part, six-thousand-word series began when some months ago I conducted an interview with CAD software engineer Andre Neumann and head of sales and marketing Cedric Desbordes of CAD... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Coarse Digitization Next week's issue of upFront.eZine discusses the resolution of the digitizer on the screens of smartphones and tablets. The reason that the iPhone works only with fingers is that this limitation allows Apple to use a really coarse... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
MobileCAD, Part IV We are taking our summer break in dribbs and drabs, and so upFront.eZine is not being published today, August 10. Next week, we return with part IV of our series on modern mobile CAD. This four-part, six-thousand-word... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
Clarity through Diversity During last week's conference call with financial analysts, Dassault Systemes' ceo introduced new software with spellings nearly as dreadful as upFront.eZine: 3DEXPERIENCity for virtual cities 3DVIA HomeByMe for virtual furniture NETVIBES Dashboard Intelligence for virtual things Their... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #869 Part III: Rethinking CAD on Mobile by Ralph Grabowski The challenge of putting a full CAD program on mobile is greater than we might think, because it means putting these aspects of desktop CAD onto the mobile platform:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at upFront.eZine News Archives
MobileCAD, Part III We are taking our summer break in dribbs and drabs, and so upFront.eZine is not being published today, July 27. Next week we return with part III of our series on modern mobile CAD. upFront.eZine #869 examines... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
The capabilities of the kernel are not directly related to the capabilities of the software.
Trincomali Channel, ho! A friend runs a weekend boat course in which he teaches city slickers how to handle wooden boats that use multiple oars and optional sails. Here the two boats head off with a fresh crew arrived from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
I have seen Solid Edge on the Surface, but I am puzzled why running it on a Windows 8 Surface tablet is different from running any CAD package on any other Windows-based tablet or touch-screen computer. Surface tablets are high-end Windows computers that dont suffer the roadblocks of Android tablets: a different CPU architecture, a different operating system, and different specs. Ive installed the free version of Solid Edge on my Surface-class tablet, as well as AutoCAD, BricsCAD, and so on.
IntelliCAD 8.1 Just a couple of weeks ago, the Open Design Alliance released an update to its DWG read-write libraries that added multi-core processing when opening and regenerating drawings, and so on. At the time I wondered how long it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
Wondering where the future lies Dassault Systemes realized some time ago that Solidworks was coming to a dead end. The way it was so smartly programmed in the mid-1990s had made it the run-away best-selling mid-range MCAD program for two... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
Catia is a whole different ball wax compared to Solidworks -- at least 2x as expensive, and in its current V6 iteration, barely able to exchange files with other CAD systems (because objects are not stored in a normal drawing file, but in an Envia database as records). OTOH, if you need to provide Catia models to a customer, then it is the way to do. If you don't, then stay away from it!
Issue #868 Part II: Why Graebert is Going Mobile Now, Cloud Later by Ralph Grabowski ARES Touch is, in my opinion, the most advanced mobile CAD app today, and so it is interesting to look at where Graebert Gmbh wants... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Berlin Technical Museum V2 rocket at the Berlin Technical Museum, one of only a few museums of the many in the history-soaked city of Berlin that hold my attention. The others include the museum at Checkpoint Charlie and the Stazi... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
Better sound through less software One thing that's puzzled me over the years is why computer manufacturers claim the sound on their laptops have been optimized by one sound company or another -- Dolby, Beats, and so on. Their tiny... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
upFront.eZine Issue #867 Part 1: Who Today Are the Top 3 Vendors? by Ralph Grabowski I've seen CAD vendors bravely plunge into the churning waters of mobile apps, only to find them icy cold. The effortless interfaces that we mobile... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at upFront.eZine News Archives
#jw2015 We attended one of the loveliest weddings yesterday, the friend of our daughters marrying a local fellow she met through a dating site. Following the wedding ceremony that defied convention and took place in a church, the reception happened... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
Making 1,480 + 323 = 890 I was a bit surprised to learn that a tablet I recently bought had just 1GB (0.89GB, actually) in which to store apps. Worse, a bug in Android meant that sometimes apps wouldn't install... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at WorldCAD Access
AutoCAD 2013 documentation more detailed than Autodesk's Ralph Grabowski's Command Reference for AutoCAD 2013 is based on the print edition formerly published by Cengage Delmar, and was their best-selling print book. Now converted to an ebook, the price is slashed in half. The ebook is current for AutoCAD 2013, with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at eBooks.onLine
Learn to use TurboCAD from the AutoCAD user's perspective TurboCAD for AutoCAD Users e-book is for users of AutoCAD wanting to learn TurboCAD Professional. The 168-page PDF book features five lessons: Setting Up 2D Drawings Inserting Objects Applying Finishing Touches 3D Design DWG Import & Export The book provides you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at eBooks.onLine
Published November 2005; $720 The organization behind the IntelliCAD software is unique in the computer-aided design industry, consisting of a consortium to update the source code and provide some marketing support, and members who sell the software on a nonexclusive basis. The common goal of the IntelliCAD Technical Consortium and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at eBooks.onLine
Learn how to use and customize Visio diagramming software For Visio users, we offer these two ebooks: Inside Visio 2002 204 pages. $20.40 Tailoring Visio 2002 378 pages. $37.80. Co-author Frank Zander Inside Visio 2002 describes how to accomplish common tasks with Visio Visio 2002. Ten chapters and an appendix... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at eBooks.onLine