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Dr. Neil Littell at Ohio University is seeking your help conducting a study on future trends in PLM. He writes: - - - This study is anticipated to result in a series of journal articles on the projected impact of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WorldCAD Access
Thanks for the comments and your experience. I choose the 13" to match the 13" size of my laptop. The resolution is the same on both (HD) so no blurriness. Have you tried setting the resolution independently on both monitors? (Right-click the desktop, Screen Resolution, and then choose the Display to adjust.)
Issue #968 by Tatiana Mitina CAD users who work with complex 3D models all face the same problem: it can take a long time to load large geometric models into their systems. As a result, users may wait for some... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at upFront.eZine News Archives
That would be US$300 and CDN$400.
Unsung midprice hero It's been nearly nine months since I bought my latest cell phone, an ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom. I am happy to report that if I needed to get a new one, I would get the same one.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Unnecessary accessory Last October, I described the 13" S1 secondary monitor from Sibolan ($200). You plug in an HDMI cable (for video and audio) and a USB cable (for power), and so have a second monitor for a laptop computer.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
So far, in theory only CIMdata held a Webinar last week on the potential use of blockchains by the design and manufacturing industries. I need to emphasize that no CAD or PLM vendor has implemented this technology, and so this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #967 by Ralph Grabowski with Kirill Melnikov NanoCAD is a decade old now, an AutoCAD-workalike that in some areas makes it the strongest sub-$1,000 CAD package around. I spoke with NanoSoft director of R&D Kirill Melnikov from Moscow about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Try once, again, and then again The only SLR I ever bought new was a film one, the handsomely chunky Minolta XE-7, which I owned from roughly 1976 to 1985. Then I got old enough that convenience was more important... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
It's not easy Shape is a new Windows CAD program from Bricsys that is meant for 3D modeling. Its inspiration was SketchUp (from Trimble) and its purpose is to do conceptual design for input to BricsCAD BIM software. However, for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
More than incremental improvements I am a strong advocate of not upgrading software, unless it has to do with security patches or significant improvements that benefit me. In the Google store app on my Android, I have auto-update turned off,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #966 Damn good article Ralph: keep up the good work. -Dean Saadallah - - - The issue with using third-party software is often that the client (which in many cases is the US government) specifies AutoCAD or Revit... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #965 by Ralph Grabowski Someone in our industry asked me, "Why are they still around?" It's a fair question to ask about IntelliCAD. We have today plenty of CAD software to choose from, with systems at the high. middle,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Digital transformation I think that what got us in the door with BMW was not, "Hey, we need a pin for pin replacements of a legacy PLM system!" They said, "No, we are doing a digital transformation of BMW and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #964 In the years leading up to Autodesk unilaterally imposing subscription payments on its customers, Carl Bass told financial analysts that he liked the example set by Adobe. (At the time, Mr Bass was ceo of Autodesk.) Adobe had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
A win with BMW When a CAD vendor sells some software to a significant customer, the accompanying press release can make it sound like the software just replaced all competitors at the significant customer. For example, when Dassault Systemes announced... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #963 Guest Editorial by Leo Schlosberg I have been learning this business for 29 years. As I transition to retirement, I get reflective and annoyed. Annoyed, because certain things do not get better; they may be getting worse. Recently... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Guest editorial by Alexander Yampolsky Construction of the Babel tower was stopped due to the fact that builders ceased to understand each other. Any collaboration is based on understanding, but it is better to clarify what it is. I think... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Not so elite My dad bought himself a "really good" computer last year. Normally I spec them out for him, but this time he decided to get his own -- at age 93 . He ended up with a fairly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
From BIM6x Although some BIM vendors implemented a Revit translator this year, such as Vectorworks, they have all kept quite quiet about it. So when BIM6x issued a press release about their Revit translator plug-in for ARCHICAD, WorldCAD Access had... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
Companies selling this style of dual-battery computer should include a very large warning about why the computer may appear dead.
Issue #962 by Ralph Grabowski with Bradley Rothenberg In this interview with nTopology ceo Bradley Rothenberg, he began by telling me his big picture view of our industry. - - - There are massive changes occurring in manufacturing that are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #961 by Ralph Grabowski with Dmitry Ushakov During the Bricsys International Conference 2017 in Paris, Dmitry Ushakov presented a history of MCAD, and explained why his company is doing things differently from the rest of the industry. Mr Ushakov... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives
by Arkadiy Kamnev Twenty years ago, the founders of ASCON Group made the decision to create their own 3D modeling software, KOMPAS-3D. To power the MCAD system, the company in 1996 established a team to develop a 3D geometric kernel... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #960 Consilia Vektor's Randall Newton, CADalyst magazine editor-in-chiefCyrena Respini-Irwin, Architosh senior associate editor Pete Evans, and upFront.eZine editor Ralph Grabowski interviewed Graebert Gmbh's chief executive officer Wilfried Graebert, chief technical officerRobert Graebert, and head of sales and marketing Cedric... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at upFront.eZine News Archives