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BricsCAD V13.2 released today with 64-bit support for Windows
Bricsys keeps putting out frequent, significant updates of BricsCAD, and today they began shipping V13.2. Well, not so much "shipping" as making available for download. Semantics aside, this free, point-2 update adds the following functions to the Windows version: Version [more...
Graphisoft announces ArchiCAD 17
In all modesty, upFront.eZine was going to be the first to announce what's new in ArchiCAD 17. We did the interview and demo last Friday, but logistics prevented the story running in yesterday's issue of the newsletter. Gosh, editors hate [more...
The unthanked who put on CAD events
We show up at CAD marketing events and expect it to be interesting, worthwhile the trip. Some are not; many are. While we in the media show up on the day the event starts, others have been preparing and practicing [more...
Now Dassault has easy-to-uise floorplan software, too
Had you heard of SquareClock? Me, neither. First time was during Dassault's conference call last week with financial analysts, when he brought up SquareClock, first casually and then more intensely. But it's not for consumers. Here is what ceo Bernard [more...
Tristram Carfrae is an engineer with an eye for aesthetics
by Roopinder Tara, Tenlinks.com Civil engineering firms work on the grandest scale. pushing back the sea, building dams, bridges, highways. Tristram Carfrae, structural engineer, director and Arup Fellow and keynote at Smart Geometry 2013, is used to overcoming the vast [more...
IMSI/Design Releases TurboSite v1.2 Now Supports Video Chat and More TurboSite™ is the ultimate fieldwork and site visit app. View CAD drawings with your actual position synchronized with or without GPS. Record and document field information using photos, videos, and [more...
Using WiFi with a digital camera, part iii
My new Samsung EX2F point-and-shoot camera has seven ways it can communicate over WiFi. Some are direct WiFi links, some are indirect: Direct WiFi means that the camera communicates directly with another device, like an Android tablet or a smart [more...
Using WiFi with a digital camera, part ii
Samsung's EX2F offers many WiFi modes, but none of them work on the camera while taking pictures. (There is one exception.) It won't transmit photos to my nearby laptop computer as I take photos at a seminar, for instance. I [more...
Using WiFi with a digital camera, part i
(I've merged the content from my Gizmos Grabowski blog into this one, and this is the first Gizmos Grabowski-style posting.) I've been spoiled by how well Dropbox integrates with my Android phone and tablet. I take any number of pictures [more...
ZWSOFT updates ZWCAD and ZW3D
Regular updates are a good sign that a software company has staying power in the CAD industry, and my rather bland headline tells us that in the past month China's ZWSOFT has shipped updates to its ZWCAD+ AutoCAD work-alike and [more...
What's Inside? AutoCAD 2014
Here's what's inside 2014 The cover image shows AutoCAD 2014 running on a Windows 8 touchscreen computer. Autodesk last week announced and/or shipped its "2014" branded line of software. Unfortunately for us, they chose to emphasize during their official launch [more...
Transoft duz April foolz early
In a press release dated 1 April but slipped out on March 29, Vancouver's Transoft Solutions announced it was such an innovative leader that it was moving technology into the fifth dimension. As their subhead put it, "Vehicle Turning Simulations [more...
Live blog: Autodesk talks about BIM
Autodesk is this morning speaking to investors about building information modeling. We're listening in to hear what might be new or different. Us and 27 others are on the phone line. "Autodesk pioneered the concept," says Amar Hanspal, senior vice [more...
ASCON's sub-d software runs on Androids
Knowing that Android's market share is 2-3x larger than that of iOS, ASCON last month released their sub-division modeling software on Google Play store. It has the utilitarian name of SubDivFormer and can be accessed from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ascon.subdivformer The software runs [more...
Autodesk is announcing their 2014 line of software this morning, and we are listening along to the Webinar. There are about 1,560 others watching at this point. First item up is an emphasis on you buying their suites of software [more...
Readers write: It is that time again when I think you must have a What’s New book coming out shortly. Please let me know if this is the case this year and how soon before I can purchase a copy [more...
When communications software fails to communicate
It is common for CAD vendors to hold Web-based conference calls. Microsoft Office Live Meeting has a unnecessarily long name, and it works poorly compared to GoToMeeting or WebEx. Here is the actual transcript of a recent Webinar held using [more...
How to read between the lines of a press release
For an editor like me, I see the purpose of press releases as a way of imparting information that a company deems important. Companies usually see it this way, as well. Sometimes, however, the press release is a way to [more...
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