Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP
Graebert and its partners continue to capitalize on the legacy of the DWG CAD file format. At this year’s Annual Meeting in Berlin, held two weeks ago, partners extolled the virtues of Graebert as both partner and technical resource, while the Berlin company announced even more expansive plans around its Trinity of CAD strategy.
It’s got a handle, is sized for standard parts, it’s very expandable and best of all it features flexible CPU/GPU support and all the goodness that older pro Mac desktops posssed. We wish we could order such a Mac.
BIM Unlimited, Hyper Poland, Future Architects, HyperNova, BIM Fusion, rLoop and Mobius receive awards.
Some quick notes on announcements and chatter at the Annual User Conference for Bricsys being held this week in Munich, Germany.
A new landscape design tool has been released in beta. Lands Design is a software product that runs in McNeel’s popular Rhino modeling environment. The release suggest how powerful vertical tools can be built onto top of Rhino, and thus becoming extensible via algorithmic tools like Grasshopper.
Students in design fields can win up to $10,000 US dollars as part of the Vectorworks Design Scholarship, now in its third year.
Revit users powering interactive visualizations through the new Autodesk LIVE now have access to powerful VR (virtual reality) gear in Vive and Oculus support.
All new OrthoGraph I application for iOS and Android aims to enable users to create complete building survey plans faster than ever, saving time on site and reducing errors associated with paper and pencil methods.
A leading German-based AEC magazine focused on competitions for tenders has published software usage data for AEC professionals, largely architects, which shows Nemetschek Group companies dominating US giant Autodesk.
Next week in Munich, Bricsys NV, will host its annual developers conference on everything BricsCAD including introducing its latest version 17 release. The native DWG competitor targets directions both similar and unique to its euro cousin Graebert as both compete to win market share from US giant Autodesk.
Architosh preps for Graebert’s big Annual Meeting in Berlin next week. Here is what is hot on the agenda for conference discussions and new knowledge.
We have tidbits items on Nvidia Iray and its new spherical camera for VR; plus news from Trimble and McNeel on online accounts, new domains and new company name for the former; plus BOXX has new over-clocked workstations.
There are surprises in the CGarchitect VR survey but the bigger surprise perhaps is the brewing emergence of Magic Leap and what it means for computing and where Apple fits in this story.
VR leader set to help expand market for “content” with new CoreVR offering that is free for 2016.
Some of the biggest feature updates in Vectorworks 2017 are discussed in detail, and we learn how the company is thinking more “multi-generational” while still being intensely customer-driven to better position itself as a leading BIM competitor.
CAD Industry Consortium ODA Targets Autodesk’s BIM Dominance with New Teigha BIM API. Reverse-Engineered Technology Enables Competitors Access to Native Revit Files and Families.
Nvidia looks to be playing a key role in future Macs—new Nvidia Mac OS X centric job posts indicate Apple may be moving away from AMD in favor of what Nvidia is doing with AI with GPU compute.
New data in Worldwide CAD Trends 2016 Survey, by Business Advantage, may suggest future directions for multi-device and multi-platform makers like Apple. Future trend data looks negative for Apple’s Mac Pro but rosy for Apple’s iPad Pro.
London and Australia Investment Firm Inject Strata with ‘First Round’ Funding for VR/AR Enterprise Push
Funding, hiring John Wright as President, and the addition of award-winning talent—highlight Strata push into virtual and augmented reality for enterprise market. The Mac 3D software stalwart looks to be targeting expanding markets for 3D and VR & AR.
Autodesk announces finalists for 2016 AEC Excellence Awards Competition.
We have CAD/3D News Tidbits: Vectorworks 2017 at GREENBUILD 2016, Autodesk Fusion adds PLM, and Tekla has introduced major updates to their product line.
Joint Venture between OrthoGraph and ARCHLine aims at solving key pain points in the AEC industry with measuring existing buildings on paper and manually repeating an error-prone process with paper-to-CAD translation. New collaboration streamlines specifically for work that interior architects and decorators must do.
Architects Head Back to School with LEARNVIRTUAL—Hybrid Learning Platform Focused on ArchiCAD In Practice
ARCHVISTA Announces LEARNVIRTUAL—Cutting Edge Learning Technology and Virtual In-Person Training at Affordable Pricing.
Ernesto Minnucci, Laureate of Civil and Environmental Engineering, of Minnucci Associati, will showcase some of his firm’s recent projects. And GRAPHISOFT will give a ‘sneak-peek’ into new BIMx features coming out later this fall.
Architect and Yale professor has headed strategic relations at Autodesk for a decade and a half…will now become Autodesk Fellow.
New annual release features robust new Resource Manager, stunning new performance speed-ups, virtual reality (VR) support, a suite of new irrigation tools, support for native Revit file format, and broad collection of BIM-centric enhancements.
In this featured video, Architosh showcases all the new great features in the new Vectorworks 2017 product range, including some BIM interoperability capabilities including native Revit import.
The Open Design Alliance’s reverse engineered Revit file format support for its Teigha BIM API may soon change the BIM application landscape.
Hyper-Realistic Feature Film-Quality Sets and Effects Integrating People and Objects In Real-Time,
New Patent-Pending Software With Origins In “The Matrix Trilogy” and more…
New agreement brings NVIDIA’s scalable and physically-based rendering technologies to Cinema 4D users, including NVIDIA Iray for GPU rendering.
Chaos Group introduces brand new website with new section the Magazine, plus a new responsive design for various viewing and different computing devices and a whole lot more.
Apple keeps touting HomeKit but don’t expect more of Apple in IoT until hardware improves with AppleTV or the company introduces new gear aimed at competing with devices like the Amazon Echo.
Apple may not be ignoring the Mac product line because it is too distracted with future products like the Apple Car. This large time gap may mean that Apple has big plans for dramatic Mac updates that adjust the Mac product line to better suit the needs of today’s customers.
Altair updates HyperWorks 14 to better support the Aerospace industry.
Does it make sense for tech companies to produce highly engaging music videos touting the virtues of their products and services? You be the judge in this second edition music video produced for GRAPHISOFT as part of the original BIM Brothers music video series.
Material Definition Language (MDL) authoring is now possible and Linux support increases compatibility with VFX pipelines.
By partnering with the most dominant algorithmic design software company and creating a meta-data infrastructure with a flexible graphical super-system—to help visibly put that data to work—the Hungarian BIM software maker is positioning itself for the future.
We take a look at Dassault’s Spatial 2017 1.0 release—technology that powers many 3D and CAD applications in the Windows and Mac environments.
Maxon’s Cinema 4D release 18 was selected as ‘Best of Show’ for Technology and Vision that promises to greatly impact the industry.
Worldclass BIM event set to take center stage in Copenhagen in November—Nordic BIM Academy Copenhagen 2016
T-Splines technology gets added to Autodesk’s Dynamo computational design tool. More updates in 1.1 release…
Stop deciphering what Apple may do in the VR or AR markets—former Apple exec Richard Kerris’ logical break-down of the VR-AR space just gave us a huge clue as to why the company is taking so long.
Visually stunning show reel by Chaos Group is released for the year. Their 2016 show piece is quite fetching and you will notice films you probably didn’t think V-Ray was involved in.
Nemetschek Group continues to propel itself to record financials on the basis of sound if not brilliant US-based acquisitions.
The Nemetschek Group has snatched up another American software company…this time Design Data the makers of the popular BIM-based SDS/2 software for steel design.
Where is Apple in the VR revolution? VRLA certainly didn’t provide any clues or evidence of why the largest technology company on earth is a no-show in the world of VR.
We have news tidbits from Autodesk, ThinkParametric online learning school and the upcoming solidThinking CONVERGE conference.
Graphisoft, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software maker for architects and designers has announced the winners of its Grasshopper-ArchiCAD Workflow Competition.
AMD released some exciting news at SIGGRAPH last week about new Radeon Pro WX graphics cards, aimed at democratizing high-end graphics workloads with lower prices and higher performance.
Leading BIM software developer, Graphisoft, has introduced significant updates to its multi award-winning BIM presentation and communication app, BIMx. Latest update adds new features to both BIMx and BIMx PRO.
New MoltenVK can help developers take advantage of Apple’s Metal graphics framework while utilizing the open-industry standard Vulkan API. This means Apple’s developers on iOS or especially macOS are no longer left out of the benefits of utilizing the next-generation, high-performance graphics API.
Maxon announces new Cinema 4D R18 during SIGGRAPH week. You can now do non-destructive destructions using new technology, plus cool interactive knife tools for modeling and a whole lot more.
Autodesk announces new LIVE environment for Revit. The new 3D interactive environment offers real-time adjustments to environmental conditions such as time of day and year and other settings. The free LIVE viewer works on Apple’s popular iOS devices like iPad and Windows.
By providing native apps across all major operating systems—desktop or mobile—including the cloud via the modern browser, Onshape’s CAD partner, the Berlin-based Graebert, aims to give CAD users the world over the most flexible access to their DWG based data.
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AC3D 7.5 is the latest version of the popular Windows, Mac and Linux application and the new Spherize plugin and X-Plane plugin round out new capabilities.
In this special interview feature, Architosh talks to Eva Franch i Gilabert after her design keynote at the 2016 Vectorworks Design Summit held this spring in Chicago.
In this special feature, Architosh discusses Autodesk’s Project Fractal presentation at AIA Philadelphia, placing it within the context of the growing AEC industry interest and development in computational design software. Algorithmic design tools are far from a passing fad; this article discusses why and how some of the work of the Generative Design Group at Autodesk is pushing the envelope in interesting directions.
Vectorworks taps into upstart AEC industry real-time web-based collaboration tool Modelo.
Legendary Mac developer of formZ has announced its first mobile formZ branded app in the new formZ Mobile Viewer for Apple’s iOS platform.