Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP
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.
Substance Designer 5.6 offers new sets of filters useful for working with image scans in particular as well as existing image textures.
OrthoGraph’s webinars offer chance to win survey software system plus Leica laser distance meter.
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.
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.
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.
Autodesk has just released its most Mac-centric version of AutoCAD ever. And the company continues deep investment in its most famous product.
Autodesk announces new versions of AutoCAD for Mac—2017 releases of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.
Khronos Group aims to establish VR industry standard to help create greater end-user options, portability between solutions and accelerate adoption of virtual reality.
Engineers and industrial designers gain great new features in latest releases of solidThinking Inspire 2017 and solidThinking Evolve 2017.
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.
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.
The industry-standard animation software for fluid simulation has reached version 10 and now includes new pricing in addition to new technologies.
French software company, Abvent, has dominated the first annual Digital Transition Plan for Buildings Awards held in Paris, France on 29 November 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Industry-standard and leading photo-realistic rendering application, V-Ray, is now integrated into Autodesk’s BIM application Revit.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Is Silicon Valley creating technologies that bring us together, or push as apart?
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.
GRAPHISOFT has again took top prize in the BIM Product of the Year category at The Hammers.
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.
Software publisher Encore has released Evolution Software’s latest update in ViaCAD 10 for macOS and Windows platforms.
Robert Anderson, VP, of Vectorworks presents the new BIMobject App for Vectorworks.
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.
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.
OpenCL provides the platform agnostic architecture for AMD’s Radeon ProRender physically-based GPU rendering engine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BIM Unlimited, Hyper Poland, Future Architects, HyperNova, BIM Fusion, rLoop and Mobius receive awards.
Some quick notes on announcements and chatter at the Annual User Conference for Bricsys being held this week in Munich, Germany.
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.
Students in design fields can win up to $10,000 US dollars as part of the Vectorworks Design Scholarship, now in its third year.
Revit users powering interactive visualizations through the new Autodesk LIVE now have access to powerful VR (virtual reality) gear in Vive and Oculus support.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VR leader set to help expand market for “content” with new CoreVR offering that is free for 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Autodesk announces finalists for 2016 AEC Excellence Awards Competition.
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.
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.
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.