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Tidbits: Vectorworks, Imagination Technology and other news

Mac and iOS CAD/3D News – We have tidbits from Vectorworks about a local Chinese language version now shipping, tibits on updates, Imagination Technology news and news of Bentley’s Navigator Mobile for iPad


Vectorworks News

Nemetschek Vectorworks have announced that a Chinese-language version of Vectorworks 2013 is now available in China. The local-language version includes all products in the Nemetschek Vectorworks product line, including Renderworks.

“Today’s launch of a local-language version of the latest Vectorworks software will enable us to deliver on our commitment to make it one of the top AEC platforms in China,” says Cecil Fung, director of Mad Macs Technology Distributions, Ltd. “Not only does this release help us bring first-class design software to China’s growing design markets, but it will also make it easier for internationally operating Vectorworks customers to engage local designers and other stakeholders with whom they do business.”

As our distributor in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and neighboring territories, Mad Macs will host several Vectorworks 2013 launch events in Shanghai (April 11), Beijing (April 18), and Guangzhou (April 25), as well as online webinars on April 16, 23, and 30. Each event will detail the software’s new features and BIM capabilities, as well as offer case studies showcasing notable users and projects worldwide. Event giveaways include Vectorworks software and other prizes.

Visit for more information or to register for the Vectorworks 2013 Chinese launch events.

In other news, the Third Service Pack for Vectorworks 2013 has been released. This Service Pack contains fixes in the following areas:

  • Stability and performance
  • Import/Export of DWFx files
  • Printing Speed
  • Exporting text to PDF in hidden line rendering

Additionally and importantly, this update adds support for AutoCAD 2013 DXF/DWG formats for import/export.

Imagination Technologies News

Imagination Technologies has announced new Caustic ray-tracing hardware certification on Lenovo workstations. It’s Caustic Series2 R2500 and R2100 ray-tracing acceleration boards are now certified Lenovo ThinkStation (D30 and S30) add-ons.

Imagination’s Caustic Visualizer family, combined with its new Caustic Series2 add-in boards for workstations, redefine price performance standards and the functionality of the interactive visual look development process. Together they make ray-traced photorealistic rendering an integral part of the content creation workflow from the start. Offering acceleration speed rates across popular media and CAD 3D applications that can be five times faster than the already impressive performance of the Caustic Visualizer software, the Series2 boards provide an ideal upgrade path for artists and designers using Autodesk® Maya® and 3ds Max®, or Robert McNeel & Associates Rhino 5.

To learn more visit them on the web.

Bentley Ships Navigator Mobile for iPad

Bentley has shipped a new iPad app, Bentley Navigator Mobile. This will be one we need to add to our Ultimate iPad Guide: Apps for Architects series.

Navigator Mobile provides review capabilities on the iPad of next-generation i-models, which can include content from virtually any common AEC design application. Next-generation i-models package i-models (geometry data) with their related documents which can include spreadsheets, drawings and text documents. All this data can be accessed through Bentley ProjectWise Explorer Mobile, cloud services, and on iTunes.

Navigator Mobile lets you experience models with touch gestures and you can walk, fly, zoom and analyze objects in the model by reviewing properties of the selected object, query for related objects or filter for display.

01 - Bentley Navigator Mobile utilizes "game like" touch gestures for control of 3D models in the Bentley i-model format.

You can create i-models for use with Navigator Mobile through the Explore trial service.

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