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progeCAD 2007 Compatible With Vista (ICADSales.com)

February 27th, 2007 No comments

progeCAD 2007 Now Compatible With Microsoft Windows Vista

From: ICADSales.com
Type: Press Release


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Intercad 2006 Results (Computerworld)

February 22nd, 2007 No comments

Intercad Announces Record 2006 Results

From: Computerworld
Type: News Report


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Category Management for new 2008 names

February 19th, 2007 No comments

Using product names on your blog means re-branding presents some challenges. Do you change to the new name or keep the one most people know. Luckily it doesn’t impact my Blog title or URL but I’ve revised some blog categories (indexes) to reflect recent name changes:

  • Architectural Desktop changes to AutoCAD Architecture
  • Revit changes to Revit Architecture
  • Building Systems changes to AutoCAD MEP
  • Auckland AutoCAD User Group now Auckland Autodesk User Group
  • I’ve added Revit Structure and Revit MEP but will need to re-index some posts into these categories.

It won’t alter post permalinks and TypePad retains the old category URL. It might say AutoCAD Architecture but TypePad will always know it as ../architectural_desktop/index.html. Seems like some names will never die  

These changes shouldn’t break anything but if you have any problems let me know.


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2008: The end of Architectural Desktop, Autodesk Building Systems, Revit Building and DWF Viewer?

February 14th, 2007 No comments

Don’t Panic

It’s 2008!

Did that your attention? Don’t panic, it’s not the end of all those products, mostly re-alignment of the new release names. However there is a rationalisation of the DWF Viewer/Reviewer lineup.

In a flurry of press releases Autodesk announced that the 2008 releases due soon will see the application titles Architectural Desktop/Autodesk Building Systems and Revit Building/Revit Systems consigned to history.

The new AutoCAD shouldn’t be any great surprise:

  • AutoCAD 2008 replaces AutoCAD 2007

The AutoCAD based AEC and Civil “verticals” acknowledge their base platform & adopt simplified naming:

  • AutoCAD Architecture 2008 replaces Architectural Desktop 2007
  • AutoCAD MEP 2008 replaces Autodesk Building Systems 2007
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 replaces Autodesk Civil 3D 2007

I’m OK with AutoCAD Architecture but can’t read AutoCAD MEP without thinking of OddTodd’s character MEP MepIcon2who only ever says “MEP!

Revit gets similar naming revisions with the historic build number being replaced by “year”. Of course it’s the “Autodesk year” which doesn’t match the calendar for about 10 months

  • Revit Architecture 2008 replaces Revit Building 9.1
  • Revit MEP 2008 replaces Revit Systems 2
  • Revit Structure 2008 replaces Revit Structure 4

At least this ends the “Is Building 9 the same version as Systems 2 and Structure 4” kerfuffle.

Goodbye DWF Viewer:

The free DWF Viewer has been retired but it’s replaced by the equally free Autodesk Design Review 2008. It has all the features you know from DWF Viewer and adds Measure (Length/Area), Mark-up and more.  Scott has already burst into print blog(?) with more about that:

Beyond the Paper: What’s New in Autodesk Design Review 2008
Well the big news for Autodesk Design Review is that it is the first new version that is free right from the get-go…

Hello Impression:

More details on what’s actually in these new releases to follow or visit the Preview 2008 “Buzz” site to subscribe for RSS or Email previews.


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SolidWorks World 2007
Day 1

February 6th, 2007 No comments

Landing at New Orleans airport, the lady seated next to me asked if I was attending the IBM convention.

“IBM convention? No, the SoldWorks convention.”

“Oh,” she apologized. “It’s just that you look like you’re from IBM.”

Must be my beard that gives me the IBM look.

– – –

Internet access is going to be limited to the Press room at the convention center, because the wireless network is overwhelmed, and the Hilton-everything-is-a-service-charge-Hotel charges $13 a day for Internet access. ($250 extra if someone lights up in your non-smoking room. 75 cents for USA today. And the list goes on.) Hey! I thought New Orleans was trying to recover itself a tourist destination.

– – –

From other blogs, you’ve probably read about a SolidWorks competitor running ads all over the city promoting the count of its users. Considering how much software that company bundles together (4 or so) in one package, I’d like to go mano-a-mano over copies shipped vs actually in use. Huh!

Curious. I didn’t see any such ads at the PTC event two weeks ago. SolidWorks must be the one this competitor really fears.

Update

The first keynote showed off some features of SolidWorks 2008, which’ll be shown in greater detail on Wednesday. Some new features:

-editing during hyper-realistic rendering of the model, including shadows and mirror-like reflection off the modeling plane.

– slimmer UI, with more tools appearing at the pont of modeling.

– and some that *ahem* were already found in AutoCAD last year, like live sectioning and pushpull (PressPull). What’s nicer about the SolidWorks presspull is that a ruler-like indicator shows up, so you can see how far to press into the model or push out — without guessing.

– – –

Colonel Lewis Setliff, commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers, was the “surprise” keynote speaker. He talks about the engineering effort to rebuild the southern United States after Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans is surrounded by the ocean and lakes, with the downtown below sea level. The city is built on unique soil that is sinking inches per decade. The hurricane pushed a 20-foot wall of water against the land facing Gulf of Mexico. 80% of New Orleans was under water for weeks, resulting in $75 billion in damage.

His job was to rebuild the levees, pump stations, etc, by 1 June, the start of the next hurricane season, which thankfully did not arrive. The engineering effort was amazing, and he received a standing ovation. Still, there is the nagging question of why rebuild in this location?

– – –

Also announced today is http://labs.solidworks.com with four initial projects that you can get you hands on:

1. DWGviewer Now — I think it’s an AJAX file viewer. So now we know why the competitor was advertising around this city. Maybe a better ad slogan would’ve been, “SolidWorks user: come home.” Heh.

2. DWGNavigator — with 3D Vista-like interface for viewing DWG files, pack and go (archiving), save in any version of DWG.

3. COSMOSexpressNow — online testing of 3D sold models.

4. ZoomIn — a bigger version of eDrawings. Reads “any” CAD file format, does assemblies of CAD parts, add backgrounds, animations, viewovers, sound clips, exploded views, export in several formats. Looks like some SolidWorks 2008 technology migrated to a simpler (free?) tool.

– – –

Also demo’ed during the keynote was new technology from Liquid Machines: it prevents you from opening a Rev-A drawing when a Rev-B drawing exists.

– – –

Oopsie of the morning. Great piece on MIT student engineers trying to create a 200mpg commuter vehicle. Spokeswoman refers to the thousands in the keynote hall, and the “six thousand in the whole world!” (She meant 6 billion.) That’s okay.

– – –

So, who’s the blogger now?

I had to chuckle at one of the official SolidWorks employee bloggers writing about the media at this event. He wrote something along the lines of “SolidWorks World will have journalists who will bring you the information, and bloggers who will bring you the news.”

Sheesh, if that’s SolidWorks marketing’s idea of how the media world is divided, there’s some educatin’ that’s gotta get on. Memo: journalists are also bloggers, but bloggers are not necessarily journalists.

Update 2

It’s too bad when a really exciting product is the very first one that I get to see at a show. Could make a bit of a letdown for the rest of the week. Bunkspeed’s Tomas Tager showed me their near-instant radiosity rendering software priced at $495 and up.

Hate placing lights for rendering? Stick in a photograph and the software determines where the lights should be positioned.

– – –

This is not your father’s redlining tool. Seemage’s Chris Williams showed me his company’s technical 3D and 2D publishing software. In particular, I noted the “Digger”, an innovative UI addition that digs through the model, casting aside parts that are in front – kind of like an intelligent slicing plane. The Digger UI is a circle with a number of controls on the circumference, such as lights, transparency controls, etc.

Also of note, the Tab key. As you pass the cursor over parts, they highlight; press Tab to remove the part from the view.

– – –

My head is still buzzing from the nitro-powered racer SolidWorks showed off in the parking lot. After getting it running on alcohol, the driver reved it on nitro twice before several head bolts blew out.

The design still has a ways to go, and the world’s only 4-cylinder nitro racer has been under development for ten years. Why four cylinder? So that it is lighter and hence faster than eight-cylinder models.


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by ralph grabowski


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AutoCAD 2008 Features
Leaked by Microsoft

February 1st, 2007 No comments

Microsoft reports that the following features will be found in AutoCAD 2008:

* Completely developed using VS.NET.
* Uses the Search, Thumbnail, and properties features of Vista.
* Integrates completely with Office 2007.
* Embraces the new Direct3D *koff* standard.

Only some basic Vista features are supported by AutoCAD 2008: The new AutoCAD 2008 was built to benefit from some basic but important features of Windows Vista. A footnote further limits functionality: Some product features are only available in certain editions of Windows Vista and may require advanced or additional hardware.

(Why “leaked”? These features were described at Autodesk University last December, but journalists were restricted to reporting these features as being in some “future” release of AutoCAD. I s’pose Microsoft is big enough to withstand an NDA lawsuit from Autodesk.)


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from WorldCAD Access

by ralph grabowski


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