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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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Shotgun update adds RV viewer at no extra cost

Shotgun update adds RV viewer at no extra cost

Both the asset management system and the viewer now run without initial user configuration. Shotgun Software has updated its eponymous asset management software with a variety of new features and by including the previously separate RV asset viewer inside the primary product. Shotgun is a cloud-based production tracking, review and asset management software platform for film, […]

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 […]

Latest Bentley acquisition offers construction management in the cloud

Latest Bentley acquisition offers construction management in the cloud

The myriad details of construction are organized into dashboards charts that update in real time. Bentley’s most recent acquisition is a cloud-based approach to construction management. EADOC, based in Oakland, California, provides software to systematically track construction project documentation including design clarifications, inspectors’ daily reports, special inspections, memos, action items, deficiency items, and schedules. The […]

Autodesk turns Modio into Tinkerplay

Autodesk turns Modio into Tinkerplay

Previously undisclosed acquisition becomes new consumer-class app for 3D design-print of characters. Autodesk has converted a recent acquisition into a new app to expand its line of consumer-class apps for 3D design and printing. Tinkerplay joins Tinkercad in a growing line aimed at younger or inexperienced users of 3D software. Tinkerplay has its origins in […]

ODA updates Teigha for Android

ODA updates Teigha for Android

A variety of software products are coming to market on Android using Teigha code. Open Design Alliance (ODA) today releases support for the Android 5 mobile operating system in the latest release of Teigha, the ODA’s software development platform for engineering applications. Built against the latest Android NDK 10, the new release is designed for […]

TurboSite update adds editable PDF forms

TurboSite update adds editable PDF forms

Now construction and maintenance site inspection can be drawings-based or forms-based on an iPad. IMSI/Design has added editable PDF forms to TurboSite, its iOS application for mobile field reporting. The addition extends TurboSite from being only a drawings-based approach to site evaluation by making it possible to use pre-existing forms. TurboSite allows uploading of multi-page […]

Otoy reveals big rendering agenda

Otoy reveals big rendering agenda

A new media format designed for virtual/augmented reality is just the tip of the iceberg. Otoy seems to believe in the sports cliché “go big or go home.” This week at the GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, the well-funded start-up introduced a new free application for creating photorealistic content for virtual and augmented reality […]

A quick look at Nvidia Quadro K5200

A quick look at Nvidia Quadro K5200

Viewperf scores don’t tell the whole story. By Alex Herrera Our recent review of the P900 (see “Review: Lenovo ThinkStation P900: Alex Herrera examines the most powerful deskside workstation we’ve ever tested”) gave us a chance to look at another, relatively new product geared to the high-demand visual com­puting professional: Nvidia’s Quadro K5200 AIB. That […]

Geomerics improves real-time global illumination engine

Geomerics improves real-time global illumination engine

Enlighten 3 with Forge provide lighting tools for an artist’s perspective. Geomerics says its update to Enlighten provides cinematic-quality dynamic lighting with a toolset appealing to the artist. “We see lighting as the biggest contributor to cinematic quality graphics,” says Chris Porthouse, VP of gaming middleware for ARM, which owns Geomerics. “Great artists use lighting […]

Ansys closes 2014 with record quarter

Ansys closes 2014 with record quarter

Ansys has one of the largest ratios of net income to revenue in the engineering software industry. Ansys (NASDAQ: ANSS) ended 2014 by setting another record for both fourth quarter and full year revenue.  Revenue in the fourth quarter (ending December 31, 2014) was $254.4 million, up 12% from a year ago. Full year revenue […]