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First Look: Piranesi 4   1 Oct, 2004

Article By : Ron LaFon

Since its introduction, piranesi has become a must-have for the toolbox of those who produce architectural visualizations and renderings. Starting with a simple model, you use Piranesi to quickly fill in details to create an image that looks as if you drew by hand using traditional artistic...More>>

First Look: VisionREZ   1 Oct, 2004

Article By : H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

In my review of architectural desktop 2005, June 2004, I gave the program a 5-star, highly recommended rating as superb and productive architectural software. There is one caveat. Architectural Desktop as it comes out of the box is an all-purpose architectural product that you must configure for...More>>

Take the Graphics Card Express   1 Oct, 2004

Article By : Ron LaFon

It 's transition time! The introduction of PCI Express graphics cards and the systems that accommodate them has produced a wave of new technology, the breadth of which I've not seen for quite some time.More>>

First Look: Samsung SyncMaster 243T   1 Oct, 2004

Article By : Ron LaFon

Samsung recently introduced the SyncMaster 243T, a 24" LCD monitor ideal for applications such as CAD/CAM, desktop publishing, and content creation. In addition to the sizable screen area, the display offers dual analog and digital inputs and pivot technology that allows portrait and landscape...More>>

blank Alive and Kicking-Large CRT Monitors Offer Best Bang for Your Buck   15 Sep, 2004

Article By : Ron LaFon

Prices on large CRT monitors have dropped substantially since our last CRT review in September 2003. Not so many years ago I remember paying triple what these current CRTs cost. What you don't get for these lower prices are multiple connectivity options-there's usually no USB connectivity...More>>

DataCAD 11   1 Jul, 2004

Article By : Michael Dakan

DataCAD 11 is a major file structure and user interface upgrade from previous versions. A double-precision database provides precision to 14 significant digits, making DataCAD comparable in accuracy to most other professional CAD programs. The user interface is similar to Windows 2000. There are...More>>

MicroStation V8 2004 Edition   1 Jul, 2004

Article By : Randall S. Newton

Robust tools appeal to large design firmsMore>>

Architectural Desktop 2005   1 Jun, 2004

Article By : H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Autodesk's updated architectural tools make a strong team.More>>

Autodesk Building Systems 2005   1 Jun, 2004

Article By : H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

AUTODESK BUILDING SYSTEMS 2005 is a comprehensive solution for building engineering. Built on the object CAD technology of Architectural Desktop 2005, Autodesk Building Systems 2005 includes features for architects and structural engineers as well as all the functionality of AutoCAD 2005, enabling...More>>

Autodesk Building Systems 2004   1 Dec, 2003

Article By : Michael Dakan

A stand-alone package for HVAC, piping, electrical, and plumbing design, Autodesk Building Systems 2004 comes with impressive libraries of fittings and equipment.More>>