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Autodesk get down with the kids… Fo’shizzle

Published 06 October 2008

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, student design

Fusty old Autodesk have decided to have a shake-up of its student design and engineering community website to make it more like the “popular social networking sites frequented by students.”

This could be viewed as an attempt to drag the 350,000 plus members of Audodesk’s online student community away from ‘poking’ each other on Facebook and back into doing some actual studying using their products.

In addition to the new, not-unlike-Facebook interface, users are offered showcases for their work, a careers centre, learning guides, and the opportunity to write their own informative, witty, nothing-like-this blog.

“We created the Student Community to provide students with the vital tools and information they need to learn the design process and be successful in their careers.” LOL’d Paul Mailhot, director of worldwide education programs at Autodesk.

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Version 7.9 to make light work of rendering

Published 01 October 2008

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rendering, visualization, lightworks

New Ambient Occlusion functionality has been added to LightWorks’ latest release, offering intelligent, predictable realistic lighting for rendering.

Targeted at the AEC sector, with the new lighting settings aimed primarily for interiors, the imaging for product touts it as a universal lighting solution with a wide range of lighting effects. A range of new shaders offer users more realistic effects, allowing the creation of glossy plastics, brushed metals, car paints, varnished surfaces and lacquered finishes. All of which is good news for the users of the 80 software applications that have LightWorks embedded.

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A less sluggish SolidWorks for 2009

Published 19 September 2008

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, dassault systemes

Speed was the key selling point at the release of Solidworks 2009, as Dassault Systems were keen to point out a 65 per cent speed increase.

Calculated via productivity gains measured in the creation and modification of large assemblies from real-world customer environments and data, Solidworks 2009 claims that it has become faster without the need for new features and functions, meaning that users do not have to learn new techniques.

260 new enhancements have been made as a result of feedback from user groups, customer analysis and gossip from down the pub.

In addition, a ‘Speedpak’ should allow for a new approach to large assemblies that use less memory to achieve full graphic detail.

“Given that the point of software solutions is to automate tasks and the point of automation is to make common tasks happen faster, then a significant increase in performance will deeply benefit every designer and engineer,” said John MacKrell, senior analyst with CIMdata. “SpeedPak technology increases performance while decreasing resource consumption, providing a double benefit for designers, especially those who work with large assemblies.”

A new ‘Simulation Advisor’ helps users analyze designs for hidden flaws through every stage of a simulation, and even back in the 2D world users get new improvements and add-ons.

Finally, the addition of Photoview360 should mean for easier progressive rendering on the new version. However, the increased figures for speed will probably be enough to warrant the upgrade.

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Spare $2bn? Why not buy PTC?

Published 08 September 2008

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: ptc, pro engineer

Parametric Technologies is apparently taking steps toward selling itself to the tune of $2bn having apparently hired Goldman Sachs in a move to attract potential buyers, according to the Financial Times.

The manufacturer of Pro Engineer, based in Massachusetts and founded in 1987, has seen its growth continue following four acquisitions last year as leading to forecasted revenues of $1.07bn for fiscal 2008. Expect a bidding frenzy; despite the credit crunch disturbing markets elsewhere, nothing seems to be effecting the trade in CAD companies.

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