Hardware

AMD GPU powers new 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro

AMD GPU powers new 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro

Apple Watch haptic feedback, big fast SSD, and a real GPU. If you do video editing in Final Cut Pro X, or rendering of 3D images in pro graphics apps, Apple feels your pain and has updated the popular 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The new MacBook comes with a new Force Touch trackpad, faster […]

Virtualization leader joins SPEC workstation graphics group

Virtualization leader joins SPEC workstation graphics group

VMware brings more cachet to existing virtualization standards support. Virtualization specialist VMware has joined the SPEC Graphics and Workstation Performance Group (SPEC/GWPG) as a new member. The company is also a member of the SPEC Open Systems Group and the SPEC Research Group. The SPEC Graphics and Workstation Performance Group is a leader in standardized […]

AMD certifies Avid Media Composer for FirePro

AMD certifies Avid Media Composer for FirePro

Both Windows and Mac Pro workstations are covered by the new support certification. AMD has announced certification for Avid Media Composer 8.4 on its FirePro workstation-class GPUs. The new support for Avid Media Composer offers FirePro users a 4K environment for media management and editing tasks throughout the video production process. The new certification covers both […]

Digital Reality

Microsoft and allies launch 3MF Consortium for 3D printing

Microsoft and allies launch 3MF Consortium for 3D printing

In a bid to accelerate the 3D printing market, eleven companies have formed a consortium to promote, distribute, and maintain the open source 3D printing format 3MF.  Two years ago, Microsoft announced its intention to “fix” 3D printing by enabling 3D printing from within Windows just like conventional printing; to make 3D printing as easy as hitting […]

The Foundry introduces Modo 901

The Foundry introduces Modo 901

Modo 901 is planned for the end of May 2015. In the meantime, the Foundry’s Brad Peebler and Shane Griffith offered a sneak peak of the new features.

Artoo in Love: guerilla filmmaking Cadillac style

Artoo in Love: guerilla filmmaking Cadillac style

Autodesk inaugurates its new robotics lab at Pier 9 with screening of Artoo in Love by Evan Atherton

MFG & PLM

Global currency issues limit Ansys to 1% growth in first quarter

Global currency issues limit Ansys to 1% growth in first quarter

North America was up, Europe and Japan down. Next quarter could be just as lean. By Randall S. Newton Ansys (Nasdaq: ANSS) has reported first quarter 2015 results that, by its standards, seem unusually timid. Revenue was $217 million, up only 1% year-over-year. Ansys was hit as hard as any vendor we cover by foreign […]

PTC is connecting the digital prototype and the physical product

PTC is connecting the digital prototype and the physical product

Its LiveWorx conference on the Internet of Things has 1,000 more attendees than expected. The yottabytes are coming sooner than you think.  Today’s factories turn digital prototypes into physical products, says PTC CEO Jim Heppelmann. But what becomes of the virtual model after the real one exists? The physical product never connects back to its […]

Microsoft and allies launch 3MF Consortium for 3D printing

Microsoft and allies launch 3MF Consortium for 3D printing

In a bid to accelerate the 3D printing market, eleven companies have formed a consortium to promote, distribute, and maintain the open source 3D printing format 3MF.  Two years ago, Microsoft announced its intention to “fix” 3D printing by enabling 3D printing from within Windows just like conventional printing; to make 3D printing as easy as hitting […]

DCC

The Foundry has a new majority owner

The Foundry has a new majority owner

London private equity firm HgCapital pays $312 million to add The Foundry to its Technology, Media & Telecommunications group.  The Foundry, best known for its creative media products Modo and Nuke, has a new majority owner. London private equity firm HgCapital has paid £200 million ($312 million) to take over majority ownership from The Carlyle […]

Boy Scouts of America introduces Animation merit badge

Boy Scouts of America introduces Animation merit badge

New merit badge will be the first delivered to scouts via both print and digital publishing. Keeping up with contemporary trends in the arts and sciences, The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is launching a new merit badge in animation. Created and developed in consultation with industry experts, the animation merit badge is the 136th addition […]

Arnold renderer now available for Cinema 4D

Arnold renderer now available for Cinema 4D

The new bridge makes the popular renderer available inside the C4D interface. Solid Angle has released connector software that allows its popular Arnold ray tracing renderer work inside 3D modeling and animation software Maxon Cinema 4D (C4DtoA). Arnold is an advanced Monte Carlo ray tracing renderer purpose-built for feature-length animation and visual effects. Originally co-developed […]

BIZ

The Foundry has a new majority owner

The Foundry has a new majority owner

London private equity firm HgCapital pays $312 million to add The Foundry to its Technology, Media & Telecommunications group.  The Foundry, best known for its creative media products Modo and Nuke, has a new majority owner. London private equity firm HgCapital has paid £200 million ($312 million) to take over majority ownership from The Carlyle […]

Autodesk posts solid Q1 despite strong US Dollar

Autodesk posts solid Q1 despite strong US Dollar

Cash flow and net profit were down; AEC remains strong. By Randall S. Newton Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK) reported a solid first quarter for fiscal 2016, despite lowered sales due to the strong US Dollar and the continued transition from perpetual licenses to subscriptions. Revenue was $647 million, up 9% compared to 1Q15, and 13% on […]

Moore’s Law turns 50; Gordon Moore worries that US is losing its edge

Moore’s Law turns 50; Gordon Moore worries that US is losing its edge

Intel celebrates the semi-centennial of Moore’s Law with events highlighting the work of the Gordon and Betty Moore foundation. Moore says he’s been surprised by how well his prediction has held up over the years, but he’s disappointed that the US seems to be losing interest in investing in pure research.