Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP
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.
Sign up for this free webinar on Maxwell Rendering with Rendicity in the Cloud.
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.
New webinar on Information Modeling workflows using Vectorworks Landmark for landscape design professionals.
Chaos Group continues its push in getting V-Ray into as many hands as possible as V-Ray for MODO is released for both Mac and Windows – based artists.
Mac users gain another professional 3D rendering in the cloud farm solution in Rendicity.
IrisVR startup announces IrisVR Prospect plugin for McNeel’s popular Grasshopper algorithmic design software. Now the power of VR and algorithmic design optionality meet.
Apple loves sexy thin…as in your computer! But these systems come with a steep price in thermal enclosure design, and access to today’s leading GPUs necessary for the Virtual Reality revolution.
London-based Urban Design Ltd, Releases ‘Archisketch’ 2.0 with Apple Pencil and Adobe Creative Cloud Support
Archisketch 2.0 Adds Apple Pencil and Adobe Creative Cloud Support.
For years former Vectorworks CEO, Sean Flaherty spoke frankly—and rather accurately, when all the data points are collected—about the BIM Movement’s longer-than-expected full emergence. Now with BIM fully astride within the AEC world, the clock is ticking and Vectorworks’ new CEO means BIM-business.
We begin our wrap up of Design Summit timed features and stories with this Gallery of images from Chicago 2016.
CAADence in Architecture Conference merges theory and practice in emerging information technology impacts on the world of architecture. The conference look at Building Information Modeling and Algorithmic-Aided Design (AAD) together from one viewpoint.
Steve Jobs famously failed with his iconic NeXTcube computer. And then 10 years later, back at Apple, he failed again with ice-motif Power Mac G4 Cube. Both machines were inspiring and innovative on many levels, so it comes as no surprise—really—that Apple’s Jony Ive, who designed the latter machine also, wouldn’t take a shot one more time.
Can the openBIM Movement accelerate? Can the IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) certification process expand to help that happen? Acknowledging that there are often many routes to success, these are some of the questions Jeffrey Ouellette, buildingSMART International’s new ISG Chair addresses in discussing how critical open standards are to the entire global building industry.
ArchiCAD Student Design Competition Winners Announced. Graphisoft North American partnered with Kitchen & Associates and AIA West Jersey.
We run through the top moments in Apple’s 2016 WWDC Keynote, held yesterday. Get the fast skinny on the big announcements presented in the two hour event. And we have some comments about Apple and architects as well.
Autodesk and Trimble sign interoperability agreement that covers both IFC and API and developer tools exchange.
We dive into our final section on the show floor coverage of software and technologies at the 2016 AIA Convention in Philly. Part 4 will cover talks, sessions and things of interest like the Autodesk Apple Event held during the show at an Apple Store.
The Germany, Munich-based, Nemetschek Group is flourishing, driving the strongest growth in the AECO software industry after a string of brilliant software acquisitions. But all of this success has largely been driven without the benefit of a full-time, directed strategy group. Now the AECO software multinational—the smallest of the Big 4 global AECO software companies —is setting up a global strategy group in Washington, DC.
We dive deeper in our Part 2 coverage of software and technologies at the 2016 AIA Convention in Philly. These four companies exhibited together and these four companies have interesting innovations in the pipe and/or ready now.
Autodesk and AIA team on new automatic reporting system via new design tool features and the new Design Data Exchange system (DDx).
We begin our AIA Expo show floor reports series with the largest companies showing their software wares to architects at this year’s 2016 AIA Convention.
Architosh is at AIA Philly 2016 and we will have extensive show coverage and a big picture gallery series as well. If you couldn’t attend this year, you have a missed a good one. Record attendance, great speakers and tech…and let’s not forget Philly herself!
According to Gartner’s “Hype Cycle technology curve, algorithmic aided design within the building design industry—sometimes referred to as AAD—is nearing the “peak of inflated expectations,” where we see in the industry what is known as supplier proliferation. Indeed, quite suddenly in fact, McNeel & Associates has seen a ground swell in competition to their famous Rhino + Grasshopper product combo. An inflection point is coming, due to the rapid rise of something McNeel & Associates has become synonymous for, but so too is change. In this two part series we investigate the factors in this change and learn what may lie ahead.
Architosh kicks off the first of a series of articles on what was shown and discussed at this year’s Vectorworks Design Summit.
Scia has announced the new SCIA Engineer 16, IFC certified Open BIM structural modeling, analysis, design, code checking and reporting software for structural engineering workflows in AEC.
In an industry first, global AEC engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti has spun out its R&D groups, including CORE studio, to form a privately-held software engineering firm advancing leading edge solutions for both the main company and the industry at large.
The Rhino-Grasshopper-ArchiCAD Live Connection enables architects to use all three applications in bi-directions, working to bridge algorithmic design with a leading edge BIM application in ArchiCAD 20. This new connection was beta tested by over 1000 architects around the world. The Live Connection plugins enable Rhino to produce native GDL ArchiCAD elements, while Grasshopper can drive model elements in ArchiCAD algorithmically.
ARCHICAD 20 reinforces the letter “I” in BIM with a number of important functional improvements while adding a brand new, flat-design graphical user interface, making it the most graphically modern BIM application on the market.
More than 600 key customers from 23 countries around the globe today got to see the future of Vectorworks at the CEO keynote at the Vectorworks Design Summit in Chicago.
Head of KA-RA at Twinmotion will lead new combined Abvent unit.
Autodesk announces its acquisition of Solid Angle, the makers of the Arnold Renderer, at NAB 2016 this week. This is the first major advanced renderer Autodesk owns in-house but the company has already committed to an “open renderer policy” and even third-party products will be robustly supported and that may become a new business segment for the company.
This year at NAB the Nvidia Iray plugin for Cinema 4D is being showcased at the Maxon booth…a live presentation is available to view as well.
Twin motion developer joins France’s Abvent SA, the developers of the famed Artlantis series of rendering products for the AEC industry. The R&D teams and marketing teams will be integrated to drive synergies and prepare for future directions in the market.