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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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The Foundry has a new majority owner

The Foundry has a new majority owner

London private equity firm HgCapital pays $312 million to add The Foundry to its Technology, Media & Telecommunications group.  The Foundry, best known for its creative media products Modo and Nuke, has a new majority owner. London private equity firm HgCapital has paid £200 million ($312 million) to take over majority ownership from The Carlyle […]

Autodesk posts solid Q1 despite strong US Dollar

Autodesk posts solid Q1 despite strong US Dollar

Cash flow and net profit were down; AEC remains strong. By Randall S. Newton Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK) reported a solid first quarter for fiscal 2016, despite lowered sales due to the strong US Dollar and the continued transition from perpetual licenses to subscriptions. Revenue was $647 million, up 9% compared to 1Q15, and 13% on […]

Boy Scouts of America introduces Animation merit badge

Boy Scouts of America introduces Animation merit badge

New merit badge will be the first delivered to scouts via both print and digital publishing. Keeping up with contemporary trends in the arts and sciences, The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is launching a new merit badge in animation. Created and developed in consultation with industry experts, the animation merit badge is the 136th addition […]

Arnold renderer now available for Cinema 4D

Arnold renderer now available for Cinema 4D

The new bridge makes the popular renderer available inside the C4D interface. Solid Angle has released connector software that allows its popular Arnold ray tracing renderer work inside 3D modeling and animation software Maxon Cinema 4D (C4DtoA). Arnold is an advanced Monte Carlo ray tracing renderer purpose-built for feature-length animation and visual effects. Originally co-developed […]

Bentley reports $625 million revenue for 2014

Bentley reports $625 million revenue for 2014

The privately held AEC software firm offers annual insight into operations. Compared to 2013 Bentley has lost ground to Autodesk. Bentley Systems today reported selected information from its 2014 revenue and operations results. Total 2014 revenue of $625 million is up 7% from 2013 revenues. Net income was not disclosed. As a private company, Bentley […]

Create a trailer for Siggraph

Create a trailer for Siggraph

A new contest for students seeks “imagination to tell a unique story” about Siggraph 2015 The Siggraph Education Committee is looking for the next great team of computer graphics artists to create a film-style trailer (preview) for Siggraph 2015. The Siggraph Trailer Contest draws inspiration from a similar contest run by the FMX conference. The […]

Lightmap HDR Light Studio update adds 80 features

Lightmap HDR Light Studio update adds 80 features

A new user interface and new preview renderer enhance this “click to render” system. Lightmap is now shipping a major update to its “click to render” lighting software HDR Light Studio. Version 5 features an overhaul of the user interface, support for new 3D formats, and a new preview renderer. HDR Light Studio is designed […]

Global currency issues limit Ansys to 1% growth in first quarter

Global currency issues limit Ansys to 1% growth in first quarter

North America was up, Europe and Japan down. Next quarter could be just as lean. By Randall S. Newton Ansys (Nasdaq: ANSS) has reported first quarter 2015 results that, by its standards, seem unusually timid. Revenue was $217 million, up only 1% year-over-year. Ansys was hit as hard as any vendor we cover by foreign […]

New report says Vectorworks top BIM software in UK

New report says Vectorworks top BIM software in UK

Government mandate is forcing AEC firms to re-evaluate what software they use. According to results from the fifth annual NBS National BIM Report 2015, Vectorworks Architect is the most popular building information modeling (BIM) architectural software in the United Kingdom. Twenty-nine percent of respondents said they use the solution for designing with a BIM workflow. In […]

Graphisoft opens door for importing Rhino models

Graphisoft opens door for importing Rhino models

The link allows two ways to bring Rhino models into ArchiCAD. A leading Japanese architecture firm helped build and test the technology. Architectural software developer Graphisoft has teamed with the popular industrial design tool Rhino to create new connection technology between the two products. The connection enables ArchiCAD users on both the Mac and Windows […]