March 14, 2005
Autodesk Platform Technology Focuses on Core Drafting
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User Requests: Autodesk has added over 100 requests, such as an interactive calculator that is right inside AutoCAD that can take links and expressions right from the command line or through dialog boxes, do area calculations or conversions from metric, and put them right back into AutoCAD.


While AutoCAD is Autodesk's flagship product, AutoCAD LT is the company's best selling product and said to be the best selling 2D drafting product worldwide. “80% of our customers use LT as their only CAD application,” stated Strassman.

AutoCAD is focused on drafting this time around, yet it also offers the publishing, visualization, presentation, workflow and customization. LT focuses just on 2D drafting features and publishing, but none of the other features will be in LT. “If you just need 2D drafting where you don't need workflow or networking, LT offers most of the drafting features,” Strassman said.


Which of the new AutoCAD 2006 features are most sought after by customers? “I'd have to say Dynamic Blocks is really the one that's going to make users most productive,” concluded Strassman, adding, “Although Heads up Design runs a close second.”

AutoCAD 2006 and 2006 LT will ship in a couple of weeks.


Oce has teamed with the Graphic Intelligence Agency (GIA) to provide technical support to customers using Oce large format color media. This partnership offers value to Oce's distributors and their customers by bringing the internationally renowned digital printing expertise of the GIA to Oce color media users throughout the United States.

EFI and Equitrac announced the integration of the companies' scan and cost recovery solutions to create a new, powerful, end-to-end document capture, distribution and accounting solution for legal and other professional firms. Now available and at no charge, the Equitrac Professional Connector integrates SendMe(TM), EFI's document capture and distribution solution, with the Equitrac Professional and Equitrac Professional Enterprise Edition document accounting solutions to make complete scan tracking and cost recovery functionality available in a one integrated solution.


Users are invited to submit drawings or renderings created using the VectorWorks 11.5 non-photorealistic 2D and 3D artistic and sketch rendering technologies. Until May 1, 2005, all users can submit drawings or renderings created using RenderWorks and the new sketch rendering technology found in the latest 11.5 release of the VectorWorks Industry Series.
Winners will be chosen through public voting on the company's website. Category winners will receive a Hewlett Packard DesignJet 110 Plus Thermal Inkjet printer. The grand prize winner will receive an ENCAD T200+ plotter. See The International VectorWorks Artistic and Sketch Rendering Design Competition

Intergraph Corporation announced that noted industry analyst Bruce Jenkins is the moderator of key events at both the Intergraph APEX Shanghai and APEX New Orleans
Process, Power & Marine client conferences. Jenkins leads the International
Business Symposium, July 11-12, held concurrently with APEX Shanghai, at the
Pudong Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai, China.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced a series of seminars entitled

Also, Bentley announced a series of seminars that will detail

     Engineer with solutions tailored to the needs of each department

     Enable streamlined information sharing across departments

     Empower government and the public with quick, easy access to information through a Web browser

Bentley also announced that Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), a $28 billion energy and energy services organization with 225,000 documents, used Bentley's ProjectWise to digitally manage an environment that had been previously populated by a hard copy, manual entry method of managing documents. Bentley said that ProjectWise has exceeded their expectations as so many people are using ProjectWise now for managing and sharing documents from diverse sources - integrating, sharing and accessing CAD and geospatial data.

Deltek, enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor for project-based businesses, announced a complete conversion plan for PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards customers seeking an enterprise applications partner for their project-based front and back-office solutions platform. The plan drives immediate savings for PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards customers by offering 30 percent off the cost of the software platform and free maintenance support for a full year upon signing. The offer is open until December 31, 2005.

Geac reported total revenue in the third quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2005 of $113.9 million, a decrease of $2.3 million compared to $116.2 million in total revenue in the third quarter of FY 2004. The decrease was due to a decline in Geac's low-margin hardware revenue of $2.8 million. Software license revenue was $18.2 million in the third quarter, down $0.5 million from a year ago, but up $3.1 million from the second quarter of FY 2005.


Oce announced new marketing leadership for two North American divisions. Effective immediately, Joyce Virnich and Sal Sheikh have been appointed Vice Presidents of Marketing for Oce Digital Document Systems (DDS) and Oce Wide Format Printing Systems (WFPS), respectively. These appointments recognize their marketing leadership and contributions across various divisions in the U.S. and internationally.

New Products

GEOMATE Company introduced InventBetter Suite 2005, a collection of robust programs that deliver answers to wide range of geometry-dependent engineering challenges with ease, speed, and accuracy.

Intergraph Corporation is shipping the 3.6.2 version of SmartPlant(r) Foundation, the global E-engineering and integration hub for the process, power and marine industries. The new version includes integration with PDS(r) (Plant Design System), a fast Web viewer for 3D data and graphics, instrument process data sheet templates and other improvements such as PDF document generation, e-mail digests of task notifications and direct file transfer and replication. SmartPlant Foundation offers the only streaming view technology that specifically meets the demanding requirements of the process, power and marine industries.

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Upcoming Events

March 9 - 11, 2005
Place: Renaissance Hotel

999 9 th Street, NW, Washington, DC USA
This annual conference brings together the leaders from government and industry together in an interactive, open forum to discuss and debate the important business and technical issues involving government adoption of smart cards. This year’s conference will offer a pre-conference educational workshop for an in-depth look at how the technology works and how it will be used by the federal government. Also, vendors and agencies will fill an exhibit hall with a showcase of much of the technology that will be used in current and future government
and commercial rollouts. And once again, the conference will host the Federal Smart Card Users Group regular open meeting that is held every other month and is free to anyone who wishes to attend and hear from the government leaders about how their agency’s programs are advancing. Lunch will be served in the open exhibit hall for those who wish to stay after the meeting concludes and the conference program resumes. This will make for a unique conference experience and one very different from other similar conference events.
March 10 - 16, 2005
Place: Hannover, Germany
CeBIT appeared with a significantly optimized show structure and a number of new high-class events in its supporting program.

CeBIT 2004 rounded off by an extensive program of congresses and presentations as well as numerous special events.
March 22 - 23, 2005
Place: 8800 "0" Street

Lincoln, NE 68520 USA
The Second Nebraska MicroStation/GEOPAK User Group Conference.

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