Archaus Architects “On Top, Down Under”

2 04 2009

Find out why AutoDesk think Archaus Architects are “On Top, Down Under”… Click here to review the Autodesk press release

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IPD at Trapelo Road

31 03 2009

This is a must view for anyone wanting to see what BIM is all about… hats off to Autodesk for using BIM and IPD on their own projects! 🙂

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Revit Technology Conference (RTC) 2009

20 03 2009

RTC 2009

With the overwhelming success of RTC 2008, establishing itself as the premiere BIM-based event in the Asia Pacific region, the RTC committee is pleased to invite you to RTC 2009 to be held in Melbourne from Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 June at the Sebel Albert Park. The Conference aims to draw attendees from throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as other Asia Pacific regions.

This is one technology conference not to be missed… and Melbourne is a pretty nice place to visit too 😉

I highly recommend all Revit users to attend this conference as it must be the biggest grouping of Revit users on this side of the world except of Autodesk University in Las Vegas! – which is a must attend in it’s own right ;-)…





Wellington Architecture Company Reaps Results with Autodesk….

3 03 2009

ArcHaus Reaps Results with Autodesk
The integration of Autodesk Revit Architecture and Autodesk 3ds Max improves workflows and rendering to deliver sophisticated visualisations, true BIM collaboration and client inspiration. Click here to review PDF…





Hot News – Autodesk Signs Agreement to Acquire Softimage|XSI

25 10 2008

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK – News) and Avid Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVID – News), announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for Autodesk to acquire substantially all of the assets of Avid’s Softimage business unit for approximately $35 million.

Gary Greenfield, CEO and chairman of Avid Technology, added: “We are excited about what this transaction means for customers of Softimage. The Softimage 3D product line has performed well in the video games market, a sector where Autodesk has a track record of success. Autodesk will provide a great home for the business.”

Softimage Product Integration

Upon completion of the acquisition, Autodesk intends to continue developing and selling Softimage’s core product line, while integrating certain Softimage technology into future versions of Autodesk solutions and products. Autodesk plans to acquire and continue developing the following Softimage products:

  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI: Including XSI Essentials, XSI Advanced, XSI Academic, XSI Mod Tool and the XSI software development kit. XSI is production-proven 3D animation software for games, film and television. It offers a complete 3D modeling, animation, rendering and development environment for visual effects and custom tools.
  • SOFTIMAGE|Face Robot: A complete software solution for easily rigging and animating 3D faces. Face Robot enables studios to create life-like facial animation at incredible speeds.
  • SOFTIMAGE|Cat: This advanced character animation system is a plug-in for Autodesk 3ds Max software. It is intended to be integrated into the 3ds Max product line.
  • SOFTIMAGE|Crosswalk: This interoperability solution is intended to be integrated with Autodesk’s own interoperability technology.

Petit commented: “As we have demonstrated since the acquisition of Alias in 2006, we’re committed to giving our customers choice when it comes to their 3D tools. We plan to maintain and grow the Softimage product line, and through Autodesk FBX provide better interoperability between Softimage products, 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya. FBX also provides interoperability between Softimage products and our specialized applications such as Autodesk Mudbox, Autodesk MotionBuilder, Autodesk ImageModeler and Autodesk Stitcher, as well as numerous third-party applications.”

Petit concluded: “At Autodesk, we care deeply about 3D technology; we know users invest a lot of time and energy into mastering their favorite 3D product. To all 3D artists out there, I want to tell you that we understand your passion for the creative tools you use daily, and that with Autodesk, you can choose your passion.”

For further information please visit www.autodesk.com/softimage.





Kiwi Wins LightWorks Image Contest

24 10 2008


Winning Entry: Super coupe SRC15 designed by Kheang Chrun. A stylised pose in glorious metallic titanium grey image created using Caligari trueSpace 6.6, with its integrated LightWorks rendering engine.





ILoveSketch: 3D curve sketching system

23 10 2008

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A 3D curve sketching system that captures some of the affordances of pen and paper for professional designers, allowing them to iterate directly on concept 3D curve models. The system coherently integrates existing techniques of sketch-based interaction with a number of novel and enhanced features. Novel contributions of the system include automatic view rotation to improve curve sketchability, an axis widget for sketch surface selection, and implicitly inferred changes between sketching techniques. We also improve on a number of existing ideas such as a virtual sketchbook, simplified 2D and 3D view navigation, multi-stroke NURBS curve creation, and a cohesive gesture vocabulary.