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Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP

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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In-Focus: PlanGrid for Apple iOS and Android and Desktop has new RFI Lifecycle Solution

PlanGrid’s new RFI module tackles the time-wasting RFI process from within the context of a drawing collaboration and centralized storage app, offering advantages not seen in other solutions.

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Thinkbox Software has new Deadline 7 Software for creatives on Mac

In this article we look at the new Deadline 7 rendering farm management system with its associated tools and the technology that takes it across platform to OS X and Linux. Deadline 7 is from KRATATOA’s maker, Thinkbox Software.

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Architosh Looks Back at 2014 for Mac CAD and 3D

In this report we look back at the year’s biggest news for our coverage markets and make some predictions of what to watch in 2015.

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Architosh to publish its Mac Workstation Survey Study in January 2015

Architosh will publish its first survey study on Mac workstation hardware use by pro users in January of 2015. The survey will answer key questions, summarize diverse workflow cases and provide detailed guidance to pro Mac users.

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GRAPHISOFT Sweden IFC Guide International Version 2.0 Available on Apple iBook Store

GRAPHISOFT Sweden has an available IFC Guide International Edition Version 2 out as an Apple iBook. The BIM IFC guide is instructive and can be attained via the iTunes Store.

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GRAPHISOFT partners with buildingSMART Korea to foster national BIM standards

Open BIM gains further adherents and supporters in Graphisoft and buildingSMART Korea partnership. The new understanding will lead to national BIM standards for Korea that are Open BIM based and support the mutual goals of all stakeholders in the AECO space

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Autodesk Talks to Architosh about AutoCAD for Mac 2015—Features, Parity and Market Segments

In this special feature article Micah Dickerson, Product Manager for Autodesk AutoCAD for Mac product line, shares with us more background behind the latest 2015 version and why this product is finding success despite market dispersion across a vast array of industry segments. We also cover the four major new features in summary fashion and how they attest to the Mac version’s success.

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Mac 3D News: Siemens releases new Parasolid v27.1 geometry modeling kernel

Siemens PLM Software has updated the geometry modeling kernel known as Parasolid to version 27.1, adding numerous enhancements which will aid delivery of key feature improvements to CAD application developers.

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Smithsonian Creates First-Ever Digital 3D Presidential Portrait in President Obama

US President Barack Obama is the first to get an all digital process Portrait Bust—created using today’s cutting edge digital tools

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Chaos Group releases V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max SPI

Chaos Group’s latest V-Ray 3.0 for Autodesk 3ds Max Service Pack 1 has so many new features the group is feeling like it’s the next version of V-Ray

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NEMETSCHEK GROUP launches new corporate design and website

The NEMETSCHEK GROUP launches new corporate look and website and promises to unify the group’s presentation to the international AECO community. The parent company owns promising software brands in ArchiCAD, CINEMA 4D, Vectorworks, Bluebeam and Scia.

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In-Brief: Rhynamo is now Open Source

New open source project Rhynamo is now available to download

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Graebert ships ARES Commander 2015 CAD Lineup for Windows, Mac and Linux

Graebert now officially shipping new ARES Commander 2015 CAD product line—including access to ARES Touch DWG native CAD authoring solution for mobile Android

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Luxion and 3D Systems Partner to Enhance Visual Quality in Product Development

Luxion and 3D Systems partner to help bring KeyShot’s power in visualization to the product design and development market merging with its 3D printing systems

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e-on software ships Carbon Scatter 2015 for 3D generated digital landscapes

e-on software ships Carbon Scatter 2015 for Maya, 3ds and CINEMA 4D integration

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Nemetschek Vectorworks Named to The Baltimore Sun ‘Top Workplaces’ List

Nemetschek Vectorworks earns spot on Top 100 Places to Work for as listed by the Baltimore Sun

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‘Trimble Connected’—Bacus Discusses SketchUp 2015 and Growing Trimble Roles

In this special feature interview, John Bacus of Trimble’s SketchUp division talks to Architosh about the latest SketchUp 2015—the second release of the product in one year—and helps put the product into the larger Trimble context–particularly Trimble Connect.

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LightWave 2015 Released—New Pricing and Many New Features

The LightWave Group advances its namesake primary software package in new LightWave 2015, adding new features across the board.

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AU: Autodesk announces Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit

Autodesk unveils A360 Collaborate for Revit cloud-based BIM teamwork and collaboration platform for building and infrastructure projects

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In-Focus: A Look at Pixar’s All New RenderMan 19—3D Animation Software

In this In-Focus news report we cover all the details of the release of Pixar’s RenderMan 19, recently released in late November, including details on the product group reformation, new licensing and the free license, plus a backgrounder on the special video series where Dr. Ed Catmull talks about the future of RenderMan and a whole lot more.

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In-Focus: A Look at CL3VER on the iPad—Visualization Tool for Architects

The CL3VER software as a service (SaaS) story continues to unfold as the company recently releases Revit plugin plus long-awaited dedicated iPad app—the app delivers configurator functionality and a whole lot more….

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GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD is “BIM Product of the Year” in the UK for Fourth Year in a Row

GRAPHISOFT has announced this week that ArchiCAD 18 has won the prestigious BIM Product of the Year award at the ninth annual Construction Computing Magazine Awards in the United Kingdom.

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