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McNeel’s Rhino 7 + Grasshopper—Biggest Update in their History

Rhino 7 with Grasshopper and Rhino.Inside Technology constitute the largest update in the software’s history and users are raving!

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INSIDER: A Brief Tour of Select Grasshopper Add-Ons

We look at 35 Grasshopper plugins that add additional capabilities and superpowers to the number one AAD tool in the market used in AEC. Importantly, there are quite a few GH plugins working for the Mac version of Rhino + Grasshopper—a growing reality that is good for the market.

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New Book by McNeel—Essential Algorithms and Data Structures for Grasshopper

McNeel releases a new book on Essential Algorithms and Data Structures for Computational Design.

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Rhino 6 for Mac with Grasshopper—WIP Now Available for Testing

McNeel introduces the availability of Rhino 6 for Mac WIP—includes integrated Grasshopper application.

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Chaos Group Announces V-Ray Next for Rhino (and Grasshopper!)

Designers can now use V-Ray from within Grasshopper—bringing stunning visualizations to abstract curves and repeating patterns.

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McNeel Ships New Rhino 6—Grasshopper Now Built-In

The long-awaited Rhino 6 with integrated Grasshopper is now shipping worldwide. New flexible cloud licensing make using Rhino 6 wherever you are easy.

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Event: Learn the ARCHICAD to Grasshopper-Rhino Connection in March

Learn Grasshopper and Rhino and how it can power ARCHICAD in this AIA-credited online learning course by GRAPHISOFT.

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Event News: Vectorworks, Grasshopper and Rhino 5 for Mac Training

As we head further into the year there are lots of interesting online learning events getting on the schedule, including Vectorworks, Grasshopper and Rhino events.

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GRAPHISOFT Dramatically Reshaping the Power of BIM—The New Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection 2.0

RGA stands for Rhino-Grasshopper-ARCHICAD and the new RGA  toolkit offers a dramatic advance with the new GS-AC Live Connection v2.

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Event: ThinkParametric Course—Using Galapagos for Grasshopper

Learn how to use Galapagos with Grasshopper to optimize four clustered buildings for optimal views against core criteria like building area, depth and shape constraints, etc—from ThinkParametric.

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Cutting-Edge Workflow—Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection Comes to Mac

To some, the ultimate architectural design workflow on Mac has just been created. GRAPHISOFT’s efforts put together three leading AEC industry tools working together on the Mac platform.

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Grasshopper-ArchiCAD Workflow Competition Winners Announced

Graphisoft, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software maker for architects and designers has announced the winners of its Grasshopper-ArchiCAD Workflow Competition.

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IrisVR releases Grasshopper Plugin for IrisVR Prospect VR Application

IrisVR startup announces IrisVR Prospect plugin for McNeel’s popular Grasshopper algorithmic design software. Now the power of VR and algorithmic design optionality meet.

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Inflection Point: Disruptions, Platforms and Growth with Rhino + Grasshopper (Part 1)

According to Gartner’s “Hype Cycle technology curve, algorithmic aided design within the building design industry—sometimes referred to as AAD—is nearing the “peak of inflated expectations,” where we see in the industry what is known as supplier proliferation. Indeed, quite suddenly in fact, McNeel & Associates has seen a ground swell in competition to their famous Rhino + Grasshopper product combo. An inflection point is coming, due to the rapid rise of something McNeel & Associates has become synonymous for, but so too is change. In this two part series we investigate the factors in this change and learn what may lie ahead.

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GRAPHISOFT’s Grasshopper-ArchiCAD Live Connection

The Rhino-Grasshopper-ArchiCAD Live Connection enables architects to use all three applications in bi-directions, working to bridge algorithmic design with a leading edge BIM application in ArchiCAD 20. This new connection was beta tested by over 1000 architects around the world. The Live Connection plugins enable Rhino to produce native GDL ArchiCAD elements, while Grasshopper can drive model elements in ArchiCAD algorithmically.

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Stupendous news—McNeel releases beta Grasshopper for Mac

McNeel & Associates quietly releases early WIP of Grasshopper for Mac inside latest Rhino for Mac WIP (work in progress).

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GRAPHISOFT introduces Rhino-Grasshopper-ArchiCAD Connection

Graphisoft has introduced a public beta version of its Rhino-Grasshopper-ArchiCAD connection, an industry first bi-directional and real-time connection between all three programs.

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Grasshopper: Generative Modeling Tool for Rhinoceros – Mac Version Needs .Net Support

McNeel North America has new Grasshopper Generative Modeling Tool for Rhino

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Fireside Chat: Bricsys CEO Rahul Kejriwal Talks About BricsCAD to Architosh

Rahul Kejriwal says his company wants to be as customer-obsessed and as loved as McNeel & Associates. He lays out the how and why with examples and shares Bricsys’s philosophy and mission with Architosh.

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Architosh’s 34th Xpresso Newsletter Published

Architosh INSIDER Xpresso newsletter has just released its 34th issue focused this month on BIM and 2022 predictions.

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Chaos Expands V-Ray 5 for Rhino and SketchUp

V-Ray 5 update 2 for Rhino and SketchUp bring big improvements to V-Ray Vision and new live link to Chaos Vantage, and a lot more.

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MultiPipe and new Apple Silicon Support in Rhino 7

Rhino 7 is now available for Apple Silicon Macs, plus adds a new powerful modeling command called MultiPipe.

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INSIDER: Augmented Intelligence: Digital Blue Foam’s Alternative Approach to Generative Design in Architecture

Digital Blue Foam’s unique tools may make it an architect’s ideal generative design partner—augmented AI intelligence for all of us.

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Autodesk Revit 2022 Now Available—More Open Solution for BIM

Revit 2022 is now available and offers the BIM market and its users more interoperability with other software systems and many improvements across a range of areas for multiple AEC disciplines.

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TestFit Doubles Customer Base in Challenging Housing Market

TestFit is transforming building feasibility studies by offering “real-time” generative design that is approachable to typical AEC professionals.

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3D News: Rhinoceros 7 for Mac and Windows—Now Shipping

Rhino 7 is now shipping worldwide and McNeel’s latest advanced 3D modeling and Grasshopper computational design platform offers the largest upgrade feature set in the history of the app.

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Bentley’s Now Public—YII20 Highlights and Re-Attacking the Architecture Market

This in-depth feature looks into Bentley’s new positions in the global infrastructure market, including a deeper look at the Architecture sector.

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Chaos Group brings real-time to V-Ray 5 for Rhino

V-Ray 5 for Rhino now released, offers 3D artists, visualization pros, and architects new real-time visualization with V-Ray Vision.

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Synergy and Alignment — The APIs Democratizing Role

APIs can open more than just Revit—generating productivity gains by delivering a customizable flexible production system for AEC—and synergizing with larger ICT innovations.

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The Pre-Revolt Factors — Why the Open Letter

The signs that a one-size-fits-all type of platform would never work for the AEC industry goes back decades.

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Member Access — (emTech) Section Plus for Xpresso #19

Member Access—(emTech) Section Plus is our new exclusive that builds off of what we shared in Xpresso #19. We offer deeper content and analysis from the topics of BIM, Revit Open Letter, BIM Interop, AI and Robotics in AEC, and more.

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The Future: Apple Moving to ARM-based Macs in 2021

Apple is poised to make the move to custom design processors for its Macs and will tap its elite experience in ARM-based chip design to empower Mac computers to go places it deems it cannot get to by sticking with Intel.

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Early Access(+): (emTech) section for INSIDER Xpresso—newsletter #16

Early Access (+) is the preview release of the Emerging Technologies section of the upcoming Xpresso newsletter. The (+) stands for our new format of providing “even more” carefully curated content from around the web on (emTech) and its impact in AEC and manufacturing industries. It’s a publication just for INSIDER Member annual subscribers.

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Autodesk Intros ‘Generative Design’ inside Revit 2021 Among Other Features

Autodesk adds computational design tools directly inside the new Revit 2021, along with the new capability to do slanted walls and much more.

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INSIDER: Introduction—A Focus on AAD (algorithms-aided design) in Architecture

The third edition of our annual INSIDER Report delivers another concentrated dose of feature articles on another key topic in the industry—AAD (algorithms-aided design) or otherwise known as “computational design.”

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INSIDER: Hypar Looks to Unlock AEC Industry Expertise via Computational Design Ecosystem

The AEC market isn’t just hamstrung by data silos, AEC industry expertise itself is missing its true market potential, both economically and socially on a global scale.

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INSIDER: Expanding a BIM Workflow Near You—McNeel’s New Open Source Rhino.Inside SDK

BIM tools have failed global design leaders in many areas—especially advanced modeling. Now Rhino and GH are coming “inside” to help solve long extent pain points in the AEC industry.

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INSIDER: Ladybug Tools Aim to Take Environmental Analysis to Wider Audience

Architosh talks with ‘Ladybug Tools’ co-founders Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari and Chris Mackey, about their young software company’s near future with computational design tools technology that aims to be more democratized soon.

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INSIDER: How JPW is using Bentley’s OpenBuildings Designer GenerativeComponents to Push the Edge of Practice with Technology

A mid-sized architectural practice in Australia has designed what will be the largest building in the country once finished. In the process, the firm advanced the use of computational design with BIM using Bentley’s OpenBuildings Designer GenerativeComponents (OBD-GC).

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Epic Games Announces Release of Twinmotion 2020

New CG lighting, vegetation, material options enable greater flexibility and realism in new Twinmotion 2020 with Unreal Engine technology.

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A New Openness—How Vectorworks is Adapting to the World of Integrations

A software application famous for its all-inclusive capabilities is learning how to gain new powers for its users by connecting to others.

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INSIDER Xpresso #12—Subscribers First to Read In-Depth Report on McNeel’s “Rhino.Inside”

Our latest INSIDER Xpresso #12 newsletter features a key upcoming INSIDER Report on McNeel’s pivotal SDK technology ‘Rhino.Inside.’ Subscribers to the newsletter have gained early access to learn all about how Rhino and Grasshopper technology may find its way into every major CAD and BIM tool in the AEC market at some point in 2020.

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Fireside Chat: Talking about emTech (Emerging Technologies) with Vectorworks

What the Advanced Technology Group at Vectorworks is working on can excite the senses—especially for Vectorworks users!

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INSIDER Xpresso #11 — Interview Shares Details on Vectorworks’ Emerging Technologies Research Group

Vectorworks executives help us peer into the future of Vectorworks technologies—focusing on AAD (algorithm-aided design), AI and machine learning, AR and VR and much more

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BRICSYS 2019—Lift Creativity, Reduce, Complexity, Act as One

Bricsys continues to push on its leadership front in the area of Machine Learning and AI in BIM but the big news this year was on the new Rhino 3D + Grasshopper integration that benefits not just BIM workflows but MCAD workflows as well. Zaha Hadid Architects and HOK were global design innovators presenting at the conference as well.

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Early Access: (emTech) section for INSIDER Xpresso—#08

Early Access and enhanced coverage of the Emergent Technologies (emTech) section for the upcoming INSIDER Xpresso #08, Non-subscribers can gain access to this information by signing up for our monthly Xpresso newsletter for free. Inside this issue, we cover Xpresso reader demographics, a Harvard AI in Architecture thesis, and Bricsys’ AI ambitions.

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BIG BIM plus Open BIM with Vectorworks Architect

You likely associate Vectorworks—a CAD/BIM software with historically strong graphics capacity—with marquee designers like Daniel Libeskind and award-winning small firms. However, you might want to start updating your associations.

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Profile: Design Excellence—The Work of Vectorworks Scholarship Winners

The Vectorworks Design Scholarship offers lucrative prizes but its student winners show us just how talented and deserving their creative work really is.

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Early Access: (emTech) section for INSIDER Expresso—#06

Early Access coverage of the Emergent Technologies (emTech) section for the upcoming INSIDER Xpresso #06. Non-subscribers can gain access to this information by signing up for our monthly Xpresso newsletter for free. Inside this issue, we cover new Parametric tools in Architecture, Robots in Architecture and Construction and new Neuroscience insights to help you balance your career path.

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Perspectives on AIA ’19—Technology and Architecture and Toward the Collective

Architosh presents its annual “perspectives” on BEST of SHOW honorees at AIA in Las Vegas. This year the focus on AEC technologies advances in the framework of last year’s efforts, recognizing the continuity and the developments we saw and awarded around the themes of the conference: collaboration, openness, and inclusiveness…toward the collective.

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GRAPHISOFT’s ARCHICAD 23 and BIMx win AIA ‘Best of Show’ Awards

GRAPHISOFT wins two top honors for ‘BEST of SHOW’ at AIA, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Master Builder 2.0—GRAPHISOFT Shapes Its Future Around Integration

The Hungarian BIM maker lays out a compelling case that integration is vital to the future of AEC—offers sneak peek at how they intend to set themselves apart.

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AIA 2019: Architosh awards 7th ‘BEST of SHOW’ honors for software and technology vendors at AIA National in Las Vegas

Architosh highlights BEST of SHOW honors to the most exciting and innovative software and digital technologies shown earlier this month at the 2019 AIA National Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas.

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Early Access: (emTech) section for INSIDER Xpresso—#04

Early Access coverage of the Emergent Technologies (emTech) section for the upcoming INSIDER Xpresso #04. Non-subscribers can gain access to this information by signing up for our monthly Xpresso newsletter for free. Inside this issue, we cover Smart Cities, AI and Robots in Architecture, Construction Robotics, brand new AR/VR tools and new Computational Design offerings from Dassault.

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GRAPHISOFT announces release of ARCHICAD 23

The latest release of ARCHICAD sets new benchmarks for BIM software responsiveness, improves interoperability and enhances modeling and Grasshopper connectivity features, among dozens of improvements.

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Early Access: (emTech) Section for INSIDER Xpresso newsletter—#02

Our Early Access Release of the (emTech) section for INSIDER Xpresso #02. Non-subscribers can gain access to this information by signing up for our monthly Xpresso newsletter for free. Inside we talk Robotics in AEC, AI, ML, and computational design—and more!

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Architosh Publishes INSIDER Xpresso #01 — newsletter looks at AI and Machine Learning in Architecture

In Issue #1, learn what five experts think about if AI and Machine Learning pose an existential threat to architects, how they feel the future of education should work for architects; also, will AI and ML democratize good architecture for everybody? Can architecture have a DNA and Genome? And a whole lot more.

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The New Hypar Platform—Soon Offering the AEC Industry Scalable Computation

Autodesk veterans set out to capture AEC firm expertise and address the limitations of today’s visual scripting (or algorithmic-aided design) tools.

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ARCHICAD wins Germany’s “Architect’s Darling” Award—This Year’s Gold Winner

In 2018 more than 2,100 architects voted for their favorite out of 6 architecture programs. ARCHICAD was rated highest in all the categories.

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INDEX 01: All Mac 3D Apps—Alphabetical Listing

This is our complete (WIP) listing of all Mac 3D apps, simply organized by alphabetical order. This is our master list and truncated lists are organized by industry categories.

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