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Tidbits: SketchUp, Copper Project and more news

Mac CAD and 3D News: Tidbits today include news on Copper Project version 4.1 and SketchUp News tidbits. Also, we have news on a native RIM-produced version of Blackberry Desktop for Mac.

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Copper Project Updated to version 4.1

The folks behind Copper Project, the online project management tool, admit they had a few teething issues with version 4.0, but the 4.1 release fixes all that. Plus, the new version is now blazing fast, they report!

A number of optimizations have taken place enabling some aspects of Copper Project to be 700 percent faster than before. It’s possible to setup a project with 10 tasks in less than 32 seconds. Editing, saving and deleting tasks and comments enjoy quick-fire response in the UI (user-interface).

There are new formatting options for your header, logo and login image. You can now “rollup project details” for a neater project presentation, and lastly the many bug fixes. 

If you are new to Copper Project, you can sign up for a 14 day free trial and compare various versions here. Companies using Copper Project include OglivyOne, Allstate, Motorola, Novell, Mercedes, Sony Pictures and many more household corporate names. 

SketchUp News

SketchUp Pro 7 users have a new option for online training with SketchUp Pro 7. The folks at Go-2-School have launched a new training program just for SU Pro 7 users. The online service is called Pro Accounts. 

Google has also updated Google 3D Warehouse. Users will notice a few changes including a new feature in the new RSS reader. If you have a favorite modeler and would like to keep tabs on them inside Warehouse you can now do so via RSS. 

Lastly, the SketchUp folks just hosted their first ever Super Modelers Conference in Boulder, Colorado. This blog posts has pictures and the full story.

Blackberry Desktop Manager for Mac

While apparently a little off topic here, this tidbit is about the business side of things. And while it may be nice to pretend that all creatives like architects, industrial designers and 3D professionals on the Mac are happy to use Apple’s iPhone for all their mobile and telecommunication needs, the fact is many are not or are tied into the Blackberry as a platform where they work. And some just naturally love the Blackberry!

01 - The Blackberry Desktop for Mac is coming.

01 - The Blackberry Desktop for Mac is coming.

It looks like RIM is finally on the verge of a native version of Blackberry Desktop Manager for the Mac. It is currently in active late beta form and due to arrive in a month, ready for Snow Leopard or Leopard. 

Goodie features include simple and direct sync to iTunes, Address Book, and iCal. You will also be able to install and manage applications for your Blackberry right from your Mac desktop.

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