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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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Autodesk’s sale of Pixlr reveals business model transition

Autodesk’s sale of Pixlr reveals business model transition

It is routine for Autodesk to consolidate products or terminate them, but sell? Autodesk has sold Pixlr, its cloud/mobile photo editor, to 123RF, a photo/video service bureau and division of Inmagine Group. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition gives Inmagine Group a reach of approximately 50 million monthly users. It also signals […]

By April 25, 2017 Read More →
Tipit greenscreen technology opens a Pandora’s Box of AR possibilities

Tipit greenscreen technology opens a Pandora’s Box of AR possibilities

Separating the main image from the background in the camera allows professional photo editing opportunities inside the smartphone. The tech behind it has a wide range of applications beyond photography. A young startup called Tipit which focuses on cross-platform augmented reality technologies, recently launched an automated photo editing app called Model. The iOS app lets […]

By April 19, 2017 Read More →
Ayoga steps into AEC collaboration

Ayoga steps into AEC collaboration

India-based cloud collaboration platform seeks to reduce cost and complexity of disperse construction projects. To overcome global challenges in construction projects, an Indian company introduces a cloud-based AEC collaboration system called Ayoga. With the slogan “create, connect and collaborate,” Ayoga says it enables reliable planning of projects, streamlines planned and unplanned work, centralizes project communication, […]

By April 18, 2017 Read More →
Business Intelligence platform DrivenBI integrates AutoCAD

Business Intelligence platform DrivenBI integrates AutoCAD

Design can now connect directly into business planning dashboard.  Cloud-based Business Intelligence (BI) platform DrivenBI has added support for Autodesk AutoCAD to its data preparation utility tool. The company says adding AutoCAD integration as part of its service “allows CAD designs to connect directly to business data,” so that information from project drawings becomes instantly […]

By April 17, 2017 Read More →
Redway3D unveils REDsdk 4.3 visualization toolkit

Redway3D unveils REDsdk 4.3 visualization toolkit

The update sports new ray-tracing solutions, post-processing effects, as well as cloud-and-sky rendering. REDsdk is a C++ graphics visualization toolkit that provides industrial designers, architects, and other CAD professionals with a single multi-faceted rendering API. The REDsdk can be used for real-time 2D, 3D, and VR rendering and simulation. One of the notable improvements coming […]

By April 14, 2017 Read More →
Chaos Group launches V-Ray 3 for Rhino

Chaos Group launches V-Ray 3 for Rhino

The graphical toolkits favored by Hollywood are now available to the architects, industrial designers, and other Rhino users. Earlier this year, Chaos Group brought its updated V-Ray renderer to the Nuke video editor. Now architects and designers can also take advantage of V-Ray 3’s capabilities thanks to its release on Rhino 5. This means that […]

By April 13, 2017 Read More →
Spatial adds advanced meshing to 3D toolkit

Spatial adds advanced meshing to 3D toolkit

Distene mesh technology streamlines the CAD-to-simulation process. 3D development toolkit maker Spatial Corp has expanded its technology for the intricate CAD-to-simulation process by licensing mesh technology from Distene. The French company is already considered a leader in mesh software and components for 3D applications, with clients including Ansys, MSC Software, Siemens, PTC, and Autodesk. Inclusion […]

By April 10, 2017 Read More →
Famed COFES conference becomes non-profit institute

Famed COFES conference becomes non-profit institute

The list of attendees since 2000 is a true Who’s Who of the engineering software industry.  The legendary COFES — Congress on the Future of Engineering Software — has become the centerpiece of a new non-profit foundation, 18 years after it was founded to be a conference more about attendee conversations than the keynote speakers or […]

By April 9, 2017 Read More →
Privacy versus security in an augmented reality world

Privacy versus security in an augmented reality world

Can the next leap in technology help us reduce fear of the unknown? Is privacy obsolete?   By Jon Peddie Privacy is about the things you want to hide, whereas security is about the things you want to protect. And, I think they are two totally different things. I recently gave a lecture on augmented […]

By April 7, 2017 Read More →
BricsCAD officially compatible with Intergraph CADWorx Plant

BricsCAD officially compatible with Intergraph CADWorx Plant

For tiny Bricsys the deal a big step forward in its battle to be taken seriously as a legitimate alternative to AutoCAD. CAD vendors Bricsys and Intergraph Process, Power & Marine today announced that the new release of Intergraph CADWorx Plant 2017 is compatible with both AutoCAD and BricsCAD. For Bricsys, a small software company based […]

By April 6, 2017 Read More →