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    ONCE AND FUTURE GRAPHICS PIONEER

    In the glitzy world of computer-generated visualizations that dominate movies and magazines today, it's easy to take for granted the photographic quality that architects are able to give their renderings of proposed buildings.

    But behind the scenes, there have been have been four decades of grueling, dedicated, and inspired research to make possible these synthetic images that are indistinguishable from photographs.

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    VIRTUAL JERUSALEM

    Throughout the centuries Jerusalem has meant many things to many people. And perhaps for that reason, it has been besieged and conquered by the armies of many nations.

    These days, Jerusalem, home to 600,000 inhabitants, is being captured differently. It is all happening quietly in a Jerusalem basement.

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    More Design Tools

    ArchiCAD Now Supports Piranesi — Informatix Press Release. Graphisoft has announced a new plug-in for ArchiCAD that links to Piranesi, the "3D painting" software from Informatix Software International Ltd.

    New Virtual House Features Interactive Lighting Showcase — GE Press Release, 2000.0831. GE's electronic tour enables consumers to experiment with lighting options room by room.

    Bricsnet Releases Parametric Building Modeler for AutoCAD — Bricsnet Press Release, 2000.0913. Architecturals 2.0 provides 3D parametric modeling, cost estimating, quantity takeoffs, and 2D construction drawings for AutoCAD users.

    DataCAD LLC Ships DataCAD 9. The latest version of this integrated 2D/3D architectural design software includes dozens of new features, greater flexibility, and new tools for visually communicating ideas with clients and subcontractors.

    MUSE Virtual Presence Brings the Touch and Feel of Clay to 3D Ceramics Design. The 3D graphics system for rapid prototyping uses a haptic feedback device that simulates the feel of real surfaces.

     

     
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