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Author Archive: Randall Newton

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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Visualizing the airline passenger experience in 3D

Visualizing the airline passenger experience in 3D

Dassault Systèmes introduces interactive tools for aircraft design, manufacture, and marketing. By Kathleen Maher Dassault Systèmes brought some virtual reality (VR) pizazz to the recent Paris Air Show as part of its Build to Operate package of products and processes. Build to Operate has been developed around Dassault’s Delmia Apriso. The company introduced its digital […]

A workflow look inside a great auto showcase video

A workflow look inside a great auto showcase video

From Catia to 3ds Max to V-ray to Nuke, the artists at Ink solved the challenge of putting a new Land Rover in the best possible light. Land Rover recently introduced the Discovery Sport, a new entry into the competitive compact SUV market. The marketing team was tasked with trying to find a way to […]

CG artistry move the plot along in Avengers: Age of Ultron

CG artistry move the plot along in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Fictional user interface designs enhance realism and visually explain technically sophisticated story elements. In the blockbuster movie Avengers: Age of Ultron (now in theaters) there are several crucial plot points not centered on dialog or action, but on the appearance of visual elements than can only be created by computer graphics. Two studios separated by […]

Nvidia to acquire TransGaming game portability technology

Nvidia to acquire TransGaming game portability technology

Nvidia pays $3.75 million to speed up the porting of games to its Android Shield environment. Nvidia is acquiring technology assets and related customer lists from Canadian software house TransGaming Inc. (TSX VENTURE: TNG). Nvidia will use the new tech to strengthen its gaming initiatives, including porting existing games for their new line of Android Shield devices. […]

Open Design Alliance to gather in Prague

Open Design Alliance to gather in Prague

Cloud, mobile, and 3D PDF technologies will be top issues in second annual conference.     The Open Design Alliance (ODA) will hold its second annual conference for engineering software developers in September, gathering in Prague September 7-8. Cloud, mobile and 3D PDF technologies are expected to be the top draw for the large band of […]

JPR books 2015 Siggraph press luncheon   

JPR books 2015 Siggraph press luncheon  

The annual event returns to JR Marriott LA Live with a theme of new workflows for Getting Virtual Jon Peddie Research (JPR) is again presenting its annual Siggraph press luncheon. This year Siggraph returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center, and JPR will be next door at JR Marriott LA Live on August 12, 2015. […]

Abstraction of Olympic motions wins Siggraph 2015 Computer Animation Festival Best of Show

Abstraction of Olympic motions wins Siggraph 2015 Computer Animation Festival Best of Show

Winners in 10 categories announced for 42th annual edition of the festival. Oscar winners often show up here first. Best in Show for the Siggraph 2015 Computer Animation Festival goes to Citius, Altius, Fortius, a mesmerizing exploration of abstract motion created by using data from original footage of athletes in Olympic competition. Ten categories are […]

KeyCreator updates Direct CAD module

KeyCreator updates Direct CAD module

Updates to Validation Tool and ECO Manager are also available. The new update to Kubotek USA KeyCreator 2015 adds new featured to its Direct CAD module for dynamic modeling and editing. The release also includes an optional 2D/Drawing Translator package for the import and editing of native CAD drawing file formats, and other improvements throughout […]

Review: Boxx Apexx 4 Performance Edition workstation

Review: Boxx Apexx 4 Performance Edition workstation

Powerhouse workstation gives excellent, balanced, top-end performance.   By Alex Herrera Boxx may not be a Tier 1 worksta­tion supplier by a measure of unit vol­ume, but Boxx certainly qualifies as top-tier when it comes to the performance and quality of its workstation products. Boxx is a supplier of workstation-class products to professional markets. It’s […]

V-Ray for 3ds Max update supports Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear

V-Ray for 3ds Max update supports Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear

The update also enhances GPU ray tracing and volume rendering. Chaos Group is getting on the virtual reality (VR) bandwagon in a big way, starting with its update of V-Ray for Autodesk 3ds Max. Version 3.2 adds VR rendering capabilities and multiple V-Ray GPU ray tracing enhancements. This free update—now available—also includes improved volume rendering, […]