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Slideshow: The Evolution of CAD 2.0
6/13/2013

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zSpace tablet and pen. The user wears special glasses to see the 3D image on the tablet's screen. The pen interface is how most of the interaction with the digital objects occurs.   (Source: Infinite z)
zSpace tablet and pen. The user wears special glasses to see the 3D image on the tablet’s screen. The pen interface is how most of the interaction with the digital objects occurs.
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Charles Murray
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Re: Early, early CAD
Charles Murray   6/14/2013 3:38:20 PM
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Absolutely true about the wartime codes. Several books have been written about the codebreakers and I believe there was a show about it on the PBS.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   6/14/2013 11:01:38 AM
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Good points, Benmlee. I've seen professionals get deeply locked into software. That's one of the software industry's big advantage. Strong competitors will often offer those who are trapped with a way out -- a similar system that is easy to transfer -- but not always.

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benmlee   6/14/2013 10:56:27 AM
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You slipped in that AutoCad Fusion 360 cloud computing with monthly payment is going to save money. Software rental has been a huge sore spot with photographers since Adobe Photoshop went monthly subscription this month. The fear is that other softwares will follow.

These powerful softwares are unlike a renting a car. It takes years to master a particular program, and know the best techniques for fast modeling. You will build a data base of standard parts. Designs are reused. With a small business, you are locked into a software. If is a monthly payment like cable TV, then once your are locked into a single supplier, fees goes up. For a professional, over time, you will be paying more.

 

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Re: Early, early CAD
Rob Spiegel   6/13/2013 9:35:24 PM
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Now that's a funny prediction. I just recently learned that the first programmable computers were developed by the military to break German wartime codes.

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Charles Murray   6/13/2013 7:23:33 PM
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I agree, Rob. It reminds of the 1949 prediction from Popular Science: "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." Actually, they were right.

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Early, early CAD
Rob Spiegel   6/13/2013 8:36:23 AM
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Nice slide show, Cabe. I especially liked that super early version of CAD. It looks like the console of a 1950s movie spacecraft. It probably is.

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