Seemage your iPod #16: “The lathe″

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This week’s video podcast of a Seemage animation marks the return of  our “metal head” operator. This time, he’s working a lathe.  It’s a very cool animation, and I hope you enjoy it.

Back to the dude: note that he’s got a split corpus callosum. There’s a metaphor here I can’t resist: if you want the left hand of your company (engineering and design) working well with the right hand (people using your product), you gotta get Seemage to create the product deliverables.

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Is the glass 25% empty or full?

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Like everyone else, I am pretty impressed by Dassault’s recent financial results. They’re doing well, and we wish them continued success.

But the 25% claim of PLM marketshare sounds a little tin-eared to me. First, PLM isn’t that fragmented a market, one with bazillions of players. It’s got what? Two to five major companies competing in the high-end of the market? Second, it’s looking like there’s little organic growth in the enterprise PLM market. Competitors like PTC and UGS are attempting to move PLM into the SMB marketplace.

Those moves are a sure sign that enterprise customers have absorbed about as much PLM as they are going to...

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Seemage and Auto-trol unite to deliver the best of all worlds

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Seemage and Auto-trol have announced a world-wide partnership to deliver the best of 2D technical illustration combined with Seemage’s 3D product information capabilities. This announcement furthers Seemage’s product information everyware vision by making it possible for technical illustrators to seamlessly move between 2D and 3D while still providing the quality and accuracy they desire. Click here to read more.

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Passé, présent, futur : Seemage sur tous les fronts !

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Bonjour à tous, une semaine vraiment chargée pour nous. Pas de problème, on aime ça !

Passé :
Hier, nous avons présenté à nos clients l’aboutissement d’un long travail : la version 4.0 de Seemage avec laquelle nous allons continuer notre conquête du monde de la 3D !
La démonstration du logiciel et le témoignage de Snecma Services et de Thales nous confortent dans l’idée que l’interopérabilité n’est pas seulement un argument tendance dans le monde de la CAO en ce moment, mais réellement une opportunité de pouvoir améliorer le travail d’équipe et la productivité en proposant un vrai logiciel collaboratif.
Avec plus de 50 clients et prospects présents, cette journée a été un vrai succès !...

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Electronic Design: Product pick online

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Electronic Design magazine picked Seemage 4.0 for its “product pick online,” saying that
Seemage 4.0 “…is easier to use” than ever before. Click here to read more.

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Seemage around the world

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While our attention in the US this past week was focused on the very successful showing Seemage had at SolidWorks World 2007 in New Orleans, Seemage was also making headway on the other side of the world in Japan.

Here Jonathan (far left) and Bruno, a.k.a. “Mr. Ferrari” (third from the left) are pictured with two of our colleagues from Rikei, General Manager Michihiro Aoshima (second from left) and Application Engineer Takeshi Obata (far right) doing what you do a lot of in Japan: waiting for a train. Although I didn’t receive the names of the guys from Rikei or where they were going, (thanks, Jonathan, for naming everyone in the picture) I suspect they were on their way to visit a major Japanese manufacturer...

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Seemage your iPod #15: “Jig-saw″

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This week’s animation not only provides an “inside” look at a common power tool, it also shows off Seemage’s capabilities well. In addition to a cameo appearance by the digger — about which much has been written this week — this animation shows the ability to easily take sections and dimension a product.

Jig-saw shows both the art and usefulness of Seemage when applied to the tasks of describing and notating products. Enjoy.

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Seemage appoints Xype, Ltd. as UK Master Reseller

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Seemage is pleased to announce that Xype, Ltd. has been appointed Seemage’s UK Master Reseller. Click here to read more.

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JTB World on Seemage 4.0

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The JTB World blog comments on Seemage 4.0.

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Au diable les formats!

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wolrdcarexploded-low.jpgParmi les sujets qui préoccupent le plus les grands acteurs de la CAO, l’un des plus populaires est sans conteste le format d’échange de données. Le mois dernier encore, UGS a triomphalement annoncé une avancée majeure dans le processus de création d’un langage commun… basé sur son format propriétaire JT, cherchez l’erreur !

La collaboration et l’échange de données sont certes des préoccupations majeures. Elles constituent des éléments influençant de près l’efficacité et la productivité des industriels.

Cependant, ne pensez-vous pas que désormais la guerre des formats semble futile ? Dans un monde où les solutions d’importation et de traduction de l’information sont nombreuses, n’...

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Digger gets digged

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At the Seemage meeting in Paris last week, I took mental note when the sales folks talked about how positively customers were responding to a feature we call the “digger,” an example of which you see here. (This sample is from one of our all time most-viewed podcast episodes.)

The digger does just what it sounds like: it “digs into” the deliverable you’ve created to highlight it in some way. As an educational and/or instructional device, it’s a great way to point out the specific features of a product.

Now, from SolidWorks World 2007, Ralph Grabowski, has also latched onto the digger, calling it “innovative” and “not your father’s redlining tool.”

All this attention to the digger reminds me of two of the most important lessons in software: customers and journalists find the really importa...

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Seemage annonce Seemage 4.0

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Aujourd’hui, Seemage est particulièrement excité d’annoncer la disponibilité de Seemage 4.0. Avec ses 40 nouvelles fonctionnalités, seemage va révolutionner la manière de créer et mettre à jour les délivrables.

Téléchargez et lisez le communiqué de presse pour découvrir quelques une de ces fonctionnalités majeures et voir comment vous pouvez créer et maintenir les délivrables plus rapidement et plus facilement que jamais.

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Seemage your iPod #14: “Puzzle no. 4″

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First, my apologies to everyone who expected the second puzzle animation yesterday (Friday). I was delayed an extra day in Paris (read all about the disaster here) and didn’t get a chance until today to put up the second puzzle animation.

As I mentioned last week, this is the second of two puzzle animations that go along with physical puzzles we’ll be handing out next week at SolidWorks World 2007.

As with last week’s puzzle, I have also posted the (dull, boring, hard-to-understand) PDF that came with the puzzles originally.

When compared with the PDF, we think these animations make the case for Seemage clear. When you try to solve the real puzzles with printed instructions, it’s hard. When you do it with Seemage-created animations, it’s a snap.

Try it…you’ll see what we mean...

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Nous avons vu naître Vista !!!

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vista.jpgBon… peut-être pas exactement naître mais en tout cas nous étions à la soirée de lancement hier soir à l’Arche de La Défense, en soi la plus grande des “windows” du monde ! Feu d’artifice, personnalités, les grands noms de la high-tech et… Seemage !

Et oui ! Nous avons été retenus par Microsoft comme la start-up illustrant le mieux son programme IDEES (Initiative pour le Développement Economique des Editeurs de logiciels et des Start-up) et, à ce titre, étions présents aux côtés des FNAC, TF1 et autres HP.

Ne vous inquiétez pas, nous ne prenons pas la grosse tête pour autant… mais à partir de désormais, c’est Monsieur Seemage pour vous 😉

P.S : merci à Benjamin Gauthey pour la photo !

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Visit Seemage at SolidWorks World 2007

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Please visit Seemage to see the newly released Seemage 4.0 at SolidWorks World 2007 in New Orleans, LA from February 4 through 7. We are in booth #403.

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Seemage releases Seemage 4.0

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Today, Seemage is very excited to announce Seemage 4.0. With over 40 new features, this release will revolutionize the way product deliverables are created and updated.

Please download and read the press release which highlights some of these major features and describes how you can create and maintain product deliverables faster and more easily than ever before.

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The (3D) view from Paris

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First things first: If you’ve never been to Paris, the Eiffel Tower is every bit as beautiful as you’ve heard it is.

I’ve been invited to participate in Seemage’s worldwide sales meeting this week in Paris. And although I don’t have exactly this perfect view of the Tower, I can look just to my left as I write this and see the top half of the tower. It’s about about 500m from my hotel (the bottom is obscured by another building). Lemme tell ya, everyone who says Paris is special is right.

But better than the view out my hotel window is what I’ve heard today from Seemage’s sales and technical team about the market is responding to the technology.

Today, a series of presentations from the French sales team on customer successes simply blew us all away...

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Seemage your iPod #13: “Puzzle no. 3”

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This week’s podcast contains the first of two animations that help users solve puzzles.

I’m talking not just about the actual puzzles (which, BTW, we are going to be giving away at our booth at SolidWorks World 2007). I am talking about the business puzzle that challenges marketing, sales, service and support to deliver high value content in easily consumed ways.

Before you look at the animation, download the scan of the PDF instructions that came with the puzzle, which I have also posted into the feed. Compare the printed instructions to the Seemage animation. Which makes it clearer to you how to solve that puzzle?

The realization that 3D design data and metadata from enterprise systems does not have to end up solely as a flat, printed PDF is the “light going on” we often see when custome...

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Big…and getting bigger

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Well, if you’re looking for a slightly different point-of-view on the UGS acquisition by Siemens, you’ve certainly come to the right place.

At first, we were in wonderment that this combination would envision adding more “stuff” into the PLM infrastructure. I mean you can almost hear the buttons bursting. Still, that seems to be the fundamental logic of the acquisition: big, getting bigger. That surely works for the investors, but for users…whoa, this thing is gonna be really big.

But there’s no mention in the press release of what we call the “PLM last mile”. What we mean by that is: how does all this integration in engineering and manufacturing look and feel to end users in sales, marketing, product documentation and other departments? They don’t want their bellies to swell just to get...

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Seemage : la relève de l’industrie française du logiciel

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13 février – au Sénat à Paris

Seemage a été sélectionné par Microsoft comme l’une des entreprises les plus innovantes de l’année.
Nous avons à ce titre intégré le programme IDEES (Initiative pour le Développement Economique des Editeurs de logiciels et des Start-up) lancé par Microsoft en octobre 2005 dont l’objectif est de parrainer chaque année vingt cinq start-up innovantes de l’industrie française du logiciel.
Ce choix est pour nous un véritable succès et cette marque de reconnaissance de la part de Microsoft nous conforte dans l’idée que nous avons une véritable avance technologique dans le monde de la publication technique et de la 3D.
Nous vous invitons donc à nous rejoindre au Séna...

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Seemage & Microsoft Invite You to the French Senate

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13th of February – PARIS
Seemage selected as one of the top 20 Innovative Start ups in Europe. Join us in Paris in February for a look at Seemage 4.0
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Missing the target

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I want to be up-front about today’s post so there’s no misunderstanding. I’m going to talk about a sales opportunity we didn’t get to be part of…and I’m disclosing that right up front because I don’t want you to read the whole post, then dismiss it as sour grapes.

I’ve read the email thread between and among our sales rep and the gatekeepers/consultants to this account. In it, the gatekeeper flatly states that Seemage is “probably” the best solution for important parts of this customer’s requirements.

You’d think that doing the right thing for the customer would be incentive enough to allow a competitive sales cycle to develop. But instead of permitting best-in-class technology to compete, the internal politics of the provider to this account precluded us.

Was this fair? A good question...

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Seemage your iPod #12: “Airplane 2”

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As promised, this week we have a much longer, more detailed animation of an aircraft engine.

Judging by the large numbers of downloads of the first version of this animation from last Friday, I think you are going to especially enjoy this week’s animation.

We’d love to have your feedback on these animations: are they cool…do you show them to others…what should we put into the feed along with the animations. Just send your comments to editor@3dmojo.com or you can leave a comment on the blog at http://www.3dmojo.com.

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Point/Counterpoint

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First, I need to explain the graphic in this post. Forgive me…we’ll get to the content in a moment.

In the Boston area, where I live, every sports fan is anxiously awaiting the upcoming football match between the Patriots and the Colts for the AFC championship. As I searched the ‘Net for a graphic to illustrate the point/counterpoint content of this post, I was astonished to find this graphic. And now you know why I had to use it.

Now…back to the real point (or counter point).

Earlier this week, I posted about the JT file format and its lack of openness. Chris Kelley has responded on his blog, and I wanted to respond to his thoughtful comments in this post.

In response to my assertion that the file format isn’t open, Chris writes:

…I know how you can open source an application, but I’m no...

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More tiresome news for file-format fans

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Sounding triumphant last week UGS announced that it has “published a reference” for the JT file format.

I don’t mean to sound too underwhelmed, since I do think on-disk storage formats have some appeal to mega-geeks who like to manually inspect disk-sector contents. (-: But this is hardly the major event UGS would like it to be for two reasons.

First, what users care about is information. And they care about their design. That is, users want to share the results of their efforts and they want to make sure they aren’t adopting an orphan file format.

In other words, the format the bits are in doesn’t matter as long as the information is accessible and the IP that went into the design is available for the long-term...

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