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WorldCAD Access 2014-08-27 14:04:03
Paying duty becomes a duty With upgrades due to be eliminated early next year, next up on Autodesk's chopping block is the perpetual license. Here is the exchange from a recent conference call with financial analysts (reproduced with permission of...


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WorldCAD Access 2014-08-26 08:03:00
by Roopinder Tara, Tenlinks.com Autodesk?s acquisition of NEi Nastran gives the CAD company instant credibility in the CAE (computer aided engineering) community. No longer can CAE users dismiss Autodesk as that pretentious CAD company that did little more than assemble...


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WorldCAD Access 2014-08-25 21:03:56
Issue #828 In this week's issue of upFront.eZine, Dassault Systemes co-founder Francis Bernard describes how in the early 1980s the young company developed the top-down approach to selling the brand-new 3D CAD software, CATIA. You can read all about the...


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WorldCAD Access 2014-08-22 08:39:00
Tomi T Ahonen is an ex-executive of Nokia Tomi Ahonen likes writing long, run-on pieces on his blog communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands. Long-winded pieces that are fun to read on a Sunday afternoon, because he writes streams of conscience, complete with 'ha ha...


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WorldCAD Access 2014-08-21 08:59:00
My Rebuttal to Roopinder Tara Living the life of a CAD reporter: Atop the Vancouver Art Gallery at a Lenovo-sponsored launch party for media, analysts, and industry friends enjoying free drinks, appetizers, live DJ music, and schmoozing -- along with...


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WorldCAD Access 2014-08-20 08:21:00
Ditching thin for portable As computers get thinner, designers are forced to make keyboards more dreadful. No more sculpted keys to guide our finger tips to the centers of keys; they're all flat tops now. No more decent key travel;...


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WorldCAD Access 2014-08-19 08:12:00
by Roopinder Tara, Tenlinks.com Announced last January with little fanfare (Flow was mentioned in an Autodesk blog post in January, and then picked up the same day in TenLinks Daily), there never was an official press release back then, no...


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WorldCAD Access 2014-08-18 20:01:00
Issue #327 Interior of the new Vancouver Convention Center, home for Siggraph 2014 upFront.eZine is back from its annual summer vacation with 2000 words covering last week's Siggraph 2014 conference. I met with 13 companies in 1.5 days: Imagination Technology...


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WorldCAD Access 2014-08-18 08:37:00
Siggraph 2014 in Vancouver, Canada Siggraph 2014 took place in the spectacular ocean-side Vancouver Convention Center Siggraph is the annual computer graphics show, and last week it was in Vancouver, Canada -- about a 1.5-hour drive from my home. When...


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WorldCAD Access 2014-08-16 14:55:14
by Roopinder Tara, Tenlinks.com Autodesk this week made it quite clear that they are serious about simulation. At a small press event, they revealed Nastran-based products: One is a standalone FEA [finite element analysis] solver, called Autodesk Nastran. The other...


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WorldCAD Access 2014-07-31 18:47:15
UK figures this week show Microsoft sold around 10,000 slate-style tablets last quarter, out of almost 600,000 sold overall. That?s the size of a rounding error. - Andrew Orlowski The Surface Pro tablet is a sexy beast, which is why...


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WorldCAD Access 2014-07-22 20:25:00
by Owen Wengerd, ManuSoft Among A&E firms that produce CAD drawings, it is common practice to maintain ownership of the drawings they create. In theory, this ownership is predicated on well-established contract and copyright law. In practice, however, it can...


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WorldCAD Access 2014-07-21 19:18:40
When we think about the biggest CAD software companies, we think of the Big Four who make more than $1 billion a year: #1 Dassault Systemes ($2.6B) #2 Siemens PLM Systems (?) #3 Autodesk ($2.3B) #4 PTC ($1.3B) (? -...


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WorldCAD Access 2014-07-15 18:47:00
Tip A reader writes: Some time ago I bought ARES Commander and I use it on my Linux Mint. As the Mint upgrades every 6 months, I was asking Graebert for a new activation code every time. Well, the last...


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WorldCAD Access 2014-07-14 08:38:00
Faster than the ribbon The fastest way to get things done on computer is through keyboard shortcuts, and these are the ones I use often. (Depending on the software, certain ones might not work.) Ctrl+W to close the current window;...


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WorldCAD Access 2014-07-11 23:41:04
by Roopinder Tara, Tenlinks.com How do you tell the largest CAD user base in the world that they they are going to cut off? You don't. SketchUp, known and loved by millions, was revised late last year. There was the...


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WorldCAD Access 2014-07-10 18:35:46
MobileCAD is fairly unimportant to deep-pocket CAD vendors An email buddy writes, CADO [from England's Orange Juice Studios] ... had a somewhat tragic Kickstarter campaign, and I'm not sure if any major CAD firm has taken any interest supporting the...


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WorldCAD Access 2014-07-08 08:10:00
by Roopinder Tara, Tenlinks.com What if making architectural models was easy, fun, cheap -- and clean? What if it they came in kits with pieces you can snap together, pieces that may actually resemble architectural elements like walls, floor and...


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WorldCAD Access 2014-07-07 21:19:00
Issue #326 upFront.eZine takes its annual summer vacation from now until mid-August. See you then! In the meantime, you can continue to follow CAD and other news right here on this blog. Two companies are taking their CAD software in...


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WorldCAD Access 2014-07-07 15:17:50
Hope for the hopeless When Microsoft added the Recycle Bin to Windows for holding erased files for up to a month, external devices tended to be read-only, such as CDs. There was no need for the Recycle Bin to support...


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