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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 modifies Softimage end-of-life terms

Autodesk modifies Softimage end-of-life terms

Access is “indefinite;” license holders can use Softimage as long as they like. Autodesk says it is changing how it manages the end-of-life issues regarding Softimage, its 3D creative modeling software that is being discontinued. In a message posted to the Autodesk support forum today, Autodesk said it will allow users to continue to access Softimage “indefinitely” [...]

Dell introduces new entry-level mobile workstation

Dell introduces new entry-level mobile workstation

Precision M2800 starts at $1199, marking a new low price for mobile workstations. Dell today introduced a new mobile workstation that it claims redefines the category. The Dell Precision M2800 is a 15-inch mobile workstation offering ISV-certified and optimized performance, starting at $1,199. The base price makes it the lowest price available for 15-inch mobile workstations. [...]

Competitors leap to replace Softimage

Competitors leap to replace Softimage

LightWave 3D, Chaos Group first to reach out to Softimage users with special crossgrade deals. Autodesk already has offers in place. It isn’t taking long for 3D digital content software vendors to start offering crossgrades for Autodesk Softimage, in the wake of news earlier this week that Autodesk is phasing out the 3D professional modeling [...]

Autodesk to discontinue Softimage

Autodesk to discontinue Softimage

Three 3D content environments was clearly one too many. Autodesk is offering a no-cost transition to either Maya or 3ds Max. Autodesk today announced the 2015 edition of Softimage will be the last release. Autodesk will start shipping the new version in mid-April 2014, and will offer product support until April 30, 2016. The impending [...]

Airbus study finds significant advantage in 3D printing for standardized parts

Airbus study finds significant advantage in 3D printing for standardized parts

Working with laser sintering specialist EOS, an initial benchmarking for further research found cost savings and sustainability advantages across the part lifecycle. The initial study from a partnership between Airbus and 3D printer maker EOS found significant lifecycle cost and sustainability advantages in using 3D printing over casting in aerospace production. The first project compared [...]

By February 28, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Ansys net income rises 35% in fourth quarter

Ansys net income rises 35% in fourth quarter

Unlike its CAD/PLM colleagues, Ansys continues to set revenue records every quarter. By Randall S. Newton Ansys today reported fourth quarter and full year 2013 revenue, showing once again that simulation and analysis continues to outperform CAD/PLM in design automation. Fourth quarter revenue was $236 million, up 6.9% from 4Q12. Full year 2013 revenue was [...]

By February 27, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Autodesk revenue transition leads to down quarter and fiscal year

Autodesk revenue transition leads to down quarter and fiscal year

Fourth-quarter revenue down 3%; fiscal year revenue down 1.6%. PLM 360 has best quarter ever as cloud products become popular with early adopters. By Randall S. Newton There is an old saying in law school: When you don’t have facts, argue the law. When you don’t have the law, argue facts. When you don’t have [...]

By February 27, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
How Whiskytree runs its “Work Smart” CG pipeline

How Whiskytree runs its “Work Smart” CG pipeline

Successful VFX for films including Elysium, Thor: The Dark World, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier are among the projects organized in Thinkbox Deadline. Since its inception in 2007, Whiskytree has grown from a talented matte painting shop into a full-service CG powerhouse known for creating complex visual effects for feature films, commercials and video [...]

By February 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
KeyShot and IronCAD release visualization integration

KeyShot and IronCAD release visualization integration

Single-click transfer of data with instant updates improve visualization without changing the IronCAD workflow. Luxion and IronCAD have released an integration between IronCAD and Keyshot, allowing for single-click transfer of IronCAD design data into KeyShot along with the ability to keep model geometry updated to streamline the 3D visual creation process. The integration uses Luxion’s [...]

By February 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
BricsCAD V14 now available for Linux

BricsCAD V14 now available for Linux

BricsCAD is DWG compatible without being an AutoCAD clone. Linux availability extends its reach in many emerging markets.   Bricsys has released a Linux version of its 2D/3D drafting program BricsCAD V14, with many features not available on other Linux 2D CAD products. Having a full-featured Linux version of its flagship is important for Bricsys, [...]

By February 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →