June 27, 2005
A Look at GiveMePower PowerCAD Classic 6
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    A Look at GiveMePower PowerCAD Classic 6

    By Susan Smith

    GiveMePower Corporation promotes itself as “a provider of next-generation computer-aided design (CAD), digital blueprint management and graphics development software for “anytime and anywhere” use across all Windows® desktop, laptop, tablet and handheld/wireless computing platforms” and has just released PowerCAD Classic 6, specifically for Windows, desktop laptop, tablet and wireless-handheld computing platforms. According to Bill Walton, president and CEO of GiveMePower, the target client is anybody using AutoCAD LT, and it provides general purpose professional 2D CAD with full 3D viewing patterned after and compatible with AutoCAD products.

    PowerCAD® Classic™ 6 is a new professional-grade, AutoCAD®-compatible 2D design and 3D viewing system available at a suggested price of $299. GiveMePower has four primary retail products out there: PowerCAD Sitemaster, PowerCAD Pro, and PowerCAD Professional, in addition to the Classic 6.

    The press release headline mentioned the price of “under $300” but of course could not really hint at the functionality of PowerCAD Classic 6. “It works on every kind of Windows device, or CE device, tablet, Pocket PC, Pocket PC phone,” claimed Walton, “we condensed the technology so that our normal desktop CAD which might be 1 to 3 megabytes which is needed just to run it and store it, is actually a footprint that is very small and efficient. A key was to conform immediately to what we considered the primary industry compatibility issue. It's clear that Autodesk is the leader in the sense of what they have out there. They set many standards, particularly in
    the AEC market space.

    “We do a lot of patterning on that, to the point that for someone who is comfortable with AutoCAD our typical learning curve for any of our products now is under an hour. We offer direct file exchange compatibility across any of those platforms.” The PowerCAD Classic really complements AutoCAD products, as obviously “you're not going to put a copy of AutoCAD on a Pocket PC.”

    From the press release: “PowerCAD Classic 6 features nearly 300 powerful and easy to use tools that conform to industry standards of operation. Results can be shared directly in the latest DWG® and DXF® file formats (R12 to R2005/2006) with instant publishing of lightweight, web-ready DWF® files for transfer via email or over the Internet.” PowerCAD Classic 6 also offers some of the features of the other PowerCAD products, such as the nifty VoiceNote, which provides record and playback of highly compressed audio notes and instructions directly inside your drawings. These notes are perfectly synced across all PC, desktop and mobile wireless CAD systems.

    GiveMePower just passed 200,000 users in 40 countries in 10 languages including all products and partnering. “For our partners we have a PowerCAD embedded division, and it is an OEM engine idea” explained Walton.” We patterned a true full CAD technology and broke it out into very simple and easy to use components that people could plug and play at will, as needed, completely scalable. We've signed 400 partners around the world so far, you'll see in the future, more really unique products that utilize CAD in both traditional and completely non-traditional CAD roles.
    In conclusion, he added: “We're here to mobilize the design build world.”


    Graphisoft has revealed wide-scale productivity gain and workflow improvements among architects who have implemented a 3D modeling approach using its Virtual Building solutions. The sheer impact on the bottom line from designing in a virtual environment became clear following a global survey intended to gather the data necessary for its Return-on-Investment (ROI) calculator.

    Within the 512 respondent companies (a 17% response rate from those surveyed), ArchiCAD delivers an average productivity boost of around 38%, and its contribution to profit averages 12%! Some 77% of respondents said that projects completed in ArchiCAD led to fewer problems in the construction phase compared to their previous CAD system, and 82% claimed ArchiCAD influenced their client's overall satisfaction.

    3Dlabs Inc., Ltd announced that Wildcat(R) Realizm(TM) 800 graphics technology has been selected by NEC to be incorporated in the TE6 ultra high-end graphics accelerator that powers the NEC Express workstation. The inclusion of Wildcat Realizm 800 graphics into the new TE6 graphics accelerator marks the first time that NEC has integrated third-party graphics technology into its TE-branded line of products. The Express workstation for CAD and broadcast video professionals will be available from NEC in Japan later this month. 3Dlabs is a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd.


    Oce announced that the Oce VarioStream(R) 7000 has received the prestigious iF design award.CHINA 2005. Presented in May 2005 by the iF Industrie Forum Design, the award recognizes the system's design quality, workmanship, environmental compatibility, ergonomics and degree of innovation.

    The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership has been selected as one of three winners in the first Building Information Model (BIM) Awards competition, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Technology in Architectural Practice (AIA TAP) Knowledge Community. The Phoenix-based firm's winning submission, the Willie and Coy Payne Junior High School in Gilbert, Ariz., was modeled as a Virtual Building using Graphisoft ArchiCAD. In addition, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory received an honorable mention for its use of ArchiCAD to design and model E-Lab.


    Deltek Systems, Inc. named Kevin T. Parker as the company's new CEO. Parker's appointment brings to Deltek a new level of expertise that will accelerate the company's future growth and success in the ERP marketplace.

    Ken deLaski, Deltek's co-founder and CEO since 1996, will remain Deltek's Chairman and will play an active role on Deltek's Board of Directors.

    New Products

    Rasterex Software announced the new release of their software for raster editing and raster-to-vector-conversion for AutoCAD 2006/AutoCAD LT 2006. RxAutoImage R7.6 is an ObjectARX application that integrates seamlessly with AutoCAD 2006, bringing dialogs and settings for image clean-up and enhancement, raster editing and raster to vector conversion inside AutoCAD.

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