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Issue #1,057 | June 1, 2020 Book written by Jim Collins Reviewed by Ralph Grabowski This article is the second in a series in upFront.eZine examining complexity and what we can understand about it. Here we learn about failure and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,056 | May 25, 2020 Another viewpoint by Ralph Grabowski When it comes to high-end MCAD, Dassault Systemes is the go-to company. Its software designs most of the automobiles we drive and aircraft in which we (used to) fly.... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,055 | May 18, 2020 Guest Editorial by Nikolay Snytnikov For several days in mid-February the cowboys in downtown Nashville Tennessee had to make room for 6,000 Solidworks users, developers, and resellers as the city became the temporary capital... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Working from home For corporations, working from home was a gamble. Could they trust employees to actually work when hanging around at home, instead of being supervised at the office. Some firms even deployed sophisticated electronics over the last decade... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
by Andrey Karpovskii Templates are a very powerful feature in C++, because they allow you to write generic programs that accept a data type as an extra parameter. This feature of them means that we don’t need to repeat similar... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,054 | The Business Side of CAD | May 11, 2020 by Ralph Grabowski In the days when Parametric Technology Corporation (now PTC) introduced parametric design to the world in 1988, it was normal to run MCAD software on... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
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Interactive d-sub modeling flyingshapes held a Webinar to introduce the way in which its VR-based CAD software works. Here are my notes from it. We are used to downloading demo software and minutes later working with it. 'Tis not the... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
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You can't do all this with an iPhone We know USB-C mostly for no longer needing to think about which way to stick a USB plug when inserting a charging or data cable. That's convenient, especially in an era when... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
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Software development kit BimRv SDK is the name of the Open Design Alliance's new interoperability software development kit for Autodesk's Revit files. It accesses data stored in RVT 2014-2020 files, and writes RVT files. Third-party developers would use it to... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
I work to a 500-pixel width, so all images are not more than 500 pixels wide and I make sure URLs are narrow enough. Why it would change from issue to issue I don't know, until an element (figure or URL) is rendered differently by your Web browser than then one I use. Thank you for the update!
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Issue #1,053 | May 4, 2020 (PS: Celebrating upFront.eZine's 25th Anniversary! ) Q&A led by Stan Przybylinski The Q1 financial results we are seeing from CAD vendors show flat or slight increases in sales, the result of the pandemic's effect... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
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Lattices galore nTopology is one of a very few independent generative design software firms; I know of just one other. Some of the others were last year snapped up by large CAD vendors: Frustum by PTC and AMendate by Hexagon.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,052 | April 27, 2020 by Dietmar Rudolph Our interview with Neil Peterson of the Open Design Alliance in upFront.eZine #148 brought up the issue of how proxies work across DWG editors from different software developers. Dietmar Rudolph wrote... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,051 | April 20, 2020 Opinion by Ralph Grabowski Software corporations, who are in love with cloud-based software, love its promise of recurring revenue reaching into the infinite future. They may have failed to take into account a cost... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,050 | April 13, 2020 by Ralph Grabowski Though an interview last month with Cesium, I learned that there is an open competitor to Google Earth that works with CAD. Cesium Geoimaging Even though Cesium -- the company --... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,049 | April 6, 2020 Updates on Coronavirus Support A number of CAD vendors added and clarified their support for customers working from home. See the Letters to the Editor section, below. by David Levin with Francis Bernard The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,048 | March 30, 2020 by Ralph Grabowski With an estimated three billion people asked/ordered to stay at home, many of us in the CAD industry are fortunate to be able to continue working remotely. Someone like myself has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Spare not the efficiency A reader asked if I could write about having to work from home. I was blase in my reply, as I've been working from home for 29 years now. Transportable Licenses He was relieved, he said,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
Is there one? News Item Gov Cuomo: “We have to plan the pivot back to economic functionality” Says we may not have to isolate everyone. Could allow the healthy, less vulnerable to work. #COVID19 survival rate is 98%. NY Forward... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #1,047 | March 23, 2020 As the Open Design Alliance gets busier and busier, I thought I'd get an update from CEO Neil Peterson. We talk about LOT Network, proxy objects, the latest APIs, and open cloud. LOT Network... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,046 | March 16, 2020 Re: The Limits of BIM Thanks for your informative gatherings of insight and innovations in our AEC universe. The Snyder discussion is thoughtful, trenchant. However, I'm (easily) puzzled by this model-vs-drwg "conflict." Ignorance is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
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Issue #1,045 | March 9, 2020 by Rob Snyder [From the editor: This article is the first of a series that I hope to run in upFront.eZine examining the limits of human understanding, and the related field of epistemology, which... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,044 | March 2, 2020 by Herbert S Grabowski The first job my father held was apprenticing in an aircraft factory. Later he became a drafter, for which I also had a knack, and that's why now you read... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,043 | February 24, 2020 by Ralph Grabowski Life is good for Autodesk. This year the 38-year-old software firm will finally pulled out of its US$2-2.5-billion-a-year doldrums and is guiding analysts to expect $3.25 billion this year, up a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Issue #1,042 | February 17, 2020 by Ralph Grabowski The 2020 release of ArchLINE.XP (the XP has nothing to do with the old version of Windows) enhances the way it documents BIM models -- "documents" being the industry-wide term for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2020 at upFront.eZine News Archives