July 07, 2008
Newforma Release Enriched by New Partnerships
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Newforma has also recently launched a
community site describing all the new functionality in Project Center Fifth Edition.

Top News of the Week

Visionary Italian architect Dr. David Fisher announced the launch of the revolutionary Dynamic Tower, the world's first building in motion, to be constructed in Dubai and Moscow with other locations planned worldwide.

Rotating Tower Technology Company, headed by the Dynamic Architecture Group, announced the opening on June 24 of the reservations list for the first Dynamic Tower in Dubai. The company has also revealed the design and master plan of the rotating building, which will have 80 floors and be 420 meters (1,380 feet) tall. Apartments will range in size from 124 square meters (1,330 square feet), to Villas of 1,200 square meters (12,900 square feet) complete with a parking space inside the apartment.


Bentley Systems,
Incorporated announced an agreement with
Environmental Design Solutions Limited (EDSL) of Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. The agreement grants Bentley exclusive worldwide rights to distribute EDSL’s Tas software for fast, in-depth energy analysis and simulation of demanding and challenging large-scale building environments. Behind Tas software’s speed and comprehensive capabilities is a powerful, time-proven, custom engine that incorporates sophisticated energy simulation techniques such as computational fluid dynamics. Tas’ thermal analysis capabilities allow building engineers to create more sustainable designs by comparing alternative heating and cooling strategies and building designs for comfort,
equipment sizing, and energy demand. Tas also supports designers’ efforts to reduce environmental impact by, for example, helping those designing in the United Kingdom meet Part L2 of the government’s building regulations, which focuses on reducing carbon emissions.

As part of its on-going commitment to support the practice of sustainable design and green building in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries,
Autodesk, Inc. announced two acquisitions to improve building performance analysis in the building information modeling (BIM) process. Autodesk announced that it has completed the acquisition of substantially all the assets related to the Ecotect software tools for conceptual building performance analysis from both
Square One Research Ltd. and Dr. Andrew Marsh. Autodesk also announced that it has completed the acquisition of substantially all the assets of
Green Building Studio, Inc., a provider of web-based whole building energy, water and carbon-emission analysis software. Terms of the acquisitions were not disclosed.

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "AutoCAD 2009 & AutoCAD LT 2009 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies" report to their offering. Nobody ever said AutoCAD was easy, which is why you need AutoCAD & AutoCAD LT 2009 All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies! These nine minibooks cover all the stuff you need to know to set up AutoCAD for 2D or 3D, create drawings, modify and share them, publish your work, and more.

BuilderMT announced a new integration and marketing alliance with
CG Visions. CG Visions is a “Building Information Modeling” (BIM) provider that also offers 3D design, material takeoffs and graphical-option-selection systems through their service offerings: BIM consulting, Residential Plan Service, Option management, Marketing Services, and their web based flex floor plan configuration tool – e-HomeInVision. -day


Meridian Systems announced the availability of a new research study from FMI Corporation (FMI) that documents how organizations are using construction project management solutions to achieve qualitative business benefits and significant return on investment. This study can be downloaded from the Meridian Systems
website at no charge. Users will need to register to access the survey report.


Autodesk, Inc. announced that Design West Engineering, a San Bernardino, California-based mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering consulting firm, has been selected to receive a Revit BIM Experience Award. To date the firm has used Revit MEP software to complete design and construction documentation for 12 projects, and has extensively used Revit MEP models to collaborate with multi-discipline design and construction teams. The Revit BIM Experience Award is presented to commercial firms, educational institutions and individuals for innovation and excellence in implementing the Autodesk Revit platform for BIM (which includes Revit Architecture, Revit Structure
and Revit MEP software applications) on one or more projects.

New Products

Autodesk Labs announced that Project Draw 0.7.5 is now
available. This new release includes a new API method called deleteAllSessions that takes an API key and deletes all sessions still remaining on the server from both the file system and database. To give feedback write to

Version 8 of
Cobalt, Xenon and
Argon has been released for PowerPC Mac platform machines, matching the release for Windows on January 28, 2008. Mac Intel users will have their own native version in about another month the company reports. In the meantime, v8 products for PowerPC runs well on Intel Mac machines under Rosetta emulation on the Leopard version of

Open Design Alliance (ODA) announces the release of version 2.6 of the ODA software development platform, which includes DWGdirect and DGNdirect. DWGdirect 2.6 adds materials support to the rendering pipeline, includes a new DRX enabler for DWG files exported by Autodesk Inventor, and also contains support for newly added DWG 2009 system variables. Also included is expanded support for C3Ddirect custom entity creation.

DGNdirect 2.6 contains significant advancements in a number of areas, including attribute linkage support, tags, and reference attachments. DGNdirect 2.6 was already available on Microsoft Windows operating systems and is now also available on HP-UX and Mac OS X.

Carlson Software’s new release of Carlson Survey 2009 Embedded AutoCAD provides yet another choice for the surveyors and designers looking for feature-rich, intuitive surveying office software.

The Carlson Survey 2009 Embedded AutoCAD version has the AutoCAD OEM engine built-in. This is in addition to the Carlson Survey 2009 for AutoCAD and Carlson Survey 2009 for IntelliCAD options in the Carlson Survey 2009 product line.

NYacad, Inc. has released a new version of an add-on for AutoCAD: NYacad Symbols - VBA application for adding frequently used symbols and structural shapes into AutoCAD drawings:

- SECTION MARKS (4 types)

- TITLES (8 types)

- BUBBLES (3 types)


- MARKS: revision, centerline, round and slotted hole, elevation and others

- SECTIONS of channels, tubes and pipes

- Openings and rectangles

Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC), a leader in viewing, collaboration and redaction technology, announced that the company’s latest-generation Redact-It Enterprise Server software will be publicly demonstrated for the first time at LegalTech West.

This release of Redact-It Enterprise is the newest offering from Informative Graphic’s comprehensive set of redaction solutions for the desktop and enterprise. The Redact-It software suite is the only comprehensive solution covering desktop and server software that can intelligently detect and automatically remove privacy information such as social security numbers, names and phone numbers before making documents secure and available to a wider audience.

Matrox Graphics announced the availability of its M-Series multi-monitor graphics cards. These quad-capable display cards offer 512MB of memory, native PCIe x16 performance, and support for independent or stretched mode on up to four monitors simultaneously.

At Infocomm 2008,
Matrox Graphics announces the availability and pricing of its new Veos product. This one-of-a-kind solution comprises three components -- Master unit, Display unit, and Repeater unit -- that work in harmony to create highly flexible and easy-to-work-with digital signage installations. Veos enables a single computer to output up to three channels of content along a single metal-based cable. All Veos components provide over 330 feet of extension with the ability to daisy-chain as many as required, allowing for a virtually unlimited number of displays-with zero loss to image quality.

CADaptation released the newest version of its powerful CAD Management software utility, AecBatchStylesEditor 2009. AecBatchStylesEditor 2009 software now brings its capabilities for editing multiple AEC Styles and Definitions in a single batch process to the Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture 2009 and AutoCAD MEP 2009 software platforms. The simplified workflow of AecBatchStylesEditor allows companies and individuals to configure, implement, maintain and upgrade their AEC CAD standards more easily.

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