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Issue #1,001 This issue sponsored by Discover the A-B-Cs of BricsCAD at the inaugural Australasia BricsCAD Conference 19 March 2019 in Brisbane, Australia Book your tickets at http://www.trybooking.com/YIUA Readers Respond Will Computers Revolt? Best thing I've read in years! I've... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at upFront.eZine News Archives
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Ink and paper I was on the most crucial of deadlines: getting pictures printed for an upcoming wedding reception. They have to be perfect. The bride-to-be stipulated 4x6" prints, white border, while the groom-to-be noted that Staples does a better... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Slaves to anarchy In the beginning... The Internet was designed for anarchy. It bypassed countries. Corporations were ignorant of it. Anyone with a modem could visit a telescope in Italy without buying an airplane ticket or look at dirty pictures... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
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Growth, growth, growth Taking in CIMdata PLMNews' Webinar "The State of the PLM Economy" this morning with Stan @smprezbo Przybylinski. Stan reminding us that PLM is different for different industries. Companies that make automobiles don't care about the problems toothpaste... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
D.R. replies: I think the main idea behind this kind of attack is the use of AutoCAD PROJECTS. You don't send a DWG (which cannot be infected this way), but you send a complete project (by USB, CD or mail). The project consists of multiple DWGs (xrefs), maybe some support files (shapes/fonts) and a hidden acad.lsp/fas. As AutoCAD automatically runs an acad.lsp from within the project folder (which I think it does), using the project infects the system.
Social engineering What with all the news about China looking to snare Western technology (and Westerners snaring Chinese), we are now learning more about efforts to steal intellectual property from design firms. A reader writes, I guess you already have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Don't go be slicing them As I am lazy, I keep our outdoor Christmas lights up all year. December 1 each year, I plug them in, and set the timer for dusk to 8 hours later. This year, however, a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
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Enter the KEYone I am so thrilled with my ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom that I cannot image a better phone on the market today. It has these functions that I love about it: a huge battery (it lasts 2-3 days)... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,000 This issue sponsored by BricsCAD V19 catapults forward in BIM, mechanical, and traditional CAD. You work across all disciplines with the common DWG environment. Discover the ABCs of BricsCAD at the forthcoming one-day Australasia BricsCAD Conference, 19 March... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #999 This issue sponsored by BricsCAD V19 catapults forward in BIM, mechanical, and traditional CAD. You work across all disciplines in the universal DWG environment. Discover the ABCs of BricsCAD at the forthcoming one-day Australasia BricsCAD Conference, 19 March... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
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Generative design is hot Generate running in NX from Siemens PLM Software PTC this week made the surprise announcement that it had purchased generative-design software maker Frustum for about $70 million. For this amount, PTC gets into generative design, which... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #998 This issue sponsored by BricsCAD V19 catapults forward in BIM, mechanical, and traditional CAD. You work across all disciplines with the universal DWG environment. Discover the ABCs of BricsCAD at the upcoming one-day Australasia BricsCAD Conference, 19 March... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Then a few years later, 3D Systems spun Alibre off through a management buy-out.
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November 7, 2018 Getting ready for the Berlin Graebert Annual Meeting here in the Humbolt Box, a temporary structure in former East Berlin overlooking the reconstruction of the Berliner Palast (Berlin Palace) torn down by communists. The view outside the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #997 Transcribed by Ralph Grabowski The bombshell announcement at last month’s Bricsys 2018 London conference was that Bricsys had sold itself to Hexagon of Sweden, and is now part of the Hexagon PPM division. (Hexagon Power Plant Marine was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
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London Calling Theme music for the London conference of Bricsys 2018 is "London Calling" by The Clash. "Who's that?" asks the young-ish 61-year-old CAD journalist sitting next to me. "I bought the [double] album when it first came out," I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Discovery Live delayed Each quarter, executives from shareholder-owned companies have to face financial analysts in public, and talk about the last three months and a little bit of what to expect for the future. Here is what PTC execs told... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
You're doing distopia all wrong Engadget reported on a "smart city" experimental neighborhood planned for Quayside, a portion of the waterfront in Toronto, Canada. The headline read, "Google’s smart city dream is turning into a privacy nightmare." See https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/26/sidewalk-labs-ann-cavoukian-smart-city/. More... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
The closest to Generic CADD for Android phones and tablets is called Touch, from software company Graebert. See https://www.graebert.com/cad-software/ares-touch/
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2018 on Running Generic CADD in 2013 at WorldCAD Access
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Bricsys is fond of telling us what they plan in future releases. Here at the Bricsys 2018 London conference, we learned what to expect in BricsCAD V19 or V20: Future Plans for Part Design Copy and paste parametric features Additions... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
BricsCAD V19's Best Three New Functions Blockify command detects multiple copies of identical entities, and then replaces them with an equivalent block. For example, select a line segment. BricsCAD searches the drawing for all other lines of the same length,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
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BricsCAD V19's Best Three New Functions NearestDistance variable toggles a dynamic dimension that reports the nearest distance between two selected entities. (This function does not work when three or more entities are selected.) To use the nearest distance function, just... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
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#bricsys2018 OK, here we are on day 2 of the Bricsys 2018 London conference and we are just waiting for the BLADE session to begin, BLADE is the BricsCAD LISP advanced development environment for interactively programming with the LISP programming... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
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BricsCAD V19's Best Three New Functions bimQuickDraw command draws rectangles and L-shapes with height for conceptually designing buildings and room layouts. When you start the command, you see this initial square. The blue square represents the floor area, the white... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
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I've been working with the beta version of BricsCAD V19 and found three commands that I feel (a) are unique to BricsCAD and (b) will prove pretty useful to end-users. Over the next three blog entries, I'll list describe them... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at WorldCAD Access