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Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of AECCafe.com, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.
December 13th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
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.
November 1st, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
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.
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.
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.
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
“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
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.
“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
Contex scanners are available worldwide from dealers and distributors. For more information, visit www.contex.com.
October 31st, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
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.
September 16th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
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:
September 15th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
Netmetschek annouced Vectorworks 2012 yesterday. Here is their official video accompanying the release and then the press announcement:
September 14th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
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.
“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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNF163KlEy8. 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 www.carlsonsw.com/civil or call Carlson at 800-989-5028 or 606-564-5028. Carlson has been meeting land design professionals’ software needs since 1983.
September 13th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
This video is an overview of the new features in AutoCAD Plant 3D 2012.
September 8th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
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 :
September 7th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
Autodesk’s intelligent model-based design software can help cities plan, design, build, and manage more efficient, sustainable infrastructure. View this new video story of urban renewal and learn how Building Information Modeling (BIM) supports better informed decision-making and helps achieve greener outcomes more quickly, easily, and cost-effectively.
You have probably seen Susan Smith’s AECWeekly on this topic. Here is a video from Autodesk:
September 6th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Eric Bobrow
Watch this ArchiCAD training video to understand the new Guide Lines behavior in ArchiCAD 15. While Graphisoft’s new technology is powerful, it can be frustrating and confusing, since some of the old methods no longer work the same way. This free ArchiCAD tutorial is presented by master teacher Eric Bobrow.