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HP’s Latest CADCentric Technology – an interview with Tom Salomone

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

I recently had an opportunity to interview Tom Salomone, MCAD & AEC Worldwide Segment Manager at HP at the Autodesk University, 2011 in Las Vegas. This is a transcript of the interview.

Sanjay: How has the show been going for you?

Tom: The show has been going awesome for us. We’ve got a lot of traffic going through out our booth. We’re showing out our workstations. So we have five desktop workstations and three mobile workstations that we are showing.

So we even have a small form factor work station that is sixty five percent smaller than our other work stations. This is for those in the auto-CAD space that are looking for something inexpensive and who are moving into the line. We have our higher end workstations for those people who are looking at 3dS Max. We have an ideal work station for Revit that we have here today as well. So we really have the full spectrum of work stations for auto-CAD.

With our mobile workstations, we have a fourteen inch, a fifteen inch, and a seventeen inch. So if you want light, you can get the fourteen inch. If you want power you can get the seventeen inch. If you want to compromise, you can get the fifteen inch. We have our tool-less chassis, not just with our desktops, but, also with our mobiles. So you can actually take apart the bottom of our mobile workstations and access the components the same as you can with our desktop workstations.

So, we really have a lot of cool products that we are showing. We also have some brand new technologies that we are showing at this year’s Autodesk. For the first time ever we are showing our new touch panels, our new touch monitor with Autodesk. So people can see that and see how they can really use the new technology. You can do ten fingers touch on the wall; you can do one hundred and fifty, one hundred and eighty finger touch. It’s very, very powerful.

The other thing that we are showing that is new since September is that we have our workstation cluster technology. You can actually cluster work stations together to maximize your power for things like analysis, things like rendering. So you can get a whole lot more power applied to those problems locally, just by leveraging unused cores that are available on your workstation.

So we have a lot of really cool things. We have our new printers. We are talking about E-print and share. It’s a free software where people can sign up for it, where you can print anywhere on the web. So you can be here in Los Vegas, and you can print back home if you wanted to. It’s really cool.


Bluebeam Software Promotes Digital Project Workflows Through its Faces of Revu Campaign at Autodesk University 2011

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Sanjay Gangal recently interviewed Richard Lee, President & CEO of Bluebeam Software at the Autodesk University 2011.

Sanjay: Richard, how has the show been going for you?

Richard: The show has been fantastic. Actually, it has been really busy. So we’ve been very excited to be here. It’s always a good show for us, but this year we have a very large booth and our presence is great. It’s nice to see a lot of our customers visiting us.

Sanjay: Tell us a little bit about Bluebeam software. How long have you been around? Where are you based at? How big are you?

Richard: Our Company is based at Pasadena, California. We’ve been around for about ten years now. We’ve kinda been in this industry for a while. We’re quite large, we have customers in fifty three different countries now. We have about a hundred resellers worldwide. We are opening an office on the east coast. We have an office now in Sweden. It’s actually pretty exciting. I think our customers are excited to have that type of support, and we are excited to be there.


Interview with Marc Goldman, Director of Strategy, The Blue Book

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011


This is a transcript of Sanjay Gangal’s  video interview with Marc Goldman, Director of Strategy at The Blue Book at the Autodesk University 2011.

Sanjay: Can you tell us a little bit about The Blue Book, and what does the company do?

Marc: The Blue Book is a 98 year old company. The first 85 years or so we produced directories – printed books that included everyone in the construction industry in the united states. The directory has grown to over a million classified listings, organized into some 550 different classifications. It’s our job to keep that data up to date. About 15 years ago we started to build some application on top of that data and put all that data online. Now we have tools to help contractors with their bid management, help architects and designers with product selection, help with document exchange, and we facilitate about a million messages back and forth within the design and construction industry in any given week.


Contex Annouces New Solutions for Wide Format Scanning

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Article source: Contex

Contex A/S is bringing innovation to the wide format scanning market with several new products and updates that feature never-before-seen technology. Among the new entries is the SD3600 wide format scanner series, which comes with patented CIS scanning technology for enhanced image quality of scanned technical drawings and maps. Contex also upgraded its Nextimage scanning and image enhancement software, which now includes first-to-market accounting features and multi-page file functionality.

Contex SD 3600

Contex SD3600 wide format scanner

Creating great excitement in the wide format market is Contex’s newest powerhouse, the HD Ultra, a 36- and 42-inch wide format scanner with CCD technology. In addition to exceptional speed and productivity, this scanner offers superior image quality and versatility. The market has responded positively to the HD Ultra; the reseller channel, customers, and the company’s team of scanning solutions experts have all offered rave reviews.

HD Ultra Raises the Bar

The HD Ultra is designed for various industries – including reprographics and copy shops, engineering, GIS professionals, architecture and construction companies, utilities, manufacturing, and government — that archive and preserve various types of documents, images, and drawings. The wide format scanner helps these users to work more efficiently and to collaborate better with clients and colleagues.

The HD Ultra offers the most efficient way for users to scan, copy, file, and preserve wide format images, drawings, documents, and records. The scanner’s innovative paper-handling is a first in the large format imaging market. SnapSize, Contex’s new automatic size detection software, registers any standard-size document as it is fed into the scanner, then automatically optimizes the scanner’s setup for that particular document. This feature saves valuable time and ensures a clean, accurate scan.

Contex HD Ultra

Contex HD Ultra wide format scanner

Intelligent automatic camera calibration, programmable one-touch buttons, and easy network connectivity are among the features that separate the HD Ultra from the competition. Other productivity features include the new FlexFeed, right-side document loading that is easier and faster than center-loading. Additionally, new funnel-shaped feeding simplifies scanning curled originals, and removable paper return guides eliminate the need for rewinding paper.

“The HD Ultra delivers significant productivity gains, with faster overall scan speeds and fewer re-scans due to misfeeds. Our customers will appreciate the overall image quality, FlexFeed capability, and scalability of this new scanner,” comments Richard Gigl, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, National / Azon Equipment, a U.S.-based distributor of Contex scanning solutions.

Users will appreciate the time savings provided by new features introduced with the HD Ultra. For example, FlexDoc makes it easy to scan documents, regardless of the thickness or condition, with both automatic thickness adjustment control and contour correction. A paper pressure slider allows for scanning both thin newspaper and thick foam boards on the same scanner.

Connecting to a LAN is also easier thanks to the Gigabit Ethernet port and SmartShare, which allows any workgroup computer to control the scanner. This feature eliminates bottlenecks that typically happen when a scanner is restricted to a single computer.

Enhanced CCD Technology
Contex has always led the market in image quality, and the new HD Ultra continues this tradition. The scanner provides true 1200 dpi optical resolution and comes with five cameras featuring the latest-generation Toshiba high-resolution four-channel CCD. The new camera design uses glass-filled polycarbonate to ensure high precision and temperature stability. Both are important factors to keep image quality at optimal levels. All cameras are electronically precision-aligned and have custom-built Fuji optics, carrying the best quality stamp in the industry. The HD Ultra camera design also has improved focal distance, which has been reduced by 50% with fewer mirrors. It also includes new high-speed all-digital LVDS camera interface. HD Ultra supports full RGB color.

“As more government agencies require documents to be delivered digitally, the new Contex wide format scanners make this transition easy by delivering a solution at an affordable price, without compromising the specs or features,” comments Boy Co, President, American Technologies Inc., a Phillippine-based distributor of Contex scanning solutions.

Another key innovation for achieving the industry’s best image quality is AccuColor. This feature introduces 48-bit data processing for all steps: from scanner data capture and scanner data processing, through PC data processing. Other scanners typically offer 48-bit only on the scanner capture, and 24-bit data processing at all other steps. AccuColor delivers improved color fidelity and reduced noise on the scanned images.

Fastest High-End Scanner in Market

Contex HD Ultra

Contex HD Ultra MFP

Having the industry’s fastest scanner means being able to complete more jobs in less time. Capable of delivering a file for immediate use, the HD Ultra scans 12 inches per second in grayscale and 6 inches per second in color, making it the most productive scanner available. In real-time performance, the scanner turns out 597 color or 901 mono scans per hour (A1 landscape). This speed is facilitated by the optimized Gigabit Ethernet technology, which triples data transfer compared to USB 2, delivering a stunning 80MB data transfer per second. No other scanner in the market transfers more than 100MB of image data from the scanner to the PC in less than 2 seconds.

Energy Star-compliant, the HD Ultra requires less than 4.3W in stand-by and has instant-on scanning with only 2 seconds of wake-up time. Built to last, it is designed to produce at least 2 million scans. The wide format scanner also comes with instant integration with leading printers and can be used to output to any office color printer or copier.

“The HD Ultra is the most productive wide format scanner on the market. Users will appreciate its outstanding image quality and flexibility to integrate the wide format scanner with printers,” comments Thomas Rauh, Business Unit Manager, Kisters AG, a Germany-based distributor of Contex scanning solutions.

Precision Scanning
The HD Ultra comes with ATAC Technology (Automatic Thickness Adjustment Control) for thick, rigid documents. It can scan up to 0.6″ (15 mm)-thick originals, such as posters mounted on foam boards or gator boards. Additionally, the scanner’s “All Wheel Drive” (AWD) design for fragile and old media provides a perfectly straight scanning path with an optimal hold across the whole width of large documents, which prevents image distortion and damage to fragile originals.

“Nextimage is an important tool for wide format scanning, and the new features enhance users’ productivity. Project managers, for example, will appreciate the time savings with both the new batch scanning capability and the quick button for scanning different types of jobs. Saving multiple scans to a single PDF file is also a great plus,” comments David Cheng, National Manager – Print & Finishing Solutions, GBC Australia, a market leader in document finishing and business mailing solutions.

Nextimage, the software that drives Contex scanners, allows for easy walk-up usage and touch-screen capabilities that simplify scanning processes. Recently updated to version 2.0, the software now comes in three editions: Nextimage MFP (ships only with a Contex MFP bundle), Nextimage Scan+Archive, and Nextimage Repro. New features — such as multi-page PDF and TIF support, accounting, and programmable one-touch buttons — will make users even more productive. For example, settings can be personalized to ensure the same scan, copy, and colors every time, which is ideal for workgroup scanning with multiple users. Multi-function capabilities — including scan-to-file, scan-to-print, and scan-to-net — let users experience easy and efficient document exchange and distribution.

“The Contex HD Ultra and SD3600 are the best in the market. Their quality is unique. The optical resolution and the sensitivity of the sensor readings are standouts,” comments Harri Laitinen, Managing Director, Planix, a Finland-based provider of professional solutions for planning, data management and archiving of both 2D and 3D environments.

Professional and Office

Users will find that that the Contex HD Ultra scanning solution is simple to set up, use, and maintain. The scanner is available in two versions: Professional, for high-volume applications, and Office, which delivers ease-of-use, image quality, and versatility for occasional use or walk-up scanning. The HD Ultra Professional scanning resolution is 1200×1200 dpi with speeds up to 6 inches per second. The HD Ultra Office delivers 600 dpi and 1 inch scanning per second in color speed. Users can upgrade features within each version.

“The new capabilities of the HD Ultra – higher optical resolution and improved handling of the originals – will make a significant difference to our customers. The ability to tailor a scanner for customers’ needs is a tremendous advantage. Users can select the size and functions for today, and upgrade it as their needs grow,” comments Piotr Obrębski, Direct Sales Director, DKS Poland, a distributor of Contex scanning solutions.

When Imaging Matters
Because data and documents are at the heart of many companies, it is important to have a flexible scanner that can accurately reproduce these assets for later use. The HD Ultra handles any document type or scanning task. It streamlines the scanning and archiving processes with the fastest scanner available, while capturing every detail with breakthrough precision and uncompromising image quality.

Contex scanners are available worldwide from dealers and distributors. For more information, visit

AEC Document Manager in the Cloud

Monday, October 31st, 2011

ARC Technology recently released ishipdocs. ishipdocs allows you to seamlessly Store, Share, Send and Print Anywhere in the Cloud. ishipdocs replaces FTP and Sharepoint. ishipdocs is backed by an international network of print service providers who can quickly and reliably deliver your prints anywhere in the world. According to ARC Technology, ishipdocs is the fasted and most reliable way to manage and distribute your documents.


AutoCAD WS Mobile App – Update 1.3

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Article source: Autodesk

This video shows the new features that have been added to the latest release of the AutoCAD WS for mobile app, AutoCAD WS 1.3. AutoCAD WS for mobile is available now for iOS on the App Store and for Android in the Android Market.

The new features added to the version 1.3 include:

  • Layers support
  • Accurate input of distances and lengths
  • Area measure tool
  • File Management

Nemetschek Vectorworks Announces the new Vectorworks 2012

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Netmetschek annouced Vectorworks 2012 yesterday. Here is their official video accompanying the release and then the press announcement:


Get Improved 3D Visualization with the Just Released Carlson Civil 2012

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Article source: Carlson Software

MAYSVILLE, Ky., U.S.A. (Sept. 14, 2011)— Carlson Civil 2012, just released, gives users enhanced 3D visualization, with added support for realistic 3D symbols including trees, people, vehicles and utilities, plus the ability to produce customized, more professional reports among its many additional improvements.

Carlson Civil, the comprehensive, yet easy-to-master civil engineering software solution, provides support in its 2012 release for AutoCAD® 2012 and comes with IntelliCAD® 7.0 built-in. This is as well as working on AutoCAD versions 2000 and up.

Carlson Civil 2012 users get enhanced 3D visualization, with realistic 3D symbols including trees, people, vehicles and utilities.

“We’ve made numerous improvements to Carlson Civil 2012 in addition to its new 3D aspects,” explains David Carlson, V.P. of Development for Carlson Software. “The new linkage of profile edits back to the sewer network model allows for design revisions from profile view, which was a top request from our users.

“For road work,” he notes, “we added the ability to break out cross section quantities by staging and also the reporting of unsuitable material for end areas.”

These improvements, combined with Carlson Civil’s new and improved Report Formatter, make for more customized and more impressive reports.

Carlson Civil provides the most robust automation and ease-of-use of any civil design solution available today. Offering a wide selection of “power” tools, the CAD-based software enables users to increase their productivity as they create better road, site, and subdivision designs in less time.

Along with Carlson Civil for 2012, Carlson Software is also releasing the 2012 versions of Carlson Survey, Carlson Hydrology, Carlson GIS, Carlson Point Cloud, Carlson Mining, Carlson Takeoff, and Carlson Natural Regrade, each featuring its own industry-specific improvements.

Learn more about just one of the enhanced 3D aspects of Carlson Civil in this training video: This is just one of the free training/technical videos produced by Carlson Software to assist its software users in their day-to-day work.

For more information about Carlson Civil 2012, visit your local dealer or or call Carlson at 800-989-5028 or 606-564-5028. Carlson has been meeting land design professionals’ software needs since 1983.



New Features in AutoCAD Plant 3D 2012

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

This video is an overview of the new features in AutoCAD Plant 3D 2012.

GRAPHISOFT BIMx for iPad/iPhone – Navigation

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

GRAPHISOFT BIMx is an innovative, interactive, BIM communication tool for architects setting new standards for design communication and presentation in the AEC industry. BIMx now turns the iPad/iPhone into a full-fledged interactive building model explorer device as well. This is a demo video from GraphiSoft :

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