NOVEDGE Blog

Interview with Jessie Newburn, PR Gal at Nemetschek NA

by Franco Folini July 22, 2009 0 min read

Who is the face customers identify with a typical CAD company? Maybe the CEO whose smile appears on the cover of business magazines, or the tech support guy who handles the most challenging cases, or maybe the well-dressed salesperson who convinces big customers to buy dozens of licenses? All of them or none of them, […]
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Grab this Kinemac Special! Best Value on Animation for Mac

by Franco Folini July 14, 2009 0 min read

For this week only we're having a special on Kinemac: only $124 For this week only we're having a special on Kinemac — half price! Kinemac runs on Macs and is a powerful and easy-to-use 3D real-time animation and presentation software. If you're in the market for a Mac animation product at an extremely attractive […]
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Another RhinoJungle Successful Contest!

by Franco Folini July 09, 2009 0 min read

We want to thank everybody who designed banners and cast their vote After the successful poll contest on RhinoJungle in May, we were excited to run another contest. If you are among the few who don’t know yet, RhinoJungle is a free online community for Rhino 3D users and enthusiasts. The results of the poll […]
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modo 401 Pushes the Limits of Rendering and Animation

by Franco Folini July 07, 2009 0 min read

modo has been improved in so many ways that is almost impossible to list everything here On June 23 Luxology released the latest version of its 3D modeling, rendering, and animation product: modo 401. The version 4 of modo arrived about a year and a half after the release of version 3. modo has been […]
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Interview with Paul Bay, CEO of Punch! Software

by Franco Folini July 06, 2009 0 min read

Not all CAD companies play in the same arena. While most CAD companies stay busy talking to the press, explaining strategies to financial analysts, and placing expensive ads in magazines nobody reads anymore, some CAD companies invest their time and money in talking to customers. These companies are less likely to be on a stage […]
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Vectorworks Trial Download Now Available at Novedge

by Franco Folini July 02, 2009 0 min read

If you always wanted to try Nemetschek Vectorworks but never found a trial demo available I have great news for you: we now have the free trial available at Novedge! we now have the free Vectorworks trial available at Novedge! Vectorworks is a high quality professional design product very popular with architects, landscape designers, and […]
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Interview with Lorenzo Puleo, CEO and Founder of Kinemac

by Franco Folini July 01, 2009 0 min read

Lorenzo Puleo is one of the many creative people who fell in love with Mac. However Lorenzo didn’t stop at the user level as most Mac fans do, he went on to conceive a new product and created a company around it. That company shares the name of its main product and is called Kinemac (website). Kinemac […]
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Who are the Rhino Users? A Poll on RhinoJungle Gives Us Some Answers

by Franco Folini June 19, 2009 0 min read

I'd like to share with you some more results from a recent poll we did on RhinoJungle, the online Rhino 3D users community. The results will give us a better picture not only of the RhinoJungle community, but also of the average Rhino users. I'm not going to throw a bunch of numbers to you, […]
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Rhino and Autodesk Inventor Are Becoming Good Friends

by Franco Folini June 18, 2009 0 min read

Rhino 3D is not the minor CAD system many CAD companies were used to think The Rhino community could not be ignored anymore! Rhino 3D is not the minor CAD system many CAD companies were used to think. Over the years the community of Rhino users has become larger and more influential with several Rhino […]
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Vectorworks 2009 Viewer Makes Architects’ Life Easier!

by Franco Folini June 17, 2009 0 min read

in order to view and print a Vectorworks file you don’t need a Vectorworks license People at Nemetschek, the makers of Vectorworks, have a little secret I would like to reveal to you: in order to view a Vectorworks model or drawing you neither need to own a Vectorworks license, nor to convert your files […]
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Interview with Al Whatmough, CEO and Founder of InspirTech

by Franco Folini June 16, 2009 0 min read

A few major trends are shaping the balance between classroom training and online/DVD self-training. The first trend is the gradual decrease of CAD system prices. It used to be normal to pay a few thousand dollars for a training class. It is now perceived as unfair to have to pay as much or even more […]
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Novedge Story on SolidWorks: Heard!

by Franco Folini June 15, 2009 0 min read

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed on Lou Gallo’s on-demand radio show. We talked about Novedge, social media and the last COFES event in Scottsdale, AZ. It was really a lot of fun to talk to Lou about what we do. He always has intelligent and relevant questions and I really like his […]
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V-Ray RT Can Change the Way We Design

by Franco Folini June 12, 2009 0 min read

The Moore Law is supplying us with an incredible and ever growing amount of computer power. There is so much computer power, in fact, that most of the time we use only a small fraction of what is available on our workstation. Why not use some of this unused power to improve our design and […]
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Web Browsers Flirt with 3D

by Franco Folini June 12, 2009 0 min read

Is the web ready to adopt plugin-less 3D and advanced 2D? Are web browsers ready for a new wave of 3D and vector-based 2D content (plugin-less)? Is the web ready to adopt 3D and advanced 2D with the same enthusiasm it recently adopted videos? Those were the questions discussed yesterday evening in Cupertino at the […]
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Interview with Matthew Sederberg, CEO and Founder of T-Splines

by Franco Folini June 09, 2009 0 min read

One of my recurring complaints about surface modeling is the intrinsic complexity of existing modeling systems. Even if the level of user friendliness of these systems has improved, sooner or later every user needs to invest some time to understand how the underlying geometry works and to accept the limitations that come with each modeling strategy. T-Splines […]
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A SpaceClaim Review by an End User

by Franco Folini June 08, 2009 0 min read

A member of SpaceClaiming, our online community about new CAD technologies, wrote a very interesting review of SpaceClaim. In a moment when the blogosphere (Matt Lombard, Deelip Menezes, Kenneth Wong, Ralph Grabowski, Paul Hamilton) is busy discussing the benefits and limits of the direct-modeling approach pioneered by SpaceClaim, it is refreshing to hear the opinion […]
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AutoDesSys Family Grows: the New bonzai3d is Here!

by Franco Folini June 08, 2009 0 min read

I’ve been waiting for some time. The couple of sneak previews I had only made me even more curious. And finally, on June 5th, 2009, AutoDesSys officially released bonzai3d. formZ is not anymore the single child (with polymorphic incarnations) of Alexandra and Chris Yessios‘ company. From now on, formZ has a little brother. It’s called […]
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Nemetschek NA Releases Vectorworks SP4

by Franco Folini June 05, 2009 0 min read

Today Nemetschek NA announced the release of Vectorworks 2009 Service Pack 4 immediately available free of charge as a downloadable updater for all commercial licenses. To install the SP4 start your copy of Vectorworks 2009, go to the [About Vectorworks] dialog box and click [Check for Updates], or visit the Vectorworks 2009 Service Pack 4 […]
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V-Ray and T-Splines Webinar for Rhino 3D Addicts!

by Franco Folini June 05, 2009 0 min read

What makes Rhino 3D so special? The power of the NURBS modeling commands? The affordable price? The strong and supportive community? The kindness and generosity of the McNeel team? Or the powerful set of plugins available to expand the Rhino 3D in every conceivable direction? These plugins make Rhino 3D the optimal solution for an […]
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What does the Poll on RhinoJungle Tell Us?

by Franco Folini June 04, 2009 0 min read

In 25 days, 30% of the members took the poll on RhinoJungle and we welcomed many new members. Thanks you, and welcome! We support RhinoJungle as a place where you can interact with other Rhino users and to find answers to your questions To us, this poll has been a great success. We are happy […]
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Explore SpaceClaim with a Free Webinar Next Wednesday

by Franco Folini June 03, 2009 0 min read

SpaceClaim is offering a Free webinar on Wednesday June 10, 2009 between 12:00pm  and 12:30pm EDT (Register Here). The online interactive live demo will explore the features of SpaceClaim targeting Industrial Designers and Product Stylists.SpaceClaim is a next generation, new approach to CAD systems, and in my opinion it is very important to sign up […]
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Autodesk Student Editions (Educational) Now Available from Novedge

by Franco Folini May 29, 2009 0 min read

Novedge has been selling Autodesk products for many years. During the last couple of years we have been promoting the educational section of our catalog by adding several new products from the most popular brands such as Solidworks, McNeel, Maxon, Nemetschek, SpaceClaiming, Alibre, etc. Novedge have signed up with Autodesk to sell their educational products Recently […]
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“Light Plot Deconstructed”: A New Book for VectorWorks SpotLight Users

by Franco Folini May 28, 2009 0 min read

Just two days ago Vectorworks Press (Nemetschek NA) announced the publication of “Light Plot Deconstructed“, a new book written by Greg Hillmar, an accomplished scenic and lighting designer based in Richmond, VA. “Light Plot Deconstructed” is a great companion guide for anyone seeking to learn the fundamentals of lighting design Over his more than 15 […]
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Interview with Lou Gallo, SolidWorks Power User and CAD Podcaster

by Franco Folini May 27, 2009 0 min read

In the past, if someone asked me to come up with improbable or strange combinations of technologies I would have suggested things such as 3D animations and Twitter or CAD and podcasts. I have since learned that if something looks improbable or strange to me it doesn’t mean it’s impossible or even wrong. Tackling those […]
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Pixologic ZBrush Discovers Rapid Prototyping

by Franco Folini May 27, 2009 0 min read

Pixologic users can now finally join the group of Rapid Prototyping enthusiasts and start creating real 3D objects out of their ZBrush models. This is an important and very welcome step. It will help push Rapid Prototyping, or 3D Printing as Pixologic likes to call it, into the mainstream by increasing the number of users […]
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CadSoft Releases EnvisioneerExpress 5.0 as a Free Download

by Franco Folini May 26, 2009 0 min read

CadSoft Corporation just released EnvisioneerExpress 5.0, a residential design program. EnvisoneerExpress is the free version of Envisioneer Professional 5.0, the well known architectural design system by CadSoft. EnvisioneerExpress uses commands matching objects in the real world EnvisioneerExpress has been specifically developed to introduce clients to the simple creation of floor plans, 3D models, and interior […]
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RandomControl (fryrender) Goes Realtime

by Franco Folini May 22, 2009 0 min read

RandomControl, the maker of fryrender and previously known as Feversoft, is joining other companies on the real-time rendering arena (Bunkspeed Hypershot, seac02 LinceoVR, etc.) To prove the value of the technology they are working at, they are circulating this impressive video: http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=4709390&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1 The video was recorded in real-time using RandomControl's engine RC5. The original scene […]
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Join Novedge for an Internship in San Francisco

by Franco Folini May 22, 2009 0 min read

Novedge and San Francisco. Can you think of a better combination? For the past few months, I’ve been interning here at Novedge in San Francisco. As a Dutch student this has been an amazing opportunity for me, and I’m still enjoying every day of it. Novedge is a great and inspiring company to work with, […]
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The Story Behind the Rhino3D Book

by Franco Folini May 21, 2009 0 min read

Since March 2009, Novedge has been giving away a free copy of the book Working with Rhinoceros 4.0 for every purchase of a new license of Rhino 4.0. The book is a beginner's user guide for learning Rhino 4.0 written by the Dutch designer Michiel van der Kley (website). Since I am Dutch myself, I […]
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Future of CAD: What about the Internet?

by Franco Folini May 01, 2009 0 min read

I just finished reading Jeff Ray’s (SolidWorks CEO) article on the future of CAD and I cannot help noticing that something that should already have been in the past of CAD is not even prominently featured in its immediate future: the Internet! Here is a question: how different would CAD systems be today if the […]
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Interview with Lynn Allen, Autodesk blogger and evangelist

by Franco Folini April 15, 2009 0 min read

Lynn Allen is one the most popular bloggers in the CAD world (Lynn blog, Lynn on Pulse). She is also a sort of ambassador for AutoCAD, promoting this CAD system in every context. In a world of stodgy CAD executives and unexciting CAD geeks, she brings a sparkling touch, feminine charm, and a solid technical knowledge. […]
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Rhino and the New SpaceClaim Style: The Perfect Couple

by Franco Folini March 17, 2009 0 min read

Sometimes, when a combination has the right ingredients, great performers are paired with other great performers, and the result is outstanding. The whole becomes greater then the sum of its parts. The newly released SpaceClaim Style makes such a powerful combination when paired with Rhino. Rhino and SpaceClaim Style are not only excellent on their […]
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