Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Rendering of DWG files in the cloud with Project Neon

News from the Autodesk Labs: Project Neon is a rendering service that offers greater productivity and a faster turnaround of photorealistic renderings by leveraging the power and compute capabilities of the cloud.

Customers looking for more rendering capacity can now send out multiple DWG files out into the cloud, render them simultaneously and have high-quality, photo-realistic renderings delivered directly to their own secure online storage.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Autodesk Labs Project Photofly - 3D models from photographs

Create 3D Model Scenes from Photos with Project Photofly. You can give it a try right now for free.

Capturing the reality as-built for various purposes (renovation, energy analysis, add-ons design, etc...) is now becoming possible using your standard digital camera, thanks to advanced computer vision technologies developed by Autodesk, called "Camera Factory," and now made available through "Project Photofly." Project Photofly is a technology preview to automatically convert photographs shot around an object or a scene into "Photo Scenes" using the power of cloud computing.

Between The Lines and It’s Alive in the Lab have more details.

Autodesk Acquires Swedish Illuminate Labs

Autodesk Acquires Illuminate Labs headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., July 21, 2010 — Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has acquired Illuminate Labs, a privately held maker of lighting technology for game development. Illuminate Labs’ Beast middleware solution and Turtle plug-in for Autodesk Maya software enable faster iteration on a game’s creative intent, and more realistic in-game lighting.

Autodesk plans to develop and sell Illuminate Labs’ technology and support Illuminate Labs customers. Autodesk anticipates that Beast middleware will continue to be licensed as a standalone product. Autodesk plans to incorporate Turtle into future offerings, and discontinue licensing it as a standalone product.

www.illuminatelabs.com and www.autodesk.com/autodeskandilluminate

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Code Formatter Plugin for Windows Live Writer

There’s a new version of the Code Formatter Plugin for Windows Live Writer.
The new version is 2.5 and can be found at http://code.google.com/p/codeformatterpluginforwindowslivewriter

The biggest feature of 2.5 is the ability to insert snippets of code as an image (guaranteeing exact formatting no matter what blog engine you’re on).
You can also add effects to the images, such as reflections and perspectives.

Here is an example as image:

And as text:

Public Sub WriteXRec() Dim oDict As AcadDictionary Dim oXRec As AcadXRecord Dim dxfCode(0 To 1) As Integer Dim dxfData(0 To 1) Set oDict = ThisDrawing.Dictionaries.Add("SampleTest") Set oXRec = oDict.AddXRecord("Record1") dxfCode(0) = 1: dxfData(0) = "First Value" dxfCode(1) = 2: dxfData(1) = "Second Value" oXRec.SetXRecordData dxfCode, dxfData End Sub

Thanks for the update Steve Dunn.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

ArcGIS 10 FLEXnet version and JTB FlexReport support

The 10.0 release of the ESRI ArcGIS 10.0 license manager uses FLEXnet v11.6.1.0. If you would prefer to use a newer version of FLEXnet like v11.7.0.0 that comes with Autodesk’s 2011 product line or the even the newest v11.9.0.0 it should work just fine.

Executables involved are lmgrd.exe, lmutil.exe, lmtools.exe as well as any vendor daemon like ARCGIS.EXE.

ArcGIS 10 license manager is not by default bound to FLEXlm port 27004 (so it defaults to 27000) unless that is already taken. You can force the port to be used by editing the service.txt configuration file on the license manager.

Multiple vendor daemons on the same license server

Update Autodesk Network License Manager for 2011 release of Autodesk products works also with other vendors.

License usage reports with JTB FlexReport works with ArcGIS 10 as well as the latest v11.9 of FLEXnet/FLEXlm.

Here is a comment by ESRI staff in a newsgroup:

The 10.0 release of the ArcGIS 10.0 license manager uses FLEXnet v11.6.1.0 but has also been significantly reworked to support the more robust ArcGIS 10.0 licensing model which makes use of more secure, encrypted license storage. The license manager will serve licenses to 9.x clients and 10.x clients alike.

As to the result of running the new ArcGIS 10.0 License Manager along side the AutoCad License Manager, your results may vary. With prior license manager releases, it was possible to manipulate the license files to effectively serve ArcGIS licenses from AutoCAD managers, and vice versa provided they were running roughly the same core FlexLM version. With the 10.0 ArcGIS License Manager, this would not be possible as all licenses are stored in an encrypted/secured datastore thus one's ability to "rig" these systems to work together is reduced.

That said, through the 10.0 Beta, there were no reports of "conflicts" between the new ArcGIS License Manager (10.0) and other software vendor's license managers that make use of FlexLM technology. We expect this is in large part due to architectural changes that isolate data stores and eliminate the problems of multiple license managers conflicting by reading the same locations. Regardless, running both these license managers on the same system with the 10.0 License Manager is not recommended. The changes from the ArcGIS License Manger 9.x to 10.x represent an architectural leap; running both the newer ArcGIS License Manager along side another vendor's license manager on the same system may present challenges, and should be thoroughly tested before going into production and risking downing either user base.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

User Group Leaders qualify for one free year of Vuuch

Visit the Vuuch Blog post User Group Leaders Unite for all the details on how to qualify.

Vuuch helps to communicate and collaborate around your model, drawing or document.

For more Vuuch details visit the Vuuch for AutoCAD page and the previous blog post Vuuch for AutoCAD released and ready for primetime.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Intergraph acquired by Hexagon

Stockholm, Sweden based Hexagon AB last week acquired Intergraph with products like PDS, SmartPlant 3D, SmartPlant P&ID, CADWorx, COADE, ISOGEN, CAESAR II, GeoMedia.

On 6 July 2010, Hexagon AB entered into an agreement to acquire US-based software provider Intergraph Corporation for a cash purchase price of 2 125 MUSD on a cash and debt free basis.

Intergraph fulfils all prerequisites that Hexagon has set for software driven expansion. The combination of Hexagon's leadership in solutions that capture rich geospatial data using aerial and ground based point cloud sensor technology, with Intergraph's leadership in GIS and CAD application software, will enable the enlarged Hexagon Group to develop and provide unrivalled integrated solutions to clients.

Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I).  Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially-powered solutions to the defense and intelligence, public safety and security, government, transportation, photogrammetry, utilities, and communications industries. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.

Full press release at www.hexagon.se/1485.asp

Quote from by Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine:

The other aspect of the deal that titillates observers is the position of Bentley Systems. As I understand it, Intergraph still owns 30% of Bentley, meaning either (a) Hexagon becomes a miniority owner, or (b) the Bentley brothers buy out Intergraph's share. I wonder if this now leaves Autodesk as the oldest independent CAD vendor?

Randall at Vektorrum says:

If any executives from ESRI, Bentley, or AVEVA were watching Hexagon CEO Ola Rollen’s presentation to analysts this morning, they must have reached for the antacids before he finished. He waxed enthusiastic about the market disruptions his now-doubled company intends to produce by marrying terabytes of constantly updated point cloud data into the original 3D engineering model. Instead of only using a laser scanner as a point solution for specific tasks, the marriage of scan data and CAD makes Hexagon solutions a friend of the asset from initial design to decommission.

Quote from Bloomberg:

Hexagon will help Intergraph boost sales in China, Ola Rollen, the Swedish company’s chief executive officer, said by phone today. “We have 14 regional offices, four factories and more than 1,500 employees in China,” Rollen said. “We’ll help Intergraph reach more customers through our sales organization in China.” Hexagon may also pursue “some smaller complementary acquisitions.”

Note also that CADWorx is running on Autodesk’s AutoCAD.

Hexagon owns among other brands Brown & Sharpe, Leica Geosystems and NovAtel.

The 4000 new employees will surely move Hexagon up on the list of Sweden’s largest companies.

Mr Melker Schörling is on the board of directors of Hexagon and owns a big share. Back in 1998 when I worked at Emtunga, Melker Schörling was part of IDI that acquired Emtunga and the same year Melker Schörling also acquired the controlling stake in Hexagon.

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