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2008: Autodesk and Bentley exchange software libraries to improve interoperability

2008: Autodesk and Bentley exchange software libraries to improve interoperability

In 2008 Autodesk and Bentley Systems agreed to direct exchange of software libraries and the reciprocal use of each other’s Application Programming Interfaces. It remains as the largest single company-to-company interoperability agreement in the history of AEC software. An archive article from the July 10, 2008 edition of CADCAMNET, acquired in 2010 by Jon Peddie […]

2007: Major acquisitions consolidate PLM industry

2007: Major acquisitions consolidate PLM industry

Two major acquisitions dominated the PLM scene in 2007: Siemens buying UGS and Oracle buying Agile. An analysis by CIMdata’s John MacKrell, originally published in the June 2007 edition of Engineering Automation Report, acquired in 2010 by Jon Peddie Research. By John MacKrell Almost every week we receive an announcement about a vendor in the […]

June 2007: Autodesk Inventor LT aims to be 3D design editor

June 2007: Autodesk Inventor LT aims to be 3D design editor

Autodesk released its entry into the MCAD direct editing sweepstakes in June 2007 with the preview release of AutoCAD Inventor LT. This article from the archives of Engineering Automation Report describes the initial product. By Randall S. Newton Engineering Automation Report, June 2007—Autodesk this month launched a free “technology preview” version of Autodesk Inventor LT. […]

2007: Is 3DLive the start of the next big thing?

2007: Is 3DLive the start of the next big thing?

In 2007 Dassault Systèmes introduced 3DLive, a revolutionary approach to creating and viewing digital mock-ups. From the archives of Engineering Automation Report comes the first review of this landmark product. By L. Stephen Wolfe, P.E. Engineering Automation Report, June 2007—In the history of engineering software, only a handful of big ideas have changed the way […]

2007: The Way of Rhino, Part 4: The Passion of the Rhino

2007: The Way of Rhino, Part 4: The Passion of the Rhino

No product specification sheets; no PR announcement until two months after it shipped; a list of new features that covers 34 pages; Universal Deformation Technology. What CAD product could possibly be defined by these characteristics? Finally, we let Rhino 4.0 out of its cage as our special series The Way of Rhino comes to a […]

2007: The Way of Rhino, Part 3: Tracking the coming perfect storm in CAD

2007: The Way of Rhino, Part 3: Tracking the coming perfect storm in CAD

Just as it takes more than a butterfly in the Azores flapping its wings to launch a hurricane toward Houston, it takes more than one contrary CAD company to shake up an industry. Robert McNeel and Associates are tracking six indicators they believe will create the Perfect Storm in CAD. Originally published in CADCAMNET September […]

2007: Blurring and bridging the boundaries between PLM and factory automation

2007: Blurring and bridging the boundaries between PLM and factory automation

Increasing the communication between engineering and the factory floor has developed significantly, but still has a long way to go. From the April 2007 edition of Engineering Automation Report, acquired in 2010 by Jon Peddie Research. By Nick Ballard and Peter Thorne Cambashi Ltd. Engineering Automation Report, April 2007—Siemens’ intention to purchase UGS has provoked […]

2007: New Acrobat 3D promises a treasure box of possibilities

2007: New Acrobat 3D promises a treasure box of possibilities

Once upon a time the CAD world waited with breathless anticipation for the second release of Acrobat with 3D capabilities. Four years later, we are still waiting for the promise to be achieved. Here, from the archives of Engineering Automation Report, is the origin story of a wannabe superhero; no foreshadowing added. By Randall S. […]

2007: Assessing the challenges and rewards of design reuse

2007: Assessing the challenges and rewards of design reuse

Manufacturing models may have hundreds of interrelated features, yet a growing number of companies are pushing to increase their reuse of design models. From the archives of Engineering Automation Report. By Chad Jackson Engineering Automation Report, May 2007—Design reuse: the idea is simple. Take past designs and repurpose them into new ones. The benefit? Starting […]

2007: 3D data interoperability vendors sound off

2007: 3D data interoperability vendors sound off

In design automation circles, interoperability is said to be like the weather; everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it. Recent years have seen dramatic improvements in engineering data interoperability, but the problems persist. This report, from Engineering Automation Report in 2007, gives the vendors of interoperability solutions a chance to address the […]