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News: AECO

Autodesk Introduces New AutoCAD 2018

Autodesk announces new AutoCAD 2018 versions of leading CAD product line. Deeper PDF to CAD integrations headline new features.

CloudCities Update Brings Procedural Terrain and Advanced Search

AEC industry software upstart, CloudCities, has updated their namesake cloud-based application again and this time added procedural terrain support with seasonal visual support and advanced search features.

Needing extra rendering power quickly isn’t new, and it isn’t going away,” said Richard Lewis, CEO of PipelineFX.

News: MCAD

Autodesk’s AutoCAD Gets Cheetah Solver from Cloud Invent

Israeli-based Cloud Invent has built a replacement parametric solver for AutoCAD that the company says revolutionizes the way users work.

Dassault’s Spatial Corp Partners with Distene on 3D Mesh Technology Critical to Simulation

Spatial Corp partners with Distene of France to provide 3D Precise Mesh product, enabling reduced iterative workflows working with CAD-to-mesh procedures in FEA and simulations.

News: CAID

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.

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.

Archisnapper's developers say their app saves architects hours of time and stress.

News: Visualization

01 - Arrow by Zoic Studios shown here using Phoenix FD 3 application technology. Image: Chaos Group. All rights reserved.

Fluid Dynamics for Maya—Chaos Group Releases New Phoenix FD 3 Plugin

Smoke, fire, liquids and oceans simulations are all new possible directly inside Autodesk Maya. Chaos Group brings popular plugin Phoenix FD 3 to the top 3D package in the M&E industry.

GDC: Khronos Reveals API Updates and New Working Group at Game Developers Conference
Ultra-fast Redshift Render Comes to Houdini
Formerly Autodesk LIVE—Revit Live 1.7 Intros This Week
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Highly Anticipated V-Ray 3 for SketchUp Released—Dramatically Simplified and Powerful

The all new V-Ray 3 for SketchUp has been redesigned for architects who want to focus on design without all the technical settings.

CL3VER teams with The Mies van der Rohe Foundation—Explore Barcelona Pavilion via Internet

The Mies van der Rohe Foundation and CL3VER seal an agreement to offer virtual visits to the Mies van der Rohe pavilion in Barcelona, Spain.

News: Animation & VFX

SideFX’s New Houdini 16—What’s Hot In This 3D Software Package

SideFX’s Houdini 16 has massive new updates in features and capabilities. Architosh takes a look at some of the bigger ones in procedural oceans technology and its all new shader builder module.

Chaos Group’s V-Ray Rendering Technology Wins 2017 Academy Award

Chaos Group founder Vladimir Koylazov, aka “Vlado”, will receive an Academy Award Plaque at the 2017 Academy Awards, recognizing V-Ray’s role in bringing realistic CGI to the big screen.

News: Game Design

Unity Announces Upcoming Releases of 5.6 and Unity 2017 Beta

Unity Technologies announces the release date for Unity 5.6, which will mark the final installment of Unity 5. The company also provides an early look at Unity 2017 Beta, the next generation of Unity.

GDC: Khronos Reveals API Updates and New Working Group at Game Developers Conference

Consortium releases Vulkan features, WebGL 2.0 and new OpenXR working group; group hosts series of events for the developer community.

News: Apple

Architosh Site Update: Where Did The Commenting Go? —Answers and More

Architosh’s commenting system is currently but only temporarily down. New commenting will arrive with new whole site updates greatly improving the user-experience across all devices.

Will Apple Forego Intel?—Why AMD’s New RYZEN Chips Look Smart for Future Macs

Apple’s Mac design philosophy change hasn’t been lost on the company’s pro users. AMD’s new RYZEN 7 CPUs look to promise more computing muscle per watt than Intel and offer a nicer philosophical fit for Apple. The 1700, in particular, is ideal for a future Mac Pro.

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