progeCAD 2007 Professional used for design of High Earth Orbit Satellite

March 28th, 2007 No comments

Portland, OR, USA – March 25, 2007 – ProgeSOFT North America (www.progesoft.us), in cooperation with ProgeSOFT s.a.s., Como, Italy, has coordinated the donation of progeCAD 2007 Professional CAD software to the AMSAT Eagle high earth orbit satellite project.

The Eagle is the next generation high earth orbit satellite under construction now by AMSAT North America. The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (as AMSAT is officially known, www.amsat.org) was first formed in the District of Columbia in 1969 as an educational organization. Its goal was to foster Amateur Radio’s participation in space research and communication. For over 38 years AMSAT groups in North America and elsewhere have played a key role in significantly advancing the state of the art in space science, space education, and space technology.

The new Eagle satellite (http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/satellites/satInfo.php?satID=75&retURL=satellites/futures.php), scheduled for launch in March, 2009, will provide many services and reliable communications to HAM radio operators on bands previously not available, and will build upon technology developed previously by AMSAT North America.

progeCAD 2007 Professional, the latest IntelliCAD software from progeSOFT, is being used to document and design the mechanical aspects of the Eagle Satellite. progeCAD 2007 Professional includes a library manager for discipline specific symbols, ACIS solid modeling, raster image support, rendering, and a unique set of tools that only ProgeSOFT offers. progeCAD software supports the DWG design file format, from version 2.5 through 2007, plus support for AutoCAD® menus, scripts, blocks, and AutoLISP®.

“We are proud to be selected by the AMSAT Eagle satellite project as their CAD system, and we are looking forward to the launch of the satellite in 2009.” said Scott Hucke, President, ProgeSOFT North America.

About ProgeSOFT North America

ProgeSOFT North America, (http://www.progesoft.us), is the North American distributor for progeSOFT IntelliCAD software and provides marketing, sales and support for North American ProgeSOFT resellers. Resellers of CAD software interested in reselling the progeSOFT line of software can find more information about this opportunity at our website.

About ProgeSOFT s.a.s.

progeSOFT, (http://www.progesoft.com), a founding member of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium Board of Directors, has been specializing in CAD for the last 20 years and develops CAD products for the general, mechanical and architectural industries.

progeCAD and progeARC are either registered trademarks or trademarks of progeSOFT, in the USA and/or other countries. IntelliCAD and ArchT are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium in the USA and/or other countries. AutoCAD and AutoLISP are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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Adobe vs Autodesk:
UBS Wonders

March 22nd, 2007 No comments

During Adobe’s conference call, John Stewart of UBS asks the same question I had last week:

Q: And then one other follow-up question with the Photoshop Extended. Looking out into the future of this product, how deeply will they start to compete with Autodesk products?

A:

…what we are finding increasingly is that imaging is used in all these vertical industries to do a very extensive usage. And so, while we are supporting 3D models, the reality is that Photoshop will just continue to be used to create an image of it — as opposed to doing the modeling.

So, I don’t really see Photoshop Extended as being competitive to what Autodesk is doing in the CAD marketplace at all. What I do see is that it allows people in those industries to do more interesting things by importing CAD objects and converting it into raster images.

Adobe’s answer sidesteps recognition of Autodesk’s non-CAD products that work with 3D models.


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Download AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD LT 2008

March 20th, 2007 No comments

That’s right, the full download for 30 day trials is now live. You can download and run a fully functional version for 30 days. You will need a broadband connection in order to download. Run the latest products through their paces and check out the new features. AutoCAD 2008 is available in both 32 bit and 64 bit.

This offer is valid only in the United States and Canada. For countries outside the United States and Canada, contact your local Autodesk Authorized Reseller. This product is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that accompanies this software.

Links: AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD LT 2008

Product Features
System Requirements
AutoCAD Documentation

Compare Your Version of AutoCAD with AutoCAD 2008 (pdf – 98Kb)


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No Short Term Benefit from Vista
-Autodesk

March 8th, 2007 No comments

When asked if Autodesk can “expect any positive benefit from Vista, given the lack of compatibility of the older products going into fiscal 08?,” ceo Carl Bass replied (during last week’s conference call):

I wouldn’t look for any short-term benefit from Vista. As much as I am understanding is, I think people will upgrade to Vista at almost the rate at which new PCs are sold. There doesn’t seem to be a big movement amongst our customer base to run out, and certainly get early versions of Vista. I think over time as Vista becomes the dominant operating system, you will see people moving off older versions.


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Software Pirate
Plagiarizes Blog Content

March 7th, 2007 No comments

Software pirate rips off blogger — and then tells the blogger! So-King wears no pants (has no shame).

I wrote about AutoCAD 2008 here: All the Details.

So-King leaves a comment in my comment section: “soft Autodesk AutoCAD 2008 http://www.so-king.com/soft/index.as” with a link back to his China-based Web site (run by the infamous 163data.cn spammer organization).

His Web site tries to look like a software sales-review site. AutoCAD 2008 costs $130 for “members.” There’s a screen grab of AutoCAD 2008 with So-King’s registration information. And commentary of the software — lifted from my Weblog.

As I say, So-King wears no pants.

(I’ve asked him to remove my copywritten content; I’ll leave it to Sandy Boulton to deal with the software being sold.)


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Autodesk, ODA Discuss Settlement (Seattle Trademark Lawyer)

March 5th, 2007 No comments

Autodesk and Open Design Alliance Discuss Settlement

From: Seattle Trademark Lawyer
Type: News Report


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ITC Releases IntelliCAD 6.3 (IntelliCAD Technology Consortium)

March 2nd, 2007 No comments

The ITC Releases IntelliCAD 6.3

From: IntelliCAD Technology Consortium
Type: Press Release


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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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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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Vista Runs CAD
80% Slower

January 31st, 2007 No comments

In comment on a related post, “Ballenger Motorsports” links to Web sites at SolidWorks and Tom’s Hardware, which show Vista running CAD applications much slower than XP.

How much slower? Pro/Engineer runs some 85% slower. UGS NX runs 98% slower. Maybe that’s why PTC wasn’t whooping up Vista at the media event earlier this month.

As can be expected elsewhere, SolidWorks also notes that some features stop working with Vista, such as MoldflowXpress and MDT translator.

This dismal performance explains why Microsoft’s half-billion-dollar marketing campaign consists of feel-good expressions — instead of facts — like the Gatesian comment at yesterday’s launch event: “This ‘wow’ thing is a great way of describing what we’ve got here.”

Wow

It’s all about the wow. Wow. Perhaps ‘wow’ is an abbreviation for “worse or worser.”

I don’t want wow. I don’t want a shiny user interface that sucks CPU cycles away from my apps doing real work in earning me a living. I don’t want to pay $399 for worse.

As Wendys used to ask in the 80s, “Where’s the beef?”


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AutoCAD 2008 to be
Announced mid-Feb

January 31st, 2007 No comments

The next major release of AutoCAD, version-named 2008, will be officially announced on Monday, 12 February. It is expected to ship before the end of March.


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Open File Formats

January 30th, 2007 No comments

Adobe opens up its PDF file format.

The company joins Bentley Systems, Intergraph, and McNeel (Rhino) in documenting primary file formats publicly.


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AutoCAD Express Tool System Variable Editor SYSVDLG

January 24th, 2007 No comments

Oldie but a goodie from this blog 8/10/04

Have you ever wanted to read about a system variables current settings without going to the online Help or how to save and restore system variables on your or another machine? In this quick article I will explain the Express Tool System Variable Editor just to show you what it does.

You must have the AutoCAD Express Tools installed to use this tool.

The System Variable Editor allows you to view, edit and save system variable settings.

Express menu: Tools > System Variable Editor
AutoCAD Command line: SYSVDLG
SYSVARDLG1

The dialog shows you the entire list of AutoCAD system variables. You can review and change values and search with filters such as *DIM will show all system variables that start with DIM. The best use of this tool is to save a file with all of your current system variable settings. You can then restore the system variables on this or other machines.

SYSVARDLG2
Initial Value Displays the initial value of the system variable highlighted in the list box. This is the value the system variable has in a new drawing.
Saved In Displays where the value of the highlighted system variable is saved.
Type Displays the type of the highlighted system variable; for example, integer, real, or string.

You can save the system variable settings using the Save button and then save to a SVF or even a SCR script that can be ran from the AutoCAD command line. You can save all, filtered, or a selected list (highlighted) of system variables. If you saved the output to a SVF file, you can use the Read button from the System Variable Editor to read in an restore the system variables.

From the System Variable Editor Help:
No changes are saved to the drawing until you choose OK. All pending changes can be discarded with the Cancel button. SYSVDLG will validate new system variable values as they are changed.

Two files, defaults.svf and defaults.scr, are installed in the Express directory along with the System Variable Editor. These files contain AutoCAD’s the default system variable settings for a new installation of AutoCAD. To return AutoCAD to a ‘pristine’ system variable state you can either read the defaults.svf file into SYSVDLG or run the defaults.scr file from the AutoCAD command line using the SCRIPT command. Be aware that this will overwrite any system variable settings in the drawing you are currently editing.

Cheers,
-Shaan

 

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Change multiple wall orientations in Revit

January 23rd, 2007 No comments

In Revit Building or Revit Structure, a user can flip the wall orientation to adjust what is exterior or interior. To do this, a user must select the existing wall and choose the blue double arrows to change the orientation. There are times when the entire set of walls is drawn "backwards". To flip all of the walls in one command, the user must:

1. Select or highlight all the walls that need to be flipped.
2. Press the SPACE bar on the keyboard.

By pressing the SPACE bar, all the walls will flip simultaneously.


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progeCAD Smart! is coming

January 16th, 2007 No comments

Como, Italy – January 15, 2007 – progeSOFT announced progeCAD Smart!

progeCAD Smart! Will be the new freeware version of progeCAD only for personal/non commercial use

A lot of new features available and DWG 2007 support

progeCAD Smart! is the free light version of
progeCAD 2007 Professional the business powerful DWG 2007 CAD based on the most  recent version of  IntelliCAD

More infomation on our Professional Line products available here

progeCAD Smart! available soon for download. Stay tuned!


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Top 10 CAD Downloads on CNET

January 9th, 2007 No comments

Here are the top 10 CAD software downloads on CNET, as of Friday:

1. Google SketchUp — 422,782 downloads
2. Informative Graphics DWG Viewer — 418,099
3. Apperson & Daughters CadStd Lite — 273,780
4. Alibre Design Xpress — 230,266
5. CADopia (IntelliCAD) Standard — 224,249

6. Punch Software Super Home Suite — 205,686
7. Home Plan Software Home Plan — 155,493
8. Autodesk AutoCAD — 77,244
9. Punch Software Professional Home Design Platinum Suite — 70,264
10. ProgeCAD (IntelliCAD) LT — 61,183


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