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Archive for November, 2009

NaviCAD offers update to Google 3D Warehouse App

Monday, November 30th, 2009

NaviCAD has announced that its application to enable the viewing of  the Google 3D Warehouse on the Apple iPhone has been updated. Those interested can purchase it in the Apple App Store.

Gearing up for AU

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Autodesk University traditionally falls during the week following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, as it does so this year. It also comes right after Autodesk’s third quarter fiscal financial announcement:

This year’s AU will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, a change of venue from previous years at the Venetian. Apart from the keynote presentations, Mainstage, exhibits and technical sessions, what looks interesting on the agenda:

Unconference sessions, where session content is created and driven by participants.  What is needed: a room, a projector, and a microphone, and then participants and the session leader do the rest. This year you can pre-register for unconference sessions.View all unconference sessions.

The Design Slam is back for its second year, following the format of Cut&Paste Slam of the previous years. The fast-paced format tests skill, speed, and stage presence, while the audience witnesses the professional designers and Autodesk executives at work on large-scale projected screens, creating original work in rounds of 20 minutes.

Pecha Kucha Night on Wednesday holds the expectation that participants share their ideas in a challenging format: they display 20 images, each for 20 seconds. In those six minutes and 40 seconds, presenters are expected to make a personal connection with their audience. This event has generated interesting results that have shown up in Mainstage presentations in later years.

See you there.

CAD Price Wars

Monday, November 16th, 2009

On November 4, China’s largest CAD software company ZWCAD Software Co. Ltd. announced a 50% markdown on their affiliated products to CNY 2,698. Other perks will be offered to their existing users.

Autodesk recently lowered the price of AutoCAD LT by $300, which is most likely a short term promo. Bentley continues to offer their PowerDraft, the equivalent of LT, at a competitive price in China – it reads DWG and is programmable. Another company offering low-cost CAD software is IMSI/Design’s DoubleCAD XT PRO with their limited time special offer -DoubleCAD XT PRO is now available as a bundle with Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 for only US $695.

IMSI introduced this product earlier this year in the hopes that the faltering economy would be in their favor –  users who didn’t want to pay the price of the next upgrade for AutoCAD would jump ship and try DoubleCAD.

According to Bentley China, ZWCAD has a presence in China, but does  not have a strong presence in the AEC market.

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