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Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP

Chief Architect Software announces Chief Architect X7

Chief Architect X7 is the latest version, out in beta for now, and soon to be released in the Q1, 2015 for the architectural and builder markets. The Mac and Windows CAD/BIM software also has a companion iOS app.

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Architosh publishes Mac professional workstation survey results

In this special feature report, Architosh publishes the results of its first workstation survey conducted in late 2014 and aimed at understanding the pro (professional) desktop needs of numerous customers Apple refers to as Mac pros. Not to be confused with the product Mac Pro, today Apple’s Mac pros work across its iMac range in numerous industries, including and importantly to this publication, the Architecture industry.

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Apple’s Mammoth Quarterly Results: Architosh Insights

Architosh discusses highlights of Apple’s most recent and landmark Quarter 1, 2015 fiscal results, while providing unique insights and perspective–especially with regards to Mac and emerging markets.

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FileMaker launches the FileMaker Community with five free developer videos

Free resources for successfully building custom business solutions for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web using FileMaker tools.

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ArchiCAD firm Urban Strategies Inc. wins prestigious awards for innovative designs

GRAPHISOFT, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) architectural software developer, has announced that Urban Strategies, a GRAPHISOFT client based in Toronto, Canada, has won a number of prestigious awards for work recently completed in Singapore, all designed using ArchiCAD

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PanzerCAD’s Cameramatch is now available for Vectorworks 2015

Latest version of PanzerCAD Cameramatch for 2015 is shipping for Vectorworks 2015 users giving them the ability to match the 3D environment within this popular CAD program to a photograph.

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Product Review: solidThinking Inspire 2014

In this product review, Architosh looks at the unique solidThinking Inspire 2014 CAE-based industrial design and architecture design tool for optimizing parts and structures for weight and strength. Using the company’s unrivaled “morphogenesis” technology designers see inspiration in unique responses to forces and stress that minimize mass while retaining strength responses to loads and forces.

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Special Feature: The State of the Union on Mac CAD

Architosh delivers an update on the state of progress on Mac CAD industries, citing facts, figures, industry player views, and notes on the latest developments in new software products for the industry.

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Side Effects Software Releases Houdini 14 for Mac, Windows and Linux

Side Effects Software has released the new Houdini 14 this month for cross-platform visualization on Mac, Windows and Linux. Houdini ships in two major versions and the latest release supports new crowd instancing technology and a new multi-phyics dynamics system.

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Editorial: ARM-based Macs are a bad idea for Apple’s growing Mac professional base

In this article the merits and liabilities of Apple migrating its Macs to ARM architectures are discussed, with references to current and past articles highlighting the many issues.

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OrthoGraph of Hungary is Looking for Partners for International Network

OrthoGraph of Hungary is looking for partners for its growing international partner network. OrthoGraph Architect 3D is a leading app for measuring existing conditions and works with laser equipment.

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Autodesk introduces new 123D Sculpt+—a new app for sculpting and 3D printing

Autodesk introduces next version of 123D Sculpt with Sculpt+ with in-app 3D printing ordering abilities

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Mac 3D News: Open-source Blender gets update to version 2.73

The latest version of Blender, build 2.73, now features a full-screen user-interface, numerous new features, improved Collada and FBX support, etc. Blender runs on Mac, Windows and Linux.

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Tidbits: The iPhone turned 8 this past week, and AIA National Atlanta is open for registration

In some news today we have tidbits on AIA National 2015 in Atlanta where President Bill Clinton will give the keynote, plus the iPhone turned 8 years old this past weekend.

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Product Review: Nemetschek Vectorworks Architect 2015

In this product review we take a detailed stroll through the big main VGM, BIM and 2D features in the latest version of Vectorworks Architect 2015. Introduced this past fall, Vectorworks 2015 advances on the 3D front while still providing refinements and interesting additions to those who enjoy its many 2D features.

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President Bill Clinton to Deliver Keynote Speech at 2015 AIA National Convention

President Bill Clinton will be headlining the AIA National Convention in Atlanta this coming May, as he delivers the keynote address for the annual convention and exhibition for US architects.

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Next Limit releases free RealFlow Render Kit 2014

Next Limit has announced RealFlow RenderKit 2014 is now free and available for download for RealFlow 2014 users.

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BIM goes RAP and welcome to the Spider Dress

We have some interesting news items here on a new ‘BIM Brothers’ Rap video…as well as news of the Spider Dress. Check it out!

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In-Focus: PlanGrid for Apple iOS and Android and Desktop has new RFI Lifecycle Solution

PlanGrid’s new RFI module tackles the time-wasting RFI process from within the context of a drawing collaboration and centralized storage app, offering advantages not seen in other solutions.

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Thinkbox Software has new Deadline 7 Software for creatives on Mac

In this article we look at the new Deadline 7 rendering farm management system with its associated tools and the technology that takes it across platform to OS X and Linux. Deadline 7 is from KRATATOA’s maker, Thinkbox Software.

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Architosh Looks Back at 2014 for Mac CAD and 3D

In this report we look back at the year’s biggest news for our coverage markets and make some predictions of what to watch in 2015.

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Architosh to publish its Mac Workstation Survey Study in January 2015

Architosh will publish its first survey study on Mac workstation hardware use by pro users in January of 2015. The survey will answer key questions, summarize diverse workflow cases and provide detailed guidance to pro Mac users.

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GRAPHISOFT Sweden IFC Guide International Version 2.0 Available on Apple iBook Store

GRAPHISOFT Sweden has an available IFC Guide International Edition Version 2 out as an Apple iBook. The BIM IFC guide is instructive and can be attained via the iTunes Store.

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GRAPHISOFT partners with buildingSMART Korea to foster national BIM standards

Open BIM gains further adherents and supporters in Graphisoft and buildingSMART Korea partnership. The new understanding will lead to national BIM standards for Korea that are Open BIM based and support the mutual goals of all stakeholders in the AECO space

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Autodesk Talks to Architosh about AutoCAD for Mac 2015—Features, Parity and Market Segments

In this special feature article Micah Dickerson, Product Manager for Autodesk AutoCAD for Mac product line, shares with us more background behind the latest 2015 version and why this product is finding success despite market dispersion across a vast array of industry segments. We also cover the four major new features in summary fashion and how they attest to the Mac version’s success.

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Mac 3D News: Siemens releases new Parasolid v27.1 geometry modeling kernel

Siemens PLM Software has updated the geometry modeling kernel known as Parasolid to version 27.1, adding numerous enhancements which will aid delivery of key feature improvements to CAD application developers.

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Smithsonian Creates First-Ever Digital 3D Presidential Portrait in President Obama

US President Barack Obama is the first to get an all digital process Portrait Bust—created using today’s cutting edge digital tools

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Chaos Group releases V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max SPI

Chaos Group’s latest V-Ray 3.0 for Autodesk 3ds Max Service Pack 1 has so many new features the group is feeling like it’s the next version of V-Ray

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NEMETSCHEK GROUP launches new corporate design and website

The NEMETSCHEK GROUP launches new corporate look and website and promises to unify the group’s presentation to the international AECO community. The parent company owns promising software brands in ArchiCAD, CINEMA 4D, Vectorworks, Bluebeam and Scia.

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In-Brief: Rhynamo is now Open Source

New open source project Rhynamo is now available to download

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Graebert ships ARES Commander 2015 CAD Lineup for Windows, Mac and Linux

Graebert now officially shipping new ARES Commander 2015 CAD product line—including access to ARES Touch DWG native CAD authoring solution for mobile Android

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Luxion and 3D Systems Partner to Enhance Visual Quality in Product Development

Luxion and 3D Systems partner to help bring KeyShot’s power in visualization to the product design and development market merging with its 3D printing systems

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e-on software ships Carbon Scatter 2015 for 3D generated digital landscapes

e-on software ships Carbon Scatter 2015 for Maya, 3ds and CINEMA 4D integration

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Nemetschek Vectorworks Named to The Baltimore Sun ‘Top Workplaces’ List

Nemetschek Vectorworks earns spot on Top 100 Places to Work for as listed by the Baltimore Sun

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‘Trimble Connected’—Bacus Discusses SketchUp 2015 and Growing Trimble Roles

In this special feature interview, John Bacus of Trimble’s SketchUp division talks to Architosh about the latest SketchUp 2015—the second release of the product in one year—and helps put the product into the larger Trimble context–particularly Trimble Connect.

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LightWave 2015 Released—New Pricing and Many New Features

The LightWave Group advances its namesake primary software package in new LightWave 2015, adding new features across the board.

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AU: Autodesk announces Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit

Autodesk unveils A360 Collaborate for Revit cloud-based BIM teamwork and collaboration platform for building and infrastructure projects

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In-Focus: A Look at Pixar’s All New RenderMan 19—3D Animation Software

In this In-Focus news report we cover all the details of the release of Pixar’s RenderMan 19, recently released in late November, including details on the product group reformation, new licensing and the free license, plus a backgrounder on the special video series where Dr. Ed Catmull talks about the future of RenderMan and a whole lot more.

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In-Focus: A Look at CL3VER on the iPad—Visualization Tool for Architects

The CL3VER software as a service (SaaS) story continues to unfold as the company recently releases Revit plugin plus long-awaited dedicated iPad app—the app delivers configurator functionality and a whole lot more….

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GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD is “BIM Product of the Year” in the UK for Fourth Year in a Row

GRAPHISOFT has announced this week that ArchiCAD 18 has won the prestigious BIM Product of the Year award at the ninth annual Construction Computing Magazine Awards in the United Kingdom.

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Bricsys brings globally growing BricsCAD to Mac in new Native OS X version

Belgium headquartered international DWG CAD company Bricsys NV, has recently announced the first arrival of BricsCAD for Mac in its latest V15 release, offering native DWG file format 2D and 3D CAD and modeling functionality in MCAD and AEC workflows, including new BIM tools, sheet metal tools and cloud collaboration.

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Autodesk Talks to Architosh About Fusion 360 and The Sea Change in Product Design

In this special article Kevin Schneider, Director for Fusion 360 at Autodesk, talks to Architosh about the sea change going on in product design and how Fusion 360 was created to respond to the changing trends in product design and manufacturing—areas of the market that have blended into tighter formations as part of the lean startup culture.

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Tech Soft 3D releases HOOPS Communicator 2015

Newest version of toolkit for cloud-based 3D applications features extensive customization options and boosted format and platform support

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Nemetschek Vectorworks announces Spanish-language release for Vectorworks 2015

Spanish-language users and countries can now experience the very latest version of Vectorworks 2015, starting 24 November 2014.

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Autodesk reportedly acquires cloud-based 3D design platform Lagoa for $60 Million

Autodesk is reported to have acquired innovative cloud-design and 3D rendering app provider Lagoa—potentially overlapping and complimenting its existent Autodesk Fusion 360 product line up.

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Shaking Up Healthcare Architecture on Mac—How Architects Use Game-Like Technology In Practice

Architosh has published a firm profile story on the impressive work being done by multidiscipline design practice Levi + Wong Design Associates, a firm doing amazing things with a full BIM workflow using Apple’s Macs and iOS devices. Importantly, the firm has leveraged BIMx within their developed workflow to transform design processes for their many healthcare clients.

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Firm Profile: Levi + Wong Design Associates—Virtualizing Healthcare Architecture

We continue our Firm Profile series for the second time this month with a feature on the mixed practice design firm Levi + Wong Design Associates, a Boston area architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior design firm serving national clients through a highly-developed 3D ‘virtual design’ process using GRAPHISOFT’s highly noted ArchiCAD and BIMx platforms.

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Autodesk Fusion 360 Ultimate gets first update

Autodesk provides first update for Fusion 360 Ultimate — new features include Animations and Explosions workflow

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What’s new in Luxion’s new KeyShot 5.1—Creo 3.0 and Cinema 4D and more…

Luxion’s latest KeyShot 5.1 adds new support for Cinema 4D and PTC Creo 3, and many new features…

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The (AIA) releases 8 New Contract Documents – Updates AIA Documents Software and SaaS Products

The American Institute of Architects have added eight new documents to its industry-standard AEC contractor documents portfolio, including two focused in newer areas of project delivery models. All eight new documents are available through its Documents desktop software and new SaaS (software as a service) Documents-on-Demand Plus and Documents-on-Demand online service.

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Altair launches HyperWorks Unlimited for AWS bringing CAE to the cloud

Like OTOY Altair uses re:Invent conference this week to announced cloud-based distribution of application services with HyperWorks Unlimited for Amazon Web Services

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Apple investment ‘Imagination Technologies’ ships new PowerVR Series7 GPUs

The British chip company behind the iPhone and iPad’s graphics technology—and much of the industry—has come out with its next-gen GPU technology and it looks strong. Could this company be the better target for Apple to acquire next rather than AMD?

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Mac 3D News: formZ developer now has free version of legendary 3D Mac program

AutoDesSys has a new product line as of this month, now with three versions of formZ, including a free version, the legendary modeling developer can now focus on one product core to delver products to compete at both the high and low end of the market, delivering crucial 3D modeling technology to both Mac and Windows customers.

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OTOY opens beta of X.IO App Streaming services to developers worldwide—Windows apps served to any OS

OTOY’s technology promises to liberate Windows applications from the constraints of the Windows OS platform and their devices—delivering key applications and games to users on any device worldwide. This marks a major opportunity for developers to reach more audience with existing code bases onto platforms like Apple’s Mac OS X and mobile platforms like iOS and Android.

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Nemetschek Vectorworks 2015 released in Localized Versions in Europe

Vectorworks 2015 product line now available for several localized European countries / languages.

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New ModelPort ArchiCAD plugin now available at AECObjects.com

New plugin constructs ArchiCAD Library parts from file formats such as Alias Wavefront OBJ and Autodesk FBX, previously unavailable to ArchiCAD users.

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Firm Profile: Nick Hardman—Hardmarque Re-Imagines Australia’s Future Manufacturing

We continue our Firm Profile series this November with a feature on solidThinking export Nick Hardman of HardMarque Future Factories, which specializes in a wide range of industrial design focused on the ‘additive manufacturing’ sector, serving diverse clients in the areas of industrial and product design.

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Mac 3D: Trimble announces new SketchUp 2015 for Mac and Windows

Trimble releases brand new SketchUp 2015—the second release of SketchUp this year!

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Architects invited to submit for 2015 AIA TAP Innovation Awards program

The American Institute of Architects is calling for entrants to its 2015 AIA TAP Innovation Awards program. Architects can submit across four major categories.

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Nemetschek Vectorworks and Datacubist Oy Partner to Strengthen IFC Quality Exchange

Vectorworks Architect users gain BIM validation tool integration with new Datacubist Oy – Nemetschek Vectorworks partnership

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