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Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP

GDC Recap: Autodesk expanded VR support and streamlined 3D character creation

Autodesk continues to serve the Game Developers market with key technology updates to its tool chains.

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Webinar: Introducing solidThinking Inspire 2016

Free webinar introduces product and industrial designers to the latest solidThinking Inspire 2016 for optimized and streamlined design.

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Apple TV shaping up to be big focus on March 21, but Mac Pro update, where art thou?

Could Apple shock us with something to say about the new Mac Pro that has failed to delight in the market? It never hurts to imagine and dream, right?

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solidThinking Inc., announces solidThinking Inspire 2016

Additive manufacturing accelerated with introduction of PolyNURBS; cost-saving benefits for broad range of production processes.

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ILEXSOFT of Italy releases HighDesign 2016 for Mac—Full Featured 2D CAD

New OS X only CAD system delivers new 64-bit performance and many new enhancements.

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Altair releases HyperWorks v14 for Windows and Mac

Altair releases new HyperWorks 14 for Windows and Mac—Complete CAE Suite

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Playing Nice is Best—Autodesk and Siemens Sign Agreement on CAD Interoperability

Manufacturing CAD Giants Autodesk and Siemens Agree on Interoperability Pack—Companies to Share Toolkits.

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The Foundry launches MODO 10 Series—Next Generation 3D Platform

The Foundry talks up MODO 10 Series for professional 3D modeling, animation, rendering, game development—future releases focused on gaming and interactive design, including VR.

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Jeffrey Ouellette of Vectorworks, Inc., named buildingSMART International’s Implementation Support Group Chair

The buildingSMART International chairmanship offers platform for advocation of open data buildings standards in the whole AEC industry via initiatives like OpenBIM and IFC.

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Chaos Group Speeds Up V-Ray for Maya with version 3.3

Chaos Group delivers with big update to V-Ray for Maya with version 3.3—adding up to 50 percent rendering performance improvement.

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Win Free Trip to Design Summit in Chicago—Vectorworks Announces New Prize

Win a free trip to the Vectorworks Design Summit in Chicago. Entrants have a chance until March 9th.

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Vectorworks, Inc. Donates Software, Computers and Training to Philadelphia Design Center

Vectorworks Inc., donates software, computers and training for the new Philadelphia Design Center.

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Graebert releases new ARES Kudo YouTube Video—First Peaks

Want to see a Sneak Peak at ARES Kudo? Graebert releases a YouTube video showing the new cloud-based DWG CAD solution in preview form.

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CAD News: Germany’s Graebert Celebrates 4 Years and Double-Digit Growth in India

Germany’s Graebert celebrates 4 years of success in India as it expands its customer footprint at a rapid rate and quadruples its programming and management staff at its Indian headquarters.

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2016 Vectorworks Design Summit Details Revealed: Speakers, CEU’s and Exhibitors

Vectorworks’ annual Design Summit conference kicks off later this spring in Chicago. Like last year the event will show attendees an exclusive preview of upcoming software technology for one of the world’s leading CAD and BIM developers. Early Bird discounts to the event are still in the offering.

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irisVR CEO and Co-Founder Talks About Pro VR Industry—Oculus versus Vive and More

In this executive interview, we talk to irisVR software company Co-Founder and CEO, Shane Scranton—about B2B virtual reality, the market, the hardware VR devices, Apple and much more.

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Gaming News: Valve Brings SteamVR to Unity Platform

Valve brings SteamVR to Unity Platform and Offers New VR PC Test App.

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Vectorworks and PRG Partner for Content for Vectorworks Spotlight

Vectorworks has partnered with the world leading supplier of entertainment and event technology to develop new tools and content for Vectorworks Spotlight, the leading CAD technology for entertainment design.

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BricsCAD v16.2 released from Bricsys—new UI and 3D modeling updates

Bricsys adds four important new feature updates in point-dot release for BricsCAD V16 (in version 16.2)—adding improved UI, Quad cursor additions, Dynamic UCS and Clip Display status useful in BIM.

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Tech Soft 3D release HOOPS Visualize 2016—new 64-bit support for Apple iOS and more

Graphics toolkit boasts new 64-bit support for iOS and Android, advancements in performance and tight integrations with Parasolid modeling kernel and Autodesk’s RealDWG.

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The Khronos Group releases Vulkan 1.0 API Specification

The Khronos Group has now released the Vulkan API for graphics and compute on GPUs, a bonafide positive development for the IT world, providing software developers numerous benefits and options.

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COBie inventor says ARCHICAD is 100 Percent COBie-compliant

Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD BIM software has achieved 100 percent COBie Design Stage compliance, says Bill East, COBie inventor.

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Mac 3D News: formZ to Celebrate 25 Years of Innovation

Famed 3D stalwart and Mac developer, AutoDesSys, announces 25th anniversary of legendary formZ software. The Ohio-based company has a LAB unit in Los Angeles that is producing extensions and an upcoming parametric visual scripting environment, a la Rhino + Grasshopper.

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BIM News: MagiCloud—Europe’s largest online BIM library launches

Progman launches new MagicCloud online BIM library with over 1 million products in Revit MEP and Autodesk formats.

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AIA News: AIA nominates 9 Boston Society of Architects members to College of Fellows

AIA nominates nine Boston Society of Architect members to the College of Fellows.

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3D Event: Abvent to host Live Twinmotion Online Demos

Abvent to host dual-timed, free online Twinmotion demos in February.

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AIA News: Actor Kevin Spacey to Keynote AIA National Convention 2016

Kevin Spacey has been announced as the keynote speaker at the upcoming AIA National Convention.

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Shift To Cloud Forcing Autodesk Layoffs, But Cloud Is Good

Autodesk announces big layoffs on the horizon but the company says it has nothing to do with macro or company based economics. Instead, the downsizing is in response to its move to the cloud.

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Vectorworks Inc., partners with Berlin-based 3YOURMIND 3D printing software company

Vectorworks gains its first dedicated 3D Vectorworks plugin for 3D printing via a partnership with 3YOURMIND, a Berlin-based software developer focused on the 3D printing software market.

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Trimble Acquires Sefaira—Building Performance Design Software Maker

Trimble acquires London and New York based Sefaira, new buy adds leading building performance software tools to Trimble’s growing war-chest.

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Parallels New Remote Application Server v15 Serves Up Windows Apps to Any Platform

Parallels delivers on bringing more options for companies to serve up Windows-based apps and Windows desktops to any type of computer and device around the world. This new solution may be considered for those trying to access Windows-based CAD solutions.

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Abvent launches Render[in] 3 plugin for SketchUp

The developer of famed Artlantis Studio and Render have now launched a public beta of Render[in] for SketchUp. The rendering software plugin works entirely within SketchUp.

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Event: solidThinking to host CONVERGE 2016 Conference

Exploring the intersection of design and technology, the solidThinking company, a subsidiary of Altair, will host its first confab focused on more than its users but broader themes involved in the convergence in design and technology.

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Frame Unveils Powerful New Supercomputer in the Cloud

Frame announces new more powerful option for cloud-based workstations. This new supercomputer option will please rendering folks.

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Latest editions of Vectorworks Essentials and Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manuals Now Available

Expert trainer Jonathan Pickup’s latest manuals updated for use with Vectorworks 2016 design software.

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Maxon announces update to Cineware for Adobe After Effects CC

Maxon announces new Cineware 3.0 for Adobe After Effects CC, latest update features greater performance, time slider sync and a lot more.

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solidThinking intros new Evolve 2016 for Mac and Windows

solidThinking has quietly introduced solidThinking Evolve 2016 for Mac and Windows, a global leading product design CAID system.

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Autodesk updates Fusion 360 for Mac and Windows

Autodesk packs a punch in new January updates to Fusion 360. The new cloud-based, web-era application is truly platform independent and mobile and cloud oriented to support anywhere, any device access to project data, files and teams.

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Mac CAD News: IMSI Design releases new TurboCAD Mac V9

TurboCAD version 9 line-up launches for the Mac platform this week. IMSI/Design has continued to take the Mac version of TurboCAD in the parts and mCAD product direction which is where it is strongest.

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Live Webinar: Introducing Twinmotion for ARCHICAD

Join host Graphisoft and Abvent on a special live webinar demonstrating Twinmotion and ArchiCAD for advanced yet simple visualizations for AEC.

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Mac 3D News: PipelineFX releases Qube! 6.8—Adds ArtistView UI

The global leading 3D render farm software technology, PipelineFX’s Qube! gets updated to version 6.8 and intros new powerful and beneficial features for 3D artists in the world’s leading visualization studios. The software runs on Mac and Windows as well as Apple iOS.

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Mac 3D News: Strata’s Winter Release Offers 800% Render Speed Up

Strata’s latest release of Strata Design 3D CX 8.1 features more than attractive winter pricing, the market stalwart in 3D software features Intel’s latest kit for high speed raytracing plus beneficial new pro modeling features for product and industrial designers.

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Chief Architect has announced new version—Chief Architect X8

Top residential builder design software is now at version X8 and being shown at the International Builders’ show in Las Vegas. Chief Architect X8 runs on Mac and Windows.

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Webinar News: MAXON hosts Fluids Simulation with Cinema 4D and RealFlow

Maxon is hosting a free webinar on fluid simulation work inside of Cinema 4D with RealFlow.

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Trimble Connect gets updates for SketchUp 2016 and more

Trimble has updated its Trimble Connect AEC cloud-based collaboration platform with new modern user interface touches and new format support.

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Using the Future of Architecture to Save Its Past

Philip D. Allsopp has a counter-intuitive passion for saving architecture’s past by using the most state-of-the-art technologies available. And as part of this endeavor he is a leader in the emerging HBIM field—using BIM technology to address the heritage building industry.

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Vectorworks, Inc., Announces Graphical Scripting Webinar Series for Marionette

While Vectorworks, Inc., was first to the Mac market with a visual, algorithmic modeling and programming application in the latest Vectorworks 2016 with Marionette technology, McNeel & Associates has quietly released its Grasshopper alpha for Mac. With a head-start on the popular competition, the company aims to draw big attention to Marionette for everyone.

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3D News: CL3VER Releases new CL3VER 3.3 for PC, Mac and iOS

Innovative cloud-based mobile and web application for visualization in AEC and manufacturing industries just got serious about loss of Internet connection, supplying the market with new, native desktop and iOS apps.

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Product Review: Graebert ARES Commander 2016 for Mac

Does Germany’s Graebert have what it takes to challenge mighty Autodesk’s market leading AutoCAD in global 2/3D CAD? In this in-depth product review, Architosh reviews the Mac version of ARES Commander 2016, introducing readers to the company’s history and product orientation philosophy in the process.

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Stupendous news—McNeel releases beta Grasshopper for Mac

McNeel & Associates quietly releases early WIP of Grasshopper for Mac inside latest Rhino for Mac WIP (work in progress).

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Autodesk takes A360 Collaboration for Revit international—global launch

Autodesk announces global rollout of A360 Collaboration for Revit.

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Review: Evaluating the case in Jonathan Reeves’ new book “Innovative Vectorworks BIM”

Why do so many architects think BIM (building information modeling) is just valuable for big architecture firms? In a new book this AEC myth gets a big reality check.

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5 Reasons why 2015 was The Best Year for CAD on the Mac

2015 was a huge year for the Mac CAD market, a side product of multiple factors at play in the overall technology landscape.

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Open BIM Proponent Solibri Gets Acquired by Nemetschek Group

The Germany-based Nemetschek Group has acquired Helsinki-based Solibri, the market-leader in quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) in Building Information Modeling (BIM), the digital work method in the construction industry.

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John Bacus of Trimble says AR is Bigger than VR…and Discusses Importance of “Trimble Connect”

Chances are good that you aren’t aware that Trimble Navigation is as big as Autodesk. Or that the $2.5 billion a year company is starting to envision itself a bit like IBM for the AEC industry—a perfect partner to everyone—specializing in tying “tool chains” together in both software and hardware. In this feature interview we gain a glimpse of some of Trimble’s industry perspectives…on SketchUp, Connect and that new craze about VR.

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Revolutionary Cloud-based CAD Launched—Onshape Goes Commercial

One of the most dramatically different CAD products in history has finally launched as a ‘commercial’ offering as Cambridge, based Onshape sets sail after 400,000 hours of beta tester usage.

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Vectorworks Architect 2016 wins ‘One to Watch’ honor at Annual Construction Computing Awards

Vectorworks Architect 2016 wins honor at the Annual ‘The Hammers’ Awards in London.

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Germany’s Graebert Announces ARES Commander 2016—CAD System for Mac, Windows and Linux

Leading DWG-based CAD alternative software is now at version 2016 and is available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux distros. And Graebert has much more planned for 2016 including an iOS version for iPad tablets.

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Tablets Like iPad Benefit Architecture Practices, Yet Firms Slow to Provide Them

There appears to be a rift between architects who use tablet computers like the iPad in practice and their employers who make the decisions on what technology to provide their professional staff. 

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In Berlin—Klaus Vossen Explains Why CorelCAD May Be Right for Your Company

Many manufactures across an array of industries from automobiles to AEC need both CAD tools and technical drawing tools for product manuals. However, the tools they currently have may not offer the seamless integration and cost benefits that Corel Corporation believes it can deliver with CorelCAD.

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