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Randall S. Newton is Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

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X-Rite Pantone introduces Virtual Light Booth

X-Rite Pantone introduces Virtual Light Booth

Designers can create digital renderings of real-world objects with precise capture of lighting and color. X-Rite Pantone recently introduced its new Virtual Light Booth (VLB), designed to simulate and compare the appearance of physical and virtual materials. As part of the company’s Total Appearance Capture (TAC) suite, the VLB allows for the precise capturing of […]

By March 22, 2017 Read More →
Artlantis gains network rendering

Artlantis gains network rendering

Improvements to the Twinmotion feature aid rendering of environmental elements. An update to 3D architectural rendering software Artlantis from Abvent Software introduces a new Render Manager and updates to its Twinmotion tool for modeling flow effects and other environmental features in a rendering. The new Render Manager in Artlantis 6.5 allows rendering jobs to be […]

By March 20, 2017 Read More →
Substance Designer 6 expands the digital materials palette

Substance Designer 6 expands the digital materials palette

Quickly becoming an industry standard, the new version offers improved texturing tools and a dynamic text mode. Already a staple in many design toolkits from movie special effects artists to game developers, the latest iteration of Allegorithmic’s Substance Designer sees a plethora of new features added to the software. As with previous versions, the software […]

By March 17, 2017 Read More →
Boxx introduces new compact CAD workstation

Boxx introduces new compact CAD workstation

The new Apexx 1 1402 packs the latest i7 processing power into a surprisingly bite-sized package. Boxx Technologies recently introduced a new small workstation, the Apexx 1 1402. The company claims it is the world’s smallest workstation to feature an overclocked Intel Core i7 “Kaby Lake” processor. The Kaby Lake processor is Intel’s 7th generation […]

By March 16, 2017 Read More →
V-Ray updates Nuke plug-in

V-Ray updates Nuke plug-in

Chaos Group adds a new set of tools to aid artists in the creation of realistic volumetric effects. Chaos Group recently announced V-Ray 3.5 for Nuke, an update to its raytracing renderer used to create simulations directly in Nuke video editing software suite. Used in many recent major motion picture projects including Spectre and The […]

By March 15, 2017 Read More →
Intel places $15 billion bet on computer vision

Intel places $15 billion bet on computer vision

Jerusalem-based Mobileye has emerged as a leader in computer vision for transportation; now it will be part of Intel. Intel and computer vision specialist Mobileye today announced Intel will acquire Mobileye in an all-cash offer for approximately $15.3 billion. An Intel subsidiary will make an offer for all outstanding ordinary shares of Mobileye stock for […]

By March 13, 2017 Read More →
Improov extends virtual reality CAD collaboration

Improov extends virtual reality CAD collaboration

Viewing 3D CAD models in VR can reduce prototyping and testing costs as well as encourage team review participation. MiddleVR recently updated its virtual reality (VR) collaboration software with the release of Improov 3.2. The offering allows for the online collaboration and review of 3D CAD models, with the promise of reducing prototyping and testing […]

By March 9, 2017 Read More →
Workstation market shipment increased 20% in fourth quarter

Workstation market shipment increased 20% in fourth quarter

HP pulls ahead in market share, but all players saw increased sales. The workstation market is thriving. In 2Q16, Jon Peddie Research reported results as inspiring. 3Q16 results were even better, record-setting. 4Q16 results require a new level of superlatives. If a mature market like this one can be said to have a “blowout” quarter, […]

By March 7, 2017 Read More →
Amazon Web Services acquires Thinkbox Software

Amazon Web Services acquires Thinkbox Software

Graphics technology works on-premise or in-cloud. Amazon appears to be building a graphics stack for cloud computing services. Amazon Web Services has acquired Thinkbox Software, maker of several visualization and graphics management tools used for both media and engineering applications. Terms were not disclosed. Thinkbox offers most of its product line as both desktop software […]

By March 7, 2017 Read More →
Complex systems expert to deliver COFES keynote

Complex systems expert to deliver COFES keynote

Melanie Mitchell will explore the “sciences of complexity,” a multi-discipline approach to adaptive behavior in complex systems. An expert in complex systems will deliver the keynote address at COFES 2017, the annual think tank event for the engineering software industry.   Melanie Mitchell is “an intellectual leader in the field of complex adaptive systems and […]

By March 6, 2017 Read More →