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by Ralph Grabowski, reprinted from Design Engineering magazine Around the year 2000, the Internet bubble was getting seriously big. Established CAD vendors looked for ways to show they were hip to the new thing. PTC integrated a web browser into...
WorldCAD Access 2015-05-19 08:36:00
HDMI out -> USB in I have this Surface-class tablet I rarely use, because it is underpowered. But it is a full Windows 8.1 (well, Windows 10 Tech Preview) computer that is wonderfully light. Side rant: I think Microsoft could...
WorldCAD Access 2015-05-19 08:27:00
Now! Slower than 1GHz! 2014 was the year the computer world began running backwards. Those of us growing up with personal computers in the 1980s and 1990s experienced ever increasing speeds. Some of us remember desktops with TurboBoost! buttons that...
WorldCAD Access 2015-05-18 16:50:00
Issue #859 The dirty secret in CAD is that multi-core CPUs (which all computers today boast) are completely useless for drafting, modeling, and editing activities. They come into play only with tasks that can be broken down ahead of time...
WorldCAD Access 2015-05-14 15:25:14
Issue #858 HP has spent 15 years working on modular page-wide printheads that work with any width and speed of printer, in order to catch up with arch-competitor Canon-OCE. Here, HP staff talk about the technical aspects of the development....
WorldCAD Access 2015-05-05 08:52:00
Boomerang-ing It's been 18 years since a little something now known as IntelliCAD got it start, and in that time various people involved have told me bits and pieces of the story: How Visio ended up with IntelliCAD. From May...
WorldCAD Access 2015-05-04 08:25:00
Issue #857 On 1 May 1995, the very first issue of upFront.eZine was sent out to a small group of readers, and so this issue #857 marks its 20th anniversary. To celebrate, I thought I would list the three most...
WorldCAD Access 2015-04-30 08:36:00
DDD It was not a happy day for 3D Systems when they faced financial analysts early, to pre-announce that Q1 revenues were down, way down. Wall Street had expected a profit of $0.17/share, but the company instead expects a loss...
WorldCAD Access 2015-04-29 08:02:00
Video tutorial by Ralph Grabowski When you customize BrisCAD through the default.cui file, you can lose all of your work! Unless you use partial CUI files instead; these files are not overwritten when you need to reset the system or...
WorldCAD Access 2015-04-22 08:59:00
Video tutorial by Ralph Grabowski BricsCAD uses parameters and metacharacters to control each menu item, such as Title, Diesel, Tool ID, Help, Command, and Image. This tutorial shows you how to manipulate them, as well as provides tips on what...
WorldCAD Access 2015-04-21 08:56:00
Footnotes that changed the direction of CAD A comment from a reader made me think about the CAD packages that had a big impact on our industry, but never did much in the way of sales. Here are the three...
New this week in upFront.eZine: we interview cto Robert Graebert about his cloud-based Xenon DWG editorWorldCAD Access 2015-04-20 16:10:34
upFront.eZine issue #855 During its pre-launch marketing, Onshape indicated they had partnered with a company to provide the drawings component. Last week, the surprise supplier named was Graebert of Germany, better known for its AutoCAD workalike called ARES and supplier...
WorldCAD Access 2015-04-16 15:00:00
Powered by Graebert Xenon 1. Onshape Drafting is the first example of integrating a third-party add-on into Onshape, an example of what to anticipate from other add-ons coming in the future. 2. The drafting technology is based on Xenon, a...
WorldCAD Access 2015-04-15 08:55:00
Video tutorial by Ralph Grabowski BricsCAD allows you to edit its shortcut menus, the ones that are displayed when you click the right-mouse button on the mouse. These are also known as "context menus." No matter the name, they are...
WorldCAD Access 2015-04-14 17:40:49
A reader writes Q: I am being taught AutoCAD 2009 here in Federal Prison. I bought one of your books, Using AutoCAD 2009, and I saw an address to write with questions. Is there a way in AutoCAD to create...
WorldCAD Access 2015-04-13 23:12:14
upFront.eZine issue #854 It is rare when two brand-new CAD programs launch in the same month, but here we are. These are the fresh faces of CAD. Both emerged after years of hush-hush development, and both benefit from some of...
WorldCAD Access 2015-04-09 16:29:40
Sweet Nothings Whispered for a Fee Analysis firms are paid by companies to make predictions, who use the predictions to promote themselves, internally and externally. It is a virtuous-vicious circle: when we hear a company boasting that their business opportunity...
WorldCAD Access 2015-04-08 08:51:00
Video tutorial by Ralph Grabowski BricsCAD allows you to edit the Quad cursor, as well the groups of commands it displays. Add your own commands to the Quad by clicking "custom quad groups". Simply drag and drop the icons in...
WorldCAD Access 2015-04-06 15:23:04
upFront.eZine issue #853 In this week's issue of upFront.eZine newsletter, we have for you an exclusive interview about the world's newest AEC software: ASCON Group Launches Renga Architecture by Ralph Grabowski with Vladimir Zakharov You can read all about the...
WorldCAD Access 2015-04-01 21:42:12
Video tutorial by Ralph Grabowski When you double-click an entity in a BricsCAD drawing, the Properties bar appears -- most of the time. Double-clicking a hatch pattern, however, brings up the Edit Hatch dialog box; double-clicking an image brings up...
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