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The Nozzle from 20 Years Ago

January 31st, 2005 No comments

via mary:

Between the lines reports a couple of impressive old drawings redited and available as dwf. Cool stuff !

The AutoCAD sample nozzle drawing file created by Don Strimbu back in the 80s has come along ways in twenty years. There is now a 3D DWF file fo the updated nozzle that was done in Autodesk Inventor.

The nozzle from 20 year old AutoCAD 2.18.

The new Nozzle in a 3D DWF in the Free Autodesk DWF Viewer!

Newnozzledwf2d Newnozzledwf3d


Read full post at Between the Lines blog

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From Precient to Spatial to PlanetCAD to Avatech to Autodesk and TDCi

January 31st, 2005 No comments

via taylor:

Mr. Ralph Grabowsky has got a good story about Avatech (short history of m&a):

Avatech Solutions today sells its Proof Positive software and intellectual property to Autodesk for approximately US$1.9 million. Proof Positive is quality assurance software that checks Inventor MCAD models against customer-defined standards.

Avatech cannot develop competing software for two years. Proof Positive is based on PrescientQA, which was originally acquired by PlanetCAD from Prescient Technologies (a subsidiary of Stone & Webster).

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Engineered Ceramic Manufacturing Processes

January 31st, 2005 No comments

via roby:

“Traditional forming techniques used in the ceramic industry have been imprecise because they were historically cottage industry applications and as much concerned with aesthetics as utility. Since the industrial revolution mechanization has allowed mass production and increased precision. For example, modern sanitary ware is technically challenging but usually …”

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Core77 photos of CES

January 26th, 2005 No comments

via tory:

found this web site via Boingboing. very good for CAD (Computer Aided Design) designers:

Mark Frauenfelder says:
 Ces Img Plantronics
Core77 is an excellent site for designers. They went to CES and took a bunch of pictures of interesting gear. Shown here: The MX500 Mobile and Cordless Phone Headset with “WindSmart” technology for “clearer calls in windy environments.”


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CAD software upgrade process

January 26th, 2005 No comments

via roby:

Ralph writes:

Over at the Rhinoceros – Next Release Web page, Robert McNeel describes how the process in
updating the software:

* Work-in-Progress releases (aka “alpha” release) lasts 3 – 6 months.
* Beta versions are ready for production, but do not have the final user interface; another 3 – 6 months.
* Final release is roughly 12 months after the first WIP.

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Discreet Announces Cloth Extension for Subscription Customers

January 24th, 2005 No comments

via cory:

“Discreet has just announced that for those 3ds max 7 users that are on subscription that can download a Cloth Extension. If you are not a subscription customer, you need to contact your local reseller to upgrade to the…”

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Microsoft offers subscription Outlook

January 20th, 2005 No comments

via antony:

Lot of talking about subscription services. How many in the CAD, computer aided design field?
Now Microsoft is going to offer, for the first time, an asp Outlook; this will move all other software giants to do the same ?

Known as Microsoft Office Outlook Live, the service includes a subscription version of Outlook 2003 to connect with Hotmail or MSN e-mail accounts. For $59 a year, customers get an e-mail account with 2GB of storage and the ability to send individual messages with up to 20MB of attachments. Customers can also check multiple e-mail accounts, including corporate accounts that are managed through an Exchange server.

Link to Cnet article

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CAD Technorati TAG

January 17th, 2005 No comments


via Marco:

Technorati is offering a new interesting service: Technorati TAG.

Here is what it is and how it works:

What’s all this? This page shows current tags in alphabetical order. The size of the tag indicates how full of goodies it is.

What’s a tag? Think of a tag as a simple category name. Bloggers categorize their posts, photos, and links with any tag that makes sense.

Where do they come from? You! If you’re a blogger and would like to contribute, all you have to do is link to any tag page with “rel=tag” in the href and it will automatically be included here.

Thre is not CAD tag yet, but I think should be very good to have a CAD tag there; so go on tagging !

GO to Technorati TAG

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The Centralization of BitTorrent Networks

January 12th, 2005 No comments

via tory:

An open point for techy maniacs is: software distribution (an so on CAD distribution) will be affected by BiTorrent ?
Distribute large file via web it costs much bandw. and BitTorrent sounds a mirable answer; but is it usefull? Safe?

Andrew Chen writes: “A couple friends and I did some analysis on the degree of centralization between BitTorrent sites, and put it up on the web. Interestingly, the distribution has a very obvious Long Tail pattern:

Key conclusions:

* Torrent files are extremely centralized, and do follow a Zipf Law-like distribution
* However, instead of 20/80, the distribution is more like 4/80.
* The long tail is very, very long – The number of sites with under 100 torrents numbers close to 87%.

However, on the plus side, BitTorrent has lowered the barrier to creating new P2P networks down to zero…”

Article is here.

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CAD freeware – DWF viewer reach 5 millions download

January 11th, 2005 No comments

via mortel:

I’m focusing on DWF vs. PDF battle and well according to Shaan Hurley, Autodesk Blogger, DWF viewer has reached 5 millions download.

Is a huge number and as Shaan punctualize:

“To put this in perspective, each of the following is roughly 5 million:

The total population of Maryland or Minnesota or Finland
If you had a US $1 bill for each download, the bills would weigh 10,000 lbs and would require 321,500 cubic inches of space
The number of years ago that the two main islands of New Zealand began to form
About 5% of the US population that uses a computer
The number of miles light can travel in a vacuum in about 30 seconds”

Still don’t know if it will be enough for DWF to win on PDF.

Go ahead one more time and ..who will finally prevail?

Link to Between the lines post

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Autodesk UK Raises Prices (as much as) 47%

January 10th, 2005 No comments


via mary:
Autodesk UK is raising the prices.
Excitech web site report the changing:

Product Jan 2005 Price Feb 2005 Price Change
AutoCAD LT 2005 £795 £880 +11%
AutoCAD 2005 SLM £3150 £3310 +5%
AutoCAD Subscription £250 £310 +24%
Architectural Desktop 2005 SLM £3600 £3850 +7%
Architectural Desktop Subscription £325 £350 +8%
Autodesk Building Systems 2005 SLM £4500 £4725 +5%
Map 3D 2005 £3300 £3850 +17%
Civil 3D 2005 £4000 £4390 +10%

Grabowsky is reporting the story here on his blog and say:

“So, customers in England are providing Autodesk with a double profit: higher prices charged on top of a stronger exchange rate. In a related story, Apple is being sued by consumer groups in the UK for overcharging on iTunes, compared with the price other countries. Canon UK charges for replacement product manuals that Canon USA provides as free PDF downloads.”

Link to Grabowsky post
Link to Excitech web site

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CAD SW: ER Mapper Releases Free ECW and JPEG 2000 Compression Software

January 10th, 2005 No comments


via tony:

Good news also for CAD (Computer Aided Design) developers.

“ER Mapper today announced that its free image compression application has been updated to output to the new JPEG 2000 compression format as well as to the industry standard ECW format. The free ECW JPEG 2000 Compressor allows users to compress images of up to 500 MB in size. Geospatial and CAD professionals use compression to reduce the size of imagery datasets, whilst still retaining the original quality.”

Link to the press release is here.
Link to company web site is here.

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CAD (computer aided design) Will Get Easier

January 10th, 2005 No comments


via roby:

CAD will get easier is title of a good story on Design News web site.
If you’re interested in the next evolution of Computer Aided Design User interface, well this article is a good start.
Also referred is an interesting web site
“There you’ll find Cosmic Blobs, a software program developed by Dassault Systemes (parent of CATIA and SolidWorks) that lets kids 7-to-14 years old build and manipulate 3-D models. Instead of using menus, the kids can intuitively apply 3D processes like sketching, squeezing, and rotating through a user interface that resembles a chemistry lab.”

Link to “CAD (computer aided design) Will Get Easier” is here

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ProgeCAD LT 2005 Beta announced: a free CAD software, “DWG” native file format

January 4th, 2005 No comments

via roby (ProgeSOFT):

Hi all!
Well our company (ProgeSOFT) has announced today what I believe it will be a major change in CAD arena.

It’s a free CAD software, DWG file format native (powered by IntelliCAD technology).

I have partecipated at the development and I can say it! And it’s free.

I don’t remember when, in the CAD history, a professional CAD DWG native it has been released for free (maybe Ralph has got better memory…); but ProgeCAD LT 2005 it is and when users will test it (launching is for the 20th) I’m sure they’ll love it.

Just my 2 cents :)

Link to the official ProgeSOFT press release is here
Link to the ProgeCAD web site is here

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Intermap Launch First Digital Contour Map of Britain

December 20th, 2004 No comments


via areni:

“Intermap Technologies today announced a new digital contour map of Britain providing the most accurate, consistent and up to date, 2 dimensional representation of British landscape ever created. A result of one of the world’s most ambitious mapping projects, the contours have been computer-generated from a digital terrain map called NEXTMap Britain.”

More info here.

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