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Tidbits: IKEA planner, Solidworks-Autodesk and Filemaker news

Mac CAD and 3D News: We have a new story on IKEA’s new IKEA Planner 3D software for the consumer and home owner; plus news on FileMaker Pro 10 and the battle Royale between Autodesk and SolidWorks over the term DWG.


IKEA Planner for Windows – Mac version coming

Okay so at the moment this app is for Windows only but anyone with a virtualization environment on their Intel-based Macs can give this consumer-level 3D design application a whirl. It’s called IKEA Planner and it is a simple 3D room design tool. IKEA apologizes for the lack of a native Mac version on this page and says “does not yet run on the Macintosh operating system.” So the new IKEA Planner appears to be headed over to the Mac. 

IKEA Planner comes with the ability to load into your room design IKEA furniture and items, complete with price information. Then your design is saved up to the IKEA Server so when you enter the store something magical happens…but we don’t know what? Clearly IKEA needs to explain this better on its website. 

Autodesk and SolidWorks Make Legal Progress

For those of you Mac CAD and 3D users out there following this strange lawsuit, this (new?) site called CAD/Court says the two companies have made progress in their suits and counter suits. To refresh memories…this suit is over the use of the term “DWG” in SolidWorks’ marketing literature and the general fight over the validity of trademarking a term that is a standard abbreviation that means “drawing” within all engineering and design industries where CAD touches. 

FileMaker News

You gotta love FileMaker! Apple’s subsidiary continues to amaze with ever more elegant solutions to solving your database needs. Whether for personal, home and family, small or enterprise class business, FileMaker has the power and solutions that scale. In their latest newsletter they touch on several items you will want to know about:

  • FileMaker updates Starter Solutions for FileMaker Pro 10
  • FileMaker Pro comes with 30 ready-to-rock Starter Solutions
  • New FileMaker Job Board – Post your jobs, find qualified developers and vice versa. Either way it is free! 
  • New FileMaker Pro 10 book by Jonathan Stars
  • NinjaCal by Proof Group LLC has a new lightweight unlocked Calendar-date selection interface. Looks nice! 
FileMaker Pro is a leading database tool used by SME customers around the world. It is very popular in the legal, healthcare, education and AEC markets. Specific AEC market tools based on FileMaker include ArchiOffice and Architectronica’s AIM: Architecture Information Manager.

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