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Chaos Group updates core algorithm in V-Ray 3.3 for 3ds Max

Chaos Group updates core algorithm in V-Ray 3.3 for 3ds Max

Variance-based adaptive sampling makes renders easier to predict and control. Chaos Group has released a free upgrade to its V-Ray add-in rendering toolkit for Autodesk 3ds Max. Chaos Group says the update provides 20%-50% faster rendering for most scenes and introduces a new variance-based adaptive sampler (VBAS) for more uniform noise distribution, faster setup, and improved imagery for VR, VFX, and arch-viz workflows.  By default, variance-based adaptive sampling will be on in the new update. Chaos Group […]

By December 29, 2015 Read More →
The evolution of Making

The evolution of Making

Autodesk University 2015 talks up the software systems that better fit how people work. By Kathleen Maher The Autodesk stage show is a whole lot of glitz and a bunch of future talk. The show was opened up by Star Troopers and Autodesk technical evangelist Lynn Allen. We never did get the relevance of Star […]

By December 23, 2015 Read More →
Nemetschek acquires BIM specialist Solibri for $38 million

Nemetschek acquires BIM specialist Solibri for $38 million

The Helsinki company spurned other suitors, preferring the “brands first” approach at Nemetschek. AEC software specialist Nemetschek has beat out other suitors to become the new owner of Solibri, a vendor of software for quality assurance and control in building information modeling (BIM). The Solibri Model Checker validates that BIM models are compliant in terms […]

By December 22, 2015 Read More →
Nvidia updates Iray plug-ins for Maya and 3ds Max

Nvidia updates Iray plug-ins for Maya and 3ds Max

Gensler has been using the new technology for months on the design of Nvidia’s new Santa Clara headquarters. Nvidia has released updated versions of its Iray plug-ins for photorealistic rendering inside Autodesk 3ds and Maya. Both Autodesk products have developed a strong following over the years; 3ds Max is big in architecture and product development, […]

By December 18, 2015 Read More →
Aveva-Schneider Electric reverse merger is dead

Aveva-Schneider Electric reverse merger is dead

It’s a Grinchy Christmas for the British plant engineering developer. The stock dropped 36% on the news. The reverse merger announced by Aveva and Schneider Electric in July (see Aveva and Schneider Electric agree to a reverse merger) is dead. The two companies said it was a mutual decision based on “extensive due diligence.” The […]

By December 17, 2015 Read More →
ODA Teigha update provides new clipping engine

ODA Teigha update provides new clipping engine

As usual, the full list of improvements is long. Documentation is now aimed at generalists as well as developers. The Open Design Alliance (ODA) has released an update to its Teigha software development platform, used by hundreds of software developers who include CAD technology in their products. At the top of the list in Teigha […]

By December 15, 2015 Read More →
CorelCAD 2016 arrives

CorelCAD 2016 arrives

Corel has building on its CorelDraw franchise to create a line of professional products for designers. In the process the company has been able to appeal to a unique base of users.

By November 24, 2015 Read More →
uMake brings sketch-model paradigm to iPad

uMake brings sketch-model paradigm to iPad

Draw a few lines, then manipulate them in 3D space. A team that includes some of the original developers of what became AutoCAD 360 have created a new iPad app turns sketching into a 3D design experience. The company and the app are both called, uMake, now available in the Apple App Store. The market […]

By November 23, 2015 Read More →
KeyShot update streamlines material creation

KeyShot update streamlines material creation

The popular tool for commercial visualization features new tools for editing interiors and creating complex materials.   The new edition of KeyShot, a popular tool for product development and other commercial 3D visualization applications, features new tools for editing interior lighting, an improved workflow for material creation, and other new features. Beta user and designer […]

By November 16, 2015 Read More →
Construction, geospatial finding their way in virtualization

Construction, geospatial finding their way in virtualization

Data is needed everywhere, and virtualization is the new transport. A report from the recent Virtualize Conference. By Kathleen Maher Jon Peddie Research’s second annual Virtualize Conference featured an ambitious agenda, designed to reach a wider audience interested in the potential of virtualization technology. We probably went a little far, cramming in discussions of virtualized […]

By November 11, 2015 Read More →