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Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Author at Architosh

Chaos Group—Real-Time Rendering Comes to V-Ray 5 for SketchUp

V-Ray 5 for SketchUp, with its light-weight game engine V-Ray Vision, offers creatives real-time photorealistic rendering inside SketchUp.

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Details on Autodesk’s Spacemaker Acquisition

Spacemaker is the big acquisition announced by Autodesk at AU 2020 this week. We discuss further details about Spacemaker and Autodesk’s intentions with it.

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AU20: Autodesk—announces new AEC Cloud tools for design industry

Autodesk introduces the latest updates and features to its cloud offerings aimed at the design side of the AEC industry, discussed and shown at AU 2020

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AU20: Autodesk Acquires Norway’s Spacemaker

Autodesk acquiring Spacemaker will provide the CAD industry giant with a new leading-edge tool for early-stage building and urban design, helping developers optimize parcel and urban developments in expanding cities.

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Product Review: Autodesk AutoCAD for Mac 2021

Autodesk’s AutoCAD 2021 this year gained big speed gains and a fully deployed AutoCAD Core Engine treatment for its iOS app version. In this review, we take a look at the Mac version for 2021 and go through its new features.

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Member Access — (emTech) Section Plus for Xpresso #21

Member Access—(emTech) Section Plus is our new exclusive that builds off of what we shared in Xpresso #21. We offer deeper content and analysis from the topics of Gensler’s new proprietary tools, Hilti Robot, Digital Fabrication in Architecture, BIM and Bentley, and more…

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Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Macs with M1 Chip

Apple delivers M1 processor as first Apple Silicon for a new generation of ground-breaking, next-generation computers.

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Apple Event: One more thing — Apple Silicon Macs Will Showcase Power

Apple Silicon Macs may be the talk of the computer industry very soon. Next week Apple’s new “One last thing” event seems destined to mark a key inflection point in the industry.

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Lenovo Now Reseller of Varjo VR/MR Headsets

Lenovo and Varjo team up deepening their collaborations — with Lenovo becoming a Varjo reseller and offering more workstations with VR/MR support clarified.

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From Mountain Top to Watering Hole — The Design Work of Rosan Bosch Studio

A world-leader in how design can affect behavior, especially in learning situations, shares details about their process, methods, and tools of the trade.

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NVIDIA announces Omniverse Open Beta — global real-time collaboration

Nvidia Omniverse opens up to everyone in Open Beta program after a yearlong Early Access success with partners like Foster + Partners.

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Autodesk’s Future AEC Apps Will Embrace The Mac—Multiplatforms

Learn more about Autodesk’s views on future AEC development working across platforms, including Mac.

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NXT BLD 2020 — Goes Virtual and Interactive in October

Speakers from The Bartlett, Epic, Royal BAM, AA, Proving Ground — and more complete lineup for NXT BLD 2020 conference — provide glimpse of future

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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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AEC Inflection Point — The Story of the Revit Revolt

Less a revolt and more a signal, the current groundswell of protest over Revit is actually a symptom of a larger looming change.

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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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What’s Beyond Revit — Anagnost on Autodesk AEC Futures

Autodesk’s CEO looks beyond the controversy and aims to foster confidence in its long-term vision for architects. 

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The Sensible Pathway to Open BIM — One German Firm’s Story

ARP ArchitektenPartnerschaft with Vectorworks has benefitted from a scalable pathway to BIM, from little BIM to Big BIM with Open BIM.

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Autodesk Joins ODA to Fast Track Improvements to Interoperability

Autodesk joins ODA to bring stronger IFC and interoperability improvements to Revit and its AEC products, strengthening the AEC industry.

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Vectorworks 2021 BIM and Design Software Launched

Vectorworks launches new Vectorworks 2021 BIM and CAD product lineup with new focus on quality and performance and simplicity to empower designers.

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Maxon Receives $200,000 Epic MegaGrant by Epic Games

Maxon gains Epic MegaGrant to help fund ongoing improvements to the integration between Unreal Engine and Maxon’s award-winning 3D animation software, Cinema 4D.

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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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Maxon Announces Cinema 4D Release 23

Cinema 4D R23 is Maxon’s flagship produce — offers enhancements to animation, character and UV workflows, and Magic Bullet Looks integration.

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Bentley Moves Closer to Public Stock Offering

Bentley moves closer to public stock offering by filing Form S-1 with the SEC. The offering may be waiting on infrastructure bill passage.

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Product Review: Trimble SketchUp Studio 2020

SketchUp Studio 2020 provides accessible energy and daylighting analysis tools and Architosh gets into the details in this review.

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Nemetschek Integrated Design—A Paradigm Shift for AECO

Nemetschek challenges the status quo with new Integrated Design BIM workflows, streamlining workflows between architects and engineers.

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Bluebeam Revu 20 Launched—Streamlines Remote Project Collaboration

Revu 20 empowers real-time collaboration across project partners working worldwide, while offering new data server for Australia market.

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Apple’s Threat to Epic Will Hurt Mac Pros in AEC

Apple can hurt Epic but in the process, they will hurt the Mac pro-market by cutting off access to iOS and macOS developer tools for Unreal Engine apps.

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Xpresso Exclusive Preview: An Unhappy Marriage—Autodesk Revit Users Unite Around Open Letter

The following is a preview of an exclusive feature that ran in the August issue of INSIDER Xpresso, Architosh’s free monthly newsletter.

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Xpresso Exclusive Preview: Vectorwork’s Pandemic Response and Flexible Licensing

The following is a preview of an exclusive article that ran in the July issue of INSIDER Xpresso, Architosh’s free monthly newsletter.

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Nemetschek Group — Stable Revenue Growth in Q2 2020

Nemetschek Group revenue proves stable, positive with high margins during the first half of the pandemic year—company diversities aiding German AEC giant.

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Autodesk Responds to Open Letter on Revit

Autodesk pens letter on Revit in response to British group—offers a detailed explanation of its development logic, promises a commitment to listening.

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British Designers Send Letter to Autodesk—Demand Revit Progress Fair Pricing

An Open Letter about Revit is aimed at Autodesk’s CEO by global British architecture firms asking for progress, fairer licensing, and true partnership.

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Generative Design in Revit Powers Speed for Stamhuis

Dynamo automation helps Stamhuis—a leading retailer in Europe—build customized, powerful, and efficient Revit workflows, improving BIM and project delivery.

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BIM is Central to Vectorworks’ Growth Strategy—Upcoming Technologies Revealed

Vectorworks is treating its BIM/CAD platform like an “OS” for design while building out features for ever-sharper market advantages in specific industry verticals.

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Enscape’s new 2.8 version—teams with BIM Track

Enscape 2.8 improves BIM industry collaboration via BIM Tracker partnership, plus several new visualization and collaboration improvements.

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Epic Games Obtains Strategic Investment from Sony

Sony has made a sizeable investment in Epic and this will enable the advancement of Unreal Engine technology and the upcoming Unreal Engine 5.

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Member Access — (emTech) Section Plus for Xpresso #17

Member Access—(emTech) Section Plus is our new exclusive that builds off of what we shared in Xpresso #17. We offer deeper content on computational design, robotics, AI, and more.

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GRAPHISOFT, RISA AND SCIA team on disruptive BIM workflow

A more seamless exchange of information between architects and engineers is offered by Graphisoft, RISA, and SCIA’s new disruptive BIM workflow.

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Unity Reflect adds Navisworks integration, BIM coordination

Unity announces Unity Reflect with Navisworks support, among other features.

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ARM Macs and CAD & 3D Apps — Apple Chip Readiness?

Which CAD and 3D apps look ready for the Apple chip? ARM Macs with the Apple chip will offer new advantages for Macs in the 3D and CAD markets.

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Rosetta 2.0 for Apple’s Intel-ARM Mac Transition?

Rosetta 2.0 may not be the name of Apple’s Intel – ARM binary translator but Apple has the experience to write a brilliant one.

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Bentley’s ProjectWise 365 Has Gone SaaS—Brings Broad Market and Platform Appeal to AECO Industry

The future of Bentley’s ProjectWise 365 looks bright—technical advances, standards adoption, and carry-over from traditional ProjectWise customers all suggest good things for Bentley.

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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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Building Together Digital Event—Features World’s 2nd Tallest Structure

We take a look into themes shown in the upcoming Graphisoft Building Together digital global event and tie-in some analysis and commentary from what we heard a year ago at Graphisoft’s last major event in the US.

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Why Scaling from Little BIM to Big BIM Made Sense for Idle Architecture

A Melbourne-based practice is discovering that moving to Big BIM is enabling them to take on larger projects and better streamline their project delivery.

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AEC News: Prof. Georg Nemetschek Establishes New Innovation Foundation

Prof. Georg Nemetschek establishes the Nemetschek Innovation Foundation in Munich, Germany, with the aim of supporting science and research in the industry with a focus on global industry leadership in artificial intelligence (AI) in construction.

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CAD News: IMSI Design Releases New DesignCAD 2020—New SketchUp 2020 Support

New DesignCAD 2020 product line features new SketchUp 2020 and AutoCAD 2020 compatibility among several other important improvements.

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Epic Releases Unreal Engine—Version 4.25 Brings Production-Ready Raytracing Tools

Epic Games has released the latest Unreal Engine (version 4.25) delivering on substantial new capabilities for both the gaming and professional markets.

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Talking to 2019 Autodesk Innovator of the Year—Amr Raafat of Windover Construction

Trained as an architect, Amr talks to us about Windover Construction’s award-winning project and the innovations at his company using VDC technologies like Hololens and drones.

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BIM News: Abvent Group Partners with BIM One, Author of BIM Track

Abvent partners with BIM One of North America to offer its BIM Track app to its EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region customers.

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BOXX Intros ‘BOXX Cloud Services’ (BCS) Virtual Cloud Workstations

Architecture, Engineering, and Product Design firms can now experience the power and performance of BOXX workstations in a virtual private cloud.

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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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Autodesk BIM 360 Design Expands Global Collaboration Options with Europe Data Center

Autodesk expands reach with BIM 360 Design and new Europe Data Center. Addresses the needs of design professionals working from home and remote locations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bentley News: Public Stock Listing and Other News for Infrastructure Software Giant

Bentley may be going public soon and the company acquires UK AEC industry CDE leader GroupBC with its market-leading BS 1192 compliant SaaS tools used in construction.

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A Focus on AAD (algorithms-aided design) in Architecture

Our third annual architosh INSIDER Report—now delivered in the first quarter of the new year—takes a deep look at AAD (algorithms-aided design) in Architecture by talking to those involved in its key new developments.

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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 Xpresso keeps CAD industry professionals up-to-date on next-gen emerging technologies (emTech) that will revolutionize the worlds of AEC and manufacturing and design. As an Xpresso reader, you will hear from some of the most important voices inventing and using the very latest tech in areas such as AI, machine learning, algorithm-aided design (AAD), AR, VR, MR, 3D printing, 3D computer vision, robotics, and SmartCities technologies.

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