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Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP

Scripting the Future—Vectorworks CEO Talks Marionette, Design Summit and Future Direction

In this interview Vectorworks Inc. CEO Sean Flaherty discusses his software company’s latest developments—including a new “brand name”, an exciting annual conference in the US and the latest Vectorworks release’s signature feature

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In-Depth: How Developer ‘Perfect Parallel’ is Changing the Game of Golf

In this feature we talk to Andrew Jones, COO of Perfect Parallel, a leading-edge software developer with a range of inter-related golf design, gaming, visualization, and broadcast suite technologies. What makes this company so fascinating goes beyond its tech and into its relationships and aspirations. Relationships with firms like Nicklaus Design, as well as the professional golf networks in the United States and abroad, have Perfect Parallel poised to shake up the game of golf. 

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GRAPHISOFT introduces Rhino-Grasshopper-ArchiCAD Connection

Graphisoft has introduced a public beta version of its Rhino-Grasshopper-ArchiCAD connection, an industry first bi-directional and real-time connection between all three programs.

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iPad Pro is fantastic! But it will be for naught if Apple forgets its Pro tools for Mac

Though the iPad Pro packs desktop power, Apple needs to think smartly about the inter-relatedness of software systems across mobile and desktop.

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Blackmagic’s Fusion 8 coming to the Mac: visual effects and motion software

Long desired Blackmagic Design’s Fusion is finally coming to the Mac platform in Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Studio—public beta now open

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Apple’s latest Mac Family Portrait—Missing Mac Pro

Apple’s new Mac Pro is a stunning computer with some decent pro chops…but the latest ‘family portrait’ of the Mac line up is missing an important child.

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Tidbits: Bricsys in US market, IMSI Design and other news

CAD and 3D Tidbits: We have some news BricsCAD having a new home in the USA, plus IMSI ships new TurboCAD LTE Pro 8 for Windows 10, plus Revit models updated at Koble Windows and Doors.

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SIG: Final Complete Siggraph 2015 Event Photos & Notes

Our complete Siggraph 2015 gallery, compliments of Akiko Ashley who covered the show in detail in an earlier report.

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Top iPad app OrthoGraph is now at version 10.3

The latest version comes with enhanced documentation of stairs and allows users to snap two rooms together.

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ARES Mobile featured in Grabowski series on Mobile CAD

In a multi-part article Ralph Grabowski talks about the challenges CAD programers face to run CAD effectively on mobile devices.

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EIZO ships new 4K ColorEdge High-End Displays

EIZO is shipping new 4K high-end monitors to the VFX, Film, photography and 2D-3D markets in North America.

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SIG: Apple’s Macs have good presence at SIGGRAPH 2015 show

Here are the first batch of pictures from the show floor at SIGGRAPH 2015 in Los Angeles. And it’s nice to see Apple’s Macs well represented within the expo booths.

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Firm Profile: BOGDAN & VAN BROECK—The Ecology of Densification

Continuing on a trend of expanding the scope of discourse beyond the “digital” in design practice, Architosh is pleased to present this feature interview of Belgium professor engineer-architect Leo Van Broeck and his award-winning ecological, research-oriented design practice. The design keynote speaker at the recent Vectorworks Design Summit, Leo spoke to Architosh recently about his firm, co-founder, work and their philosophical positions in the field of architecture and urban design.

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SIG: Autodesk at Siggraph 2015 in LA

Autodesk has many excellent sessions this week at SIGGRAPH. The exhibit kicks off today and runs through 13th.

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SIG: Apple looks to be going the path of ‘Metal’ for graphics—seems out on Vulkan standard

Khronos Group makes further positive momentum with Vulkan API, but Apple is missing from the roster of industry supporters. This is an early signal that Apple may be pushing for Metal for Mac’s graphic future as aging OpenGL lingers as available cross-platform API.

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SIG: Mac 3D Exhibitor Preview List for SIGGRAPH 2015

Architosh will be covering the big SIGGRAPH 2015 conference and exhibition in Los Angeles which started this weekend with the exhibition starting in a couple of days.

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Solibri of Helsinki joins buildingSMART International

Solibri joins industry standards group buildingSMART on Open BIM push aligning values across the BIM transforming AECO industry worldwide.

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IBM’s new Mac push—good for more than enterprise?

IBM’s good news about Macs in enterprises is music to the Apple faithful, but does a Mac rush in enterprise mean good things for Apple’s core creative class Mac users?

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Market report says CAD market in Japan to grow 5.7 percent from 2015 – 2019

A new market report shows that Japan’s CAD industry continues to grow at modest mid single digit percentages over the next four years.

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Nikola Bozinovic talks to Architosh about Frame: What it can mean for Apple’s Mac Customers

A new cloud platform called Frame is emerging this year as the most powerful option to create, access and manage a virtual Windows workstation or virtual desktop in the cloud—from just about any modern web browser on any device. Recently Architosh spoke with Nikola Bozinovic, CEO of Frame, to discuss his company’s offering and the larger trend afoot in the IT industry and what impact it may have on Apple’s Mac customers.

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ARUP’s Oasys brings advanced crowd analysis software to wider market with MassMotion Flow

3D analysis of pedestrian behavior for ingress/egress, emergency evacuation and general flow has never been quicker, easier to use or more accessible, using MassMotion Flow.

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Visidraft gets limelight in Architect Magazine

Visidraft, an augmented reality software for iOS devices, has gained some limelight in the pages of Architect Magazine.

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GRAPHISOFT touts major win with Brazilian architecture firm

GRAPHISOFT, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) architectural software developer, has announced that GRAPHISOFT Brazil, a subsidiary in South America, has inked a deal with Fernandes Arquitetos Associados (FAA), one of Brazil’s major architecture firms and the only Brazilian firm responsible for designing two 2014 World Cup arenas.

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Autodesk Building Ops is new iPhone based app for building operations

Autodesk introduces new “mobile first” BIM data tools for building maintenance and operations teams, bringing BIM data to building owners and reps.

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Event: Refine Inspire Results in solidThinking Evolve

A free webinar shows participants how to work between solidThinking applications Inspire and Evolve.

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Event: 3-Step Architect Marketing Process to Find, Attact and Win Better Projects, Better Clients and Better Fees

Architects and AEC professionals can gain deep insight into marketing success from a trio of educational marketing leaders in this AIA CEU based web event.

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The Philly Interview: Dr. Sarkar talks about Vectorwork’s Advanced Research Group and More…

In this special interview, Dr. Biplab Sarkar, chief technology officer, Nemetschek Vectorworks, talks to Architosh about the Vectorworks 2016 details unveiled at the Design Summit in Philadelphia.

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Webinar Event: Get Started with solidThinking Evolve 2015!

solidThinking is aiming to give the tools you that are needed to make the most of their programs. These sessions provide a quick and easy to understand tips that will enable faster work in Evolve.

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Graebert of Germany Says Japan CAD Market In flux—ARES Gains Ground

Graebert of Germany continues to make strides in CAD market share in Asia. Japan is one of its key markets where OEM product JDraf is a popular DWG native CAD solution competing for market share gains against AutoCAD, which in recent financial filings has indicated troubles in that market.

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AIA: Show Reports: AIA and CMD provide Insight for Architects

At AIA Atlanta the CMD Group launched Insight for Architects with the AIA, just for AIA members inside their online AIA accounts. The construction industry data and analytics web tool helps AIA member architects develop business, follow emerging and tracking trends, network and establish new relationships and gain new work.

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Special Interview: IMSI/Design Talks About All Things TurboCAD

In this special interview Architosh speaks to Bob Mayer, President, IMSI/Design, about the venerable product TurboCAD—about its technologies, platforms, and the future.

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In-Brief: Autodesk Exchange Apps reaches 1 million downloads

Autodesk reaches 1 million apps download in its Exchange Apps community app platform.

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GRAPHISOFT announces ArchiCAD 19 ships June 24

GRAPHISOFT®, the global leader in Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions for architects, announced today that ARCHICAD® 19’s global rollout process has begun.

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Frame’s new cloud based ‘Frame Platform’ may shake-up the Mac app market

Frame’s technology has been employed at major Mac developer Adobe for quite some time, while major CAD companies like Siemens and Nemetschek have ongoing trials or studies behind the scenes.

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Frame raises $10M to build the next generation of personal computing in the cloud

Frame started with the software vendors, like Adobe, but the company today has announced a $10 M funding round and release date for its Frame Personal and Frame Business end-user model launch in early July. The public beta will allow users to test out Frame’s technology for the first time without using the invite process which has been open for months.

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Metal for OS X Good, But Developers Need Flexibility and Options

Architosh speaks with Neil Trevett, President of Khronos Group, on matters of Vulkan in the tailwind of the Metal for OS X announcement made earlier this month.

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solidThinking Inc. intros new solidThinking Inspire 2015

solidThinking Inspire 2015 enables design engineers, product designers, and architects to create and investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily, leading to reductions in cost, development time, material consumption, and product weight.

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Autodesk gives Architosh exclusive peak at Dynamo Studio running on Mac

In the early hours of one of the mornings of Autodesk’s AEC Media Summit, held in Boston a week after AIA Atlanta, Architosh got an exclusive sit-down with the Autodesk Dynamo Studio lead to talk about this product’s direction and possible future…including a peak at something on the Mac!

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McNeel unveils new Rhino 5 for Mac with intro pricing

McNeel has officially unveiled Rhino 5 for Mac with pricing for both commercial and educational customers, plus a projected scope of feature updates in the upcoming versions as notes on Grasshopper support.

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WWDC 2015: Reviewing the Apple Design Award winners

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.

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Dassault Systemes’ Spatial Technologies has Contraint Solver for Mac

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

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Featured Video: Autodesk Fusion 360—Collaboration

In this featured video, the presenter outlines the important benefits and unique features of Autodesk’s Fusion 360 product in the area of collaboration.

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Apple’s Number One CAD Vendor Optimistic about Metal for OS X

Longtime Mac CAD stalwart developer, Nemetschek Vectorworks, has told Architosh they are optimistic about Apple’s new low-level graphics API—Metal.

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Mac 3D News: Apple bringing Metal API to Mac OS X—Confirmed

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.

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2nd Annual Vectorworks Design Scholarship Offers $10k Winner Wonderful Opportunity

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.

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Tool Talk: Looking at ArchiSnapper—A Field Report App for iOS and Android

ArchiSnapper​ is a powerful tool for architects which takes away the time and effort required for producing field reports and completing site surveys.

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AIA: Show Floor Reports: Oasys’ MassMotion and MassMotion Flow

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.

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AIA: Looking at the VR (virtual reality) craze in Atlanta

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.

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McNeel prepping for first official release of Rhino 5 for Mac (finally!)

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.

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AIA: Show Floor Reports: Autodesk, Trimble and Nemetschek Group Companies

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.

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Vectorworks Experiencing Rapid Growth in UK—Report Says Leading BIM Charge

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.

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AIA: Trimble releases new version of SketchUp Mobile Viewer

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.

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AIA: Autodesk launches Dynamo and FormIt 360 Pro in Atlanta

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.

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AIA: Notes on Day 1 in Atlanta, Georgia

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.

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FileMaker introduces version 14 for database platform and celebrates ’30 years’ of FileMake Pro

Apple subsidiary FileMaker, Inc., today has unveiled its latest FileMaker 14 platform of products and announced the 30th anniversary of FileMaker Pro.

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The Foundry’s new MODO 901 coming soon!

The Foundry’s MODO 901 is coming later this month and the company says its likely the biggest update in the product’s history.

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AIA Preview: CL3VER announces new entry pricing

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.

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Vectorworks Design Summit: Wrap Up and Details

In this article we round up impressions and notes and details on the Vectorworks Design Summit, held last week, in downtown Philadelphia.

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GRAPHISOFT introduces ArchiCAD 19 with Predictive Background Processing

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.

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Trimble and Nemetschek Group form strategic alliance

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.

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