AEC Tech News (#271)

3 Jun, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff

ArchiCAD 14 Eases Model Sharing between Architects and Engineers

Latest version of BIM solution supports open design collaboration and boosts productivity and Teamwork 2.0 functionality.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

With the introduction of ArchiCAD 13 last year and its new BIM Server and Teamwork 2.0 file-management technologies, Graphisoft changed the game of shared building information modeling (BIM) for architects. The recently launched ArchiCAD 14 further improves the BIM workflow by facilitating collaboration and data exchange between architects and engineers, helping the company realize its goal of providing best-in-class open design collaboration, said Akos Pfemeter, Graphisoft's director of global marketing. "ArchiCAD 13 has been a great success in the market. ArchiCAD 14 finishes what we started," he stated.

Miklós Szövényi-Lux, vice-president of product management at Graphisoft, said, "With ArchiCAD 14, Graphisoft helps designers realize the true potential of model-based collaboration by turning simple file compatibility between architectural and engineering software into intelligent workflow solutions for industry-first open design collaboration."

The new version of the PC- and Mac-based modeler also offers a number of improvements designed to increase productivity and support work in a team environment. Read more »

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Nancy Spurling Johnson is Cadalyst's editor in chief.


First Look Review: Photoshop CS5 Extended

This image and photography editor includes new features that help users create more realistic 3D designs.

By Ron LaFon

Photoshop CS5 Extended from Adobe Systems is an amazingly capable image and photo editor, equipped with features that make it a valuable tool for a broad range of professional endeavors, including CAD, DCC (digital content and creation), and visualization. Although a Standard version is also available, for this review, I evaluated Photoshop CS5 Extended, which offers high-end capabilities of interest to design professionals and the professional imaging communities. This release packs in more technological advancements from Adobe Labs than any other, and incorporates enhancements to everyday tasks requested by users. Advanced tools for 3D address the needs of the video, Web, medical, manufacturing, and engineering industries.

New Features and Enhancements

One of the most dazzling new features in this release is content-aware fill. You can remove any image detail or object, and this tool fills the space left behind, matching lighting, tone, and noise so that it looks as if the removed content never existed. This tool operates quickly and is a real time-saver.

With Puppet Warp tool, you can precisely reposition or warp an image element. You can, for example, stretch text for special effects, or move a person's raised arm to his or her side in a photo.

Enhanced 3D realism and rich materials are new, enabling you to enhance 3D objects and designs with easy shadow creation, image-based lighting, and materials like glass and chrome. Adjusting the range for depth-of-field lets you explore various focus points in your 3D scene. In addition, Adobe Repoussé enables the creation of 3D extrusions from any text layer, selection, path, or layer mask. Read more »

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Ron LaFon is a principal at 3Bear Productions in Atlanta and a contributing editor for Cadalyst.


Mark Your Calendar: AEC Events


Webinar: CGschool Visualization Courses
June 7–11, 2010
Various times
The CGschool will be broadcasting five free, one-hour webinars by industry experts from around the world. Each class consists of an overview of a course currently offered at The CGschool. Read more »

AIA 2010 National Convention
June 10–12, 2010
Miami, Florida
Bringing together more than 22,000 architects and building industry professionals, the AIA 2010 National Convention will showcase the latest innovative design and construction industry products and services. Read more »

July 25–29, 2010
Los Angeles, California
SIGGRAPH 2010 — the 37th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques — will bring computer graphics and interactive technology professionals together for technical and creative programs. Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to


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