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New flagship 27” Cintiq 27QHD and Cintiq Companion from Wacom

Published 07 January 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: hardware, cintiq, wacom, zbrush, tablet, sketch, wacom cintiq

Wacom’s latest flagship model features a full glass surface, with shortcut controls included in the new handheld ExpressKey Remote

Wacom’s professional design hardware continues to cement itself into the ‘designers wishlist’ with its latest product launches from CES.

The new flagship Cintiq 27QHD is 27 inches of edge-to-edge glass working surface, spectacular colour and ergonomic considerations, available in either standard pen control or with multi-touch gesture control (the 27QHD Touch).

Similarly well designed, the Cintiq Companion 2 is a tablet for creative professionals wanting the freedom to create anywhere - a full Windows 8 tablet on the move, and connecting to Mac or PC while at home or at work for flexibility.

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SPECapc releases PTC Creo 3.0 benchmark

Published 07 January 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: workstations, graphics cards, graphics, ptc creo, benchmarks

The SPECapc project group has released a new standard benchmark for evaluating the performance of workstations running PTC Creo 3.0.

The SPECapc for PTC Creo 3.0 benchmark provides eight workflows that exercise all aspects of system performance including graphics, CPU and I/O.

Scores are also generated for specific graphics display modes including shading with reflections, shading with edges, shading, wireframe, hidden-line and no-hidden-line.

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First look: Power Surfacing v2.0 for Solidworks

Published 07 January 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, modo, sub-d, nurbs, power surfacing, npower

Power Surfacing 2.0 enhances its ability to integrate Sub-D design with typical NURBS models

Organic and free form surfaces design plug-in for Solidworks, nPower Software’s Power Surfacing 2.0 looks set to benefit designers wanting to integrate flowing curves with more mechanical design.

Based on IntegrityWare’s SOLIDS++ geometric modelling Kernel, it’s a hybrid modelling system that supports solids, surface and polygonal modelling, which can use the new SubD-NURBS library product, to provide accurate conversion between Sub-D geometry and NURBS geometry.

Building on the launch version, Power Surfacing 2.0 enhances its ability to integrate Sub-D design with typical NURBS models.

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Dell ships curved 34-inch display: a good thing for CAD?

Published 07 January 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: dell, monitor, display, ultrasharp, widescreen, curved

Dell previewed its curved Dell UltraSharp 34 Monitor U3415W last summer and now the 34-inch, WQHD (3,440 x 1,440) resolution display is shipping.

Dell says the curved screen optimises the field of view and minimises eye movement to deliver a more comfortable viewing experience than a flat screen.

While I’ve always considered curved TVs to be a bit of a gimmick, from my limited exposure with curved monitors I actually think manufacturers like Dell could be onto something.

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