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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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OpenBOM updates visualization and CAD management

OpenBOM updates visualization and CAD management

Using cloud technology to replace spreadsheets and paper for the Bill of Materials is a small but vital advance for manufacturing.   Start-up Newman Cloud has announced an update to its cloud-based engineering management software OpenBOM which includes new tracking features, CAD synchronization, and visualization enhancements. The OpenBOM team says the new additions are designed […]

By December 2, 2016 Read More →
NGCodec takes video codec to Amazon cloud

NGCodec takes video codec to Amazon cloud

4K resolution for virtual and augmented reality video compression; only send pixels to the head mounted display. Video services start-up NGCodec today announced it has been working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the development of its RealityCodec for hardware-accelerated AWS-based video encoding and processing for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). RealityCodec allows […]

By December 1, 2016 Read More →
Autodesk revenue down 18% in third quarter

Autodesk revenue down 18% in third quarter

The warnings about lower revenue during business model transition are still true. AutoCAD business is in the cellar. By Randall S. Newton Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK) continues to see revenue declines as it moves through its transition from selling software licenses to selling software subscriptions. Revenue in the third quarter of Fiscal 2017 (ended October 31, […]

By November 30, 2016 Read More →
Industry vendors join in new model based enterprise interoperability research project

Industry vendors join in new model based enterprise interoperability research project

Purdue University joins with Anark, ITI, Lockheed Martin, and others to increase the use of intelligent assets in 3D models. Several engineering software vendors are joining with manufacturers and academia in a new research project to improve the usability of intelligent model based enterprise (MBE) technologies for manufacturing. The goal of the “Supply Chain MBE/TDP […]

By November 28, 2016 Read More →
Graphisoft adds Google Cardboard support to BIMx architectural presentation app

Graphisoft adds Google Cardboard support to BIMx architectural presentation app

Virtual reality for viewing the virtual building model. BIM software developer Graphisoft, maker of ArchiCAD and BIMx for architects, has added support for the Google Cardboard virtual reality viewer as an update to BIMx. The new VR functionality will allow users of either Android or iOS smartphones to view building models in an immersive 3D […]

By November 25, 2016 Read More →
Affinity Designer now available on Windows

Affinity Designer now available on Windows

A top seller on the Mac goes after Adobe Illustrator in a wider marketplace, offering speed, a rich feature set and a perpetual use license. A fast-rising challenger to Adobe Illustrator on the Mac is now shipping a Windows version. British software developer Serif says its Affinity Designer has been the best-selling professional design and […]

By November 23, 2016 Read More →
Graphics add-in board shipments up 9.2% in third quarter

Graphics add-in board shipments up 9.2% in third quarter

In the past 12 months AMD has taken 11 points of market share from Nvidia. New market data from Jon Peddie Research shows that graphics add-in board (AIB) sales are on an upward trend. Shipments during the third quarter of 2016 (ending September 30) increased from the second quarter of 2016 by 38.2%; this is […]

By November 22, 2016 Read More →
WorldViz previews virtual reality design review platform

WorldViz previews virtual reality design review platform

Codenamed Skofield, the cloud-based application is targeting aerospace, automotive, and architecture. Virtual reality (VR) applications developer WorldViz has introduced a new VR-based communications platform for such complex visual tasks as collaborative interactive design review. Codenamed “Skofield,” the platform was presented in public for the first time this week at Autodesk University in Las Vegas. “Accurately […]

By November 17, 2016 Read More →
BricsCAD update puts BIM and MCAD in a familiar container

BricsCAD update puts BIM and MCAD in a familiar container

Bricsys is betting CAD users want to keep using .dwg data and drafting workflows while taking advantage of 3D advances.   In a CAD industry plot line ripped directly from the pages of The Mouse that Roared, Bricsys this week puts forth an update to its .dwg-based CAD program, offering a wireframe 2D/3D alternative for […]

By November 15, 2016 Read More →
Siemens to buy Mentor Graphics for $4.5 billion

Siemens to buy Mentor Graphics for $4.5 billion

The industrial giant will add Mentor to its existing PLM division. The price was 21% higher than last Friday’s stock price. Siemens (OTCMKTS:SIEGY) today announced it has reached a merger agreement with Mentor Graphics (NASDAQ: MENT) by which the industrial giant will acquire Mentor for $4.5 billion. The price represents a stock value of $37.25 […]

By November 14, 2016 Read More →