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Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP

Chaos Group Doubling Down on Rendering Solutions for Maxon Cinema 4D

Cinema 4D users will gain two new renderers from Chaos Group—adding V-Ray and Corona Renderer.

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What’s New in Abvent’s Artlantis 2019

Abvent’s flagship rendering software gets all-new unified application plus more features to help artists create more realistic photo-realistic imagery.

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New DWG Capabilities—Dropbox Develops Integration with Autodesk’s AutoCAD

Autodesk and Dropbox’s new AutoCAD Integration offers users of both products to instantly launch DWG files inside of Dropbox. The integration launches AutoCAD web app inside a new browser tab.

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Autodesk + Unity—Dave Rhodes of Unity Talks About New Partnership

Architosh goes in deep on the Autodesk and Unity partnership. Learn about our chat at AU 2018 with Unity executive, David Rhodes, as he reveals the deeper picture behind the news.

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Autodesk and Unity’s New Partnership—Announcement and Notes

We talk details about the Autodesk + Unity Partnership. Gain some insight from the embedded videos we took at AU 2018.

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Not Redundant But Important—Autodesk Paints A Better Future Under Automation

Autodesk’s Anagnost didn’t mince words about the future with automation. It’s going to be a positive sum game and the software maker wants itself and its customers at its epicenter.

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Autodesk To Acquire SaaS Construction Industry Darling ‘PlanGrid’—What It Can Mean

Autodesk announces its intention to acquire PlanGrid, giving the design software giant instant street cred in the booming Construction Tech software market. BIM 360, Revit and PlanGrid integrations and a deepening ecosystem for CDE systems will catapult Autodesk within the construction software sector.

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ARCHICAD 22 is United Kingdom’s ‘BIM Product of the Year’—Winner of Hammer Award

GRAPHISOFT’s ARCHICAD 22 has won ‘BIM Product of the Year’ in the thirteenth annual Construction Computing Magazine Awards—marking eight straight years ARCHICAD has beaten all other top-tier BIM solutions for this honor.

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AU2018: Autodesk’s Forge—Accomplishments and Future

In this news and analysis report, we discuss Autodesk’s Forge Platform—where it has been in 2018 and what’s new and some examples from Autodesk University 2018.

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AU2018: Autodesk’s Progress with BIM 360—What’s Next?

Autodesk continues to advance its next-generation BIM 360 platform—a CDE (common data environment) for every stakeholder in the AEC industry. The latest news features a new costing module and more news about third-party integrations.

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Graebert Announces ARES for Enterprise—Modern DWG CAD for Large Organizations

A new product offering is aimed at organizations with 100 users or more and combines Graebert’s ARES Trinity of CAD software for Desktop, Mobile and Cloud with new enterprise deployment features.

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Day 1 Highlights—Vectorworks Design Summit and Keynote

Architosh was in Arizona for the fourth annual Vectorworks Design Summit. This article talks about some Day 1 highlights from the keynote.

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Chaos Group Launches V-Ray Next for Maya on Mac, Windows and Linux

Next-Gen rendering technology now available for Maya artists from the Chaos Group’s award-winning V-Ray.

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Five Ways Bleeding Edge Innovation Is Working at Vectorworks

Every CAD or BIM user wants to know how their software provider is keeping tabs on what’s coming around the corner while also not losing focus on present-day concerns.

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Hexagon Now Has End-to-End AEC Solutions Platform with Acquisition of Bricsys

Bricsys is now a subsidiary of a massive and growing critical company in the Industry 4.0 revolution. In this news analysis article, we discuss Hexagon’s focus and technologies as they can possibly relate to this new focus on AEC BIM.

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ARCHICAD User Wins Prestigious buildingSMART International Award

Italy-based Minnucci Associati has won a buildingSMART International Award for their work on Naples Central Station. The awards honors excellence in use of bSI and Open BIM standards and tools.

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Breaking: HEXAGON Just Became World’s Largest AEC BIM & CAD Company

Hexagon AB already skirts the edges of AEC with its total stations, laser systems, and GPS systems technologies but now owns Bricsys’s formidable DWG-native CAD and BIM platforms, making Hexagon a new major player in the world of AEC software.

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Fireside Chat—The Details Behind Vectorworks 2019

Architosh talks to Dr. Biplab Sarkar about some of the nuances and rationales behind the latest big features in Vectorworks 2019.

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The New “Modular” Mac Pro—Possible Sneak Peek at Apple Event Coming Up

The much anticipated and even more desired modular Mac Pro may be shown in a sneak peek mode at an event that is likely about the next iPad Pro and new Apple Pencil—all aimed at the creative Apple user.

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Bentley Acquires Agency9—To Help Them Realize ‘Digital Twin’ for Every City

OpenCities Planner takes advantage of city-scale reality models to span GIS and BIM

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MAXON Reconfigures Leadership for Worldwide Growth of Cinema 4D

The new executive team members bring a deep 3D media and entertainment industry background and experience to this Nemetschek Group software company. The goal is a more global and agile company to drive worldwide market growth for the acclaimed 3d software package.

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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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