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AutoCAD for the Mac and Mobile announced

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Autodesk announced yesterday AutoCAD for the Mac and Mobile, actually, these products were announced Monday, Aug. 30, in an article in The New York Times, but trade press had received an embargo to not print anything until after the press release went out on Tuesday.

AutoCAD for the Mac runs natively on Mac OS X. The company also announced AutoCAD WS mobile application for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch that will make it possible for users to share and edit AutoCAD designs in the field.

Autodesk discontinued AutoCAD on the Mac some 17 years ago, and in 2009 they surveyed users on their interest in re-introducing AutoCAD on the Mac. The query was met with an overwhelming response.  Are more architects using Macs these days, or are they used more in the entertainment industry? It may simply be what Autodesk states in their press release, that the reintroduction of the Mac broadens the number of platforms the software is available on. 

Nemetschek’s Vectorworks 3D BIM modeling product was a Macintosh only application for many years, and still remains a favorite among the Mac community.

Recently, the German-based company Graebert, a partner of Dassault Systems, released 2D drafting software ARES Commander for Mac OS. 

 
Autodesk Will Reintroduce Its AutoCAD Design Software for Macs, Miguel Helft, August 30, 2010, The New York Times (registration required)

 

Autodesk brings flagship software to Apple Financial Times, August 31, 2010

 

ZWCAD goes 3D

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

ZWCAD Software Co. Ltd (ZWSOFT) just acquired VX Corporation, a company well known in both CAD and MCAD industries for its 3D CAD/CAM solution based on their VX kernel.

According to the press release, “VX development team located in Florida will continue to create innovative 3D CAD/CAM software as a division of ZWSOFT but will now be aided by a much larger International team. As a wholly owned subsidiary of ZWSOFT, the VX and ZWSOFT will adopt this powerful technology for their latest product, ZW3D.”

Currently, ZWSOFT Services has 180,000 users worldwide.

The first indication that the Chinese 2D CAD company was going 3D could be found on their website dedicated to their 2010 Partner Conference held on September 25-28 in Guangzhou, China. At that conference, an event was announced:  “First Showing of ZW3D – ZWSOFT’s All-In-One 3D Solution“.

ZWSOFT has been growing exponentially, one sure sign of growth being that other companies are launching products built on it. ALITOP, a software company specializing in surveying and civil engineering, recently announced MDT for ZWCAD, a low cost product for surveying and civil projects.

ZWmech, an “integrated engineering add-on for ZWCAD,” designed to “speed up the modeling process,” was announced recently from ASVIC, a company that develops CAD based software products.

 

Comment on the building industry

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

“The whole [building] industry has been reminded that we’re actually driven by the credit markets, no matter what else we want to say, the banks determine how well architecture is doing. As long as credit is tight the big buildings don’t get built. We still see tight credit markets and that’s keeping the architecture side conservative.”

–Sean Flaherty, CEO, Nemetschek

New iPhone app for construction site clean up released

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

SmartBuilder Software in Ireland has just launched an iPhone application for construction professionals called “Site Clean Up” which sends warning notices to sub-contractors to cleaning up the site by a certain date.

http://www.smartbuilder1.com/sitecleanup

Architecture 2030 named one of top three most effective orgs in green building design…

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

The annual Design Futures Council “2010 Sustainable Design Survey” of 240 design industry leaders in the U.S. ranked Architecture 2030 among the top three most effective organizations forwarding green building design and construction in the U.S.

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