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Tidbits: FileMaker, Khronos Group and CAD Society News

Mac CAD and 3D News: FileMaker has introduced a whole new lineup of its award-winning database software highly used in creative firms; Khronos has introduced a COLLADA adoption package; and lastly the CAD Society is accepting nominations for its annual awards.

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FileMaker Introduces FileMaker Pro 11

This has been a busy week for new announcements with the game development show and other items around the web. Apple’s subsidiary FileMaker also chose this week to introduce its new FileMaker Pro 11 database product lineup. FileMaker is the leading database program used by Mac and cross-platform architecture and creative firms according to Architosh’s research.

The new product lineup includes FileMaker Pro 11, FileMaker Pro 11 Advanced, FileMaker Server 11 and FileMaker Server 11 Advanced. FileMaker is also the developer of the hit consumer-friendly database product Bento. Additionally, FileMaker products two Apple iPhone applications solutions, including Bento for iPhone and FileMaker iPhone template which comes with the PHP Site Assistant in FileMaker Server 11. For more information go here.

Khronos Group Intros COLLADA Adopters Package

At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, Khronos made a series of announcements, including the delivery of a COLLADA Adopters Package and Conformance Tests.  COLLADA is one of the industry’s top 3D file formats.

The COLLADA 1.4 Adopters Package is complete and under final review prior to public release next month. It contains both conformance testing software and documentation intended to drive rapid evaluation, deployment and acceptance of the COLLADA specification in 3D content creation software. More info can be found here.

Nominations Sought for Annual CAD Society Awards

Every year at COFES in April the Annual CAD Society presents three awards. Nominations for these awards are open for submittal to the Society. The three CAD Society Award categories are:

  • Joe Greco Community Award: For outstanding work in improving communication and developing community within the CAD industry. Past recipients have included: Chris Yessios (formZ), Lynn Allen (Autodesk), Kristine Fallon (Kristine Fallon & Associates), Ralph Grabowski (CAD journalist) and many others;
  • Leadership Award: For outstanding technical and business leadership in the CAD industry, and focus and dedication to the needs of CAD users. Robert McNeel (of Rhino fame) is a past recipient.
  • Lifetime Award: For a lifetime of outstanding technical and business contributions to the CAD industry. Past recipients have included Dean Kamen and Dr. Joel Orr.

Only members of the CAD Society will be allowed to vote for nominations received. To join the CAD Society visit this link.

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