Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP
Architosh takes a tiny tour on some of the Apple Design Award winners at this year’s Apple WWDC 2015 conference for its developers, including students and student winners, working worldwide.
Spatial’s Constraint Design Solver technology is coming to ARES Commander 2015 for Mac in next service pack (SP2), says the German CAD innovator Graebert GmbH
In this featured video, the presenter outlines the important benefits and unique features of Autodesk’s Fusion 360 product in the area of collaboration.
Longtime Mac CAD stalwart developer, Nemetschek Vectorworks, has told Architosh they are optimistic about Apple’s new low-level graphics API—Metal.
Apple said that its new proprietary Metal graphics API will move from iOS to Mac OS X. This move comes as expected and matches Microsoft’s efforts to allow programmers to program “to the metal” with less abstraction and driver overhead, freeing the GPU to unwind its true hardware powers. The net result is super-charged graphics performance. This move bodes well for OS X but will force developers to choose between an array of new and closed graphics standards.
Students in varied design disciplines can enter the Vectorworks Design Scholarship with a chance to win up to $10,000 USD. The academic competition is open to both student groups and individual students.
ArchiSnapper is a powerful tool for architects which takes away the time and effort required for producing field reports and completing site surveys.
In this show floor report from AIA Atlanta we look at MassMotion and MassMotion Flow by Oasys Limited, the software house of Arup Group Ltd. the world’s leading engineering firm headquartered in the United Kingdom. Oasys Ltd. has over 20 software applications available commercially for AEC professionals, particularly architects, planners and engineers, and MassMotion is one they were touting at the show floor.
In this AIA Atlanta Show Floor report we focus exclusively on all the Virtual Reality technology exhibited. VR was a huge theme in Atlanta and will be a continuing exciting field to follow.
The Mac 3D world has gained a new friend in the upcoming official first release of Rhino 5 for Mac. Today users can embrace Release Candidate 1 (RC1) for free use for evaluation for 90 days. We have many more details and analysis below.
In this show floor report we’ll cover the news and items shown at AIA Atlanta by three of the Big Four AEC software companies and include our notes from our meetings with these companies. We had three separate meetings with Autodesk alone, a meeting each with Trimble and each of the Nemetschek Group companies Graphisoft and Nemetschek Vectorworks Inc.
Nemetschek Vectorworks this year has captured the top spot in the annual BIM study in the United Kingdom market, the fifth largest economic superpower in the world by GDP. The study registers with US-based company’s own data on showing a doubling of its UK user base over the past five years.
Trimble introduced the first major update to its mobile SketchUp Viewer app for iOS and Android in Atlanta last week. New highlights include connections to Trimble Connect and a lot more.
At AIA Atlanta last week Autodesk announced the all new Autodesk Dynamo Studio, a stand-alone application, plus FormIt 360 Pro for early-stage conceptual modeling with built-in real-time collaboration, whole building energy analysis and solar analysis.
Some quick notes from Day 1 at AIA Atlanta where the day began with some superb keynotes, especially the primary one by President Bill Clinton.
Apple subsidiary FileMaker, Inc., today has unveiled its latest FileMaker 14 platform of products and announced the 30th anniversary of FileMaker Pro.
The Foundry’s MODO 901 is coming later this month and the company says its likely the biggest update in the product’s history.
CL3VER was at AIA last year unofficially (without booth that is…) but this year at Atlanta the company has its own booth and will be demoing inside the V-Ray booth as well. CL3VER is an engaging new way of interacting with 3D content for visualization of AEC and non-AEC 3D projects.
In this article we round up impressions and notes and details on the Vectorworks Design Summit, held last week, in downtown Philadelphia.
GRAPHISOFT today introduced ArchiCAD 19, noting it has made a quantum leap in BIM performance due to its robust 64-bit architecture and new “predictive background processing” technology.
The two AECO American and German technology giants form partnership to expand adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) across building design, construction and operation workflows.
The Nemetschek Group posted record first quarter revenues in 2015, and the board sees the AECO software giant from Germany expanding rapidly in the US market in particular. Its Bluebeam Software acquisition is a key strategic piece in the Group’s non-domestic revenue growth.
Graphisoft and Nikken Sekkei cooperation agreement bears first fruits for all ArchiCAD and Rhino users in new connector software between the two popular programs, bring leading edge modeling to a leading BIM application.
Dr. Biplab Sarkar, CTO of Nemetschek Vectorworks, had the most anticipated keynote at the Vectorworks Design Summit this week in Philadelphia, as the company for the first time gave users a peek into the future of Vectorworks, even beyond the next shipping version.
Some thoughts on the Vectorworks Design Summit going on this week in downtown Philadelphia, as more than 300 users from around the world join with global Vectorworks experts, trainers, resellers and visionary designers to learn, share and explore the future of Vectorworks and design fields.
The entire CAD industry is on the brink of a radical evolution and Frame, formerly MainFrame2, is at the leading edge of helping to usher in the new era.
Architosh is pleased to present this special feature on Bjarke Ingels Group, famed Danish architecture firm. Several weeks ago we got a chance to talk to BIG’s Jakob Andreassen, BIM Manager at BIG Copenhagen, about the architectural practice, its design methodology and perspective on the use of computerized software—particularly BIM.
Hot new little CAD startup by SolidWorks vets, OnShape, has partnered with Germany’s well-regarded Graebert GmbH to license the former’s secret Cloud CAD technology.
Image Engine VFX house uses PipelineFX’s Qube! render farm software for the movie Chappie.
We briefly discuss the ongoing Architosh Reader Feedback Survey and what some folks are sharing…and hope you can help us by taking it as well. Plus, you gain a chance to win a free Apple Watch Sport!
Luxion continues to grow and expands its offices in the US with a new location in Brookline near Boston and new US headquarters in Orange County, California.
BIM6x is an ArchiCAD-based BIM specialist firm and now is offering three new powerfully useful ArchiCAD template “kits” containing hundreds of template settings, features, library items, instructional manuals and sample files for ArchiCAD 18.
Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., releases Chinese language version of Vectorworks 2015 to Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese market.
Renga Architecture from Russia’s ASCON is now available but only for Microsoft’s Windows platforms.
Altair’s solidThinking, Inc. is calling Evolve 2015 the ultimate hybrid modeling and rendering software and the program features brand new PolyNURBS tools, cutting edge rendering and lots more.
The Nemetschek Group has announced its fiscal 2014 financial earnings, showing record setting improvements in margins and revenue growth. The Group, with divisional revenues comparable to 25 percent world number one rival Autodesk, sees accelerated growth in 2015. Vectorworks and Graphisoft as brands are driving international momentum.
Global local 3D printer “connector” company published report on most popular 3D modeling formats sent to the agency for 3D printing jobs. Report hints at global popularity of CAD and 3D softwares.
Autodesk’s new AutoCAD 2016 is out and here are the key features—plus some thoughts about what might wish to make it into the Mac version when it gets updated later this year.
Digital-Tutors Offers Free Tutorial on Architosh: ‘Quickly Rendering Architectural Visualization with Maya and Maxwell Render’
Architosh and Digital-Tutors partner to offer free online learning for architectural visualization. Gain free exclusive access to training on Autodesk Maya and Maxwell Render and sharpen your presentation skills. Readers are gain special Architosh pricing on full memberships.
Russia’s new Renga Architecture is a new 3D BIM like CAD tool for the AEC industry and soon to be officially released to the market. ASCON is the software house behind this new tool.
‘Rocky Steps’ Pave Path for upcoming Vectorworks Users Appreciation Party at Philadelphia Museum of Art
Is Vectorworks Architect the Rocky Balboa of architectural CAD or BIM? Perhaps yes, perhaps no. In either case, Vectorworks users will have a chance to relive the famous moment from the famed Rocky movie while they ascend same Philadelphia steps next month at the Vectorworks Users Design Summit.
Architosh reviews the latest version of IMSI/Design’s TurboCAD Mac Pro 8. Since 2006 the company returned to the Mac CAD market with its leading TurboCAD product lineup and the native Mac code-based versions offer compelling solutions at various levels of the low to mid-level CAD space. Powered by the power Spatial ACIS geometry modeling kernel, TurboCAD Mac Pro 8 offers many new modeling features plus rendering, workspace/workflow and much more.
OTOY’s massive update announcement for Octane Render 3 contains information on stunning industry-first features. The GPU renderer runs on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and now the cloud.
OTOY unveils OctaneVR, the world’s first production-ready renderer for VR, AR and Holographic Cinema—completely free for commercial use
OctaneVR lets artists on any budget create hyper-realistic cinematic experiences for VR and AR using a free, feature-complete version of OTOY’s acclaimed OctaneRender VFX software. The new tool will be available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.
formZ founder and Mac 3D software luminary Dr. Chris Yessios, discusses all things formZ and modeling including the future of his program in a very informative interview at CAD Digest. We summarize a few highlights and add our analysis to what we learned.
In this special feature Architosh digs into the main elements behind the new Vulkan graphics and compute GPU API in a discussion with The Khronos Group president Neil Trevett to get at what all this means for computing and graphics going forward.
OnShape’s big press coverage this week has required the response of market leading CAD company Autodesk to rightfully respond. But in doing so, has the response merely signaled the significance this company poses in the market? In the end it probably doesn’t matter much. And the loser in this story isn’t going to be likely either of these companies. One thing is for sure, we know exactly why Apple wins.
The maker of the acclaimed Mac and Windows 3D software CINEMA 4D, heads to Austin, Texas for SXSW 2015—will be showcasing its professional 3D software technology and applications suitable for the gaming expo crowd and for all forms of designers and makers.
CL3VER of Spain and Palo Alto, California, has announced the latest version of its 3D interactive tool, CL3VER 3.0.
A startup in Boston backed by MCAD veterans—OnShape—has finally unveiled its innovative fully cloud-based MCAD software, now a public beta, and the news of the unveiling has been rather well embraced, including a spread in the Boston Globe.
Autodesk’s VRED rendering and presentation solution for the automotive and related industry is now supported by PipelineFX’s leading render farm application Qube!—providing enhanced functionality for both types of users specifically working in the auto design industry.
An Architosh round-up of some of the biggest news from the Game Developers Conference (2015) in San Francisco this past week.
We discuss five issues about Vulkan and its impact on Apple in both desktop and mobile markets, and this article is chock full of info not yet contained in our other Vulkan reports.
GRAPHISOFT hosting a BIMx live webinar to review the latest changes in the award-winning mobile BIM tools for iOS and Android that empower architects to bring their BIM model and linked 2D documents with them in the field and anywhere they go.
Khronos Group, the stewards of computer industry open standards like OpenGL and WebGL, have announced the Vulkan, a next-generation graphics API system and replacement to industry-standard and leading OpenGL and OpenGL ES.
Allegorithmic solves subscribe versus own software debate with solution that meets the user half-way and provides more flexibility for the financial bottom lines of artists and studios.
An(i)ma goes Mac for CINEMA 4D with new release 1.7.1 for Mac OS X. Now Mac 3D artists using the popular Cinema 4D software have the fastest stand-alone character animation application in the industry.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet is seeing strong growth, but the numbers are still small. In this analysis we look at how the Surface Pro 3, and units like it, can actually contribute to Mac vs PC share growth.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s master work the Villa Tugendhat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Czech Republic city of Brno, has been masterly reproduced by InterMOCA utilizing a complete LightWave 3D workflow. The result is a stunning reproduction that includes full interactive virtual experiences of a modern architectural master piece.
GRAPHISOFT has introduced a dramatically simplified setup with its licensing options for architects and their project stakeholders in a BIM workflow with new capabilities with BIMx PRO and BIMx Modeling Sharing via in-app purchases.