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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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Ansys Q1 new reality: slower, more steady growth

Ansys Q1 new reality: slower, more steady growth

Net income is up 16% on 4% growth. A $10 million sale was booked in the quarter.   For years Ansys (ANSS: Nasdaq) has been the high-growth stock in the engineering software industry. But as the industry matures, even a high-flyer like Ansys eventually had to come down to Earth; first quarter results confirm the […]

By May 6, 2016 Read More →
AMD unveils new 32GB graphics board and 3ds Max plug-in

AMD unveils new 32GB graphics board and 3ds Max plug-in

The high bandwidth board was presented at NAB running a variety of high-end graphics programs. Virtual reality is an obvious application. AMD used the recent National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show,  to announce its latest FirePro professional graphics card. AMD says the new FirePro W9100 32GB is “the world’s first workstation graphics card with … […]

By April 28, 2016 Read More →
A critical look at virtual reality

A critical look at virtual reality

Panelists debate the long-term effects of VR on physical and mental health, as well as the realistic potential market. Panelists at a session on virtual reality this week at the FMX conference in Stuttgart, Germany were not exactly fawning enthusiasts. Concerns were raised regarding physical and mental health, the reality of market projections, and the […]

By April 27, 2016 Read More →
HBO and Discovery invest in Otoy

HBO and Discovery invest in Otoy

Hollywood is mesmerized by the Jules Urbach vision of holographic virtual reality content. Cloud-based graphics rendering expert Otoy is reporting that Home Box Office and Discovery Communications have both taken an undisclosed equity stake in Otoy. The total of venture capital in the Los Angeles software vendor is now $101 million, at a reported valuation of […]

By April 26, 2016 Read More →
Dassault Systèmes net income rises 27% in first quarter

Dassault Systèmes net income rises 27% in first quarter

All division and regions reported modest growth. Dassault Systèmes has reported first quarter results that saw modest single-digit percentage growth in most product lines and regions. The Enovia data management unit continues to show above average growth, 11% this quarter (year over year). Total revenue for the first quarter (ending March 31, 2016) was €691.4 […]

By April 25, 2016 Read More →
PTC second quarter results don’t fit the old Wall Street metrics

PTC second quarter results don’t fit the old Wall Street metrics

Software subscriptions are rising briskly, but that means a short-term hit in revenue. PTC CEO James Heppelmann told Wall Street what he thought was great news; new booking of software subscriptions in the second quarter of 2016 were above the high-end of previously issued guidance. This is great for the long-term future of PTC, but […]

By April 21, 2016 Read More →
Onshape gets more VC money

Onshape gets more VC money

A new funding round nets the cloud-CAD startup $25 million. Cloud CAD startup Onshape has raised another $25 million in funding, according to a regulatory filing. This brings the total investment in Onshape to $169 million. The participants in this latest round were not disclosed. An Onshape spokesperson told GraphicSpeak the company is not commenting […]

By April 15, 2016 Read More →
Redway3D rendering toolkit borrows preprocess features for improving real-time photorealism.

Redway3D rendering toolkit borrows preprocess features for improving real-time photorealism.

The update also support Oculus Rift, supports night sky rendering, and more.  Photorealistic rendering software vendor Redway3D has released an update to its Redsdk rendering toolkit which provides key improvements in several areas by bringing preprocessed photo-realistic rendering effects into the real-time visualization stream. The update also improves a variety of other features. Redsdk is […]

By April 13, 2016 Read More →
Finding a way to make tractors less noisy

Finding a way to make tractors less noisy

Commercial and agricultural manufacturer CNH needed a better way to study noise reduction strategies. The solution was found in MSC Actran. Commercial and agricultural vehicles are built for work, not personal use. Compared to automobiles, big trucks, tractors, and construction vehicles generate much more noise. It is important for drives to hear their motors, but […]

By April 12, 2016 Read More →
Dassault Systèmes acquires 3DPLM from Geometric

Dassault Systèmes acquires 3DPLM from Geometric

The India-based group will be integrated into Dassault global R&D. Dassault Systèmes has acquired full ownership of 3DPLM, the research and development group created in 2002 as a joint venture between Dassault and Geometric Ltd. of India. Dassault says the team of more than 2,000 employees will become a fully integrated part of Dassault Systèmes’ […]

By April 11, 2016 Read More →