Managing Your AEC Content – Part II


Questex Media announced that Amy Stankiewicz has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of Cadalyst magazine.

Stankiewicz is a veteran technology journalist and previously served as Editor-in-Chief of Geospatial Solutions, a Questex Media publication covering GIS (geographic information systems) and related spatial technologies. Stankiewicz succeeds Sara Ferris as Editor-in-Chief at Cadalyst.

Questex Media announced that Amy Coronato has been promoted to Associate Publisher of Cadalyst magazine, the premier publication devoted to computer-aided design and related technologies. In her new role, Coronato will lead advertising sales and marketing efforts for Cadalyst's online and print properties, as well as Cadalyst's sister online properties, Geospatial Solutions, covering GIS (geographic information systems), and Innovate Forum, dedicated to innovative technologies and processes.

New Products

Cimmetry Systems, an Agile Software company, announced the immediate availability of 2D, 3D and EDA native document visualization for AutoCAD 2007 SP1, Cadence Allegro 15.7, and Mentor Expedition 2005.

The release of Service Pack 3 for AutoVue 19.1 (Windows) reaffirms Cimmetry's market leading position and its continuing support for the latest versions of major CAD systems.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced Bentley OnSite, software that connects the worlds of civil engineering design and construction. This new offering automates and streamlines tasks for stakeout, inspection, and measurement in the field, facilitating project management and helping ensure unprecedented levels of accuracy during construction.

Punch! Software LLC, developers of home and landscape design software on the retail market, announced that its upcoming ViaCAD™ release will support the Google® SketchUp® 6 import file formats.

ViaCAD is a high functionality, low-cost 2D/3D design product that revolutionizes the way everybody creates designs in 2D and 3D. To be released in March of 2007, the new product supports Mac OS X and Windows platforms, and retails for $99.

upFront.eZine Publishing, Ltd. releases "Animations with AutoCAD," a new ebook about creating animations with AutoCAD software from Autodesk.

The 58-page ebook describes how to go on interactive walkthroughs and make pro-programmed animations with 3D models in AutoCAD 2007. The ebook provides tutorials on creating movies with AutoCAD, and then editing them with the free MovieMaker software included with Windows XP and Vista.

Learn more more about "Animations with AutoCAD," read the full table of contents, and view select pages at the upFront eZine website.

Nemetschek North America announced the release of VectorWorks version 12.5.1, a maintenance update for VectorWorks Designer, VectorWorks Architect, VectorWorks Landmark, VectorWorks Spotlight, VectorWorks Machine Design, VectorWorks Fundamentals, and RenderWorks.

VectorWorks 12.5.1 contains important fixes that improve the program's stability and robustness, particularly when opening and saving files over a Macintosh(r) network. Memory and other issues when working with viewports, as well as stacked layers, have been improved. In addition, 3D snapping accuracy when working with symbols, groups, and other objects has been improved.

IDEA is the IntelliCAD-based BIM solution, designed to meet in a very friendly and flexible way all the needs of an architect, including advanced architectural design, rendering and virtual walkthrough. IDEA adopts a modern BIM structure, totally redesigned within the framework of the "new generation" development project of 4M Suite, the integrated building design suite of 4M. Intelligent model shaping and high design accuracy are directly applied on the real 3D model of the building.

AEC Software, a developer of project-focused and business productivity solutions, announced at the 2007 Macworld Conference and Expo a month-long promotion bundling the company's renowned FastTrack Schedule(TM) project management software with Mindjet(R) MindManager(R), a leading productivity application that provides a highly interactive, visual interface to improve team thinking, planning, and collaboration. The new "Smart Project Workflow" bundles offer significant savings while helping users manage projects of all types from conceptualization to completion.

Autodsys announced the release of Autodsys IntelliCAD® 6.2, a significant update that contains many exclusive enhancements that build on the base IntelliCAD Technology.

This release builds on the performance gains of previous releases by displaying and inserting drawings with large polyface meshes up to 8 times faster.

New color features include support for true color which includes more than 16 million colors, and color books, which provide a way to organize collections of colors.

Around the Web

Second Life software becomes Open Source by Stephen Shankland, CNET, January 8, 2007 - Linden Lab on Monday released as open-source software the viewer used to access Second Life and plans to follow suit with the server software that powers the company's virtual realm.

Democrat politico ventures into Second Life, by Declan McCullagh, CNET, January 4, 2007 - As jubilant Democrats in Washington celebrated their newfound control of the U.S. Congress on Thursday, Rep. George Miller was doing the same thing in a more unusual place: Second Life.

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Date: January 29-31
Place: Wyndam Greenspoint Hotel, Houston, TX
International Builders' Show 2007
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Place: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL USA
With more than 1,600 exhibitors offering the latest building products, 200 plus educational sessions, and four days of great networking opportunities, it’s important that you make the most of your time at The International Builders’ Show®. The My Show Planner will help! With My Show Planner, you can ensure that you won’t miss any of the exhibits, events, and educational sessions you want to attend by adding them to your schedule before you leave for Orlando!

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