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Issue #959 by Ralph Grabowski Autodesk University is the annual love fest along the lines of Solidworks World, with ten thousand attendees and up to 13,000 watching online. I saw some attendees even sporting "I [heart] AU" buttons. This year... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #958 by Ralph Grabowski Each year, the staff of Bricsys search out an architecturally spectacular space in which to hold the annual user conference. This year, it was a conference hall connected to the shopping mall connected to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives
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Goose: meet gander The CAD work-alike wars just went up a notch. The ITC (IntelliCAD Technical Consortium) has a working DGN editor. As they put it, now there's two of them in the world -- the other one being MicroStation... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
by Rene Dalmeijer I have spent many years using and implementing CAD in many fields, ranging from architectural floor plans, electrical ladder diagrams, to CAM [computer-aided manufacturing]. One of my very first major projects was the coupling of Prime Medusa... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
Issue # 957 The aim, says Graebert Gmbh CEO Wilfried Graebert, is to hold his company's annual meeting in a different, interesting place, in Berlin, every year. This year, it was held in the spectacular Axica Kongress- und Tagungszentrum [conference... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives
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We have more coverage of this year's Bricsys International Conference over on upFront.eZine's Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/upfrontezine Also, consider following #BricsCAD2017 for comments from other CAD media at the conference. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
12% Up Solidworks sales are roaring, leaving all competitors in its dust. During last week's conference call with financial analysts, Dassault Systemes explained why. - - - Jay Vleeschhouwer from Griffin Securities: Let me start by asking about the continued... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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BricsCAD Platinum BricsCAD Platinum is the top end version of BricsCAD, and as such offers 3D constraints, design intent, and other high end functions. Naturally, it costs more than basic BricsCAD, but still far less than AutoCAD that doesn't have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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So many reasons Hexagon PPM (ex-Intergraph) ported seven million lines of its CADworx code from AutoCAD to BricsCAD. Here are the initial reasons why they decided to make the effort (image credit Rakesh Rao‏ @rakesh_rao): But from the porting process... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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The Louvre, Paris, France These are exciting times for AutoCAD workalikes, as they take advantage of Autodesk stumbling over its self-imposed road blocks of forcing subscriptions, writing desktop software for being eventually cloud-only, running the corporation to please Wall Street,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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Paris, France Bricsys likes holding its annual user conference in a different city every year. In the past we've been to places like Brussels, Barcelona, and Munich. This year, the event is being held near the center of Paris. I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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Five of many The mobile version of ARES, Touch, get many updates during the year, as is typical for mobile software. Here at the Graebert conference, we are learning about five new functions: Onboarding -- guides new users in five... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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This new software was requested by an OEM partner, who did not want to develop it himself. ARES Sketch is floor plan sketching for tax assessment, especially in the USA where property tax is based on square footage and what... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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The drawings tab of Onshape uses technology from Graebert that then formed the basis of Kudo. Both Onshape and Kudo work inside Web browsers. Here at the conference, Onshape listed the top improvements made to Onshape Drawings in 2017: Unified... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
Corel is best known for CorelDraw, but it also rebrands ARES as CorelCAD. The primary user of CorelCAD is a CorelDraw or CorelDraw Technical Suite illustration users, who need access to DWG files. Corel adds a converter to bridge the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
Dassault Systemes licenses ARES from Graebert, changes some of its functions, and renames it DraftSight. It has worked with Graebert since 2010, and is finding that the 2D side is exploding. Dassault itself is focusing on cloud-based CAD but also... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
ARES Kudo is Graebert's CAD software that runs in Web browsers. They've been talking about it, showing it for several years now, but over the last year it became available in a roll-out method. Getting 2D CAD to work fast... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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Graebert has licensed the real-time physics-based renderer from Unicorn, for only its 64-bit Windows version of ARES desktop. Price is 149 pounds or Euros. Until now, Graebert had been using the render engine from Artisan. "Real-time" means that we can... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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More than just desktop CAD I've mentioned earlier that Graebert OEMs their software to several other software companies. It is rebranded as CorelCAD by Corel, DraftSight by Dassault Systems, and so on. The OEM versions can have different functions; as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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Annual Update @GraebertCAD here at the annual conference announced the features that will be added to ARES 2018. The #1 feature is that anyone can download the beta software as of today: https://www.graebert.com/try2018PR32 (for Windows 32bits) https://www.graebert.com/try2018PR64 (for Windows 64bits)... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
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ARES, et al Alright, here we are waiting for the start of Graebert Annual Meeting 2017 here in Berlin, Germany. The conference got its name from history, in that it began as literally an annual meeting for staff of Graebert... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #956 by Ralph Grabowski To the great puzzlement of BIM enthusiasts, the construction industry has largely not latched on to BIM. It's been two decades, so what's the holdup? BIM enthusiasts have their favorite solution: get government to force... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #955 by Ralph Grabowski Last week I described the state of the MCAD app industry, for programs running on Android and iOS devices. This week I describe briefly several of these apps for mechanical CAD, listing their price tag... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #954 by Ralph Grabowski The mobile market is a brutal one. Google and Apple boast that their online stores host over a million apps each, many being trivial. So how do serious developers get noticed above the noise? It... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives
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Sibolan S1 portable monitor I was envious of editor Roopinder Tara having a second monitor for his laptop. I believe that it was an add-on from Lenovo, who also made the laptop. When we editors are into serious writing and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at WorldCAD Access