Software

Acrobat 8 professionalAdobe has updated its PDF creation range of products and free viewers. It seems Adobe is not just interested in documents anymore but also real-time business meetings, says Martyn Day.

ImageWhile MicroStation was almost totally re-architected in the V8 release, with Bentley adding considerable new functionality and a powerful new file format, the graphics engine had yet to be replaced and the interface was

Autodesk Design ReviewAutodesk has, yet again, reworked and re-branded its viewing and mark-up solutions for AutoCAD, Revit and Inventor. Autodesk Design Review is the company

Revit Structure No. 3With Revit Structure an analytical model is automatically generated as you create your physical model. The analytical model can then be linked to structural analysis applications and the physical model automatically updated from the results.

PlanAfter carrying out a building survey, as-built plans are commonly re-created inside a CAD system. DistToPlan looks to streamline the process with the help of a handheld Leica Disto plus laser measurement device and a standard Tablet PC running AutoCAD.

Stone Court ModelThere have never been so many options within Autodesk software for design visualisation. Greg Corke talked to Chris Ruffo, Autodesk Media & Entertainment, to get a clearer picture of the recent software developments in this rapidly evolving sector.

AutoCADThe latest version of AutoCAD, the classic 2D CAD tool from Autodesk, finally brings 3D to the masses. The question is, do the masses really want that kind of functionality? Martyn Day takes a closer look at AutoCAD 2007 and AutoCAD LT 2007.

BridgeLeading rail network engineering consultancy Holland Railconsult generates up to two million technical drawings and specifications every year. The company enhanced its file sharing and archiving processes with Acrobat Professional and PDF.

Google EarthGoogle Earth gives its users access to hi-res satellite images of the entire planet. Add to this the ability to integrate 3D CAD building designs and you’ve got a pretty compelling solution for the construction industry.

FasttrackFasttrack Schedule enables Project Managers to control the construction process with a range of intuitive and simple to use tools to help effectively plan and manage Gannt chart schedules, and track project resources.

Acrobat 3DAdobe has been showing increasing interest in being a key player in the design distribution and technical publications market. The company has just got very serious about 3D CAD.

AcrobatAdobe's PDF (Portable Document Format) has become an industry staple for the publishing and circulation of engineering information. Version 7 continues to expand its Engineering applicable capabilities.

AutoCADLast month Autodesk unveiled its 2006 family of products. David Cohn takes a look at AutoCAD 2006, the 20th release of the industry-standard CAD package, and one of the most impressive for a number of years.

Autodesk Civil 3D 2006With its object-based design approach, changes made in Civil 3D automatically filter down through the design and documentation. The result is a powerful tool which shows huge potential for civil engineering projects, but lacks the maturity of a dedicated highway design package.

AdvanceSteel 6.1This Autumn, CADS unveiled Version 6.1 of its AutoCAD-based steel fabrication solution, AdvanceSteel. The new release adds greater depth to its modelling and connection tools, and aligns the product more closely with complementary structural software solutions.

3DDistributing CAD models to potential customers or manufacturers has become a highly competitive market. A new solution from Norway, offers a way to distribute photorealistic ‘VR’ sessions of models over the web.

RevitThe BIM concept will always remain a pipe dream, so long as the tools are unable to handle the thousands of components that make up today’s buildings. So far the focus has been on architectural elements. Autodesk has just released a product for Structures.

CADSThrough a simple-to-use wizard style interface, CADS is looking to offer steel fabricators a way to design and cost their own Portal Frame structures, ready for tender in a matter of minutes, says Greg Corke.

StruCADFor Version 11 StruCad has been brought bang up to date with a brand new Windows-style Graphics User Interface. But there’s much more to the latest release of the steel fabrication software than a simple face-lift says Greg Corke.

VectorWorks 9Starting out life in the mid-eighties as the Mac-only MiniCAD, VectorWorks has undergone a number of changes over the years. Now under the ownership of Nemetschek NA, the company recently launched a very impressive Version 9.