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Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP

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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Autodesk and Frame just put Revit on the Mac, Officially

As hinted at back when Architosh first spoke to Frame’s founder, Autodesk has officially backed certified versions of Autodesk Revit and AutoCAD for the Frame Cloud

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AU 2015: Autodesk Sees Future in ‘SeeControl’ Acquisition, Offers New IoT Cloud Service

Product manufactures want to offer customers new services, powered by intelligence in front of real product use data—streaming from sensors to cloud platforms like Autodesk SeeControl—where manufactures and customers can gain insightful knowledge and benefits.

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AU 2015: Autodesk declares ‘New World Order’ in Construction Document Management

Project Alexandria Technology Preview to become new commercial offering in early 2016 as Autodesk BIM 360 Docs—Features Apps just for Apple’s iOS Platform

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Tidbits: SketchUp, V-ray and Autodesk University News

Mac and iOS CAD and 3D News: We have brief news items on SketchUp 2016 and V-Ray 2.0 support (a free update), plus news on Autodesk University 2015 running this week.

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Apple’s Virtual Reality story portends poorly for Mac OS X Pros—at least in the short term

While Apple may in fact have exciting virtual reality (VR) plans of its own, the Oculus Rift termination of OS X is going to sting Apple’s Mac professional customers at a time when in some industries, like AEC, the growth of the Mac is booming. Sadly, it affects developers who are creating key and exciting tools that cut across both platforms…and they are creating these tools on Mac hardware.

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Interview: Dr. Biplab Sarkar talks to Architosh about Vectorworks 2016

In this interview Architosh learns more details about Vectorworks 2016 and some specific technologies such as the Project Sharing features, based on tech similar to Git as well as information about Marionette and the new SubD modeling features.

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Browser CAD Wars—Autodesk responds by launching Project Leopard

Autodesk has revealed its stealthy Project Leopard, bringing Fusion 360 to users “a la” Onshape—a company that perhaps will offer the software giant its biggest mCAD competition in the near future. While this development foretells of an emerging war between two CAD rivals, it means much more for industry directions in general.

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Architosh launches new tablets in Architecture research survey

In our first tablets in Architectural practice research survey, we aim to study how tablet computers may impact the architectural process with a particular emphasis on design and pre-design phases. Of particular note, the new iPad Pro with Pencil ushers in the potential for revolutionary change.

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Viewpoint: How Apple’s iPad Pro and devices like it will change Architecture

In this Viewpoint feature Architosh editor-in-chief discusses the future of tablets in architectural practice, what technologies are doing behind the scenes to drive adoption and workflow transformation and just as importantly, offers a forward-looking perspective regarding the fusion of the power of analog tools that have not been usurped by the desktop but may be imitated in devices like the Apple iPad Pro with Pencil.

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Tidbits: Revit 2016 update, SketchUp and Lumion news

Mac CAD and 3D News Tidbits: We have news items on Autodesk Revit’s latest update, SketchUp 3D Basecamp event dates for next year and the upcoming Lumion 6 is coming in just days….

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Vectorworks, Inc. acquires ESP Vision to enhance Design and Visualization workflows

Vectorworks, Inc., has made a line-extension acquisition for Vectorworks Spotlight, swooping up ESP Vision and its Vision Pro lighting design and pre-visualization software for PC and Mac.

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GRAPHISOFT to share insights into OPEN BIM at RTC Europe 2015

Graphisoft will be attending the RTC Europe 2015 event in Budapest later this month, discussing Open BIM.

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Graebert Annual Meeting—ARES Breaks Down Walls in CAD

Architosh is pleased to present our feature special report on Graebert’s Annual Meeting in Berlin held two weeks ago. The German CAD company specializes in serving the global CAD community via its highly valued ARES native DWG-file based 2/3D CAD technology, a complete solution which OEMs can license, modify and rebrand as their own. The company has a growing array of top-tier partners—both industry stalwarts and emerging starlets—like Onshape.

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Apple’s Enterprise Strategy: Japan’s largest AEC companies going ‘all iPad’

Coming out of news from last week’s Graebert Annual Event in Berlin, a major CAD company in Germany with massive global reach via its partners, Architosh learned that Japan’s largest AEC firms—true enterprise behemoths—are standardizing around Apple iOS, particularly for its tablets in AEC applications…applications that include CAD such as ARES Touch. As a result, Graebert has announced support of iOS.

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Berlin CAD Event: Graebert announces first ‘full-featured’ DWG-based CAD software for Apple iPad and iPhone

A preliminary version of ARES Touch for iOS revealed at the Graebert Annual Meeting. It’s expected to hit the market in 2016 and be as powerful as ARES Touch for Android, which is currently the most featured CAD solution for DWG editing on tablets and smartphones.

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Graebert intros new ARES Commander 2016 CAD system for Mac, Windows and Linux

The latest version of ARES Commander 2016 has been introduced by Graebert of Berlin, Germany. Architosh is there at the Graebert Annual Event in Berlin and will have more information to follow as new and other announcements follow.

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Featured Video: Vectorworks 2016—An Introduction

In this featured video, Architosh showcases the latest Vectorworks 2016 product highlights, including its industry-first Marionette technology, the first such algorithmic visual scripting environment included in a leading BIM application, plus nearly a dozen top key new features and nearly 100 improvements. Vectorworks 2016 looks to be one of the top software updates the AECO industry over the next year.

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Mac CAD market looks ‘rich’ compared to years past: Heated global competition drives up goodies

The design and manufacturing industries are worth $12 trillion annually, representing a massive and growing industrial segment which Apple has a big possible role to take place in. It used to be Apple had the hardware but lacked the software. Today, that software ‘issue’ is melting away faster than a snow cone in Tempe, Arizona. For once, the Mac CAD eco-system is looking truly ‘rich’

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Mac CAD News: Visionary Silicon Valley firm joins Onshape Team

Legendary Silicon Valley innovator and venture capitalist firm comes on board cloud-based MCAD disruptor Onshape with $80 million financing round. Onshape utterly destroys the old platform hegemony pressures in the CAD world, opening up innovative design work across multiple OSs and mobile devices as well.

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Amy Bunszel of Autodesk talks to Architosh about AutoCAD, Mac and the new iPad Pro

Apple delivered on longstanding rumors of a more powerful, larger iOS driven iPad—the new iPad Pro—but stunned many in the IT community with its superbly executed new Apple Pencil and new physical keyboard smart cover. Select software developers, like Autodesk, were invited to get their hands on the iPad Pro early. In this interview Amy Bunszel, VP for AutoCAD at Autodesk, talks to Architosh about what the iPad Pro makes possible for AutoCAD in mobile, discusses the new hardware inputs like Pencil versus Touch and also provides readers a snippet about what’s important and going on with AutoCAD on Mac.

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Autodesk intros massive Fusion 360 update for the Fall

Autodesk this week announced a big fall update to its Fusion 360 mechanical and product design software platform for Mac and Windows systems.

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Smelling blood, HP pounces on Apple’s Pro Mac market

HP comes out swinging at Apple with brazen marketing message that Apple’s Mac Pro customers are moving to Z

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Bentley Systems acquires 3D nature software maker e-on Software

In a bit of a surprise but in a logical move, Bentley Systems has acquired 3D software maker e-on software of France, the makers of the popular VUE line of 3D natural scenery generating tools, plus PlantFactory and its new-ish and quite strong LumenRT for design professionals like architects and engineers.

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AppTalk: New ArcSite for iOS aims to reboot mobile CAD

New ArcSite is a brand new iOS mobile CAD app for the Apple iPad. It is the first such mobile CAD tool, on any mobile platform, to feature ‘real-time’ shape recognition while you draw, quickly turning non-straight lines into straight ones, wobbly squares into perfect squares and so forth.

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Golf legend Jack Nicklaus’ design firm taps Perfect Parallel’s software tech, available for Mac, Windows and Linux

For the very first time ever…golf gaming on PC is going to take a big leap with course design tools that work across both Mac, Windows and Linux inside the Perfect Golf game by Perfect Parallel. But there is so much more to this story than this…including the incorporation of these tools in the professional course design world at Nicklaus Design

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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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