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Simucad Intros Family of Parasitic Extractors (Simucad Design Automation)

March 31st, 2006 No comments

Simucad Targets Interconnect Parasitic Modeling Challenges With Multi-Core Optimized Software Products

From: Simucad Design Automation
Type: Press Release

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ArchiCAD Connects to AxisVM (Graphisoft)

March 31st, 2006 No comments

Structural Capability Boost for Architects

From: Graphisoft
Type: Press Release

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CADverter for UGNX4 Now Available (Theorem Solutions)

March 30th, 2006 No comments

Theorem Announces CADverter for UGNX4

From: Theorem Solutions
Type: Press Release

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pdf2cad v6.1 Released (AECCafe.com)

March 29th, 2006 No comments

Visual Integrity Releases pdf2cad v6.1

From: AECCafe.com
Type: Press Release

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How to make a custom library part in Eagle CAD tool

March 29th, 2006 No comments

How to make a custom library part in Eagle CAD tool

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Another Round of the Same Old Fight: ODA Starts Reverse Engineering DWG 2007 (AECnews.com)

March 29th, 2006 No comments

Another Round of the Same Old Fight: ODA Starts Reverse Engineering DWG 2007

Source: AECnews.com
by Randall Newton

The Open Design Alliance is hard at work trying to crack the mysteries of AutoCAD DWG 2007. In an initial report on his blog,…

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No AutoCAD for Linux

March 28th, 2006 No comments

In an interview with Heather Clancy of CRN, Autodesk COO Carl Bass says, ” Amongst our design [CAD] customers, almost no demand for Linux. It’s not interesting to them.”

As for future acquisitions, expect them to support 3D CAD: “So, there are gaps in our ability to visualize, analyze, simulate some of those things. You’ll continue, probably, to see us do small technology acquisitions.”

Originally posted by ralph grabowski from WorldCAD Access

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EON Reality Releases EON Zermatt (EON Reality)

March 28th, 2006 No comments

EON Reality Releases EON Zermatt

From: EON Reality
Type: News Report

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Architectural Desktop 2007 Object Enablers

March 27th, 2006 No comments

AutoCAD Knowledge Base article TS1056027
Note: AutoCAD 20907 has the current Architectural Desktop 2007 object enablers built into the product.

ARX_ERROR when opening a drawing in AutoCAD®

Published date: 2006-03-22
ID: TS1056027

Applies to:
AutoCAD® 2004
AutoCAD® 2005
AutoCAD® 2006

Issue

When you opened a drawing in AutoCAD®, you received one of the following error messages:

  • ARX_ERROR: eNotThatKindOfClass
  • ARX ERROR: eDuplicateKey

Solution

The error occurs because the drawings contain objects from the latest version of Architectural Desktop that could not be interpreted with the previous version of the Object Enabler.

Three Object Enabler Hotfixes have been released to prevent these errors.

For AutoCAD® 2004 or 2004 based products:
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL7047389

For AutoCAD® 2005 or 2005 based products:
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL7047376

For AutoCAD® 2006 or 2006 based products:
http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=DL7047371

Originally posted by Shaan Hurley from Between the Lines

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Hardware Requirements for AutoCAD 2007

March 27th, 2006 No comments

The hardware requirements for AutoCAD 2007 are listed as 2D users and recommended hardware for 3D.  2D customers can use the same hardware they are using for their current version of AutoCAD.  For customers that want to start using the new 3D design tools, we are providing a second level of system recommendations.

As many may know, AutoCAD has had the ability to use OpenGL based graphics hardware since AutoCAD 2000. With AutoCAD 2004 we added the ability to display textures, materials and lights on 3D models in real-time.  All of these features depended on the speed and ability of both your graphics card and driver for better performance. Most customers don’t know this because we have always left OpenGL hardware acceleration off by default and left it up to customers to discover it. With AutoCAD 2007’s focus on Conceptual Design and visualization we felt it was imperative that we test AutoCAD on a variety of graphics hardware and drivers so we could recommend to customers what graphics configurations best support the features of AutoCAD and provided the best good stability.

We have tested ~80 graphics cards from ATI, nVidia, Matrox, 3D Labs, NEC and Intel to see which ones best support AutoCAD 2007. With this analysis, AutoCAD 2007’s Performance Tuner can determine if OpenGL hardware acceleration can be reliably enabled by default the first time customers start up.  We can also let customers know if their card or driver does not support some of the new features; they can still turn on hardware acceleration if they wish.

The key features that need more graphics power for AutoCAD 2007 are the real-time shadows and Gooch shading.  Cards that support these features and are supported by the hardware vendor for CAD use are certified for use with AutoCAD 2007. There are cards in our certification list; both old and new, for as little as $250. Cards that support the features but are not supported by the vendor for CAD use will still be supported by Autodesk but hardware acceleration will be turned off by default. You can enable hardware acceleration using the “3Dconfig” command.

Customers can continue to use any graphics hardware they wish for 2D as those requirements have not changed but now AutoCAD can take better advantage of 3D hardware if they have it.

Check and see what the status of your hardware is. Keep in mind that new cards are being tested all the time. www.autodesk.com\autocad-graphicscard Check out the FAQ as well.

Read a article I wrote back in 2004  on the importance of selecting a good card for CAD Link

Originally posted by Shaan Hurley from Between the Lines

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StreamSpace

March 27th, 2006 No comments
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Autodesk Launches AutoCAD 2007 (PR Newswire)

March 24th, 2006 No comments

Autodesk Launches the Latest Release of Industry-Leading Software, AutoCAD 2007, AutoCAD LT 2007

From: PR Newswire
Type: Press Release

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Upgrade + Hardware

March 23rd, 2006 No comments

On the one hand, Autodesk Marketing is this year successful at getting the AutoCAD-oriented Weblogs (of which there are an overwhelming number relative to the rest of the CAD world) to generate “ground level” “buzz” about AutoCAD 2007 — software that won’t be available for licensing until Thursday.

So, how successful will AutoCAD 2007 be, given that (1) the primary feature is 3D; (2) the 3D requires workstatation-level hardware; (3) the price of AutoCAD is going up; and (4) customers also have to purchase more expensive hardware for 3D.

I heard from a CAD instructor last night, who gave me this insight: “We skipped 2006, and are now getting ready to teach 2007.” (He also bought five copies of my “What’s Inside? AutoCAD 2007” PDF book.) I thought, now that makes sense:

AutoCAD 2006 didn’t have much in the way for end-users: dynamic input isn’t much liked, and dynamic blocks are too complex to figure out. But easier-to-use 3D, now that’s useful — especially in the education setting.

I suspect AutoCAD 2007 will be a roaring success if companies are feeling the need to upgrade their computers anyhow — you know, those 3-year hardware cycles that had been stretched out to 4 and 5 years after the orgy of spending around the Y2K bug.

Originally posted by ralph grabowski from WorldCAD Access

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ArchiCAD Insights: Wasted Days and Wasted Nights (CADALYST Magazine)

March 23rd, 2006 No comments

ArchiCAD Insights: Wasted Days and Wasted Nights

Source: CADALYST Magazine
by F. Rutson Fuqua

3D modeling saves time, effort and money in all areas of construction….

Originally from CADwire.net: All CAD industry articles

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Pro/E Wildfire 3.0 Schools Edition Unveiled (PTC)

March 22nd, 2006 No comments

PTC Unveils Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 Schools Edition

From: PTC
Type: Press Release

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Autodesk Releases MotionBuilder 7.5 (PR Newswire)

March 22nd, 2006 No comments

Autodesk Announces MotionBuilder 7.5 Software

From: PR Newswire
Type: Press Release

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VISTAGY Releases FiberSIM 5.1 (VISTAGY)

March 21st, 2006 No comments

VISTAGY Releases FiberSIM 5.1 Software for Designing Composite Products

From: VISTAGY
Type: Press Release

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GlobalCAD Announces Toolbox LT 2006 (GlobalCAD)

March 20th, 2006 No comments

Toolbox LT Adds 3D Modelling and Lisp to AutoCAD LT

From: GlobalCAD
Type: Press Release

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Visual Integrity Releases pdf2cad v6.1 (Visual Integrity)

March 20th, 2006 No comments

Visual Integrity Releases pdf2cad v6.1

From: Visual Integrity
Type: Press Release

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SailCut CAD

March 20th, 2006 No comments
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