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The New Baby: MicroStation XM

May 31st, 2005 No comments

The next release of MicroStation V8 is called “XM Edition” — XM short for what? Nothing, it turns out. Kind of like the XR-7 of old Ford Cougars. Maybe we need a name-that-XM contest.

I’ve mentioned before some of the new features. BE Magazine has new details on the new features:

* Uses DirectX APIs for faster and smoother graphics.
* Every element (object) and level (layer) can be displayed partially transparent
* Relative priority (display order) of elements
* Keyboard mapping (customization?)
* Sheet Set composer
* Task modeling sets up “appropriate tasks and templates” (workspaces) — essentially a subset of MicroStation’s commands are available, depending on what’s being done

Other items listed but not detailed: fields, designlinks, element templates, and raster references.

Also announced is ProjectWise XM being integrated with SharePoint. Hot new feature is “distributed work files,” described thusly: when a file is marked “shared” then multiple users can edit it; the edits are later merged into a single master file. Another example in BE: multiple field-updated drawings merged back into a single as-built.

Update

Over at AEC Weekly, Susan Smith provides additional details, which include:

* Project table of contents sets up, maintains, and navigates projects with links to project drawings, specs, standards, etc. [sounds more extensive than AutoCAD’s Sheet Set Manager].

* XM might not work with your computer, so Bentley will provide a download that checks graphics card compatibility.

* XM will ship by the end of 2005, so a half-year to wait yet.

* DirectionsMag suggests “XM” is short for “extreme makeover.”

Originally posted by ralph grabowski from WorldCAD Access

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ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD – Understanding how coordinates are displayed

May 31st, 2005 No comments

The current position of the cursor is displayed as x,y,z-coordinates in the status bar and, by default, updates dynamically as you move the cursor.
You can toggle the coordinate display to static mode by pressing F6, so that it updates only when you select a point in the drawing.

You can also change the coordinate display to a different dynamic mode that shows the distance and angle (rather than x,y,z-coordinates) when the program displays a rubber-band line.
To do this, choose Settings > Drawing Settings and select the Display tab.
Under Coordinate Display, select the option for Coordinates In Polar Form For Distance And Angle Selection.

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Finding the coordinates of a point

To find the x,y,z-coordinates for a point on an entity, such as the endpoint of a line, select an appropriate entity snap (such as Endpoint) before selecting the entity.
If you have no entity snaps set, the x,y-coordinates of the point you specified is displayed, with the z-coordinate equal to the current elevation.

To find the coordinate of a point in the drawing

1 Do one of the following:
  • Choose Tools > Inquiry > ID Coordinates.
  • On the Inquiry toolbar, click the ID Coordinates tool.
  • Type idpoint and then press Enter.
2 Select the point for which you want to find the coordinates.
If the command bar is activated, the x,y,z-coordinates for the point you selected display in the command bar. If the command bar is not activated, the Prompt History window displays, showing the x,y,z-coordinates for the point you selected.



Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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MicroSurvey Releases CAD 2005 on IntelliCAD (MicroSurvey)

May 30th, 2005 No comments

MicroSurvey Releases CAD 2005 on the IntelliCAD 6.0 Platform

From: MicroSurvey
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Sea change (MCAD Online)

May 30th, 2005 No comments

Sea change

Source: MCAD Online

JFRL used to test its specialist marine products by constructing full-scale physical prototypes. Now, with the help of MSC.vi…

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry articles

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solidThinking 6.5 Pre-Release Phase Starts (EVOQE)

May 27th, 2005 No comments

solidThinking 6.5 Pre-Release Phase Starts

From: EVOQE
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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New Advances In Geomagic Studio 8 (MCADCafe)

May 27th, 2005 No comments

Major Advances In Geomagic Studio 8 Reduce NURBS Surfacing Time By 80 Percent

From: MCADCafe
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Setting up and configuring the detailing mode in Pro/ENGINEER to create PDF documents (PTC Express)

May 27th, 2005 No comments

Setting up and configuring the detailing mode in Pro/ENGINEER to create PDF documents

Source: PTC Express

This tip explains how to set up and configure the detailing mode of Pro/ENGINEER to create PDF documents directly from Pro/EN…

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry articles

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ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD – Working with coordinates

May 27th, 2005 No comments

For accuracy in a drawing, you can locate specific points by entering coordinates as you draw or modify entities.
When you create two-dimensional entities, you enter two-dimensional coordinates; for three-dimensional entities, you specify threedimensional coordinates.

You can also specify coordinates in relation to other known locations or entities in a drawing.
In particular, when you work in three-dimensional drawings, it is often easier to specify coordinates in relation to a two-dimensional working plane, called a user coordinate system (UCS).

This chapter explains how to work with coordinates, including how to:

• Use two-dimensional and three-dimensional coordinate systems.
• Specify absolute and relative coordinates.
• Specify polar, spherical, and cylindrical coordinates.
• Define and manipulate user coordinate systems.



Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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Why Intergraph Still Cares About PDS

May 27th, 2005 No comments

Yesterday Intergraph issued a press release (via email, not yet online) about a major customer (Alcoa) agreeing to standardize on Intergraph Plant Design System, PDS. As I said earlier this month in a posting about AVEVA, I don’t usually report software vendor “wins” unless there’s a back story that piques my interest. This time, what drew my attention is the software in question, not the size of the deal or the buyer.

PDS has been the market leader for years, but is not a true 3D play or even the state of the art from Intergraph, let alone considering the competition. It relies on an outdated third-party CAD engine (Bentley’s MicroStation V7, formerly known as MicroStation/J—but we won’t go into a revisionist history lesson right now). So why make a big deal out of a five-year standardization agreement?

Simple, says Intergraph’s Tom Greer, manager of corporate communications. PDS is not the dead-end street the competition claims it to be. The competitive claim in this case comes from Bentley, which characterizes the choices facing PDS users as “revolutionary vs. evolutionary.” If you go from PDS to SmartPlant 3D, Bentley says, you are committing a “revolutionary” disruptive act, while following a Bentley-guided upgrade from PDS to their new Digital Plant suite of applications is a more comforting “evolutionary” approach. As far as Intergraph is concerned, the whole idea is a tempest in a crock.

PDS is “highly entrenched in clients’ work processes,” says Greer. “Clients have made sizable investment in PDS, and it is Intergraph’s commitment to help them preserve those capital outlays.” 

Plant design environments that have successfully standardized on one and only one CAD standard are not all that common. PDS may dominate in one company, but PDMS will be used by an acquired group; or the EPC (Engineering Procurement and Construction) firm uses AutoPlant while the O/O (Owner/Operator) has made the leap to SmartPlant 3D. Intergraph understands that firms with multiple software design environments need to standardize within the organization first, and then look to upgrading their operations with a next-generation design solution. Alcoa’s purchase agreement is designed to do exactly that—consolidate a mixed environment around PDS. “The contract represents global standardization on PDS for all Alcoa’s alumina process plant major projects,” says the Intergraph press release.

“Clients cannot be abandoned nor ‘forced’ to upgrade to SmartPlant 3D,” says Greer. He makes thinly veiled reference again to the competition: “Engineering design communities among the process manufacturing, power generation, marine and offshore petroleum industries, along with others, are seeing what forced retirement means along with heterogeneous, differing platforms and data, not to mention vendor technology/business instability arising from willy-nilly acquisitions of dubious value.”

FUD—as in Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt—seems to be quite common in plant design marketing these days. As the historic leader in the industry, Intergraph is the one with the most FUD arrows in its back. Intergraph never gained a monopoly with PDS, but it is a deeply entrenched technology, and everybody wants a piece of the next generation action. It is in Intergraph’s best interest to keep PDS strong and healthy in parallel with SmartPlant 3D. Intergraph says it will have more to say about expanded integration of PDS into mixed environments, as well as news about continued improvements to PDS in the near future. It needs to do so, because competitors have compelling stories as well. Of all AEC industry segments, plant design software is the most mature and robust of the vertical applications.

As we reported recently, the rise of XML technology is extending the life of older formats, making transition less of an issue in some circumstances. PDS users should consider their long-term IT strategy, and carefully weigh transition costs and benefits. But characterizing an Intergraph-based future for current PDS users as “revolutionary” is disingenuous.

Originally posted by Randall Newton from AECnews.com

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Alibre, 3DCADTips.com Launch Training Program (Alibre)

May 25th, 2005 No comments

Alibre Partners with 3DCADTips.com to Promote 3D Design through Free Online Training Classes

From: Alibre
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD – Turning highlighting on and off

May 25th, 2005 No comments

You can improve overall program performance by turning highlighting off.
When you select entities to modify, the program highlights them using a dashed linetype.
This highlight disappears when you finish modifying the entities or when the entities are cleared. Sometimes highlighting entities can take a considerable amount of time.

To turn highlighting on and off

1 Do one of the following:
  • Choose Settings > Drawing Settings.
  • On the Settings toolbar, click the Drawing Settings tool.
  • Type highlight, press Enter, and then in the prompt box, choose On or Off.
2 Click the Display tab.
3 Under Change Settings For, click Display.
4 Select or clear the Highlight Item When Selected check box.
5 Click OK.



Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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TORNADO to Present with Trimble at SPAR 2005 (TORNADO Technologies)

May 23rd, 2005 No comments

TORNADO Technologies to Showcase Collaborative 3D Visualization Solutions with Trimble at SPAR 2005

From: TORNADO Technologies
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Immersive Design Ships IPA v8.1 (Immersive Design)

May 23rd, 2005 No comments

Immersive Design Releases IPA v8.1 with Interactive 3D PDF and U3D Generation

From: Immersive Design
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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eDrawings Becomes DWGviewer (WorldCAD Access)

May 23rd, 2005 No comments

eDrawings Becomes DWGviewer

From: WorldCAD Access
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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Tiger Plug-In for ArchiCAD Intro’d (AECnews.com)

May 20th, 2005 No comments

Graphisoft Brings Search Technology Inside ArchiCAD

From: AECnews.com
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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CEGS Selects Solid Edge (UGS)

May 20th, 2005 No comments

China Engineering Graphics Society Selects Solid Edge as the Standard for “National 3D Modeling” Training and Certification Program

From: UGS
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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ProgeCAD 2006 Professional Available (ProgeSOFT)

May 20th, 2005 No comments

ProgeSOFT Launches ProgeCAD 2006 Professional

From: ProgeSOFT
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD – Controlling visual elements

May 20th, 2005 No comments

The number of entities in your drawing and the complexity of the drawing affect how quickly ProgeSOFT IntelliCAD can process commands and display your drawing.
You can improve overall program performance by turning off the display of certain visual elements, such as solid fills and text, while you work on the drawing. When you are ready to print your drawing, turn on the display of these elements so your drawing prints the way you want.

You can also improve performance by turning off entity-selection highlighting and the display of marker blips created when you select locations in the drawing.

Turning Fill on and off

You can reduce the time it takes to display or print a drawing by turning off the dis-play of solid fill.
When Fill is turned off, all filled entities, such as wide polylines and planes, display and print as outlines.
When you turn Fill on or off, you must redraw the drawing before the change is displayed.

To turn Fill on or off

1  Do one of the following:
  • Choose Settings > Fill.
  • On the Settings toolbar, click the Fill tool.
  • Type fill and then press Enter.
2  Choose View > Redraw.

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NOTE On the Settings menu, a check mark appears next to the Fill command when it is turned on and the Fill tool on the Settings toolbar is activated.



Originally posted by ProgeSOFT from Learning IntelliCAD

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Graphisoft Brings Search Technology Inside ArchiCAD

May 20th, 2005 No comments

Graphisoft is crowing gleefully today about its new plug-in for ArchiCAD on the Macintosh, which brings Apple’s latest search technology into the CAD environment. Indeed they should be crowing, for it is the first such deep search capabilities to appear in an AEC CAD program in the Google era.

The latest release of the Macintosh operating system, code-named Tiger, includes a new desktop/web search technology called Spotlight. Graphisoft says that their Tiger plug-in for ArchiCAD allows Spotlight to work deep within the CAD environment, allowing their Macintosh-based users easier access to searchable data within project files.

“The ArchiCAD working experience just keeps getting better,” says Joseph Trott, of Van Meter Williams Pollack architects, as quoted in the press release. “Now with ArchiCAD and Apple’s new operating system, Graphisoft’s integrated use of Spotlight adds even more fluidity to the design and working process. I now have easy access to an incredible stack of data with in all my numerous project files right at my finger tips.”

Russ Sanders at The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership also comments on Spotlight in ArchiCAD: “Not only does Apple’s Spotlight feature enable me to quickly find files, it can also peer inside my ArchiCAD files to find information. Apple and ArchiCAD continue to impress me with the clarity and power of their interface.”

Graphisoft says Spotlight searches through all information filed in ArchiCAD Project Info and PlotMaker Layout Book Info dialogs. For TeamWork projects, Spotlight can provide information on workgroup members as well as on connected members, last user and version information. Users can search ArchiCAD and PlotMaker project files originally created on a Windows copy of ArchiCAD, as well as track down information using ArchiCAD layer names in any ArchiCAD project on the local desktop.

“Apple has done a great service to developers with this revolutionary technology,” comments Viktor Varkonyi, Vice President of ArchiCAD Product Development. “Instant access to information ensures the most fluid and effective project progression. This Apple collaboration has been a terrific experience for our developers—while providing enormous value to customers, our plug-in was actually great fun to produce.”

ArchiCAD for the Macintosh users who have upgraded to Tiger can freely download the plug-in from the Graphisoft websit at www.graphisoft.com.

Originally posted by Randall Newton from AECnews.com

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PowerCAD SiteMaster to Debut at AIA Convention (GiveMePower)

May 17th, 2005 No comments

GiveMePower and Leica to Unveil Next-Generation Laser-CAD Solution at AIA 2005 National Convention in Las Vegas

From: GiveMePower
Type: Press Release

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry news

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