See Seemage live in April

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We’re very pleased to be part of an exciting series of three free, live seminars entitled Beyond 3D Design: New Ways to Benefit from SolidWorks.

InFlow Technology is presenting Seemage and other technologies that help you capitalize on your investments in 3D design using SolidWorks. The seminars are being presented in Milwaukee on April 19, Chicago on April 24, and Indianapolis on April 26.

We created an three minute audio invitation from Rod Levin of InFlow Technology that will tell you more about the seminars and why you will want to attend. Just click the player below to listen to Rod’s invite. Then you can register by clicking here.

We hope to see you at one of the seminars.

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Tone deafness in the (Acrobat) blogosphere

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Allow me to detour for a moment from our usual fare of Seemage-focused commentary to lend the support and encouragement of all of us at Seemage and 3DMojo for our fellow blogger Franco Folini.

In a recent post, Franco details how his efforts to engage in open, direct communication with a blogger at Adobe was met with corporate stonewalling.

Reading Franco’s post reminded me of the most important lesson companies need to learn when they start reaching out to online communities: be authentic. If you want to give your point of view, you have to take the commentary of the community. And rule one: the community will tell you lots of things you might not want to hear.

As Franco points out, there’s a tradition of allowing voices to be heard...

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Seemage se donne les moyens de grandir

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Bonjour à tous,

Cette semaine, nous avons obtenu une nouvelle levée de fonds, la troisième depuis notre création.
L’opération de 2 millions d’euros a été souscrite à hauteur de 1,2 millions d’euros par les FCPI Innovéris représentés par Cyprien Roy et gérés par Viviéris Management du groupe Caisse d’Epargne, aux côtés de techfund et Primaveris.

Grâce à cela, nous allons pouvoir nous concentrer encore plus sur le développement de l’innovation dans le monde de la 3D et conquérir de nouveaux horizons!
Notre potentiel technologique et humain et notre volonté de rendre la 3D accessible à tous sont en train d’en surprendre plus d’un.
Petit à petit, l’oiseau fait son nid dit l’adage…
il semblerait que le nôtre grandit rapideme...

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Shout out to Leslie Gordon’s “Machine Design” blog

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Like most bloggers, we maintain a blogroll on our site of other good sites we think you’ll want to also read. If you’ve been reading 3DMojo for a while, you’ll notice that I finally got around to moving the blogroll to the top of the right-hand column.

This reflects the increasingly interesting reading (which, of course, is the result of the increasingly interesting writing) going on in the CAD and PLM spaces. There are a lot of interesting voices out there…and we hope our blogroll encourages you to read the fascinating perspectives of the people we’ve chosen to link to.

Being in someone’s blogroll is an editorial choice. I don’t know about other bloggers, but we treat being in our blogroll as seriously as we do each post we write.

That’s why I am pleased to add Leslie Gordon’s From Shop ...

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Seemage encore primé, à quand les Oscars ??

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Nous sommes très heureux et fiers de vous annoncer que Seemage a obtenu une nouvelle distinction.
Après avoir remporté le prix IVCS (International Venture Capital Summit) pour la catégorie logiciels et multimédia en décembre 2006 et avoir été sélectionné par Microsoft comme une des 25 start-up françaises les plus innovantes, Seemage a encore été distingué.
Le 22 mars 2007, nous avons reçu le prix Cap Innovation Méditerranée dans la catégorie « Prix de la Solution Innovante ».
Ce concours récompense les projets et entreprises innovants de la région Provence – Alpes – Côte d’Azur et dans notre catégorie, une start-up qui présente un caractère réellement innovant et qui existe depuis plus de 3 ans.
Cette ...

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Parsing Adobe’s press releases

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Isn’t this is a very cool image of the “smoke and mirrors” saying? You know, that phrase we all use when we are talking about big concepts with very little behind them?

Well, enough about that. On another point, I was reading the press release Adobe issued last week regarding Renault’s “adoption” of Acrobat 3D.

Since I write Seemage’s press releases — and these guys keep me on a very short leash to make sure that what I write is clear and not overblown — I was hoping this post will find its way to the person inside Adobe who wrote or reviewed this release and that he or she would be kind enough to answer these questions here on the blog or by email to editor@3dmojo.com.

Truly, I’d love to be able to convince my bosses at Seemage that I should be allowed the same…uh…”freedom” to write pres...

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Seemage your iPod #21: “V8 engine part 2”

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Wow! Last week’s part one of the V8 engine animation was extremely popular, judging by the feed stats.

So, as promised here’s part two. If you liked part one, you’re gonna love part two. The digger reappears in this animation, highlighting features on this engine like the spark plugs.

We hope you enjoy it.

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The confessions of a PLM salesman

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I hope our readers will take a look at the InFlow Technology blog, in particular this post by Eric Gold in which he writes:

Companies that contact InFlow are generally not looking to buy a PLM solution. Rather, they are looking to solve complex issues in their organization.

All we can say in response is “hallelujah”. Eric’s post — the first of what he describes as an “infinite series” on PLM — comes from real-world, sitting-across-from-a-customer experience trying to solve real business problems.

It’s not the world of PLM product managers and marketing people theorizing about a market “space” or rebranding a bag of unintegrated CAD and workflow products as “PLM”.

Eric’s post rings true in our ears because we often succeed with Seemage in accounts where real people have real problems gett...

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Finally, are we on the file format down slope?

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When no less an authority than Martyn Day begins talking about the problem of CAD file formats going away, it makes my day. Check out the last paragraph of Martyn’s report on SpaceClaim, where he says, in part:

“My last thought goes to formats….It strikes me that we are at a juncture where the problem of CAD file formats may well be consigned to history.”

We’ve posted pretty regular rants here trying to get the MCAD world focused on using 3D design information instead of worrying about converting it from one form to another. (Clearly, we know that one has to convert it as part of any application that isn’t the originator of the data.)

But the CAD world has been focused on conversion for so long that file format wars and discussion of how to get from one to the other have crowded out discu...

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Seemage your iPod #20: “V8 engine part 1”

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I probably should have titled this podcast post “Geneva Dreamin'”. As my fellow gearheads may know, BMW this week introduced the concept version of the new M3.

I know a couple of people in Seemage who could do this car and its massive new V8 justice…especially Bruno (our VP of sales) and Chris (our CEO), whom I’ve seen drive Ferraris and Porsches really fast.

In anticipation of the first V8-powered M3 (big news for me…and you, too, I should hope (-: ), here’s the first of two V8-powered Seemage animations.

Fast, high-performance cars and fast, high-quality deliverables. Seemage and V8 power go together.

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CAD-xotic

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The title of today’s post is a not-very-subtle pun on the word quixotic, which WordNet defines as meaning “romantic, wild-eyed…not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic”.

Don Quixote’s quest came to mind while I was reading Deelip Menezes’ post entitled “Acrobat 3D and Data Exchange“. As we’ve written here many times, we just don’t think that file translation is anywhere near “data exchange.” Further, the quest for the “perfect” file translator — one that costs less and works perfectly — is a mega-distraction for the CAD and PLM industries, which should instead be focused on delivering real value to all parts of the company.

We think data exchange means what the words say on their face: Somebody, somwhere else in the business gets value from shared data...

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Seemage your iPod #19: “Gearbox”

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Continuing our March automotive animations, this week we take an inside look at a gearbox.

This animation shows a full range of Seemage capabilities, including taking sections and dimensioning. Plus, it’s pretty darn good eye candy.

C’mon, now, what other software industry vendor makes your Fridays so much fun? Let us know exactly how much fun it is for you to have these animations by emailing editor@3dmojo.com. And thanks for downloading the podcast.

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Seminaires Auto-trol : illustration technique 2D & 3D

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Notre partenaire Auto-trol a annoncé une série de séminaire en Allemagne, France, le Royaume-Uni et la Suède. Ces séminaires d’information démontreront comment l’illustration technique 2D et l’information produit 3D peuvent être combinées pour produire les meilleures illustrations techniques possible.

Ceci est le premier rappel d’une série que nous posterons sur ce blog pour être sûr que tout le monde puisse avoir une chance d’entendre parler de ces séminaires. Veuillez cliquer ici pour visiter le site web Auto-trol et vous inscrire gratuitement à ces séminaires.

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Auto-trol seminars: 2D & 3D technical illustration

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Our partner Auto-trol has announced a series of seminars in Germany, France, the UK and Sweden. These informative seminars will demonstrate how 2D technical illustration and 3D product information can be combined to produce the best of all possible worlds for technical illustrators.

This is the first of several reminders we’ll post here on the blog to make sure everyone gets a chance to hear about these seminars. Please click here to be taken to Auto-trol’s website where you can sign up for these free seminars.

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Concept clash: document vs. data

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I’ve been reading and re-reading the excellent post by Franco Folini on Acrobat 3D.

Franco has, as always, written a clear description of Adobe’s strategy. This post isn’t in any way an attack on Franco’s point of view.

But, I do have two problems with all the fawning Adobe is getting in the CAD and PLM communities for Acrobat 3D. (You could see that coming a mile away, right?) The first problem is interesting; the second is fundamental.

My first issue is that I suspect a lot of the positive commentary about Adobe is a continuation of the CAD and PLM communities’ fascination with file formats, and more than that, the drama of file-format nuclear war. Franco talks about the “failure” of Autodesk’s DWF format. What, exactly, is “file-format failure?” And who cares, especially for an interch...

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Seemage in Usine Nouvelle

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Check out a story about Seemage in Usine Nouvelle. (This article is in French.)

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Seemage dans l’Usine Nouvelle

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Le magazine Usine Nouvelle nous parle de l’utilisation de Seemage faite par Thales.

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Seemage your iPod #18: “Transmission”

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Our podcast animation this week continues our all-automotive March series. This time, we watch as a transmission comes apart in order to repair or replace an internal part deep inside the assembly.

If you’ve ever struggled with printed documentation to disassemble and replace something in the right order, you can enjoy this week’s animation all the more. And it sure does make you wish that every automotive assembly had this kind of rich documentation, doesn’t it? For the rest of us, this animation delivers a new way to appreciate one of the most complex automotive assemblies.

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Seemage on Industrie Technologies

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The French magazine Industrie Technologies takes a look at the experience of our customers with Seemage.

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Hot off the press..get yer new Seemage 4.0 data sheet!

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We’ve just published a new data sheet for Seemage 4.0. Naturally, we’ll make these available on our web site, but I also wanted to post the data sheet here as well as a convenience for our blog readers.

I want to thank Fabien for his very attractive design for the Seemage 4.0 data sheets. I hope you’ll agree that we’ve made it informative, attractive and easy to read.

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A hit? Or a miss?

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You know how when you hear something very different than what you believe is the conventional wisdom, it can make you question your basic assumptions?

That’s been my reaction to this blog post from Sramana Mitra on the CAD/PLM marketplace. Of course, you should read it for yourself, but there’s so much we agree with that I find myself surprised that we sorta fundamentally disagree with her conclusions.

Ms. Mitra believes that UGS’s acquisition by Siemens makes little sense. Check. She also writes that she thought the Dassault/IBM relationship had worked well. No surprise there. So she wonders why it’s being “reduced in importance.” That’s easy: one of the partners thinks it can make more without being tied exclusively to the other.

She goes on to further speculate that high-end PLM has b...

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Seemage your iPod #17: “The pump″

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This Friday’s video podcast begins an all-automotive series of episodes starting today and running through March. I’m one of those people who think that brilliantly designed vehicles can approach art forms…and not just because of the sheet metal.

There’s elegance in the stuff that makes the car or truck (or lorry, for our UK readers) actually go. That’s what we’ll be showing here.

Today, we start with an internal pump. The “big finish” in this animation is at the very end, when the exploded pump displays its part numbers.Think about what we’ve just seen: how the pump comes apart, then the actual parts identification itself, which is guaranteed to be accurate because Seemage links to the BOM...

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Seemage au Sénat !

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Bonjour à tous,

ce n’est pas une animation 3D que je vous invite à voir aujourd’hui, mais une vidéo sur un évènement dont nous vous avons déjà parlé : le premier anniversaire du programme IDEES au Sénat.
Seemage y était. Voyez vous-mêmes…

Un grand merci à codordog pour cette vidéo et pour les photos…

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Do factories have a future?

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I’ve been reading C. Sven Johnson’s reBang blog and strongly recommend you give it a read. I’m especially taken with this post on PLM and machinima.

In it, Sven asks:

While I may not believe that factories have much of a future in a rapid-manufacturing world, I do think we’ll see a stage, perhaps a long one, where virtual technologies are integral and vital to their design and operation.

Hmmm…where would stuff get made in such a world? Clearly, we agree that improving factories by reusing 3D design data to create not just animations (machinima-lite?) but the bills of materials and manufacturing processes themselves is much more likely to be the case.

But its hard for me to grasp Sven’s assertion that PLM is the basis of the factory-less future...

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Cadalyst on Auto-trol and Seemage partnership

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Cadalyst magazine reports on the news announcing Seemage and Auto-trol have partnered to combine 2D and 3D for technical illustrators. Click here to read the story.

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