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Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP

MIT Professional Education Launches New CAD Course for Manufacturing

Scientists, researchers, engineers, innovators and managers can brush up on the latest innovations driving CAD in the manufacturing world with this new course coming to MIT Professional Education next summer.

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ToolTalk: Allegorithmic’s New Substance Designer 5.6

Substance Designer 5.6 offers new sets of filters useful for working with image scans in particular as well as existing image textures.

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OrthoGraph Announces Survey to 3D Render Webinar Winner

OrthoGraph’s webinars offer chance to win survey software system plus Leica laser distance meter.

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Just An Emoji Gimmick?—CAD Developers Weigh In On Apple’s Touch Bar

Is the new Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro really a “pro” level feature or simply something consumers want to play around with? CAD developers have their say.

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Cutting-Edge Workflow—Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection Comes to Mac

To some, the ultimate architectural design workflow on Mac has just been created. GRAPHISOFT’s efforts put together three leading AEC industry tools working together on the Mac platform.

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Graebert Officially Ships ARES Commander 2017—DWG CAD for Mac, Windows and Linux

A big week for DWG CAD systems on the Mac, Graebert follows Autodesk and announces ARES Commander 2017 is now available, serving native DWG CAD to Mac, Windows, Linux and iOS and Android devices.

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More Relevant Than Ever—Autodesk Totally Committed to AutoCAD and The Mac

Autodesk has just released its most Mac-centric version of AutoCAD ever. And the company continues deep investment in its most famous product.

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Autodesk Announces New AutoCAD 2017 for Mac and AutoCAD LT for Mac

Autodesk announces new versions of AutoCAD for Mac—2017 releases of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.

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Group behind OpenGL Aims to Establish VR (Virtual Reality) Standards Initiative

Khronos Group aims to establish VR industry standard to help create greater end-user options, portability between solutions and accelerate adoption of virtual reality.

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New Motion and Visualization Features Headline 2017 Release of solidThinking Inspire and Evolve

Engineers and industrial designers gain great new features in latest releases of solidThinking Inspire 2017 and solidThinking Evolve 2017.

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The Photo App Every Architect Should Love—Meet Aurora HDR 2017 for Mac

Aurora HDR 2017—a Mac only tool—has a clear edge for making architect’s photography much better. All one needs are some good bracketed shots of their projects.

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Unity Technologies Releases Unity 5.5 for Gaming and AR/VR Industries

New Unity 5.5 release adds support for AR in Microsoft’s popular Hololens platform, as well as new GPU optimizations for Android and iOS app.

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Next Limit Announces 10th Version of Acclaimed RealFlow Animation Software

The industry-standard animation software for fluid simulation has reached version 10 and now includes new pricing in addition to new technologies.

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French Government BIM Awards Winners—Abvent Dominates Wins

French software company, Abvent, has dominated the first annual Digital Transition Plan for Buildings Awards held in Paris, France on 29 November 2016.

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HighDesign 2017 Explained—Can a Mac-only App Really Break Into the Windows CAD World?

ILEXSOFT’s co-founder says its expansion into the world of CAD on Windows, with its uniquely flavored Mac-only CAD, HighDesign, is more than just responding to its customers—it’s also about fitting into BIM workflows. 

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CAD News: HighDesign 2017 Now Available for Sierra, Coming to Windows

HighDesign 2017 not only boasts many excellent new features, the product adds a “consumer-level” priced LT version to the lineup and the company announces HighDesign is coming to Windows.

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New Release of GRAPHISOFT BIMx—Now Supports Google Cardboard for VR

Multi-award winning BIMx, an innovative mobile application for Apple iOS and Google Android devices, now supports Google Cardboard bring virtual reality functionality to users.

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AU 2016: Looking at Allegorithmic’s New Substance Source Architecture Texture Library

Late last week Allegorithmic released a new themed library for the architectural market at Autodesk University 2016. The new ready-to-render PBR Materials feature full compatibility with V-Ray, Corona and Iray.

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Trimble’s ProjectSight—Next-Gen Cloud-based iPad App for Construction Management

The proliferation of mobile apps in the building industry isn’t solving the interoperability issues from too many point apps. Trimble ProjectSight has been re-architected to address this challenge, connect to Trimble Connect, and handle natural messaging style communications.

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Autodesk Shows Its Future—Democratizes Data & Tools, Obliterates Reliance on Windows

Autodesk delivered a fanscinating Innovation Keynote this week, even showing publicly for the first time its future AEC vision in Project Quantum. The biggest take-away from Project Quantum is that it is completely democratized in terms of access, devices and data.

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MCAD News: PTC Releases Creo 4.0—Focuses on IoT

PTC releases new Creo 4.0 3D CAD for manufacturing and product design markets. The entire Creo system is optimized as a system of applications that work together to streamline design and engineering workflows, improve collaboration and optimize superior product designs.

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AU 2016: Chaos Group Releases V-Ray 3 for Revit—Bringing Top Renderer to BIM Application

Industry-standard and leading photo-realistic rendering application, V-Ray, is now integrated into Autodesk’s BIM application Revit.

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AU 2016: Chaos Group Announces €2 Million Investment in CL3VER

Chaos Group, the makers of the famed V-ray renderer, has partnered with AEC presentation start-up CL3VER, making 2 million euro investment. New partnership will bring essential 3D visualization and communications tools into one software platform.

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Rhino for Mac Price Goes Up Jan 1—Mac Version Nearly Complete

Rhino 5 for Mac goes up in price in January so readers who have wanted to add this tool to their arsenal should probably grab this app now. This, plus we have additional notes on Rhino Mac development in general below.

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Microsoft Hololens and Trimble SketchUp Viewer Bring Mixed Reality (MR) to AEC Industries

Trimble and Microsoft offer thematic change in AEC industries with new “mixed reality” technology—new SketchUp Viewer for Microsoft Hololens is now available after stealing the show at AIA National 2016.

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Bluebeam Releases New Revu v2016.5.2

Bluebeam Revu 2016.5.2 updates doesn’t just squash bugs—new update supports new Microsoft Surface Studio all-in-one computer. This one will make Apple Mac users in the AEC industry jealous!

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Silicon Valley’s Reaction to Trump Presidency Looks Within

Is Silicon Valley creating technologies that bring us together, or push as apart?

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Nope, Not Star Wars—CloudCities Is Powerful 3D App Covering Autodesk University 2016

A little know but growing app called CloudCities is primed for major attention and use at Autodesk University next week. The 3D map technology will provide attendees with guided, intelligent information.

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Six Years Running—ArchiCAD Wins ‘BIM Product of the Year’ Again

GRAPHISOFT has again took top prize in the BIM Product of the Year category at The Hammers.

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Trimble Announces New SketchUp 2017—New Graphics Pipeline 2.0

With this release, Trimble has turned its attention to accelerating and fine-tuning 3D graphics along with powerful updates to better modeling and drawings capability.

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Encore Announces New ViaCAD 10 for Mac and Windows

Software publisher Encore has released Evolution Software’s latest update in ViaCAD 10 for macOS and Windows platforms.

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BIMobject App Now Available for Vectorworks 2017 Software

Robert Anderson, VP, of Vectorworks presents the new BIMobject App for Vectorworks.

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Bricsys Announces new BricsCAD V17—Advances BIM, Modeling and Sheet Metal CAD

Bricsys of Belgium announces new DWG-based BricsCAD V17 for MCAD, AEC and general CAD workflows. New update advances BIM, sheet metal design CAD and 3D modeling functionalities.

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Lasers and iPads—How OrthoGraph Solves AEC Problems

We take a deep-dive into what OrthoGraph I offers the AEC industry for solving building measurement workflow challenges common to just about all building professionals. Paired with a laser distance meter (LDM) OrthoGraph I not only rapidly increases the time it takes to measure, it reduces errors and dovetails into today’s IFC-based BIM tools.

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Maxon Taps AMD Radeon ProRender Technology for CINEMA 4D

OpenCL provides the platform agnostic architecture for AMD’s Radeon ProRender physically-based GPU rendering engine.

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SketchUp Is On The Web—But You Might Not Have Known

Trimble’s SketchUp has been quietly implemented in the modern web browser and users are invited into a free open beta to test it out for non-commercial usage.

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Event Shootout—Microsoft Shockingly Out Innovates Apple

In back to back PC events this week, social media is calling Microsoft the winner, and Apple the loser. Despite an innovative “Touch Bar” added to another thin beauty, the Surface Studio has got people excited.

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Graebert Annual Meeting 2016—Introducing ‘Trinity’ of CAD

Graebert and its partners continue to capitalize on the legacy of the DWG CAD file format. At this year’s Annual Meeting in Berlin, held two weeks ago, partners extolled the virtues of Graebert as both partner and technical resource, while the Berlin company announced even more expansive plans around its Trinity of CAD strategy.

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A Day Away from New Macs—One Reader’s View (And Design) of A New Pro Desktop

It’s got a handle, is sized for standard parts, it’s very expandable and best of all it features flexible CPU/GPU support and all the goodness that older pro Mac desktops posssed. We wish we could order such a Mac.

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Vectorworks Inc. Congratulates Build Earth Live Hyperloop BIM Competition Winners

BIM Unlimited, Hyper Poland, Future Architects, HyperNova, BIM Fusion, rLoop and Mobius receive awards.

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In-Brief: Bricsys Talks Adding Artificial Intelligence (AI) to DWG-based CAD System

Some quick notes on announcements and chatter at the Annual User Conference for Bricsys being held this week in Munich, Germany.

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3D Rhino-based Lands Design Now Released As Beta

A new landscape design tool has been released in beta. Lands Design is a software product that runs in McNeel’s popular Rhino modeling environment. The release suggest how powerful vertical tools can be built onto top of Rhino, and thus becoming extensible via algorithmic tools like Grasshopper.

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Vectorworks, Inc. Announces Third Annual Vectorworks Design Scholarship

Students in design fields can win up to $10,000 US dollars as part of the Vectorworks Design Scholarship, now in its third year.

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Autodesk LIVE now supports Vive and Oculus Rift

Revit users powering interactive visualizations through the new Autodesk LIVE now have access to powerful VR (virtual reality) gear in Vive and Oculus support.

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OrthoGraph I introduced for both iOS and Android—building survey app offers free mode

All new OrthoGraph I application for iOS and Android aims to enable users to create complete building survey plans faster than ever, saving time on site and reducing errors associated with paper and pencil methods.

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In German EU Countries—Nemetschek Jumps Ahead of Autodesk Says Poll

A leading German-based AEC magazine focused on competitions for tenders has published software usage data for AEC professionals, largely architects, which shows Nemetschek Group companies dominating US giant Autodesk.

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BRICSYS 2016 Coming to Munich in One Week

Next week in Munich, Bricsys NV, will host its annual developers conference on everything BricsCAD including introducing its latest version 17 release. The native DWG competitor targets directions both similar and unique to its euro cousin Graebert as both compete to win market share from US giant Autodesk.

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Graebert Annual Meeting Preview—CorelCAD, ARES, Cloud and More…

Architosh preps for Graebert’s big Annual Meeting in Berlin next week. Here is what is hot on the agenda for conference discussions and new knowledge.

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CAD / 3D News: Nvidia, Rhino, Boxx and Trimble News

We have tidbits items on Nvidia Iray and its new spherical camera for VR; plus news from Trimble and McNeel on online accounts, new domains and new company name for the former; plus BOXX has new over-clocked workstations.

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Samsung Gear and HTC Vive Lead VR Survey But Magic Leap?

There are surprises in the CGarchitect VR survey but the bigger surprise perhaps is the brewing emergence of Magic Leap and what it means for computing and where Apple fits in this story.

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Matterport Launches World’s Largest Virtual Reality (VR) Library of Real World Places

VR leader set to help expand market for “content” with new CoreVR offering that is free for 2016.

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Dr. Sarkar Reveals Details Behind Development of New Vectorworks 2017 Software

Some of the biggest feature updates in Vectorworks 2017 are discussed in detail, and we learn how the company is thinking more “multi-generational” while still being intensely customer-driven to better position itself as a leading BIM competitor.

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Open Design Alliance Announces Teigha BIM for Autodesk Revit

CAD Industry Consortium ODA Targets Autodesk’s BIM Dominance with New Teigha BIM API. Reverse-Engineered Technology Enables Competitors Access to Native Revit Files and Families.

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Nvidia Job Posting for Mac Software Engineer Points To GPU Return and OpenCL Push for Apple

Nvidia looks to be playing a key role in future Macs—new Nvidia Mac OS X centric job posts indicate Apple may be moving away from AMD in favor of what Nvidia is doing with AI with GPU compute.

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Desktop and Workstation Computers In Decline—Says Latest Industry Report

New data in Worldwide CAD Trends 2016 Survey, by Business Advantage, may suggest future directions for multi-device and multi-platform makers like Apple. Future trend data looks negative for Apple’s Mac Pro but rosy for Apple’s iPad Pro.

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London and Australia Investment Firm Inject Strata with ‘First Round’ Funding for VR/AR Enterprise Push

Funding, hiring John Wright as President, and the addition of award-winning talent—highlight Strata push into virtual and augmented reality for enterprise market. The Mac 3D software stalwart looks to be targeting expanding markets for 3D and VR & AR.

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Autodesk Finalists for 2016 AEC Excellence Awards Competition—Announced!

Autodesk announces finalists for 2016 AEC Excellence Awards Competition.

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Mac 3D/CAD News: Tekla, Fusion, Vectorworks at GreenBuild 2016 and More…

We have CAD/3D News Tidbits: Vectorworks 2017 at GREENBUILD 2016, Autodesk Fusion adds PLM, and Tekla has introduced major updates to their product line.

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OrthoGraph Teams with CadLine Ltd for Building Survey and 3D Interior Design

Joint Venture between OrthoGraph and ARCHLine aims at solving key pain points in the AEC industry with measuring existing buildings on paper and manually repeating an error-prone process with paper-to-CAD translation. New collaboration streamlines specifically for work that interior architects and decorators must do.

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Architects Head Back to School with LEARNVIRTUAL—Hybrid Learning Platform Focused on ArchiCAD In Practice

ARCHVISTA Announces LEARNVIRTUAL—Cutting Edge Learning Technology and Virtual In-Person Training at Affordable Pricing.

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