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Issue #1,038 | January 20, 2020 Guest editorial by Roopinder Tara On proud display at last year’s Autodesk University, the biggest CAD conference in the world, was a VW Microbus retrofitted with wheels like none we have ever seen. The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,037 | January 13, 2020 by Ralph Grabowski When it came out in 1995, Solidworks was a gamble. It was the first serious CAD program to run only on Windows, an operating system considered by other CAD vendors back... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
It ain't easy I was excited about running a tri-OS laptop. The latest ChromeOS computers run most Android apps really well (contrary to the nay-sayers) but Linux support is still rudimentary and in beta. Linux makes sense, because it's free... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,035 | January 6, 2020 by Ralph Grabowski Some years ago, Autodesk launched a law suit against CAD software vendor ZwSoft. The American company alleged that the Chinese one had copied its source code. The suspicion arose after a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
by Ralph Grabowski There are nearly three dozen CAD programs on the market that work like AutoCAD, but there is only one that comes close to AutoCAD’s market size. Autodesk executives speak of 10–12 million versions of AutoCAD in use,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
ASUS Zenfone 6 (2019) Here are some specs you’d expect from a desktop computer: 2.8GHz eight-core CPU 8GB RAM 512GB solid-state storage Except these describe my latest smartphone, the ASUS Zenfone 6 (2019). The ‘2019’ is important, as the Taiwanese... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
transcribed by Ralph Grabowski Executives from Graebert GmbH took questions for nearly two hours from the CAD media during the company's Annual Meeting. The focus of the questions was on the company's surprise announcement that it was getting into the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Graebert Annual Meeting 2019 Graebert is no stranger to BIM [building information modeling], even though the company is never associated with the ArchiCADs and Vectorworks of the world. It has a subsidiary named iSurvey whose SiteMaster software is used to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
by Olga Kalyagina What Russian CAD programs do you know? Perhaps nanoCAD from Nanosoft and possibly Kompas-3D from Ascon. Russian developers also make their mark on widely-used products, such as CATIA, BricsCAD, and Altium Designer. Many global software vendors have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,032 transcribed by Ralph Grabowski Stockholm skyline, as seen from the Brewery At last month's Stockholm conference of BricsCAD users, the CAD media had the opportunity to quiz Bricsys executives on the topics of the CAD replacement market and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Now with Android & Linux support A number of years ago, I bought one of the very first Chromebooks out of curiosity. It was pretty lame. About the only thing I found myself doing with it was periodically booting it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,031 Moderated by Ralph Grabowski I really enjoyed your newsletter addressing the still-troubling aspects of CAM [computer-aided manufacturing]. Frankly, I was starting to think that no one cared about the subject any more. As someone who spent many years... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,030 Assessment by Ralph Grabowski That Onshape would one day be sold was certainty. The only questions were When and By Whom. The 'When' was last week, and the 'Whom' was PTC. [This article is based on speculation. Do... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
From yesterday's meeting with financial analysts (The Onshape acquisition closes in November, following normal regulatory approval and certain closing conditions.) Jim Heppelmann (CEO, PTC): PTC and Onshape share a common vision around helping organizations transform the way they develop products.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,029 by Ralph Grabowski CCAD ought to love CAM, but it doesn't. The whole point to us designing things is so that things can be made. And so it's kind of weird how much of CAD is hostile to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,028 As told by Ralph Grabowski [In part I last week, we learned about the first strand of history that involved Cyco Automation. Their breakthrough in directly reading DWG files lead to a series of black swan moments in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,027 As told by Ralph Grabowski BricsCAD did not develop in isolation. It is the result of the rich history of CAD, some of which was the result of a black-swan event. Black swans are events that are completely... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,026 by Ralph Grabowski Following the Open Design Alliance's 2019 DevCon conference, the media peppered ODA CEO Neil Peterson with questions for 1.25 hours. Duomo cathedral in the center of Milan (all photography by Ralph Grabowski) - - -... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Thanks for that advice, Ralph. That becomes a workable solution for me. Incidentally, that is the same way I manage my OnQue software license, a month here, a month there, activated only when I have billable work that requires their software. They make money when I make money. Peder Rudling (818) 224-9310 cell From: Ralph Grabowski [] Sent: Sunday, September 15, 2019 5:43 PM To: Subject: Re: [WorldCAD Access] Peder Rudling submitted a comment to "This is how much more you'll pay for Autodesk software" Yes, that does work. I last month rented LT for a month. Just remember to go into your account and turn off auto- renew.
Yes, that does work. I last month rented LT for a month. Just remember to go into your account and turn off auto- renew.
Issue #1,025 by Ralph Grabowski There are a few conferences that deal with the future of CAD, and there is just one that describes the immediate future. The Open Design Alliance’s annual event tells us -- and its thousand member... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
I am sad to report that this tip works only temporarily. Android sets it up the thumbnail folder again with the next time photos are taken or images added to the phone. The solution, quite frankly, is to buy a new, mid-range phone with huge memory. For instance, I got a three-year-old ASUS Zenfone Zoom with 128GB built-in for $300 from for my dad.
Issue #1,024 by Ralph Grabowski The most critical part of the MCAD workflow is the simulation phase. This is where the design makes or breaks it, before going on to be manufactured. Simulating breakage with software is tricky, because it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,023 by Ralph Grabowski with Alyn Rockwood Alyn Rockwood is the founder of Boulder Graphics and is its chief scientist. He told me about the unique modeling system that he calls SuperD -- a take-off from sub-d (short for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
I can convert files for you, but i cannot give you a copy of the software. The AXD files are converted to DWG format.