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Fast-growing Vectorworks releases 2015 suite

Fast-growing Vectorworks releases 2015 suite

New version contains more than 100 updates and many new features. Japan has become a hot market. BIM software vendor Nemetschek Vectorworks is introducing its 2015 update this month with a cheery business update: unit sales of its software rose more than 30% in the past year, fueled by a recovering construction industry and increased [...]

By September 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Even cheaper Windows devices are on the way

Even cheaper Windows devices are on the way

Microsoft has tweaked the cost of Windows, making it possible for vendors to ship new entry-level devices priced below $200. At IFA a bunch of Microsoft partners showed off super-low-cost Windows 8.1 devices to compete with Chromebooks. Acer, Asus, and Toshiba have announced sub-$200 Windows tablets or laptops at the show, and other vendors are [...]

By September 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Facerig avatar maker now available via Steam

Facerig avatar maker now available via Steam

Crowdfunding on Indiegogo was $200,000 above the goal. Holotech Studios of Bucharest, Romania, has been building Facerig, a new toy for social media. The idea is that people can use their favorite character as an avatar to use in chats and other content streamed over the web. Using the devices’ cameras, the software picks up [...]

By September 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
SPECapc releases new 3ds Max 2015 benchmark, outlines future

SPECapc releases new 3ds Max 2015 benchmark, outlines future

How to test virtual workstation performance is one of the key issues facing this industry non-profit. At Siggraph SPEC’s Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) group has released a new benchmark Autodesk 3ds Max 2015, and discussed with press and analysts the challenges it sees ahead. SPECapc for 3ds Max 2015 contains 48 tests for comprehensive measurement [...]

By September 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Matrox chooses AMD for next-generation multi-display graphics cards

Matrox chooses AMD for next-generation multi-display graphics cards

Matrox makes display boards capable of supporting eight or more monitors, but hasn’t been a player in consumer or general-purpose enterprise computing for years. Working with AMD could turn that around.  Matrox Graphics today announced its next generation of multi-display graphics cards will be based on AMD GPUs and display drivers. The shift from internally developed [...]

By September 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Lenovo intros new transformer workstations

Lenovo intros new transformer workstations

The new ThinkStation update takes toolless to a new level. Lenovo came to Siggraph with a fleet of slick-looking new workstations. The company completely revamped their product line with new processors, new cooling techniques, and new cabinets. Lenovo has added new models to its ThinkStation P Series workstation lineup featuring Intel’s Haswell Xeon E5 v3 [...]

By September 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Khronos gets major wins; lays groundwork for further advance

Khronos gets major wins; lays groundwork for further advance

Now that Microsoft is on board with OpenGL, the browser as software platform can really take off. Siggraph represented a major milestone for the Khronos organization, and this year is an especially momentous one for the organization. Graphics standards organization Khronos Group always takes time at Siggraph to show off what it has accomplished in [...]

By September 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
New AMD FirePro models debut

New AMD FirePro models debut

4K display outputs now included on all workstation-class boards. At Siggraph AMD unveiled new additions to the FirePro professional graphics family with larger memory configurations, top to bottom 4K display support, increased compute performance, application certifications, and new drivers. At the top of the pile is AMD’s FirePro W9100, introduced in May of this year [...]

By September 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Bypassing animation complexity

Bypassing animation complexity

Akeytsu from French start-up Nukeygara provides only the necessary features for 3D character rigging and motion; “our clients are creatives, not engineers.” The current generation of top animation software is the result of a 20-year arms race, with each product seeking to offer more features—with resulting additional complexity—in each release. The result, says Nukeygara CEO [...]

By September 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
AMD introduces new ray tracing technology

AMD introduces new ray tracing technology

With 47 ray tracing products on the market, where will it fit in? By Jon Peddie Ray tracing (RT) is to CG as a Mars lander is to NASA—the ultimate goal, dream, and pursuit. At one time or another, almost every company that has ever had anything to do with computer graphics has either bought [...]

By August 28, 2014 0 Comments Read More →