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News: H.R. 5771: Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (aka Tax Extenders Act)
On whitehouse.gov, it explains, "H.R. 5771, which temporarily extends several expired tax provisions related to individuals, business, and energy through December 31, 2014; and exempts from taxation Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts set up for the benefit of persons with disabilities to assist in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life". Software that is "off-the-shelf" and not custom designed for you can be written off with [more...]
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Quick Tips - Disabled New Data Row Button and Pinned Element Selection
Two gotchas I've seen come up a few times lately. Revit 2015 R2 provides a separate button for a new Data Row when we create a room, area or space (sheets too). It is disabled however when the schedule is not using the Itemize every instance option (un-checked). This means creating a new row might not be visible in the schedule, so it is disabled. I wrote a post about the new Data Row button when R2 became available. Can't select something in your view [more...]
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Yesterday
Entrepreneur Architect Holiday Sale
Every day we move closer to our goal. Our mission to become an influential force in the profession grows larger with each small firm architect taking steps to become more successful. This platform, including the podcast, the newsletter and this blog… None of it exists without you, the Entrepreneur Architect community. During the holiday season, [… [more...]
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Yesterday
My Fusion360 Wishlist
Recently, Desktop Engineering Magazine put together a list of the top 10 reasons why you should develop in the cloud with Fusion360. With all this being said, Fusion360 also is not quite a mature product yet and has quite a few things that need improving [more...]
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Yesterday
The SolidSmack Weekend Reader | Week 51
Don your favorite bath robe, cream that coffee and get comfortable with this weekend's SolidSmack Weekend Reader. This week we saw everything from a DIY 3D printed vinyl cutterhead project... Read The SolidSmack Weekend Reader | Week 51 at SolidSmack [more...]
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Yesterday
How collaborative economy will change PLM
Have you heard about collaborative economy? If you are not familiar with the term, it is a time to get up to speed. I'm sure you are familiar with many examples of collaborative economy or so-called economy of share. Here is Wikipedia definition, which I found pretty accurate: The sharing economy (sometimes also referred to as [… [more...]
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Yesterday
Dynamo
I had the good fortune to be able to attend Autodesk University this year, and without initially intending to do so, ended up with the majority of my classes centered on Dynamo. Dynamo is an open-source add-in that works with Revit (and Vasari) and provides a graphical means of creating custom programming for Revit. The architect side of me appreciates the graphical interface; the long-time AutoCAD /AutoCAD Architecture customization side of me (Aut [more...]
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Yesterday
Open source spatial data versioning coming for utilities
The Research and Markets report Global GIS Market in the Utility Industry 2014-2018 identifies an important new market trend in the increasing penetration of open-source geospatial software into the utility market. According to the report many small and medium-sized organizations [more...]
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Yesterday
Friday Smackdown: Candy Laden Furballs
When you've thrown all the plates and have begun tossing furballs laden with gum and colorful candies, you shouldn't be surprised if they come flying back at you. For the... Read Friday Smackdown: Candy Laden Furballs at SolidSmack [more...]
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Yesterday
Learn the Workflow of Scanning an Object with Your iPhone and Manipulating It in SolidWorks
For anybody who's been wanting to get the most out of their 3D scanner or smartphone 3D scanning app, the new MODO for Repotology series from industrial design training site... Read Learn the Workflow of Scanning an Object with Your iPhone and Manipulating It in SolidWorks at SolidSmack [more...]
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Yesterday
The Genius Behind The SLIM Lamp - Graffiti And Urban Design
We cant fault Seth Manlove for being unsatisfied with the kind of lamps we find in the marketplace these days. While innovation in some like Slow Woods Teca Lamp is... Read The Genius Behind The SLIM Lamp Graffiti And Urban Design at SolidSmack [more...]
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Over 900 attendees at this year's FOSS4G in Portland
Over 900 attendees were at the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference in Portland this year. Last year's FOSS4G 2013 in Nottingham attracted 833 delegates. This year's attendance matches Denver's FOSS4G in 2011 record. There are also [more...]
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Yesterday
SOLIDWORKS Education App for Teachers and Students
Our SOLIDWORKS Education community asked us to put together an App all about SOLIDWORKS for teachers and students. Educators are busy. Students are busy. So we put together the tools … Continued Author information Marie Planchard Director of Education Community, SolidWorks at Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation Marie Planchard is Director of the Education Community, SolidWorks. She is responsible for global development of cur [more...]
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Yesterday
Bluesurf and the NURBS Mesh
Using the NURBS mesh, deep settings, and evaluation techniques are integral to making shapes intentionally rather than just letting the shape happen [more...]
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Yesterday
Freebie: NaNKiller for NUKE
In computing, NaN (Not a Number) is a value of numeric data type representing an undefined or unrepresentable value, especially in floating-point calculations. - Princeton.edu   NaNKiller version 1.0 Removes any NaN's present in any channel. Samples pixels around NaN to determine an appropriate value. Defaults to "NaN value" if sampling is unsuccessful. Compatible with The Foundry NUKE 6.x Click here to download NaN Killer To learn more a [more...]
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Yesterday
Sale: 25% Off Next Limit Maxwell Render and RealFlow Sale Ends TODAY!
RealFlow - Industry-standard, out-of-the-box fluid simulator 25% off new licenses and upgrades for: Standard commercial licenses (Studio Packs included) RealFlow Nodes RealFlow & Maxwell Render Bundle Download the RealFlow demo here. Maxwell Render - Industry-standard, out-of-the-box render software 25% off everything including: Maxwell Render Suite Maxwell Render for SketchUp Maxwell Render Learning Edition RealFlow & Maxwell Rend [more...]
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Dec 18, 14
Update: Allegorithmic Substance Painter 1.1 is now available
What's new in version 1.1? MASK BY MATERIAL ID Substance Painter 1.1 greatly enhances mask creation with ID maps. The new Color Selection feature provides and easy to use, one-click solution for automatically creating complex layer masks. When using the "Add mask with ID selection" feature, the viewport automatically switches to show the ID map and the Color Picker allows you to pick multiple values that combine to create a mask from different ranges i [more...]
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Dec 18, 14
News: Red Giant Universe wins Videomaker’s Best Product of the Year Award
Red Giant Universe has won Videomaker's Best Product of the Year award (Category: Plug-in.)  Click here to see the full list of winners. BEST Plugin Red Giant Universe "The Red Giant Universe is a community that provides access to a large and expanding library of tools, effects and transitions. Membership is free as are most of its assets such as Camera Shake, RGB Displacement and Simple RGB Separation. Premium tools such as Knoll Light Factory EZ, Hol [more...]
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Dec 18, 14
News: RealFlow RenderKit 2014 Out Now!
The RealFlow RenderKit 2014 is now available and is FREE for everyone! Features include: Arnold Renderer support in Maya and Softimage RenderMan and Arnold procedurals with Katana compatibility RFRK_Cloud with OpenVDB support This release is a milestone in terms of RealFlow's interaction with other software across the overall pipeline. The RealFlow RenderKit is available to download from the RealFlow download area: www.realflow.com/try [via Too [more...]
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Dec 18, 14
New: GenArts Sapphire v8 Now Available
  In December, you can get current for less! If you are on Sapphire version 6 or lower, you can save $225 to $765 per license on your Sapphire 8 purchase! New Pricing and Purchase Options • Upgrade and Support Plan is an annual program designed to make upgrading and budgeting for Sapphire easier. This plan is now included with the purchase of permanent licenses and upgrades. • Subscription is now available for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro for p [more...]
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Dec 17, 14
Sneak Peek: fandev CuteDCPTools for After Effects
CuteDCP is a DCP (Digital Cinema Package) creation tool for After Effects. CuteDCP is an exporting (output module) plug-in which allows users to create DCPs from any file imported into After Effects and reduces the number of steps creating a DCP to a minimum. CuteDCPTools allows you to: Import DCPs into After Effects Add reels and compositions with language adaptions Export/RePackage to a new DCP Import subtitles (Cinecanvas/SMPTE/MXF) Ex [more...]
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Dec 17, 14
Midweek Motivation: Tabaat Al Mushahid - Title Sequence
Original Post By Mettle This title sequence for the Saudi morning newspaper review show, Tabaat Al Mushahid, shows a really practical use of FreeForm. The newspaper sequence was shot with a Canon 5D, with some blank areas left on the newspapers. The graphics were then added and peeled off/distorted in After Effects with mettle's Mesh-Warp plug-in FreeForm. With some Plexus sprinkled in. "FreeForm was really easy to use. It has perfect integration into th [more...]
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Dec 17, 14
Tutorial: Lighting with Video Copilot Element 3D V2
Here are a few experiments created in Element 3D V2 with simple lighting and Ambient Occlusion. In these examples I'm using the Ray Traced AO which is a bit slower but creates very nice results. The other important setting I like to use is called "Lighting Influence" under the Physical Environment. This setting helps blend the shadow darkness with the environment (IBL), to create a nice Global Illumination look. You can also tint the Environment color to [more...]
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Dec 17, 14
Midweek Motivation: MTV Motor Home
Motor Home is a new MTV show which follows the lives of four young moto 3 class riders. In the opener we describe the adrenaline rush which occurs before the start of the race using a style inspired by that of the japan anime. Watch on Vimeo. Modeling/ Environmental: MODO Animation/Shading / Rendering: Cinema 4D Direction: Ditroit Art Direction: Salvatore Giunta Design: Salvatore Giunta, Cristian Acquaro Modeling: Giovanni Mauro, Dani [more...]
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Dec 17, 14
Update: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014.2
Updates are Listed by Product SpeedGrade CC (2014.2) Adobe Media Encoder CC (2014.2) Premiere Pro CC (2014.2) Adobe Audition CC (2014.2) Adobe Prelude CC (2014.2) Adobe Story CC(2014.2) View our post on the most recent After Effects CC Update [via Toolfarm.com [more...]
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Dec 17, 14
Midweek Motivation: Soundtoys Process Episode 2
Process: Nine Inch Nails In our new video series, Process, we're meeting up with some of our favorite artists to talk about gear, sound, and making music. In the series debut, watch Trent Reznor and the members of Nine Inch Nails share their creative process, the use of effects in live performances, and the ways in which they use Soundtoys plug-ins on their latest record, Hestitation Marks. Click Here To Read More [via Toolfarm.com [more...]
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Dec 17, 14
Sale: 48hr Sale on The Foundry MODO & MARI Now thru Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Save 40% off new seats of MODO and MARI The Foundry MODO v801 brings you the next generation of 3D modeling, animation, sculpting, effects and rendering in a powerful integrated package. An end-to-end solution delivering raw horsepower, refined technology and robust workflows, MODO is the creative option of choice for artists and designers around the world - from home-based hobbyists to Hollywood studios.  Node Locked: Regular Price: $1,495, Sale Price [more...]
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Dec 16, 14
Tutorial: Icy Text with Zaxwerks ProAnimator + a Zaxwerks Deal!
Need trial versions? Head on over to Toolfarm Downloads to try Zaxwerks ProAnimator or Imagineer mocha Pro. Look under Standalone for the standalone of ProAnimator and mocha Pro. The tutorial was captured and edited with Telestream, which you can also try. Sale: Zaxwerks Holiday Specials - Save up to 35% on Individual Products and Upgrades, Bundles If you don't own Zaxwerks ProAnimator and would like to, it's your lucky day! Until December 31, 2014, s [more...]
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Dec 16, 14
Update: Adobe After Effects CC 2014.2 (13.2)
"Top new features for After Effects CC 2014.2 (13.2) scripting improvements for text layers expression access to dynamic layer bounds new keyframe icons many bug fixes Details of what's new and changed in After Effects CC 2014.2 (13.2) Here is a virtually comprehensive list of changes, with detail beyond the summaries of the top items listed above. We'll be posting a more detail in the coming weeks, and the outline below will be populated wit [more...]
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Dec 16, 14
Sale: AutoDesSys form•Z Year-end UPGRADE Special
form•Z is the most versatile and powerful 3d modeling software available. It offers a form generating environment that is much more powerful, dynamic, intelligent, yet easier to use than any of its previous editions. Not only can you build any 3d form you imagine with form•Z, it can also ignite discoveries of forms that you may not have thought of otherwise.   The form•Z Year-end Upgrade Special is for all formZ users with older licenses.  As an added inc [more...]
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Dec 16, 14
Update: Thinkbox Software Krakatoa C4D 2.3.2
New Features for this Update Include: Support for Cinema 4D R16. A new Gradient Channel Operator tag, removed gradient settings from within PRT Loaders. Support for RealFlow .RPC, LiDAR point cloud .LAS, .PTS, .PTX and .XYZ files to the PRT Loader. Support for the camera's "Film offset" parameters. Support for the Cinema 4D default light. Various bug fixes including checking for disabled nodes; Turbulence FD stability issues; PRT Volume v [more...]
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Dec 16, 14
Tutorial: Quick Tour of mocha AE CC 2014
Chris & Trish Meyer with Pro Video Coalition have provided this free tutorial.  It's part of thier After Effects CC Updates course on Lynda.com, in which they have lots of tutorials about the new user interface design, CINEWARE v2 and CINEMA 4D Lite R16, mocha AE CC 2014, Dynamic Link color management changes, and the embedded Adobe Color Themes panel (formerly known as Adobe Kuler). This tutorial is a quick tour of the interface and features of the lates [more...]
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Dec 16, 14
Review: DaVinci Resolve 11 by Oliver Peters
"With the release of DaVinci Resolve 11, Blackmagic Design has firmly moved into the ranks of nonlinear editing. In addition to a redesigned logo and splash screen, Resolve 11 sports more editorial tools than ever before. Now for the first time it is worthy for consideration as your NLE of choice. I have covered previous releases of Resolve, so I'll only briefly touch on color correction in this article." - Oliver Peters Click Here to View Entire Review [more...]
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Dec 16, 14
Tutorial: Rendering FumeFX in 3ds Max
Click Here to View Sam's Youtube for more Information and to Dowload the Project Files. [via Toolfarm.com [more...]
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Dec 16, 14
Update: RayFire v.165 now available!
Learn More | Purchase RayFire for 3ds Max - $365.75 TF Price [via Toolfarm.com [more...]
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Dec 15, 14
News: Boris FX to Acquire Imagineer Systems to Form Visual Effects Developer Powerhouse
Boston, MA, USA - December 15, 2014 - Boris FX, the expert in integrated VFX and workflow solutions for video and film, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Imagineer Systems Ltd., the UK-based developer of the exclusive Planar Tracking™ and masking tools. Imagineer's flagship product, mocha Pro™ plays a leading role in countless major Hollywood films. In 2013 the team behind mocha was honored by the Academy of Motion Pictures with a Science and En [more...]
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Dec 15, 14
New: The Pixel Lab Air Duct Generator
Announcing the brand new Air Duct Generator for Cinema 4D! Create custom air duct features and elements in a few clicks or use one of the 85+ objects or preset rigs!  This rig, created by Peter Holweg (xplicitcreations.com), is incredibly easy and fun to use. Simply pick from 85+ component options, click one, and it will instantly create custom air ducts. We have also included a .lib4d with each element so you can access them if you don't have the Characte [more...]
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