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Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP

Luxion Releases New KeyShot 8—Renderer for Mac and Windows

Luxion releases new KeyShot 8 for Mac and Windows professionals—leading real-time ray-tracing renderer includes major new features and improvements.

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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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Ultimate List of 3D Applications for the Apple Mac Platform

Architosh continues on with one of its biggest special projects in years that hails back to the site’s origins—the creation of the world’s biggest list of 3D software applications written for the Mac (Macintosh) platform.

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INDEX 02: 3D Apps: AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction)

The Mac platform has always been popular in architecture and it has featured some of the most innovative 3D applications ever developed, period. This list of 3D apps useful and commonly used in AEC is mostly focused on architects but all AEC pros may want to touch some of these. This list complements our other AEC app list coverage.

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INDEX 02: 3D Apps: CAID (Computer-aided Industrial Design)

The Mac has surged in the CAID (computer-aided industrial design) market with many of the newer MCAD and product design tools being written natively for the macOS along with Windows. Additionally, general and powerful modelers have poured over to the platform as Apple has grown.

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INDEX 02: 3D Apps: Animation, Special Effects (VFX) and Compositing

Due to its close relationship with film and broadcast TV industries, the animation, special effects, and compositing tools available for the Mac platform are quite extensive. Apple’s platform has full access to nearly all the largest tool families from the world’s leading software developers in these segments.

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Web-based SimScale Releases Major New UI and UX Cloud Experience

SaaS tool SimScale, the world’s first web-based CAE software is now at version 2.0—powerful new performance features and improved UI/UX.

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Noted ARCHICAD-Based Architect to Present to New York City Revit User Group

This exciting webinar news came to us late but we want to make sure readers are very aware of this exciting learning opportunity to hear Alex Hughes of KURV talk about his unique and powerful design to BIM workflow.

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How Fast Is Your Computer?—New Blender Open Data Benchmark Available

The 3D community has a new CPU, GPU and CUDA benchmark suite to play with. Time to test your machine on the Blender Benchmark.

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Vectorworks Opens Canadian Office to Better Serve Canadian Customers

Vectorworks launches new Canadian Corporate offices—acquired country resellers in the process.

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Bluebeam Revu for Mac 2.0 Now Out—All New PDF Rendering Engine

Mac-based construction pros have something to be happy about this month. The ever-popular Bluebeam software has a brand new version of Revu for Mac, now at version 2.0.

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Graebert Announces AWS Industrial Software Competency Achievement

Graebert achieves AWS Industrial Software Competency accreditation marking its status as an industrial cloud-based software provider helping companies innovate at the highest level of innovation.

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What Matters—Vulkan Graphics API is World’s First with Formal Memory Model

Vulkan becomes world’s first graphics application programming interface (API) to support a formal memory model for optimization progressive performance in parallel processing on GPUs.

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Good News—Epic Extends Free Unreal Studio Beta Till Sep 2019

Another free year of Unreal Studio will aid over one hundred thousands visualization professionals learning to use the powerful game engine for immersive 3D rendered visualization.

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Autodesk’s AutoCAD Web App—Named Finalist in User Experience by Fast Company

The AutoCAD web app is a Fast Company finalist for user experience (UX) at its Innovation by Design Awards program.

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OrthoGraph Enterprise Software Delivers Superior Benefits For Long Term Building Operation

While analog to digital methods for building survey work seemed immediate and valuable in the age of CAD, in the era of BIM they fail to deliver the high-value facilities managers demand in the age of cloud-based CAFM (computer-aided facilities management).

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Epson Now Shipping SureColor T3170 and T5170 Printers for AEC Market

Epson delivers brand new SureColor Series Printers for the AEC market professional—low to mid volume CAD printing with superb color features.

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Vectorworks Releases 2019 Version of Award-Winning Design and BIM Software

Vectorworks Inc. announces its Vectorworks 2019 product line—advances its CAD and BIM software solutions for AEC and Entertainment industries.

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GRAPHISOFT Gains Former Bentley Executive—Huw Roberts Becomes VP for Americas

GRAPHISOFT appoints new Vice President, Americas to support its further growth. Company taps former Bentley marketing executive.

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Quick Look—New ‘Unreal Engine Online Learning” Platform for Pro Markets

Epic Games has rolled out its new Unreal Engine Online Learning Platform. And it’s free to all to dive into and learn from.

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GRAPHISOFT and Surbana Jurong Enter Strategic Partnership

GRAPHISOFT signs Memorandum of Understanding with a global giant in urban design and infrastructure development and management.

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MAXON’s Next Generation Cinema 4D Release 20 Available Immediately

In one of the biggest releases in its history, the next-generation Cinema 4D R20 delivers powerful new volume-based modeling, easier import of CAD files, and transformative motion graphics toolsets.

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Allegorithmic Explores Alien Worlds and Futuristic Cities with its Second ‘Signature Series’ Release

Allegorithmic’s Signature Series aims to feature the talented work of Substance users and this second series release showcases the talents of Chris Hodgson of Naughty Dog.

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Siemens and Bentley Systems—Companies Strengthen Strategic Alliance and Join Investments

Ambitions continue to further accelerate joint business for Bentley Systems and Siemens.

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SIG’18: NVIDIA Reinvents Computer Graphics with Turing Architecture

Hybrid rendering fundamentally changes computer graphics by fusing Real-Time Ray Tracing with AI, Simulation, and Rasterization.

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SIG’18: Chaos Group Debuts New Real-Time Ray Tracing Tech at SIGGRAPH

The Bulgarian software developer gives the world its first look at ‘Project Lavina’ — a new rendering technology rendering up to 90 frames per second on twin Quadro RTX cards.

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Apple Moving Away From OpenGL—What Is The Answer for Developers Now?

Apple has announced they are deprecating OpenGL in macOS, the open industry supported cross-platform graphics API that has largely enabled the massive proliferation of professional CAD and 3D apps to reach across platforms like Windows and arrive on macOS.

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Visiting Apple Park—The Visitor Center Pavilion

Architosh’s editor-in-chief visits Apple Park and spends plenty of time examining the Visitor Center pavilion building—which embodies many of the marvelous building qualities and ingenuities of the main campus just in a smaller size.

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WorldViz has launched Vizard 6—Python-based VR development platform

The upgraded VR development platform for researchers and innovators includes new support for Windows MR headsets and easier 3D art workflows.

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Maxon Releases New CINEMA 4D Release 20

New features in Maxon’s popular 3D professional tool for modeling, rendering, and animation include importation of manufacturing CAD data assets.

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Apple Updates MacBook Pro—Intros 6-Core 8th Gen Intel Processors

Top line performance boosts using Intel’s Coffee Lake processors with up to 6 cores, plus iPad Pro and iMac Pro features aim this generation more firmly at Mac Professsionals.

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Perspectives on BEST of SHOW 2018: Perez’s Model of Technological Revolutions—BIM, CDEs and VR

Architosh presents its annual “perspectives” on BEST of SHOW honorees at AIA in NYC. This year we place our views on AEC technologies under the larger perspective of famed economist and technology historian, Carlota Perez—introducing her landmark Techno-Economic Paradigms (TEPs) theory model that explains how technology revolutions and financial capital conspire towards total paradigm shifts approximately every 60 years.

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AIA2018: On the Show Floor—Technology in Architecture Part 2

Part 2 of our show reports from the 2018 AIA National Convention and Expo in NYC. In this report, we introduce three new companies brand new to the AIA show—each offering innovative new technologies useful for practice. From 3D printing of models to powerful and simple rendering to a super little Bluetooth color reading device that saves color data to the cloud.

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AIA2018: On the Show Floor—Technology in Architecture Part 1

Part 1 of our show reports from the 2018 AIA National Convention and Expo in NYC. In this first part, we focus on the big four BIM authoring tool providers for architects and what they were showing to visitors to their booths.

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AIA2018: Notes from AIA National Convention and Expo

Our first notes from this year’s AIA National in New York City.

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AIA2018: Bentley Announces Acquisition of Synchro Software

Introducing time dimension to synchronization of BIM processes with work packaging, immersive visualization, and constructioneering, by way of Connected Data Environment (CDE).

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Umbra and City of Helsinki Partner to Stream Massive City Datasets to Mobile AR and VR

Helsinki and San Francisco-based Umbra™ have partnered with the City of Helsinki, Finland, to bring a massive, real-time streaming 3D model of the entire city online and viewable on web browsers and mobile devices like the Apple iPad. Multi-Billion Polygonal Models Powerfully Optimized Based on aerial photographs of Helsinki taken in 2015, the city generated […]

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Product In-Depth: Graebert’s ARES Kudo—Premier Onshape Partner Application

Architosh takes a look at Graebert’s ARES Kudo for Onshape, a third-party “partner app” that builds on the two company’s previous DWG integrations but offers much more through Graebert’s Trinity of CAD multi-environment offerings.

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AIA2018: Autodesk to Introduce BIM 360 Design at AIA 2018

Autodesk will demonstrate the power of cloud-connected design through its BIM 360 platform as it advances BIM 360 Design at AIA 2018 next week.

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Number of Architects in United States Rising—Says NCARB Data

Against the backdrop of a booming economy, the United States has seen an increase in the number of architects in the country and its territories. And architects are growing in the largest economy in the world, at a faster rate than the general US population.

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Famed Architect Antoine Predock to Keynote Vectorworks Design Summit 2018

Famed critical regionalist architect, Antoine Predock, will headline the design keynote the 2018 Vectorworks Design Summit.

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A Miniature German Mittelstand—How the Nemetschek Group is Crushing It In the AEC Software Industry

The Nemetschek Group has quietly taken the number two position for global AEC software dominance. If past trending continues it could rival Autodesk revenues in AEC in half a decade. We spoke to its chief strategy officer, Sean Flaherty, to get the complete picture.

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Infographic—The Future of VR (virtual reality) by 2025

A web agency has put together a researched infographic on the future of VR. We dig into the details and the findings and unpack a few of them in our analysis.

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Oasys Software of the UK delivers MassMotion Viewer

Arup’s software house has released a new MassMotion Viewer with their recent update to MassMotion and Flow—their pedestrian analysis and simulation software packages for the AEC industry.

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MCAD—Onshape Announces Onshape Enterprise

Onshape adds powerful and industry-first features to Onshape Enterprise. Enterprise integrations and real-time, unprecedented visibility top of the agenda in this offering.

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Gaming Specialist Razer—Launches Mac Compatible Core X eGPU

Gaming hardware specialist Razer has a new eGPU for the Mac audience in the new Core X.

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Mac legend formZ has gained a new rendering engine—Academy Award-winning V-Ray

AutoDesSys gains Academy Award-winning rendering technology in new V-Ray for formZ. Now one of the world’s leading intuitive 3D modeling programs offers its users the very best in photo-realistic rendering output.

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SolidWorks Veteran Joins SimScale—Cloud Native Simulation Engineering App Team Gains Leader

SimScale is an industry leader in cloud-native engineering simulation technology, based in Germany but now possibly growing in the Boston region with a key new executive added to the team.

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2018 Vectorworks Design Summit—Registration Opens

Sunny Arizona will be the site of the annual Vectorworks Design Summit this year. The resort will offer attendees an inducement to make a little fall vacation out of it or bring their family along. While the venue type changes the focus is on a powerful educational experience for their users.

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Bentley Expands in France—Unifies Offices with e-on Software Subsidiary

Bentley expands and consolidates into new office in Paris, including bringing in-house its e-on software subsidiary employees where they can collaborate better with Bentley infrastructure software engineers.

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GRAPHISOFT Introduces ARCHICAD 22—Built for Facade Design Masters

A newly revamped Curtain Wall tool provides powerful capabilities for facade design masters using either traditional or algorithmic-based design methodology. In addition, GRAPHISOFT intros new patent-pending Machine Learning algorithms to speed up BIM.

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Abvent Releases Artlantis 7—Intros New ‘Twinlinker’

Abvent releases new Artlantis 7 with a new integrated third app called Twinlinker, designed to share your renderings with your clients and stakeholders faster and everywhere on any device.

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Trimble to Acquire Viewpoint—Leading CDE (Common Data Environment) in AEC

A leading global CDE tool for the AEC industry has been acquired by Trimble, complementing its existing AEC tools portfolio and Trimble Connect.

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Autodesk Releases Update to AutoCAD for Mac—New in Version 2018.1

Autodesk updates the macOS version of AutoCAD to version 2018.1.

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BricsCAD Shape for macOS—SketchUp Competitor Arrives in Market

Belgium-based Bricsys, has released the new BricsCAD Shape for macOS (and Windows too!).

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OrthoGraph 2.0 Arrives—Becomes Platform for BIM Model Management

OrthoGraph 2.0 goes beyond mobile app for building survey and BIM model creation—new solution is a full web platform for BIM model management with an integrated API for third-party extensions.

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The Artistry of Landscape Designer Eric Arneson—Using Autodesk SketchBook

Fall in love with drawing again…is the tagline at Autodesk’s SketchBook app home page. In disciplines that used to be all hand-drawn, this feature on SketchBook user Eric Arneson shows why there is no need to be reminscient about it. You can draw beautifully by hand today—just digitally.

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Autodesk Releases Revit 2019—Multidisciplinary BIM Application

Autodesk advances BIM with Revit 2019, adding substantial new features across three main categories of Design, Optimize, and Connect.

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Apple CPU Moves for Macs—Will Offer Enhanced Security, Says Cybersecurity Expert

The present age offers increasing threats to data and individual privacy. If Apple moves away from Intel on its Macs, future Macs can offer a much more secure enclave for users.

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Apple Leaving Intel on Macs by 2020—Impact on New Mac Pro

Apple’s leaked ARM Architecture for Mac plans seem exciting but chip transitions tend to hurt deeper more complex applications that are made of multiple software toolsets produced by developers supporting developers.

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