Archive for December, 2004

Tsunami best resource

December 29th, 2004 Comments off


via mortel:

Best resources online for tsunami are blogs.
Updated information, video, images, help.

Here is a link to a Cnet article resuming the online raw news situation(“Blogs provide raw details from disaster scene”).


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Enhancing Cad Drawings With Photoshop

December 29th, 2004 Comments off


via roger:

Chris, aka Between the walls, have a good story about the new book “Enhancing Cad Drawings With Photoshop”.

Defenetely it can be a good help for all users mashing every day CAD and graph design.

Post is here.

Book on Amazon is here.

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Congrats Shaan !

December 29th, 2004 Comments off

Congratulations to Shaan Hurley, the “oldest” CAD blogger of the blogosphere !

500th post for him, 3.000 visitors a day and 200,000 visits in a year for a blog full of interesting tips for Autocad users.

Congrats Shaan 🙂

Staff BlogCAD

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2004 Cool Design Contest Results

December 28th, 2004 Comments off


via mary:

After receiving over 7,000 online votes in Cool Design Contest the Grand Prize Winner was the Interactive Nintendo Gaming Environment, designed by Mike Loveless of Design Plastics International.

You find it here at Javellin Tech.

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CAD Outsourcing in India

December 28th, 2004 Comments off


via maraki:

India and CAD/CAM/CAE is going to be a major duo.

I suggest to read this article about Indian outsourcing business and future prospective:
“The last few years have definitely seen increased activity in the Indian CAD/CAM/CAE space with MNC product vendors realising the importance of India as a cost-effective destination for outsourcing CAD/CAM/CAE work”

CAD article link

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December 28th, 2004 Comments off

via mortel:

A lot of talking is following my first post about PDF vs. DWF battle!

On Tracy Lincoln blog is a nice post collecting links and materials about it.

Also a new entry in the blogosphere, Coldfire has a recent opinion…and the just launched “The Mad Cadder” blog is talking about it too.

Go ahead and ..who will finally prevail?

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Ralph get 100,000 Visitors !

December 28th, 2004 Comments off

via BlogCAD Staff:

Ralph Grabowski Weblog had its 100,000th visitor !

Congrats Ralph 😉

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CAD goes on 64 bit

December 27th, 2004 Comments off


via tammei:

Interesting article about computer market and microprocessors makers.

“AMD actually started putting Intel on the defensive in 2003 when it announced that it would offer 64-bit processors and released products for both the server and desktop that same year. While this is not akin to improving performance by cranking up the clock speed, it is an enhancement that can improve performance in video and computer aided design (CAD) applications as well as games by offering twice the space for bits to move to and from the processor.”

Here it is.

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China unveils next generation Internet

December 27th, 2004 Comments off


via tammei:

“China has officially launched its next generation Internet network CERNET2, a breakthrough in the country¡¯s Internet technology.

Compared with the current IP Version 4, the new version is capable of allocating endless IP addresses, and features a transportation speed of 10G per second, 1000 times faster than the current speed.”

Can you imagine consequences among the CAD business?
Only ASP services will remain? Which new software distribution models will arrive?
Lot of interesting options to think of.

Article is here.

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Speegle [OT]

December 22nd, 2004 Comments off


via roby:

Speegle is a search engine that “voice your search”.
You can choose a male or female voice and hear your results.

As Ralph said in recent interview to BlogCAD some technologies like speech recognition, never come to fruition and never will.. but this is and interesting experiment ( and most of all something new in search engine field)!

Link to Speegle

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Complete 10 Gigabit Ethernet over copper cabling solution into Middle East

December 22nd, 2004 Comments off


via lamu:

It looks like it can be a “revolutionary cabling solution capable of supporting 10 Gigabit Ethernet to the Middle East market.”..and ict can be good for CAD stations inside a lan.

“For the near term these may be concentrated on the interconnection of high-performance servers and switches in data centers, CAD stations and other high performance computing environments, and backbone applications supporting increased use of Gigabit Ethernet to the desktop. However, 10 Gigabit speeds to the desktop are expected to become a reality due to steadily increasing bandwidth demands coupled with reducing cost of interface electronics and the potential adoption of technologies such as grid computing.”

Article is here.

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Confessions of a former pirated software user

December 21st, 2004 Comments off


via ubentu:

Looks like is time to uninstall “of all those popular and costly programs which every Malaysian seems to have – PageMaker, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Office, Norton SystemWorks, Norton AntiVirus, etc.”

Here the story.

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Intermap Launch First Digital Contour Map of Britain

December 20th, 2004 Comments off


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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Silicon Graphics Expands Presence in India

December 20th, 2004 Comments off


via marco:

The appointment is part of SGI’s expansion strategy to increase availability of its technology, hardware and professional services to Indian customers through Redington’s extensive network sales offices spread across 32 cities with resellers, spread across 400 cities in the country. Redington, on the other hand, will leverage SGI’s historical expertise of having worked with and handled customers in sciences and manufacturing in different parts of the world.

The relationship will initially target organisations in the sciences and manufacturing market segments, with a primary focus on applications in areas of CAD/CAM, engineering and bioinformatics.


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Software Patents to be nodded off in Agricultural Council?

December 20th, 2004 Comments off

via romolu:

Software patent in EU is a major issue. Tomorrow is a very important day as FFII says :

“As the Council is preparing to let its agriculture or environment ministries adopt a software patent directive text for which no qualified majority exists, the Internet community is mobilising to defend parliamentary democracy in the EU. The Dutch Presidency’s maneuvering in the European Council is seen not only as an attempt to push through an extremely harmful directive text but also as a violation of procedural rules of the EU Council and a critical test case for democracy in the EU.”


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BlogCAD rocks !

December 20th, 2004 Comments off


by BlogCAD staff:

Well just to thanks everybody who are helping BlogCAD to grow so fast!
We are very happy to see that BlogCAD though just launched, got already more than 600 results on Google; interview to Ralph Grabowsky is spreading trough all major sites

and bloggers that we like such as RobinNZ and JTB have added BlogCAD to their typelist.

Thanks again 🙂

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Most hated web advertising techniques

December 17th, 2004 Comments off


via marco:

For you next CAD marketing campaign, keep in mind these usefull tips by Mr. Jakob Nielsen


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Gift idea for open source CAD users…

December 17th, 2004 Comments off


via ubentu:

What about the voice of freedom, the voice of Richard Stallman on you recording machine?
I think is a funny idea for Christmas gift :))

“If you are an FSF associate member, a way to contribute further is by recruiting others to join and support our work. Spreading the word about our work, and how FSF members enable us to do our work, is help that we appreciate.”


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New CAD web site:

December 17th, 2004 Comments off

via rudy:

“New web site dedicated to supporting CAD Managers. The site is an interactive web site that offer CAD Managers support and ideas to increase the level of expertice they use to get thier jobs done.”


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BlogCAD exclusive interview: Ralph Grabowski

December 17th, 2004 Comments off


Ralph Grabowski is one the most appreciated, skilled journalist of the CAD world and one of its finest observer.

Too long it would be to report all his works, but you can easily check it here:

That’s why we thought it would be very very interesting, for one time, to interview Ralph instead of reading his interviews to others; so we asked Ralph if it was possible and he was very collaborative and fast in providing all the answers.

You’ll find a lot of good tips, opinions, ideas and suggests in this interview and we truly believe all the CAD users would be better read it 🙂


Let’s start from you CAD vision: what’s your opinion/vision about the future of CAD in 5 years?
I think there will continue to be amalgamations as the largest CAD vendors buy up smaller companies. Two reasons: (1) to acquire technology they don’t have time to develop in-house; and (2) to reduce competition.

CAD Players will be the same?
Largely. The big vendors will keep getting bigger, while small vendors will stay “boutique” size with just enough customers to stay in business. You can stay in business with just a few thousand loyal customers.

Do you think Microsoft will step in CAD market?
No. Microsoft understands that it does not understand CAD.

Dwg format will remain the leader?
Yes, due to inertia against change.

Let’s talk about standard. About DWF vs PDF battle who will prevail?
PDF, because it is already universal, and because it is from a company that is neutral towards CAD. Even my dad can open PDF files. DWF will never be fully accepted in the universe outside the Autodesk solar system — just as Autodesk won’t accept eDrawings, JT Open, 3DXML, and other DWF-equivalents from other CAD vendors.

Ralph you are one of the most experienced CAD journalist; how is the CAD market evolved in the last 10/15 years?
Sometimes we think of CAD being static, but there have been big changes in the last 15 years. Fifteen years ago, SolidWorks didn’t exist. CAD ran on Unix or DOS. GUIs were proprietary. Solid modeling was not mainstream. Back then, CAD was the most powerful software that required the most powerful computers; today, it is games! Back then, hidden-line removal took many hours to complete; today, we have real-time photorealistic rendering.

Other technology seems new, but just took a long time to mainstream: ethernet, Internet, email, LCD monitors, inkjet printers, and so on. Some promising technology from 10-15 years ago never came to fruition, and never will: speech recognition, hand writing input, virtual reality, 3D GUIs, and tablet PCs.

How will CAD technically evolve (GUI, features, etc.)?
There will be two trends: (1) to reduce the intrusiveness of the GUI, aka “heads-up drafting”; and (2) to increase the realism of the CAD model. We see that today with advances like collision detection, objects with intelligence, and wire routing.

Dan Gillmore recently published “We the media”, about the new possibility for the normal users to become a media; what’s your opinion about and how will the journalist role change (especially in specialized field like CAD)?
The same idea was expressed when desktop publishing became popular and cheap: everyone would become a desktop publisher. That’s the dream of the marketing and sales departments, who always hope for six billion customers. In reality, only a few people have the artistic ability to create good looking pages with DTP. The same happened when the Web became popular last decade: anyone can be a Webmaster; few are good at it.

In the same way, today “anyone” can become a journalist. But in truth, only a few people have the combination of writing ability, the CAD knowledge, and the discipline to pump out a regular publication. And that’s a good thing, because this world would suddenly be a pretty poor place if all six billion spent all day writing blogs to the exclusion of activities that are actually useful.

What is different today is that the barriers are lowered: people with the ability, but not the means, now have a better chance to become what they are good at. I’m glad I was born in the era that I was; I would be been very frustrated had I lived a hundred years earlier!

What’s your suggest (if any…) to young CAD people willing to create a CAD start up, to try to become the new Autodesk (!) ?
I don’t know that that’s possible anymore — unless they have a unique idea that captures the imagination of the broader CAD population. I think that SketchUp was the most-recent good idea that succeeded, and it’s already several years old. Young people have to understand that most efforts result in failure. upFront.eZine is my fifth newsletter attempt; four others failed. Even Autodesk has had far more product failures than successes.

What’s the secret to become a great CAD journalist?
I listed three above: writing ability, CAD knowledge, and discipline to meet deadlines. I won’t tell you all my secrets, but a few include: be able to distinguish spin from fact; treat your subjects with respect, but also with some skepticism; be accurate, but don’t be dry; copy what works, but be different; and most importantly: don’t take shortcuts to short-term success, but accept short-term pain to enjoy long-term gain.

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