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Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP

Apple Involvement in IoT/Connected Home Limited in Short Run, Says Analyst

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.

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Apple Sep Event—Don’t Be Surprised by Big Mac Update Today

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.

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Altair updates HyperWorks 14 CAE application to serve its Aerospace customers

Altair updates HyperWorks 14 to better support the Aerospace industry.

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Music and BIM: Second BIM Brothers Music Video Out—’Faster than Ever’

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.

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Mac 3D News: Allegorithmic Adds Design Industry First to Substance Designer 5.5

Material Definition Language (MDL) authoring is now possible and Linux support increases compatibility with VFX pipelines.

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Arguably Ahead on Technology—GRAPHISOFT Aims For The Future of Practice

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.

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Dassault’s Spatial’s New 2017 version of its 3D ACIS Modeling Kernel

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.

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MAXON wins Computer Graphics World Magazine ‘Silver Edge Award’

Maxon’s Cinema 4D release 18 was selected as ‘Best of Show’ for Technology and Vision that promises to greatly impact the industry.

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Event News: Nordic BIM Academy Launches in Copenhagen 2016

Worldclass BIM event set to take center stage in Copenhagen in November—Nordic BIM Academy Copenhagen 2016

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Autodesk Releases Dynamo 1.1 Update for Computational Design

T-Splines technology gets added to Autodesk’s Dynamo computational design tool. More updates in 1.1 release…

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Analysis: Kerris’ Critique and Failed Newton Make Valuable Apple AR Lessons

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.

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Mac 3D: New V-Ray Showreel 2016 Out—Stunning Imagery

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.

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High Growth Dynamics Continue for Nemetschek Group in 2016

Nemetschek Group continues to propel itself to record financials on the basis of sound if not brilliant US-based acquisitions.

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BIM News: Nemetschek Acquires US-based Design Data—For Structural Steel Design Software

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.

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VRLA Summer Expo — Apple Essentially Missing in Action from VR Market

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.

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CAD/3D News Tidbits: Autodesk, ThinkParametric, solidThinking news

We have news tidbits from Autodesk, ThinkParametric online learning school and the upcoming solidThinking CONVERGE conference.

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Grasshopper-ArchiCAD Workflow Competition Winners Announced

Graphisoft, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software maker for architects and designers has announced the winners of its Grasshopper-ArchiCAD Workflow Competition.

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SIG: Learning about AMD’s Radeon Pro WX Graphics Card Debut

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.

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GRAPHISOFT’s BIMx Now Offers Full BIM Data Access Everywhere

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.

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SIG: Apple Graphics News—MoltenVK brings Vulkan to Apple iOS and macOS

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.

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SIG: Maxon Announces New CINEMA 4D Release 18 for Mac and Windows

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.

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Autodesk intros new LIVE visualization environment—viewer for iOS platform

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.

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Graebert Shows ARES Touch for iOS and ARES Kudo Progress—More Flexibility Than Rivals

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.

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Event: Free webinar on Cloud Rendering with Maxwell Render

Sign up for this free webinar on Maxwell Rendering with Rendicity in the Cloud.

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Inivis’s AC3D 3D 7.5 application: Adds new support for ‘Spherize’ plugin

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.

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Resist and Challenge the Inevitable: Eva Franch i Gilabert at Vectorworks Design Summit

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.

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Curators of Spatial Computation—What Autodesk Project Fractal Says About Future Architects

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.

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Vectorworks, Inc. Partners with Modelo for AEC Presentation and Collaboration Plugin

Vectorworks taps into upstart AEC industry real-time web-based collaboration tool Modelo.

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iPad News: formZ Mobile Viewer announced for iPad and iPhone

Legendary Mac developer of formZ has announced its first mobile formZ branded app in the new formZ Mobile Viewer for Apple’s iOS platform.

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Event News: Augmenting Landscape Architects’ Design Workflows with Information Modeling

New webinar on Information Modeling workflows using Vectorworks Landmark for landscape design professionals.

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Chaos Group releases new V-RAY for MODO for Mac and Windows

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.

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Cloud 3D rendering company Rendicity announces Apple Mac support

Mac users gain another professional 3D rendering in the cloud farm solution in Rendicity.

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IrisVR releases Grasshopper Plugin for IrisVR Prospect VR Application

IrisVR startup announces IrisVR Prospect plugin for McNeel’s popular Grasshopper algorithmic design software. Now the power of VR and algorithmic design optionality meet.

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Could Apple Release One Of These—External GPU Enclosure Anybody?

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.

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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.

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Correcting Misconceptions—New Vectorworks CEO Says Company Will Tout Its BIM-ness

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.

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Picture Gallery: Vectorworks Design Summit 2016 with Notes

We begin our wrap up of Design Summit timed features and stories with this Gallery of images from Chicago 2016.

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GRAPHISOFT Plays Key Role in Budapest ‘CAADence in Architecture’ Conference

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.

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If Jobs Failed Twice, Why Would Ive & Team Succeed? RIP new Mac Pro

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.

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Ouellette Talks—Ambitious Routes Abound for Expanding openBIM Mission

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.

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GRAPHISOFT announces winners of Inaugural ArchiCAD Student Design Competition

ArchiCAD Student Design Competition Winners Announced. Graphisoft North American partnered with Kitchen & Associates and AIA West Jersey.

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Notes from Apple’s WWDC Keynote—Highlights and Thoughts

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.

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Autodesk and Trimble Sign Interoperability Agreement—Customers Need Flexibility

Autodesk and Trimble sign interoperability agreement that covers both IFC and API and developer tools exchange.

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AIA 2016: Information Technologies at this Year’s Convention – Part 3

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.

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Nemetschek Forms US Strategic Base—Learn What Comes Next

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.

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AIA 2016: Information Technologies at this Year’s Convention – Part 2

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.

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AIA 2016: AIA and Autodesk announce new feature to automate 2030 Commitment reporting data

Autodesk and AIA team on new automatic reporting system via new design tool features and the new Design Data Exchange system (DDx).

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AIA 2016: Information Technologies at this Year’s Convention – Part 1

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.

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In Brief: Highlights from AIA 2016 Philly

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!

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Inflection Point: Disruptions, Platforms and Growth with Rhino + Grasshopper (Part 1)

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.

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Vectorworks Design Summit 2016—What Was Cool This Year

Architosh kicks off the first of a series of articles on what was shown and discussed at this year’s Vectorworks Design Summit.

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New SCIA Engineer 16 announced—delivers 350+ updates structural engineering app

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.

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Thornton Tomasetti Launches Software Development Firm

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.

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GRAPHISOFT’s Grasshopper-ArchiCAD Live Connection

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.

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GRAPHISOFT announces new ArchiCAD 20—Fresh Look at BIM

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.

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Design Summit: Vectorworks CEO Dr. Sarkar Reveals Technology Road Map

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.

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More News of Twinmotion-Abvent Merger: Switching Heads of Development

Head of KA-RA at Twinmotion will lead new combined Abvent unit.

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NAB: Autodesk acquires the Arnold Renderer and its development team

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.

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NAB: Nvidia Iray and Cinema 4D for Architecture—Live Event

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.

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Twinmotion developer KA-RA has joined the Abvent Group

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.

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