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AutoCAD for Mac 2015 and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 represent major releases

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

The presence of the Mac in CAD computing has been growing over the past few years as the use of the Mac moves into the enterprise. In a recent conversation with Micah Dickerson, software project manager for Autodesk, he discussed the release of AutoCAD for Mac 2015 and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 being announced today.

Data Links in AutoCAD for Mac 2015

Data Links in AutoCAD for Mac 2015

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HP announces split into two different companies

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Hewlett-Packard Co said it would split into two listed companies, separating its computer and printer businesses from its corporate hardware and services operations, thereby eliminating another 5,000 jobs that would be part of its “turnaround plan.” The company currently has over 300,000 employees.

The 75-year-old company has been trying to keep pace with the new era of mobile and online computing. HP has no plans to try to go into the consumer mobile devices market. Shares were up 4.4 percent at $36.78 in Monday’s late morning trading.

Chief Executive Meg Whitman told Reuters the newly created HP Inc would mostly stick to its mainstay products– PCs and printers, while exploring related markets such as 3D printing.

Shareholders will own a stake in both businesses through a tax-free transaction next year, said HP. The two businesses each contributes about half of HP’s revenue and profit.

HP’s revenues have increased over the past few years so that they are splitting the company at a time when they have a position of strength. The idea behind the sale is that HP will be able to focus on the more profitable side of its business.

“Shareholders will now be able to invest in the respective asset groups without the fear of cross-subsidies and inefficiencies that invariably plague large business conglomerates,” Ralph Whitworth, former HP chairman and founder of Relational Investors LLC, said in a statement.

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Autodesk Excellence in Infrastructure 2014 Awards Showcase Winning Civil Infrastructure Projects

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Autodesk Excellence in Infrastructure 2014 Awards take into consideration those project that offer some concrete solutions to infrastructure challenges, rather than just citing problems. This approach is inspired by the recent USA-focused Making the Grade report.

 

Large scale “One Digital Factory” hybrid infrastructure and architecture 3D model. Image courtesy of HKM.

Large scale “One Digital Factory” hybrid infrastructure and architecture 3D model. Image courtesy of HKM.

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Stratasys acquires GrabCAD

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Stratasys, provider of 3D printing solutions, recently announced the acquisition of GrabCAD, a company that provides accessibility and a collaboration platform for designers and engineers.

Dr. Who cyberman

Dr. Who cyberman

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Autodesk’s Revit R2 and Site Designer Extension released

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Autodesk’s Anthony Hauck, senior product line manager, joined me on a call this week to discuss the new Autodesk Revit 2015 R2 release.

The Revit R2 release is available now to Maintenance Subscription and Desktop Subscription customers only at this time.

Site Designer enables architects, designers and planners to shape the terrain for building sites and communicate design intent with civil engineers.

Site Designer enables architects, designers and planners to shape the terrain for building sites and communicate design intent with civil engineers.

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Trimble acquires Gehry Technologies

Friday, September 12th, 2014

 

Earlier this week, Trimble and Frank Gehry announced that they have entered into a strategic alliance to collaborate by further connecting the office to on-site construction technologies. The terms of the strategic alliance   are that Trimble has acquired Gehry Technologies, the software and consulting services arm of the company that has powered Frank Gehry’s visionary designs while tracking client’s cost and schedule requirements. To make things clear for this audience, Gehry Partners is the architectural firm of Frank Gehry.  Gehry Technologies, is the international leader in technology-driven project delivery founded in 2002 by Frank Gehry, that provides BIM, 3D project collaboration and project delivery around the world.

 

The IAC Building by Gehry Partners. Image © flickr user swisscan

The IAC Building by Gehry Partners. Image © flickr user swisscan

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Autodesk launches A360 to North American market

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Around 2011, we began to hear about cloud project-based collaboration tool, Autodesk A360, and since that time around 1.5 million accounts have been created to use the tool. In January of this year, the tool evolved into a A360 Tech Preview beta, that attracted over 10,000 users.

Autodesk A360 addresses findings of two recent studies on collaboration, outlined in a recent press release from the company:

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The A360 dashboard gives you a view of recent activity streams for all active projects.

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V-Ray 3.0 for Maya Beta is now available from Chaos Group

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The Chaos Group is responsible for developing V-Ray, a staple rendering engine for architectural visualization that has its roots in the film industry. Rendering is also a vital part of the design process, so the company works with architects and visualization artists to build the exact tools they need to communicate their designs from concept to final presentation.

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Collaboration = communication

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Last evening I was shopping online through the Babies r us registry to get my anticipated grandson a gift for his baby shower which is coming up in September. The whole idea of a registry where you can select gifts from a preselected list by future mom is a fabulous idea, so I knew I was going to have fun.

What was quite perplexing however, was the way the site was set up. First, I saw that the stroller model that the new parents wanted was not available by delivery to their home, but only store pickup. When I looked at the stores around their area, the message that came back was that the item was not in stock and not available for reorder. I looked in my own area and the same was true there. It led me to believe that the item wasn’t available at Babies r us anywhere!

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Trimble acquires Manhattan Software

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Trimble announced this week at a media briefing that it has acquired privately-held Manhattan Software, a real estate and facility management software leader, headquartered in London. The acquisition is not replacing any technology but it does extends Trimble Buildings’ portfolio of design-build-operate (DBO) solutions by providing building owners, facilities and real estate managers with integrated, end-to-end property, asset and facilities management systems.

  Manhattan Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) provides an enterprise solution for planning and managing any organization’s real estate portfolio of buildings and assets. The deep functionality of the Manhattan IWMS is designed for the entire facility lifecycle to maximize resource utilization while reducing the total cost of occupancy (TCO).

Manhattan Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) provides an enterprise solution for planning and managing any organization’s real estate portfolio of buildings and assets. The deep functionality of the Manhattan IWMS is designed for the entire facility lifecycle to maximize resource utilization while reducing the total cost of occupancy (TCO).

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