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Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP

How BIG’s influence can reframe the role of BIM in Architecture

Architosh is pleased to present this special feature on Bjarke Ingels Group, famed Danish architecture firm. Several weeks ago we got a chance to talk to BIG’s Jakob Andreassen, BIM Manager at BIG Copenhagen, about the architectural practice, its design methodology and perspective on the use of computerized software—particularly BIM.

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OnShape licenses new Graebert technology for Cloud-based MCAD

Hot new little CAD startup by SolidWorks vets, OnShape, has partnered with Germany’s well-regarded Graebert GmbH to license the former’s secret Cloud CAD technology.

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Hollywood film “Chappie” rendered with PipelineFX’s Qube!

Image Engine VFX house uses PipelineFX’s Qube! render farm software for the movie Chappie.

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Architosh Reader Survey: Sharing Some Feedback

We briefly discuss the ongoing Architosh Reader Feedback Survey and what some folks are sharing…and hope you can help us by taking it as well. Plus, you gain a chance to win a free Apple Watch Sport!

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Luxion’s growth means new US Headquarters

Luxion continues to grow and expands its offices in the US with a new location in Brookline near Boston and new US headquarters in Orange County, California.

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BIM6x Launches new Template Kits for ArchiCAD 18

BIM6x is an ArchiCAD-based BIM specialist firm and now is offering three new powerfully useful ArchiCAD template “kits” containing hundreds of template settings, features, library items, instructional manuals and sample files for ArchiCAD 18.

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Nemetschek Vectorworks launches Chinese version of Vectorworks 2015

Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., releases Chinese language version of Vectorworks 2015 to Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese market.

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ASCON’s new Renga Architecture may look promising but it disregards Apple’s Mac

Renga Architecture from Russia’s ASCON is now available but only for Microsoft’s Windows platforms.

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solidThinking Inc. introduces new solidThinking Evolve 2015

Altair’s solidThinking, Inc. is calling Evolve 2015 the ultimate hybrid modeling and rendering software and the program features brand new PolyNURBS tools, cutting edge rendering and lots more.

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Nemetschek Group yields strongest growth with record year in 2014

The Nemetschek Group has announced its fiscal 2014 financial earnings, showing record setting improvements in margins and revenue growth. The Group, with divisional revenues comparable to 25 percent world number one rival Autodesk, sees accelerated growth in 2015. Vectorworks and Graphisoft as brands are driving international momentum.

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3D Hubs report shows most popular 3D Modeling software is SolidWorks

Global local 3D printer “connector” company published report on most popular 3D modeling formats sent to the agency for 3D printing jobs. Report hints at global popularity of CAD and 3D softwares.

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Looking at new AutoCAD 2016 and What Lies Ahead for Mac version

Autodesk’s new AutoCAD 2016 is out and here are the key features—plus some thoughts about what might wish to make it into the Mac version when it gets updated later this year.

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Digital-Tutors Offers Free Tutorial on Architosh: ‘Quickly Rendering Architectural Visualization with Maya and Maxwell Render’

Architosh and Digital-Tutors partner to offer free online learning for architectural visualization. Gain free exclusive access to training on Autodesk Maya and Maxwell Render and sharpen your presentation skills. Readers are gain special Architosh pricing on full memberships.

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Russia’s new Renga Architecture takes aim at US & Germany dominated Architectural CAD/BIM market

Russia’s new Renga Architecture is a new 3D BIM like CAD tool for the AEC industry and soon to be officially released to the market. ASCON is the software house behind this new tool.

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‘Rocky Steps’ Pave Path for upcoming Vectorworks Users Appreciation Party at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Is Vectorworks Architect the Rocky Balboa of architectural CAD or BIM? Perhaps yes, perhaps no. In either case, Vectorworks users will have a chance to relive the famous moment from the famed Rocky movie while they ascend same Philadelphia steps next month at the Vectorworks Users Design Summit.

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Product Review: IMSI Design TurboCAD Mac Pro 8

Architosh reviews the latest version of IMSI/Design’s TurboCAD Mac Pro 8. Since 2006 the company returned to the Mac CAD market with its leading TurboCAD product lineup and the native Mac code-based versions offer compelling solutions at various levels of the low to mid-level CAD space. Powered by the power Spatial ACIS geometry modeling kernel, TurboCAD Mac Pro 8 offers many new modeling features plus rendering, workspace/workflow and much more.

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OTOY unveils huge update to OctaneRender 3—World’s leading GPU Renderer

OTOY’s massive update announcement for Octane Render 3 contains information on stunning industry-first features. The GPU renderer runs on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and now the cloud.

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OTOY unveils OctaneVR, the world’s first production-ready renderer for VR, AR and Holographic Cinema—completely free for commercial use

OctaneVR lets artists on any budget create hyper-realistic cinematic experiences for VR and AR using a free, feature-complete version of OTOY’s acclaimed OctaneRender VFX software. The new tool will be available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.

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Mac stalwart innovator interviewed on CAD Digest: Runs through history of formZ

formZ founder and Mac 3D software luminary Dr. Chris Yessios, discusses all things formZ and modeling including the future of his program in a very informative interview at CAD Digest. We summarize a few highlights and add our analysis to what we learned.

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Khronos speaks to Architosh about the new Vulkan Graphics API: What it Means

In this special feature Architosh digs into the main elements behind the new Vulkan graphics and compute GPU API in a discussion with The Khronos Group president Neil Trevett to get at what all this means for computing and graphics going forward.

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Autodesk “detects a tremor in the Force”—Emerging OnShape means one certainty: Apple Mac users win

OnShape’s big press coverage this week has required the response of market leading CAD company Autodesk to rightfully respond. But in doing so, has the response merely signaled the significance this company poses in the market? In the end it probably doesn’t matter much. And the loser in this story isn’t going to be likely either of these companies. One thing is for sure, we know exactly why Apple wins.

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MAXON Heads to SXSW 2015 Trade Show and Gaming Expo

The maker of the acclaimed Mac and Windows 3D software CINEMA 4D, heads to Austin, Texas for SXSW 2015—will be showcasing its professional 3D software technology and applications suitable for the gaming expo crowd and for all forms of designers and makers.

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3D News: CL3VER Releases All New CL3VER 3.0

CL3VER of Spain and Palo Alto, California, has announced the latest version of its 3D interactive tool, CL3VER 3.0.

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Boston area startup OnShape Re-invents CAD—In the Cloud and Platform Agnostic

A startup in Boston backed by MCAD veterans—OnShape—has finally unveiled its innovative fully cloud-based MCAD software, now a public beta, and the news of the unveiling has been rather well embraced, including a spread in the Boston Globe.

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PipelineFX’s Qube! releases Autodesk VRED job type

Autodesk’s VRED rendering and presentation solution for the automotive and related industry is now supported by PipelineFX’s leading render farm application Qube!—providing enhanced functionality for both types of users specifically working in the auto design industry.

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GDC 2015: Top Tech Announcements in the Gaming World

An Architosh round-up of some of the biggest news from the Game Developers Conference (2015) in San Francisco this past week.

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Five Things Apple users might want to know about the new Vulkan Graphics API

We discuss five issues about Vulkan and its impact on Apple in both desktop and mobile markets, and this article is chock full of info not yet contained in our other Vulkan reports.

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Event: GRAPHISOFT hosts live webinar on BIMx and BIMx Pro

GRAPHISOFT hosting a BIMx live webinar to review the latest changes in the award-winning mobile BIM tools for iOS and Android that empower architects to bring their BIM model and linked 2D documents with them in the field and anywhere they go.

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The Future of Graphics: Introducing Vulkan—Heir Apparent to OpenGL / OpenGL ES

Khronos Group, the stewards of computer industry open standards like OpenGL and WebGL, have announced the Vulkan, a next-generation graphics API system and replacement to industry-standard and leading OpenGL and OpenGL ES.

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Allegorithmic goes ‘Rent-to-Own’ with Substance Live

Allegorithmic solves subscribe versus own software debate with solution that meets the user half-way and provides more flexibility for the financial bottom lines of artists and studios.

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AXYZ Design releases an(i)ma 1.7.1 for Mac OS X users

An(i)ma goes Mac for CINEMA 4D with new release 1.7.1 for Mac OS X. Now Mac 3D artists using the popular Cinema 4D software have the fastest stand-alone character animation application in the industry.

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Analysis: How Surface Pro 3 May Help Apple Mac Share Numbers

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet is seeing strong growth, but the numbers are still small. In this analysis we look at how the Surface Pro 3, and units like it, can actually contribute to Mac vs PC share growth.

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UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site Goes Interactive with LightWave 3D and Unity

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s master work the Villa Tugendhat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Czech Republic city of Brno, has been masterly reproduced by InterMOCA utilizing a complete LightWave 3D workflow. The result is a stunning reproduction that includes full interactive virtual experiences of a modern architectural master piece.

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GRAPHISOFT updates BIMx and creates BIMx Pro

GRAPHISOFT has introduced a dramatically simplified setup with its licensing options for architects and their project stakeholders in a BIM workflow with new capabilities with BIMx PRO and BIMx Modeling Sharing via in-app purchases.

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Analysis: How PC to Mac unit ratio will reach 1991 levels by 2019

The PC to Mac units ratio saw its worst days back in 1991 and its best days back in 2004. But for ten years now, the Mac has been gaining substantially on the PC and should reach its 1991 levels within the next five years.

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Looking at solidThinking Inspire 2014 for Architectural Design

In this companion feature article to our latest product review on Inspire 2014, Architosh looks at the specific nature of using solidThinking Inspire for architectural design.

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Concepts by TopHatch updates Sketching and CAD on iPad

Concepts continues to evolve nicely with an evolving suite of tools that bridge the divide between CAD and sketching. Concepts runs on your Apple iPad and works with the latest digital pen tools.

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CL3VER Announces CL3VER 3.0—Visualization Platform for Interactive Presentations

Cloud based platform adds automatic real-time lightmap technology making CL3VER 3.0 game changing for 3D visualization and project storytelling.

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Informatix updates Piranesi to version 6.0.3

Latest version of the architectural visualization tool now features updated plugin for SketchUp 8 and add-ons for Revit 2015.

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ILEXSOFT of Italy releases new HighDesign 2015–Mac OS X Only Professional CAD Software

Ilexsoft delivers a stunning new update in HighDesign 2015, in both Professional and Standard editions, the Italian and OS X only CAD program features a new radial menu system plus a “responsive” UI design, a first in the CAD industry to our knowledge.

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3 Million plus DraftSight users to receive access to New Plugins by Graebert and Dassault Systemes

Graebert of Germany and Dassault Systemes of France announce new plugins for DraftSight 2D CAD program which has grown to 3 million users worldwide. The news comes this week via SolidWorks World 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Autodesk CEO Carl Bass Talks Shop: Design Differently with Fusion 360

Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, lays out how to Design Differently in a blog posts about Fusion 360 and the How and Why of where Autodesk sees product design.

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Chief Architect Software announces Chief Architect X7

Chief Architect X7 is the latest version, out in beta for now, and soon to be released in the Q1, 2015 for the architectural and builder markets. The Mac and Windows CAD/BIM software also has a companion iOS app.

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Architosh publishes Mac professional workstation survey results

In this special feature report, Architosh publishes the results of its first workstation survey conducted in late 2014 and aimed at understanding the pro (professional) desktop needs of numerous customers Apple refers to as Mac pros. Not to be confused with the product Mac Pro, today Apple’s Mac pros work across its iMac range in numerous industries, including and importantly to this publication, the Architecture industry.

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Apple’s Mammoth Quarterly Results: Architosh Insights

Architosh discusses highlights of Apple’s most recent and landmark Quarter 1, 2015 fiscal results, while providing unique insights and perspective–especially with regards to Mac and emerging markets.

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FileMaker launches the FileMaker Community with five free developer videos

Free resources for successfully building custom business solutions for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web using FileMaker tools.

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ArchiCAD firm Urban Strategies Inc. wins prestigious awards for innovative designs

GRAPHISOFT, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) architectural software developer, has announced that Urban Strategies, a GRAPHISOFT client based in Toronto, Canada, has won a number of prestigious awards for work recently completed in Singapore, all designed using ArchiCAD

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PanzerCAD’s Cameramatch is now available for Vectorworks 2015

Latest version of PanzerCAD Cameramatch for 2015 is shipping for Vectorworks 2015 users giving them the ability to match the 3D environment within this popular CAD program to a photograph.

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Product Review: solidThinking Inspire 2014

In this product review, Architosh looks at the unique solidThinking Inspire 2014 CAE-based industrial design and architecture design tool for optimizing parts and structures for weight and strength. Using the company’s unrivaled “morphogenesis” technology designers see inspiration in unique responses to forces and stress that minimize mass while retaining strength responses to loads and forces.

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Special Feature: The State of the Union on Mac CAD

Architosh delivers an update on the state of progress on Mac CAD industries, citing facts, figures, industry player views, and notes on the latest developments in new software products for the industry.

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Side Effects Software Releases Houdini 14 for Mac, Windows and Linux

Side Effects Software has released the new Houdini 14 this month for cross-platform visualization on Mac, Windows and Linux. Houdini ships in two major versions and the latest release supports new crowd instancing technology and a new multi-phyics dynamics system.

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Editorial: ARM-based Macs are a bad idea for Apple’s growing Mac professional base

In this article the merits and liabilities of Apple migrating its Macs to ARM architectures are discussed, with references to current and past articles highlighting the many issues.

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OrthoGraph of Hungary is Looking for Partners for International Network

OrthoGraph of Hungary is looking for partners for its growing international partner network. OrthoGraph Architect 3D is a leading app for measuring existing conditions and works with laser equipment.

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Autodesk introduces new 123D Sculpt+—a new app for sculpting and 3D printing

Autodesk introduces next version of 123D Sculpt with Sculpt+ with in-app 3D printing ordering abilities

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Mac 3D News: Open-source Blender gets update to version 2.73

The latest version of Blender, build 2.73, now features a full-screen user-interface, numerous new features, improved Collada and FBX support, etc. Blender runs on Mac, Windows and Linux.

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Tidbits: The iPhone turned 8 this past week, and AIA National Atlanta is open for registration

In some news today we have tidbits on AIA National 2015 in Atlanta where President Bill Clinton will give the keynote, plus the iPhone turned 8 years old this past weekend.

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Product Review: Nemetschek Vectorworks Architect 2015

In this product review we take a detailed stroll through the big main VGM, BIM and 2D features in the latest version of Vectorworks Architect 2015. Introduced this past fall, Vectorworks 2015 advances on the 3D front while still providing refinements and interesting additions to those who enjoy its many 2D features.

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President Bill Clinton to Deliver Keynote Speech at 2015 AIA National Convention

President Bill Clinton will be headlining the AIA National Convention in Atlanta this coming May, as he delivers the keynote address for the annual convention and exhibition for US architects.

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Next Limit releases free RealFlow Render Kit 2014

Next Limit has announced RealFlow RenderKit 2014 is now free and available for download for RealFlow 2014 users.

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BIM goes RAP and welcome to the Spider Dress

We have some interesting news items here on a new ‘BIM Brothers’ Rap video…as well as news of the Spider Dress. Check it out!

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