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In this week's upFront.eZine we have for your reading pleasure: 1. 30 Years of DataCAD: A Tumultuous History Part 2 2. Heard on Twitter and on the Blog Managementspeak You can read all about the business of CAD at www.upfrontezine.com/2014/upf-814.htm. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WorldCAD Access
It began as a surefire, slam dunk anti-copying law suit, or so Autodesk thought. It had evidence that ZWSOFT of China copied source code from AutoCAD 2008, including code that exhibited a rare bug that occurrs only under a very... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at WorldCAD Access
Bad news for those with a Chromebook running Developer mode of Chrome OS. The latest version breaks the Chromecast extension, so that it cannot broadcast screens to the tv.
The same hour that Chromecast dongles became available in Canada, I ordered one. It was so popular that during the ordering process, the shipping date slipped by a day. Curious: we Canadians order from google.ca, pay in Canadian dollars, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
Several reasons came together to arrive at the decision: - Some/many people do not pay for my work, so it is of no point to me updating ebooks. This was the primary reason. - AutoCAD 2015 does not contain sufficient changes; this is a secondary reason - I am sufficiently busy with other work; this is a tertiary reason
In this week's upFront.eZine we have for your reading pleasure: 1. 30 Years of DataCAD: A Tumultuous History Part 1 2. Heard on Twitter and on the Blog The secret trial of Autodesk vs ZWSOFT You can read all about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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I'm not a dog man, preferring cats, but then this dog posed for us on the beach at Lions Bay BC last week. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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by Roopinder Tara, Tenlinks.com GRAPHISOFT chose Tokyo to announce BIM Cloud, a cloud based collaboration, storage service targeted for architects and the construction industry. Why would a company based in Hungary, with its biggest customer base in Europe, pick Japan... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
An in-depth look at Autodesk’s cloud-enabled, hybrid MCAD modeling software Reprinted with permission of Design Engineering, October 16, 2013 by Ralph Grabowski In response to the CAD industry’s direct modeling mania, Autodesk first announced Inventor Fusion—a desktop installed 3D modeler... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
A reader asks, Will you be doing a new What's New in 2015 book this year? No, I am sorry to say. I call 2014 "the year Autodesk gave up on AutoCAD." While beta testing the software, I was so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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In this week's upFront.eZine we have for your reading pleasure: 1. Graphisoft Readies ArchiCAD for the Enterprise Travelogue Report: Tripping to Tokyo 2. Heard on Twitter and on the Blog AutoCAD 2015 misspells spelling function name You can read all... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
This is a selfie-FAQ, in which I interview myself over the implications for industry given Autodesk's law suit against ZWSOFT (of China, and its closely-linked American distributor, Global Force Direct). Q: Why did Autodesk sue ZWSOFT? A: ZWSOFT originally based... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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by Owen Wengerd Each year, I track how AutoCAD's End User License Agreement (EULA) grows. After a big rewrite in AutoCAD 2012, the EULA stabilized somewhat: AutoCAD 2013 brought only a few minor tweaks, and AutoCAD 2014 introduced no changes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
It's common nowadays for wireless mice to be packaged with a nano-receiver, a tiny receiver the size of a small finger nail, that plugs into a USB port. On two systems, I've experienced erratic cursor behavior as I move the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
A deep industry insider, a month ago, advised me that Autodesk would be suing ZWSOFT over copyright infringement. He alleged that ZWSOFT had copied code from AutoCAD. I searched for independent verification but found none, and so did not publish.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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Alright, here we are in Tokyo, about 60 media from Japan, North America, and Europe at this product launch from Graphisoft. So why Japan? Graphisoft is headquartered in Budapest, but Japan is one of the company's largest markets. Most general... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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Graphisoft this morning is taking us on a tour of nine architectually fascinating buildings in Tokyo. If you want to do the tour yourself through Google Maps, then use this link: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z_CvDsXzSwpU.kMvwjjQKTMGU Here's a copy of the tour brochure Graphisoft... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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If you are an AutoCAD or BricsCAD user, then you might be interested to know that I've updated BricsCAD for AutoCD Users for AutoCAD 2014 and BricsCAD V14. My book shows you how the two CAD programs are different and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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Photo taken by my daughter of her husband in the woods above the Bavarian village in which they live. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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A Russian reader asks, I don't know how the political sutuation changes our business. What you think from your side? Not about Crimea, but about business opportunities for Russian companies in USA? I think it is very tough for Russian... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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Those of us who track numbers in the CAD world have a hard time grasping the number that Dassault Systemes triumphantly issues -- that there are 2.2 million Solidworks users, blowing away all competitors. Now, the company is quick to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
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If you a BricsCAD user, then you might be interested to know that Inside BricsCAD is now updated for BricsCAD V14. It teaches 2D drafting and 3D modeling with BricsCAD V14. I first wrote this book for BricsCAD V8, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
There will be no upFront.eZine next week as I plan to be at Graphisoft's launch event of BIMcloud in Tokyo, Japan. Look for coverage of the event right here on this WorldCAD Access blog. In the meantime, with this week's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
Back in November, I wrote about Auto-Dimensions suing several large CAD vendors and a handful of small firms. I thought I'd update you on what's been happening since then. (Auto-Dimensions is suing over patents it bought up from a failing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at WorldCAD Access
A reader writes: On Autodesk's Exchange Apps, I saw that you have an ebook. I thought about making an ebook as I have some exercise made up. (One shows you how to get the true angle on a drawing without... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at WorldCAD Access