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I have tried that trick but I find that Google parses the content of the file in order to determine whether to block it. This is concerning, as Google could become like Twitter and block emails because their political content.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on From Cassette to MP3 at WorldCAD Access
No immediacy, no intimacy, no humanity One of the benefits of online conferences is that they cost corporations much, much less to mount. Instead of one annual physical conference that deals with everything companies want to cover, they now mount... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at WorldCAD Access
Digital clarity In I Come to Praise USB-C I explored how the now-ubiquitous USB-C connector single-handedly handles nearly everything for which computers and phones formerly needed multiple ports -- memory cards, regular USB ports (for printers, external hard drives, camera,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,069 | The Business Side of CAD | October 12, 2020 Click to subscribe by email by Dave Edwards and Matt Stachoni Dave Edwards: Even with a common file format, things are nearly impossible without a common data format... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Limitations galore For my daughter's upcoming major birthday, her husband wanted to make a playlist of the music she used in her figure skating routines. It was my job to hunt them down. One song was on a CD, so... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,068 | October 5, 2020 Guest editorial by Gavin Crump, founder, BIM Guru Recently, generative design entered the interest of the AEC industry mainstream when it was included in Revit 2021 as a new feature. In this article, I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Model MC011C As the Palm Pilot era was beginning to wane, I began to look for a replacement. I had bought my first Palm Pilot, the original, in 1996, and then bought nearly every successive generation after I found it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,067 | September 28, 2020 by Ralph Grabowski Siemens last summer held an online launch event [replay:] for Solid Edge 2021, at which it emphasized the do-it-all nature of this mid-range software. Presenter vp of R&D Dan Staples... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Dear Grabowski, I received the following email after registering to your website. I am looking for ways of reading or writing a Revit file formats. Could you please provide any information regarding the above and if there is any documentation available? Kind regards, Alexandros Alexandros Bertzouanis​Computation SpecialistWilkinson Eyre Architects33 Bowling Green LaneLondonEC1R 0BJT: +44 (0)20 7608 7900E: a.bertzouanis@wilkinsoneyre.comW: Coronavirus (COVID 19): WilkinsonEyre has now put in place remote working arrangements for all its employees. If you wish to contact us, please call our normal switchboard number and our reception team working remotely will be happy to assist you. WilkinsonEyre are committed to the health and safety of our staff, clients and their families as well as our responsibility as a business in preventing the further spread of the virus. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond to further official advice as necessary. From: Grabowski <> Sent: Friday, September 25, 2020 11:45 PM To: <> Subject: Re: [WorldCAD Access] Alexandros Bertzouanis submitted a comment to "Exclusive! Open Design Alliance opens up the Revit file format" The site to visit is;;sdata=zFoh5QP4fpwInilzo1RUkB9L3%2BhCd%2BRhMzPjSYwynr8%3D&amp;reserved=0
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3" or 1/4" 3D point cloud data (nothing to do with storage or computing clouds) recorded by high-speed laser measuring devices are the new norm for data collection, inside and out. They are used to produce large-size scans of roads,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
Learning how to paint by numbers Does AI have to actually incorporate artificial intelligence to be called "A.I.?" With failures of AI becoming increasingly publicized, some industry commentators have taken it calling it "actually ignorant." Never mind the insult. Any... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
IFC, not DWG Autodesk and the Open Design Alliance are today announcing that the former joining the latter for the ODA's expertise in IFC (industrial foundation classes), used for data exchange in the AEC world. The news comes as a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,066 | September 21, 2020 by Ralph Grabowski Siemens has a perspective unique among MCAD software firms: it's the only one operating as a manufacturer. Other big MCAD vendors, like Autodesk and PTC, have presentation centers in which they... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
New for 2020 The Open Design Alliance has taken over in setting the pace for advances in the DWG file format, now that Autodesk seemingly has lost interest in its best-selling software. At last week's online DevCon developers conference for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
One hierarchy, many algorithms From Ralph: We have no appreciation for the hard work that goes into modern life, whether food that appears magically in grocery stores, the tight-knit hardware-software of smartphones, and the code that goes into today's CAD... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,065 | Celebrating 35 Years in CAD | September 14, 2020 From the Editor It was this month in 1985 that I began writing about computer-aided design, as CADalyst magazine hired me to be their new technical editor. Now... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,064 | August 31, 2020 Moderated by Ralph Grabowski Ever since 17 architectural firms wrote a letter of protest to AutoCAD ceo Andrew Anagnost regarding the status of Revit, reaction has been on-going. More architectural firms signed the letter.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Declining use Design Master Software each year surveys MEP [mechanical, electrical, plumbing] designers about their use of BIM [building information modeling] software, which in this survey means Revit -- although "bim" was not defined so that respondents could apply their... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
Marketing loving it Guest editorial by David Levin, isicad Entities should not be multiplied without necessity. - William of Occam Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. - Albert Einstein - - - It is difficult... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
Cyborgs vs. humans When someone, who you don't want, follows you around, it's called stalking. The sole reason Google does anything these days is to stalk us. From killing software, to merging software, to offering new services, all have just... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
Targeting Autodesk ZwSoft is offering free upgrades to network licenses. In doing this, it is aiming directly at Autodesk's discontinuance of our industry's normal approach to network licensing. (Autodesk now only sells a license per person.) The Chinese software company... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
Job Control Language Cleaning out my cupboards last week, I came across something unexpected. Software documentation that apparently I wrote in 1981. I have no recollection of it, nor do I know why I wrote it. All I recognized was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
It's not Elementary Linux running in ChromeOS gets a bit more functional with each release of the browser-based operating system. It still starts, however, in terminal mode, although Web sites will tell you how to install a GUI (graphical user... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
DB + BIM If you like trains as much as I do, then you might be excited to learn that Germany's Deutsche Bahn rail operator has released all of its station furniture as BIM files, free. That's 3D models of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2020 at WorldCAD Access