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News: AECO

01 - Bluebeam's updated Revu 2 for iPad offers new features like measurement calibration, PDF form filling and more.

Bluebeam Lands in Boston—Job Openings Point To Web Directions

Pasadena-based Bluebeam, Inc., a thriving AEC software developer—and a subsidiary of German AEC software holdings giant Nemetschek SE—has established a Boston office. New job posts there signal new development directions.

OrthoGraph Announces Winner of Fire Investigation Webinar Contest
Autodesk Announces Its CEO, Carl Bass, Is Stepping Down
Event News: More Details Emerge on GRAPHISOFT User Conference Coming to Las Vegas
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Bluebeam’s Founding CEO Exits Company—CTO and Founding Member Don Jacob Named Interim CEO

Nemetschek’s Bluebeam Inc. gets a new interim CEO in internal CTO leader Don Jacob as company co-founder Richard Lee steps down.

Architecture, Affairs and Cost Overruns—Jeff Bridges to Star as Mies in Farnsworth House Story

Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal to co-star in biopic drama piece on the tumultuous relationship that brought the German architect one of his most famous masterwork commissions.

dRofus is a perfect strategic fit for the Nemetschek Group

News: MCAD

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Onshape Intros Sheet Metal Design Tools—Coming Next Update

Onshape is the only professional 3D CAD system to offer sheet metal designers and manufacturers simultaneous and synchronized flat, folded, and tabular views. New Sheet Metal Design Tools coming to Onshape in upcoming release offer the Cambridge-based MCAD startup another industry leading edge.

HOOPS Communicator 2017 Improves Performance—Advances 3D Web Visualization
Apple iOS Gets Improvements in Mobile CAD in Recent HOOPS Exchange Technology
MCAD News: Onshape Takes Lead On ‘In-Context’ Design
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Autodesk Announces Its CEO, Carl Bass, Is Stepping Down

Board undergoes CEO search while, board members will resign while Autodesk’s own Amar Hanspal will hold reigns in the interim.

Belgium-based Bricsys Announces New BricsCAD V17.1.18-1 for Mac

The native DWG AutoCAD competitor says BricsCAD (Mac) V17 is a complete BricsCAD version and has the same features as BricsCAD (Linux), with lots of new features, improvements, and fixes.

News: CAID

02 - In-context editing in action with the latest update to Onshape.

MCAD News: Onshape Takes Lead On ‘In-Context’ Design

Onshape’s new In-Context design features take a leading position within the MCAD industry with respect to top-down design in complex multi-part and multi-assembly design. The latest update brings these to users in addition to other enhancements.

Rhino for Mac Price Goes Up Jan 1—Mac Version Nearly Complete
Trimble Announces New SketchUp 2017—New Graphics Pipeline 2.0
Graebert Introduces its “Trinity of CAD”
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New Motion and Visualization Features Headline 2017 Release of solidThinking Inspire and Evolve

Engineers and industrial designers gain great new features in latest releases of solidThinking Inspire 2017 and solidThinking Evolve 2017.

Luxion Releases Keyshot 6.3—Advanced Rendering Tool

Luxion continues to expand support for the widest array of 3D product development software packages serving MCAD industries.

Instead of binding data and applications into one giant experience, we are separating them. - Amar Hanspal, Autodesk

News: Visualization

Allegorithmic Releases New Substance Designer 6—Material Authoring Tool

Substance Designer 6 comes with new filters dedicated to scan processing to help 3D artists build a complete workflow of ready-to-use, clean tiling materials adaptable to photogrammetry.

Abvent’s New Artlantis 6.5—Unlimited Render Nodes and More

Abvent releases new Artlantis 6.5 with unlimited render nodes for free and Twinmotion support.

News: Animation & VFX

Khronos Places OpenGL and OpenGL ES Conformance Tests into Open Source

Developer community can contribute to test development and evolution; open source 3D API implementations can freely use tests to increase quality.

Next Limit Announces 10th Version of Acclaimed RealFlow Animation Software

The industry-standard animation software for fluid simulation has reached version 10 and now includes new pricing in addition to new technologies.

News: Game Design

Report Says VR Awareness Rising—But Which Brands Surprises…

Virtual Reality Headsets may be on the rise in the minds of American consumers, but industry report clearly shows that the brands that are dominating are not the brands one thinks of as much if they are coming at VR from the professional industrial markets.

Unity Technologies Releases Unity 5.5 for Gaming and AR/VR Industries

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.

News: Apple

01 - Nobody knows for sure if Apple is truly working on AR glasses with Carl Ziess AG, but Apple did file patents for such glasses quite awhile ago.

While Study Shows VR Taking Off—Apple Plans Indicate Augmented Reality (AR) Direction

Yes, VR is getting better known and 2017 will no doubt be a big year for virtual reality. But Apple seems to have other plans and in an ironic twist hopefully its AR plans can address industrial markets (not consumer) where Microsoft’s Hololens is making good traction.

Group behind OpenGL Aims to Establish VR (Virtual Reality) Standards Initiative
The Photo App Every Architect Should Love—Meet Aurora HDR 2017 for Mac
Event Shootout—Microsoft Shockingly Out Innovates Apple
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Mental Canvas—The Radical New Drawing App You Haven’t Heard Of

Mental Canvas is an innovative and original new drawing application that put its user and viewers in the 3rd dimension. The app looks to be great for architects and those who sketch out spatial ideas. Alas, it is developed for Microsoft’s Surface devices at first.

Just An Emoji Gimmick?—CAD Developers Weigh In On Apple’s Touch Bar

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.

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