Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing


Ryan Foss was a guy with some ideas. He happened to share those ideas with some folks at Right Hemisphere, and now alleges that his ideas were actually stolen by them. He blogged about this on April 30, and you can read his story here.

It goes to show that you always need to watch your back, create contracts, look at the fine print,  and always beware of the wolf in sheep’s clothing. This is especially true when implementing a new software system.

In their efforts to build a system that reuses 3D CAD and PLM data for the downstream user, Right Hemisphere has embedded the requirement for a server-based product. One that is necessary if you want the slightest chance of seeing any of the proposed benefits of their product. One that manages its own workflow, searching, and processing. One that must be connected to your other servers in a complex array of SQL and API scripting. One that is expensive and difficult to implement in a global environment. And, dare I say, one that is illogical.

Companies have heavily invested in PLM and ERP systems, data replication and redundancy, vaulting and revisioning, workflows, approvals, and many other IT systems. But then Right Hemisphere comes along, in their sheep’s clothing, and talks about simplifying things for the non-engineers and gaining all sorts of wonderful benefits. But the wolf underneath is asking for these companies to invest in another disconnected set of servers and add even more complexity to their systems.

It just doesn’t make sense. Any improvement you want to make in your downstream infrastructure should not require massive process changes, and should make use of existing systems. They say that logic is governed in the left hemisphere of the brain, something that seems to be missing with Right Hemisphere.

So don’t be bitten by the wolf. 3DVIA Composer does not need a complex server solution to give you incredible productivity gains. Just ask our customers. And if you want to integrate the system into your existing environment, it can be done extremely quickly and can be setup to do exactly what you want it to do.

Go with the product that has the full brain working. Go with 3DVIA Composer.

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6 comments to Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing

  • ComposerFreak  says:

    downloaded composer a hundred times and got corrupt instalation message while extracting!
    what should i do guys?
    (Vista32 SP1-XP SP2)

  • Garth  says:

    Hi ComposerFreak, thank you for your interest in 3DVIA Composer! If you are having difficulties with the trial download, we can help you in several different ways. 1) You can always use our forum at for help; 2) You can contact your local VAR to see if they can help you; and 3) You can send me a private email message and I can arrange an alternative method for you to get the software.


  • Evan Yares  says:

    Bummer! Ryan Foss mentioned the idea of occlusion culling to a Right Hemisphere guy, who mentioned it to someone else in the company, who thought it was a good idea.

    I did miss the part in his Ryan’s blog where he told the Right Hemisphere guy about all the bits and pieces that are used to implement occlusion culling — things such as octrees, K-D trees, BSP trees, portals, Hierarchical Z Buffers, Hierarchical Occlusion Maps, Precalculated Potentially Visible Sets, and Temporal Bounding Volumes. I also missed the part where he mentioned all the academic papers that have been written over the last 30 years on occlusion culling, and that his idea wasn’t new.

    I also missed the part in your article here where you mention that 3Dvia implements occlusion culling too.

    You just tarred your own company with the same brush you used on a competitor.

  • Garth  says:

    Evan, thank you for your comments. You will note in the article that we take no formal position on Ryan’s issue, and if you object to his statements then I encourage you to take your argument to his blog post. Your information on the occlusion culling feature, while interesting, is irrelevant. Why or how a feature is used in a product is not the topic of this post. I only reference Ryan’s post as a way to introduce my main point to be aware of the intent of a company that disguises its product benefits as a tactic to implement their own isolated and complex server processes.

    For what it’s worth, when a customer makes an enhancement request on 3DVIA Composer, we thank them for their suggestions and let them know when we implement them into a new product release. And, by the way, our implementation of occlusion culling goes much, much farther than a simple orbiting of a single static scene. I will be sure to create a video podcast on that, thanks for the idea!

  • Evan Yares  says:

    You used a demonstrably false premise to smear a competitor. It offended my sense of fair play.

    Your blog, your rules. But let me say this: credibility matters.

  • Michael  says:

    “Your blog, your rules.” How do you figure!? Welcome to the blogosphere! Linking to someone else’s blog post that discusses your competitor is absolutely fair play!

    That link by itself, did not “smear” the competitor. The rest of the post, which is accurate and credible, is what “smears” the competitor. The facts are undeniable and the truth often hurts.

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