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Product Review: Vectorworks Architect 2017

Does Vectorworks Architect 2017 match up to the tremendous volume of new innovations in last year’s upgrade? In this in-depth product review, architect John Helm takes a look at all the new features and improvements.

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Dr. Sarkar Reveals Details Behind Development of New Vectorworks 2017 Software

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.

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The Khronos Group releases Vulkan 1.0 API Specification

The Khronos Group has now released the Vulkan API for graphics and compute on GPUs, a bonafide positive development for the IT world, providing software developers numerous benefits and options.

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Cinema 4D maker MAXON joins the open industry standard Khronos Group

Developer of Cinema 4D brings 3D know-how to international consortium for open standards. By joining the Khronos Group, MAXON reasserts its ongoing commitment to support the development of open standards that enable the authoring and acceleration of 3D graphics, games and media on a wide variety of platforms and devices.

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SIG: Khronos Invites Industry Participation to Create Safety Critical Graphics and Compute Standards

New ‘Safety Critical’ working group to adapt OpenGL ES and Vulkan APIs
for markets requiring system certification – including avionics and automotive.

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SIG: Khronos Expands Scope of 3D Open Standard Ecosystem

This latest expansion gives Vulkan the next generation graphics API from Khronos high-efficiency access to graphics and provides applications direct control over GPU accelaration for maximized performance and predictability. The new OpenGL® ES 3.2 specification absorbs AEP functionality to enhance pervasive graphics capabilities across mobile, consumer and automotive devices. As for OpenGL Extensions, one of its greatest strengths is that it was designed to be readily extensible to accommodate new hardware innovations.

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Apple’s Number One CAD Vendor Optimistic about Metal for OS X

Longtime Mac CAD stalwart developer, Nemetschek Vectorworks, has told Architosh they are optimistic about Apple’s new low-level graphics API—Metal.

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Mac 3D News: Apple bringing Metal API to Mac OS X—Confirmed

Apple said that its new proprietary Metal graphics API will move from iOS to Mac OS X. This move comes as expected and matches Microsoft’s efforts to allow programmers to program “to the metal” with less abstraction and driver overhead, freeing the GPU to unwind its true hardware powers. The net result is super-charged graphics performance. This move bodes well for OS X but will force developers to choose between an array of new and closed graphics standards.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mac 3D News: Inivis releases new AC3D 7.3 for Mac, Linux and Windows

Inivis updates their AC3D 3D modeling application for Mac, Linux and Windows adding several interesting features requested by users

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