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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 2 hours ago 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 7 days ago 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.
Issue #1,022 by Ralph Grabowski National Building Service was established by RIBA (Ryal Institute of British Architects), and last year it was partially sold to Lloyds Bank. It has 220 employees in England, Canada, and Australia, with 260,000 users. Its... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
It happened to me last week, and I wrote this tip! My cordless keyboard's trackpad was acting up, just could not control the cursor. Then I realized that the nanoreceiver, which I had attached to the end of a USB extension cable, had gotten behind the DVD player. The player is made of metal, so it block the transmission of data between keyboard and receiver.
I find the 8GB i sufficient for my purposes, but it is good to know that we could bring the computer up to 16GB, as you found!
The wrong kind of black box In an earlier musing, I surmised that we would know that A.I. had attained truly human-like thinking (also known as the singularity) when it lies to us. This is a sign of free will,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,021 by Ralph Grabowski AutoCAD is targeted by many workalike software vendors precisely because it is the most successful general 2D/3D CAD program of all time. With four, six, eight, twelve million users (no one really knows) of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Speculation runs rampant Who would be interested in buying OnShape? Well, it needn't be a CAD vendor; it could be an Oracle or a SAP (both of who have long offered PLM) looking for a cloud-based CAD file editor. Both... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
You will be harmonious I've told my kinds, if you don't like where you're working or who you are working for, quit. (In my job, I get to fire clients who are too annoying.) And so we read that "Organizer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
F.AUDIO FA1 I've looked for years for a huge capacity music player, one that could hold my entire music collection, which is about 122GB. I got a 64GB iTouch (which one of my daughters took over), and then a 120GB... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,020 Graphisoft CEO Huw Roberts and vice president of marketing Ákos Pfemeter spent 1.5 hours answering questions from five CAD journalists that had been invited to the company's annual Key Customer Conference, this year in Las Vegas. Here is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,019 by Ralph Grabowski Data can save the world" was this year’s theme for Hexagon's 9th annual user conference. Introduced by pounding music offering doomsday lyrics amongst thick, artificial fog and seemingly hundreds of multi-colored spotlights, Hexagon ceo Ola... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Free, as in not-free I find Apple and its products painful to use, but their closed system has a better handle on security, potentially. If there is a problem of data leakage, it is at the Apple side, such as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
I have updated computers that are not critical to my business to Windows 10, so get the "free" operating system. But computers critical to my business stay on Windows 7, for the simple reason that some of the softeare I use to make me efficient at my work do not work on Windows 10 (or even on Windows 8). It makes no sense to "update" when the result is a downgrade..
Issue #1,018 by Ralph Grabowski The Graphisoft Story is a remarkable one, begun by a man who in 1984 had an Apple ][ computer smuggled through the Iron Curtain into Hungary. Gábor Bojár had conceived of the idea of using... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Typepad HTML Email You are confusing license ownership with software ownership, which surprises me, given that you claim to "work in the channel." It is true that the software company owns the copyright on the software, sand o that is why it offers licenses that govern its use. Here is the difference: A permanent licenses allows the customer to use the software permanently: pay once, use forever (like a book or a car or a dining room table). A subscription limits the time during which the software can be used: fail to pay, don't get to use. This Autodesk policy (as well as other CAD vendors, such as PTC) is particularly nasty: should the licensee come into difficult times and not afford to pay the huge annual fee, he is no longer allowed to work in his field -- at least, not work with software from Autodesk. This is like a landlord kicking out tenants who that month cannot afford to pay the rent after 30 days (Autodesk policy is the same: your're out after 30 days).. Fortunately, alternatives exist.
Typepad HTML Email As you work in the channel, you will be biased in favor of Autodesk policies. You are comparing perm+maint with subs, instead of subs with perm only, as many of Autodesk's competitors offer. Autodesk no longer offers a permanent license, so they are out of the running.
Zenfone 6 recycles its name I have the three-year-old Zenfone 3 Zoom with its 2.3x optical zoom and amazing 5000mAHr battery that lasts 2-3 days, but I am thinking of a 10x zoom phone next. I already have the old... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,017 by Ralph Grabowski, with Brian Webb Where there is construction, there is scaffolding. Figure 1: Scaffolding at a building site (All images sourced from Avontus) Scaffolding is one of the most complicated parts of construction. (See figure 1.)... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at upFront.eZine News Archives