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Tidbits: ArchiCAD, SketchUp, Fusion vs Parallels, and Live Interiors 3D

Mac CAD and 3D News: We have new items on Graphisoft’s latest BEK winner, a Salon article on SketchUp and IKEA Planner, Parallels vs Fusion and BeLight’s latest update this month of Live Interiors 3D.


Russian Fresh Graduate Wins “Experience BIM” Competition

Dmitry Timchenko is a Masters student graduating this year from the Southern Federal University. After becoming familiar with Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD BIM software it was a natural step for him to advance his professional experience by taking on the Graphisoft BIM Experience Kit (BEK). Timchenko works for the Bureau of Reconstruction. 

“With the BIM Experience Kit, I immediately recognized ArchiCAD’s excellent performance with complex projects, its good compatibility with other programs and graphics packages, and its elegant handling of BIM,” said Dmitry Timchenko. “I can fully realize all the benefits of ArchiCAD in my daily practice. Read our ArchiCAD 12 review here. Looks at SketchUp and IKEA Planner for the Home Office has a nice little article titled “Tools for Planning and Visualizing Your Home Office Build.” The article notes that both of these tools are free and suggest that its worth taking a stab at learning them. We would really prefer it if people hired professionals for this type of thing, but with an economy like ours today it makes sense that Salon would run a story like this. 

Parallels vs. Fusion

MacNN noted a MacTech report that compared Parallels Desktop for Mac vs. VMware Fusion. The two virtualization engines battle it out for Windows virtualization on the Mac supremacy. Want to know who wins?

It probably won’t surprise you, for those that follow such things closely. Read here to see the report

BeLight Live Interior 3D v2.1 – Supports SketchUp 7

BeLight Live Interior 3D has been updated to version 2.1 this month and now supports SketchUp 7 files. Live Interiors 2.1 features the ability for users to import 3D objects created in SketchUp 7 and older versions, as well as export the Live Interiors 3D file into SketchUp format. 

New to the pro version of the program is the ability to customize materials with reflections, which helps to add realistic surface effects to various objects, parquet floors and other materials. Live Interiors 3D Standard retails for $49.USD while the Pro version goes for $129.USD. For a complete list of changes go here.

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