An Interview with Brian Looney, Architectural Rendering Artist

by Franco Folini September 24, 2007 7 min read

Brian Looney started off as an entry level drafter straight out of technical school and now he is a professional architectural rendering expert. Brian learned the major rendering tools in the field, working with architects and clients at McFarland Davies Architects, in Tulsa, OK. When Next Limit Technologies new Maxwell Render was released, Brian tried […]
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Google Docs Security Seriously Compromised?

by Franco Folini September 20, 2007 2 min read

I don’t consider myself a geek, but I’m always intrigued by new technologies, products, and ideas. I can’t hold on my curiosity, I have to try new things. When Google released a new service called Google Docs based on Writely, claiming to have a sort of online alternative to Microsoft Office, I immediately opened an […]
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An Interview with George Omura, AutoCAD Writer

by Franco Folini September 19, 2007 7 min read

George Omura (website) is an architect, illustrator, and animator, but he is mostly known for his books. He is a world-renowned author with more than 500,000 books in print, mostly about AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. The first book I read about AutoCAD, back in 1991, was written by George. Like myself, legions of AutoCAD users […]
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An Interview with Paul Wilkinson, AEC Collaboration Expert and Writer

by Franco Folini September 14, 2007 6 min read

Paul Wilkinson is a British AEC expert and writer. In October 2005 he published a very interesting book, Construction Collaboration Technologies: The Extranet Evolution, about collaboration tools and processes for the AEC sector. The book is not an academic exercise but is based on his long professional experience. Paul also keeps a blog (Extranet Evolution) […]
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CAD Companies Push the Marketing Frontier on Wikipedia

by Franco Folini August 29, 2007 2 min read

Reading Paul Wilkinson blog, I discovered a sophisticated and pretty useful online tool called Wikipedia Scanner created by Virgil Griffith. Using the WikiScanner anybody can check the anonymous editing of Wikipedia pages done from computers registered under company domains such as Autodesk, SolidWork, and Adobe. A search for edits from the Autodesk domain returns a […]
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An Interview with Jimmy Bergmark, AutoCAD Guru

by Franco Folini August 28, 2007 7 min read

Jimmy Bergmark is the owner and principal of JTB World, a Swedish consulting company specializing in AutoCAD programming and customization. Jimmy is well known in the AutoCAD community because of his constant presence and highly qualified advice in several discussion forums and also because of his popular technical blog. Jimmy has been working with AutoCAD […]
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An Interview with Mary Hope McQuiston, Head of Autodesk Extended Design Group

by Franco Folini August 21, 2007 6 min read

Mary Hope McQuiston is the head of the Extended Design Group of Autodesk, the group in charge of all DWF products including Design Review, Freewheel, and the DWF Toolkit. The CAD visualization market is currently at the center of a battle for the establishment of a standard file format for collaboration and visualization of CAD […]
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An Interview with Robert Green, author of “Expert CAD Management”

by Franco Folini July 23, 2007 6 min read

Robert Green is the author of the new book Expert CAD Management: The Complete Guide (288 pages, published by Sybex) and the head of the Robert Green Consulting Group. Robert is well known for his insightful articles published by the popular Cadalyst magazine. Having spent a few years myself as a consultant to support CAD […]
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An Interview with David Ptak, President of SolidProfessor

by Franco Folini July 19, 2007 8 min read

David Ptak is the President of SolidProfessor, a company that is revolutionizing the concept of training for CAD and CAM users. SolidProfessor is proposing a product line of high quality interactive video focused mostly on SolidWorks and related engineering tools. While video training has been around for a while, SolidProfessor is raising the bar with […]
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An Interview with Andrew Keen, Author of “The Cult of the Amateur”

by Franco Folini July 16, 2007 11 min read

Andrew Keen (blog) is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and a writer. When his new book, The Cult of the Amateur, hit the bookstores a few weeks ago, it immediately attracted critics’ attention. The book questions the core values of the Web 2.0 revolution, exposing its economic, ethical, and social dangers. As with every revolution, even […]
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An Interview with Jon Banquer, “Enfant Terrible” of CAD/CAM

by Franco Folini July 05, 2007 5 min read

Jon Banquer is well known in the CAD/CAM community for his daily presence on some of the most popular newsgroups. According to Google Groups, Jon wrote a total of 6,267 posts on the Usenet newsgroups since he began posting in June 1999.  See Jon's old-profile and current-profile.  (The King of CAD/CAM Usenet groups is a […]
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An Interview with Scott Sorochak, CEO of BookCrossing

by Franco Folini July 02, 2007 6 min read

Scott Sorochak is the CEO of BookCrossing, a company and website based on a simple and revolutionary idea about sharing books. BookCrossing was founded in 2001 by Ron Hornbaker, Heather Mehra-Pedersen, and Bruce Pedersen. Since then the community of bookcrossers has gown continuosly. Scott, a bookcrosser under the name of redsoxbookguy and a blogger, recently […]
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An Interview with Francis Cadin, CEO of Datakit

by Franco Folini June 28, 2007 5 min read

Francis Cadin is the CEO and founder of Datakit, the French company specialized in CAD data translation. Datakit products come in two different flavors: some translators perform their sensitive tasks embedded under the hood of a software program while others come as plug-ins or standalone applications. For example, if you are opening a SolidWorks file […]
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An Interview with Roopinder Tara, CEO of TenLinks

by Franco Folini June 25, 2007 5 min read

Roopinder Tara is the President, CEO, editor and founder of, the popular website that is a reference for the online CAD, CAM and CAE community. In the ever changing Internet world TenLinks has been a reliable source of information for many years. Roopinder is the man behind TenLinks. If you are curious to know […]
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An Interview with Brad Peebler, CEO of Luxology (modo)

by Franco Folini June 20, 2007 8 min read

Brad Peebler is the CEO of Luxology, the company that makes modo. Luxology modo is based on a technology called polygon/surface subdivision that is changes the way 3D artists and designers create shapes and frees their creativity. Some of the ideas and technologies powering Luxology modo will have a significant impact behind the DCC (Digital […]
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An Interview with David Opsahl, CEO of Actify (Spinfire)

by Franco Folini June 17, 2007 6 min read

David Opsahl is the CEO of Actify, the company that makes the SpinFire products for CAD data visualization. The CAD data visualization market is going through some very important changes with acquisitions (Cimmetry and Agile) and new products (Acrobat 3D) available to end users. Actify has been in this market for several years and has […]
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An Interview with Joe Anand, CEO of MecSoft (VisualMill and RhinoCAM)

by Franco Folini June 14, 2007 6 min read

Joe Anand is the CEO of MecSoft, the company that makes the famous CAM products VisualMill and RhinoCAM. we have been the first to use the OpenNurbs technology and to write a full-fledged CAM plug-in for Rhino The CAM market is fragmented with several small players. Many of them are selling good technologies but having […]
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An Interview with Dan Ablan, 3D Guru and Writer

by Collaborator June 11, 2007 5 min read

Daniel Ablan is a well known 3D computer graphics expert and writer. He is the author of several books about Newtek LightWave, Luxology Modo, and digital photography and cinematography. Dan heads two businesses: AGA Digital Studios, a professional services and training company, and, which produces and sells training DVDs. Knowing Dan through Novedge, I […]
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An Interview with Howie Markson, Sr. Director of Marketing of SpaceClaim

by Franco Folini June 07, 2007 8 min read

Howie Markson is Senior Director of Marketing of SpaceClaim, a new CAD company. SpaceClaim is bringing to the CAD market a new fresh approach that claims to perform similarly to the parametric-feature-based systems, but without the hassles typical of those systems. It’s not every day that you see a new company with original ideas trying […]
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Who is Using Wikipedia to Promote Autodesk Inventor?

by Franco Folini June 06, 2007 1 min read

A few days ago while browsing Wikipedia searching for information I landed on the Autodesk Inventor page. not exactly an encyclopedic and objective style Going through the text I was surprised when I found a series of statements that looked as though they have been written by a marketing department. I don't think people at […]
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Back to the Future: CAD Returns to the Drawing Board?

by Franco Folini May 30, 2007 1 min read

Yesterday Microsoft announced a new product called Microsoft Surface. It's a computerized table — the top surface is a computer display that  recognizes and interacts with physical objects from a paintbrush to a cell phone and allows for hands-on, direct control of content such as photos, music, and maps (see TechCrunch post). I can envision […]
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The New Rendering Frontier: an Interview with Chema Guerra, Co-Director of Fryrender

by Franco Folini May 30, 2007 6 min read

Jose María Guerra García is co-founder and co-director, with Pedro Osma, of Feversoft, the Spanish company that is developing Fryrender. Fryrender is a new rendering engine strictly based on light simulation (it comes as a standalone product with plug-ins for 3ds Max, Maya, Rhino, LightWave, and Cinema 4D). Jose Maria's new software product is emerging […]
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An Interview with Louis Gary Lamit, Author of the Book “Moving from 2D to 3D CAD for Engineering Design”

by Franco Folini May 25, 2007 8 min read

Louis Gary Lamit is a CAD professional and teacher with several years of experience behind him. He is the owner of Lamit and Associates and the author of the book Moving from 2D to 3D CAD for Engineering Design recently published by BookSurge. The transition from 2D to 3D has been an hot topic for […]
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Breaking the Barrier Between Bits and Atoms: Neil Gershenfeld Video

by Franco Folini May 24, 2007 1 min read

After yesterday's post about Ponoko, I received quite a bit of positive feedback by e-mail and on blog posts (for example on SolidSmack). In my opinion, one of the best ways to understand the power of the Ponoko approach to manufacturing is to go back to one of the minds that inspired it. This special […]
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From Bits to Atoms, an Interview with David ten Have, CEO of Ponoko

by Franco Folini May 23, 2007 5 min read

David ten Have is co-founder and CEO of Ponoko (blog), a company from New Zealand exploring a new approach to manufacturing. Dave’s goal is to provide a customized manufacturing process so easy that almost anybody can use it. Send Ponoko a 3D digital model and they will take care of transforming it into a physical […]
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An Interview with Chris Yessios, CEO of auto.des.sys (formZ)

by Franco Folini May 21, 2007 5 min read

Chris Yessios is the President and CEO of auto.des.sys, Inc., and Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University. He holds a PhD in Computer Aided Design from Carnegie-Mellon University and his formal education includes a BArch and a Diploma in Law, both from the Aristotelian University in Greece. He taught and researched at The Ohio […]
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The Best Scientific Presentation, Ever

by Franco Folini May 20, 2007 1 min read

you will not be able to resist the irony of this short video Everybody is talking about this PowerPoint presentation by Doug Zongker (blog), from the University of Washington. Doug, now a software engineer at Google, gave this talk at the humor session of the 2007 AAAS Conference in San Francisco. It’s based on this […]
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Can Oracle Shake the CAD Visualization Market?

by Franco Folini May 17, 2007 2 min read

Two days ago, on May 15, Oracle (ORCL) announced the acquisition of Agile (AGIL), a company known mostly for its PLM products, for $495 million. I don’t want to discuss the impact of Oracle in the PLM market here. If you’re interested you can find more detail at PC World, LinuxWorld, eWeek, Roy Wildeman, Ralph […]
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An Interview with Matt Lombard, Author of the SolidWorks 2007 Bible

by Franco Folini May 10, 2007 8 min read

Matt Lombard (blog, website) is the author of the recently published "SolidWorks 2007 Bible", a huge volume with over 1,000 pages. His book has quickly become recognized as the reference book of choice for the SolidWorks community (see Rob Rodriguez, Anna Wood, and Jeff Mirisola), of which Matt is a very active and well-known member.  […]
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An Interview with Paul Babb, CEO of Maxon (Cinema 4D)

by Franco Folini May 07, 2007 5 min read

Paul Babb is the CEO of MAXON US, the company that makes the famous Cinema 4D modeling, rendering, and animation products. Based on my experience I can say that every company and product has its own personality. Whenever I have the opportunity to talk with a Cinema 4D user about their experience with the product, […]
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Novedge is Looking for a European Intern

by Franco Folini May 02, 2007 1 min read

Novedge is the largest online store for CAD, CAM, and 3D graphics software. We are offering a seasonal unpaid internship in our friendly environment this summer (flexible – about 2 or 3 months, between June and September). We are looking for a college student or recent graduate from Europe. The intern should come from a […]
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Is Google Fair?

by Franco Folini May 01, 2007 2 min read

Let’s start with the facts. A few days ago I was working at the data feed for a Google service called Google Base, previously known as Froogle. It’s an online service that allows sellers to upload a list of products with price and description and lets users search online for products to compare prices, shipping […]
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