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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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Hexagon acquires Multivista for cloud construction documentation

Hexagon acquires Multivista for cloud construction documentation

Construction progress and site monitoring as a service increases visibility into projects. Hexagon AB continues its aggressive acquisition pace in AEC products and services with the recent purchase of Multivista, a provider of cloud-based construction documentation services. Purchase price was not disclosed; Hexagon says the acquisition will have no significant impact on earnings. Last year […]

By August 31, 2016 Read More →
SPECviewperf update adds 3ds Max viewset

SPECviewperf update adds 3ds Max viewset

The popular benchmark measures 3D graphics performance of systems running OpenGL and DirectX. The new update to the SPECviewperf benchmark features a new Autodesk 3ds Max viewset, Microsoft Windows 10 support, along with GUI and reporting improvements. SPECviewperf software measures the 3D graphics performance of systems running under the OpenGL and Direct X application programming […]

By August 29, 2016 Read More →
AMD increases graphics chip market share in second quarter

AMD increases graphics chip market share in second quarter

The total market was in seasonal decline, down 4% from last quarter. Computer graphics chip maker AMD increased market share 0.4% during the second quarter of 2016, according to a new market report from Jon Peddie Research. AMD, the smallest of the three remaining computer graphics processing unit (GPU) vendors, continues to take market share […]

By August 26, 2016 Read More →
AMD continues to gain ground on Nvidia in graphics add-in board market

AMD continues to gain ground on Nvidia in graphics add-in board market

A robust gaming market helped boost add-in board sales in seasonally down quarter. Computer graphics hardware vendor AMD continues to gain market share in the lucrative graphics add-in board (AIBs) market, says Jon Peddie Research (JPR) in its AIB market update for the second quarter of 2016. The market for graphics add-in boards was down […]

By August 25, 2016 Read More →
Versus is quite possibly the best video introduction for a software update this year

Versus is quite possibly the best video introduction for a software update this year

In 1:28 the main new features of Cinema 4D Release 18 are presented without a word. I was gobsmacked by the new short video (below) that introduces Maxon Cinema 4D Release 18. The trained eye will recognize the new technology, while the rest of us will just appreciate how clever and visually appealing “Versus” is, introducing […]

By August 24, 2016 Read More →
CADfix contributes to UK study of high-end mesh geometry use

CADfix contributes to UK study of high-end mesh geometry use

Automated generation of high quality meshes will aid CFD simulation for aerospace and other demanding engineering tasks. The UK government, working with private software companies, recently finished a three-year study of advanced geometry handling and integration for industrial use. The study, known as GHandI (Geometry Handling and Integration), resulted in new capabilities in the automatic […]

By August 23, 2016 Read More →
Datakit updates SolidWorks export plug-ins

Datakit updates SolidWorks export plug-ins

A license of the export target is not required to create a new version of the 3D model. Datakit has updated its line of SolidWorks conversion plug-ins. Each converter works as a SolidWorks plug-in, but does not require a license of the software in the format being exported. Updated modules include: SolidWorks 3D to Siemens […]

By August 12, 2016 Read More →
Sequoia update doubles speed

Sequoia update doubles speed

The stand-alone point cloud meshing software also now support Linux and several new data formats. Thinkbox Software has released an update to Sequoia, its standalone point cloud meshing software application. The company says internal improvements make the new version run at “nearly double” the speed of previous performance. Other improvements include native Linux support, new […]

By August 10, 2016 Read More →
Formlabs raises $35 million in venture capital B round

Formlabs raises $35 million in venture capital B round

Autodesk contributes to the funding and will engage in strategic collaboration with the start-up 3D printer maker. Start-up 3D printing maker Formlabs has raised $35 million in a series B funding round. Autodesk and Foundry Group were lead investors; Autodesk plans to “strategically collaborate” on software integration and joint marketing initiatives as part of Autodesk’s […]

By August 9, 2016 Read More →
The pirate rule of success at Allegorithmic

The pirate rule of success at Allegorithmic

Substance Painter is finding a home in the vast majority of AAA game studios, and with those who aren’t ready to pay up quite yet. At Allegorithmic company headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France—home of popular 3D paint software Substance Painter—there is a heat map on display showing in real time all the active users of Painter […]

By August 8, 2016 Read More →