Autodesk made good on its promise this summer to bring AutoCAD back to the Mac, launching the commercial release of the new platform along with a free educational license available to students and educators.
AutoCAD for the Mac, now available for download as a free trial offer, will feel familiar to Mac users with its interface that takes full advantage of Mac OS X, including the ability to graphically browse design files via the Cover Flow option as well as support for Multi-Touch gestures for panning and zooming on Mac notebooks. The new release, which supports Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad, enables users to natively create and edit DWG files.
The software is also integrated with AutoCAD WS, a new Autodesk offering that lets users upload and manage designs in an online workspace directly from their desktops while easily sharing those files with suppliers or customers through a Web browser without having to own a full-blown version of the software. AutoCAD for Mac can also be used to share designs with Apple iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone for users equipped with the free AutoCAD WS mobile application.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.