OVSoftware is the European business partner, selling the product to
Dutch and German utilities and
municipalities. OVSoftware is a systems integrator and software developer based in Oldenzaal, The Netherlands, with
offices in Germany. More info from <email@example.com>.
Arnie Williams is the now the Executive Editor of Cadence magazine.
Roopinder Tara continues as Editor-in-
Chief. The rest of the Cadence editorial staff now reports to Mr. Williams, formerly a writer at Autodesk.
The CAD staff of Delmar Publishers and the Autodesk Press staff
have merged into one unit. The move is designed
to help communication and improve marketing. Meanwhile, Autodesk Press has become the sole book publishing partner
of Autodesk, after Autodesk announced the termination of its relationship with publisher Addison Wesley Longman.
The Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of the comp.cad.imagineer newsgroup is on again. The text for the
RFD can be found at:
then select the file comp.cad.imagineer
The Beta program for Visual CADD 3.0 is now officially open. Log on to http://www.imsisoft.com/forums.html to become a
beta tester and download the latest beta version of this 2D design drafting program for Microsoft Windows 95/NT.
LightWork Design introduced a new family of rendering and
utility plug-ins for QuickDraw 3D.
Parametric Technology received US$3.8million order for software and services from Seiko Epson of Japan, as well as
a $1.2million order from Bang & Olufsen A/S.
SDRC's I-DEAS Master Series software won 'DesignNews' magazine computer productivity tools award for 1997.
R13/R14 DWG Quick Viewer
Drawing QuickVewer provides integrated quick viewing of AutoCAD R14 and R13 drawing files within the Windows File
Explorer. This freeware Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 95 utility does not require AutoCAD to be installed or running.
In its SEC filing, Visio reported the following 1997 revenues for its product line:
Frank Condron's World O' Windows
In addition to other info, this site lists hardware driver updates for 810 vendors. Amazing!
Crushed by Microsoft
The true, first-person story of how Microsoft crushed a small, British 3D graphics software developer.
Subtitled, "for IT, Industrial, and Scientific Applications," this 4cm-thick
(1-1/2") book lists 32,000
abbreviations. The abbreviations are listed alphabetically but I like the layout of the book: the top of every right-
hand page lists -- in large, 22pt type -- the range of abbreviations listed on the two facing pages. Thus, page 369
ranges from MIP (Manual Improvement Process) to mksa (meter, kilometer, second, ampere).
Author Vlietstra's task of collecting 32,000 acronyms is astounding.
I know, because seven year ago I collected
400 acronyms for an appendix in my "The AutoCAD Technical Reference" book -- and I thought that was a pretty long list!
From this book, I found out that Univac is short for "universal
automatic computer" (I only I could own one of
those!<g>) and that YODA is short for "young opinionated directionless artists". When an abbreviation is specific to
a country, the two-letter country code follows. Naturally, those country codes are listed in the book, too. The only
thing missing is a diskette that would let me load those 32,000 abbreviations into my word processor's spell checker.
"A number of folks here at Autodesk have recommended your newsletter."