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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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Dassault Systemès acquires simulation division from Next Limit

Dassault Systemès acquires simulation division from Next Limit

XFlow CFD offers a new approach to highly dynamic fluid flow simulation. Next Level will concentrate on its simulation for visualization products. Dassault Systemès and Next Limit Technologies (NLT) have announced the sale of NLT’s Dynamics division to Dassault. The purchase moves a popular new approach to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) into the hands of […]

By December 9, 2016 Read More →
AMD Radeon GPUs headed to Google Cloud

AMD Radeon GPUs headed to Google Cloud

Google Compute Engine and Cloud Machine Learning services will have FirePro boards as compute accelerators. One more unknown success story for open source code.   AMD has scored a big win in cloud technology, with the recent announcement that its Radeon GPU technology will be available to Google Cloud Platform users. Starting in 2017, Google […]

By December 8, 2016 Read More →
Khronos launches VR standards initiative

Khronos launches VR standards initiative

Rapid growth of virtual reality is causing platform fragmentation; Khronos is in a unique position to create a common set of VR APIs.   The Khronos Group has announced an open call to vendors to participate in a new initiative to define a cross-vendor, royalty-free, open standard for access to modern virtual reality (VR) devices. […]

By December 7, 2016 Read More →
It was a busy autumn for Chaos Group

It was a busy autumn for Chaos Group

A €2 million VR partnership and a new rendering engine for Revit confirms leadership status in AEC visualization. The last couple of months have been busy ones for Chaos Group, the visualization specialist whose software is used by designers as well as ad agencies and visual effects experts. The company forged a major strategic alliance […]

By December 6, 2016 Read More →
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 →