Seemage announces Asia-Pacific distribution partner

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Today, Seemage is pleased to announce a major new partner in the Asia-Pacific region. Rikei Corporation of Tokyo, Japan has been appointed a distributor of Seemage for Japan, China and Taiwan.

We're very excited by this major expansion into the Asia-Pacific market. The official press release is available for download in this post or you can read it here.

I encourage you to take a look at it and see why Rikei — one of the largest resellers of 3D CAD in Japan — has elected to work with us at Seemage.

Here's a photo of Katsuei Aoyagi, President and CEO, Rikei Group on the left and Bruno Delahaye, VP WorldWide Sales, Seemage on the right as they signed this important agreement.

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Don’t miss Seemage at MICAD this week in Paris

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Readers of this blog might be familiar with the graphic above. It's on the cover of the famous Edward Tufte essay The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint. Tufte famously thinks that PowerPoint is, well, evil, because it confuses and obscures information people need to know and understand.

I was thinking about that today when I spent an hour on the phone with Bruno Delahaye who was in his office in Paris at 11pm local time preparing a PowerPoint to be delivered in a keynote with Microsoft at this week's MICAD conference. (Here's a link to the site in English.)

The presentation is entitled "Delivering PLM on the Desktop." And I've been thinking about Bruno's central points since the discussion...

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Seemage aux conférences MICAD 2006.

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Visualisation alternative : la maquette numérique accessible à tous
Mercredi 5 dec à 10H30
Exposé introductif de Michel Terver, EDF Suivi d’une table ronde avec la participation de Adobe, Distene, Seemage, DFL Consulting, M2TECH

Les solutions PLM pour les PME : sortez des sentiers battus !
Jeudi 6 decembre 16H00
Microsoft et Seemage présenteront une approche nouvelle et innovante permettant de construire des systèmes de collaboration centrés autour de l’information Produit en mettant à profit la complémentarité de Office SharePoint Server 2007 et des applications de visualisation de Seemage pour la génération de Documentation Technique, d’animations 3D, les revues de maquettes numériques, la communication avec la supply chain, la création des dossiers de fabricat...

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Seemage your iPod #4: “Windows Vista” (en français)

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This post represents the end of our first month of podcasting! At first, people said, "Who would want to watch animations created from 3D CAD models? Are you crazy?" Well, it turns out that apparently a lot of you enjoy doing so…and I think that's because when they are taken out of their normal environment and looked at in a different way (as you can do via a podcast feed), they become something else…something more interesting.

Now that we have an established podcast feed, we want to experiment a little with it. For this Friday's episode, I hope you'll enjoy this clip that was produced as part of the Windows Vista launch this week in France.

While I don't speak French, I think this video clip has some extremely cool animations in it, and so it qualifies — at least in the broadest sense — a...

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PTC declares 3D isn’t important

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As readers of this blog may know, PTC recently acquired the 2D technical illustration company ITEDO. You may also know that Seemage is offering ITEDO users a trade-up to full 3D at www.itedotradein.com.

In an apparent response to this campaign, PTC has been emailing its customers a discussion about its acquisition of ITEDO and its opinion of Seemage.

Naturally, both Seemage and ITEDO customers have asked us to respond. What better place to do so than on our blog? And who better to respond than Seemage’s founder Eric Piccuezzu?

Here are PTC’s emailed comments, followed by Eric’s response:

PTC: Prior to the acquisition, ITEDO communicated 3D availability in the next version of the product...

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Collaborating in Silence

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It's always amazed me how malleable the word "collaboration" is in the high tech world. It's one of those terms that's clearly important but which has been so overused it has become utterly meaningless. But that doesn't stop vendors from using it, because it's a powerful concept.

Who would say they do not want to collaborate with their partners and colleagues using high technology? Who would say it's not a good idea to capture knowledge digitally, reuse it and share it again when needed?

"Collaboration" is, as we say in the States, motherhood and apple pie: it's the stuff you can't argue against. So every vendor has it…because every customer wants it. With this in mind, take a look at this article from Desktop Engineering.

I'm not criticizing the content or basic premise of this of Paul'...

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Seemage your iPod #3: “The Arm”

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In what's quickly becoming a Friday tradition, I am pleased to announce that our blog is back (and happily hosted in its new home) with another short animation for our podcast feed.

When you use Seemage, of course, the kinematics and reverse kinematics it's capable of producing are impressive. But this week's animation does more than simply illustrate the capabilities of the arm…I think this animation really does justice to the "industrial art" we think we see in the animations we are posting.

And, the more I watched it, the more it reminded me of the "walking hammers" from Pink Floyd's The Wall. I know it might be a stretch, but find a clip of that movie (we don't link from here to misappropriated content) and watch the famous animated sequence. Then watch this animation.

I don't think it...

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We’ve moving servers…

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Please excuse the lack of new posts on this blog and animations in the 3DMojo podcast feed over the next few days.

We are moving hosted server accounts. And, in the US, this is a holiday week. So, we need a couple of days to move and to make sure it all works.

Be sure to check back soon, because we have lots more to say. (-:

Or, better yet, use this time to learn how to use the spankin'-new RSS features in Internet Explorer 7 so you can subscribe to our feed. 

We know there are some of you who are subscribed to our feed. But we also know that more of you aren't using an aggregator at all. There are lots of them from Google to Yahoo! to Outlook add-ins to Firefox (my favorite browser)...

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Seemage your iPod #2: “The Copier”

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Based on the response to the last podcast animation we posted, there are a lot of you who, like me, find watching Seemage animations on your iPod interesting.

So, no matter what humorous things people are saying about us behind our backs (-:, we’re going to continue posting cool eye-candy-with-a-serious-meaning in this feed. And, we’ll have a little fun with it, too.

BTW, for those of you who want to subscribe just to the podcast feed, you should have your podcatcher look for updates from this feed. I discovered last week that in WordPress (the amazing blogging system we use), each category has its own feed. But if you want all the content we are posting (including the podcasts), just subscribe to the basic feed here.

Anyway, this week’s animation answers common, mystifying and previously ...

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A special offer for ITEDO users

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Seemage has announced an offer that puts money in your pocket and 3D product information at your fingertips.

In a nutshell, users of ITEDO products are eligible for a special discount on Seemage Publisher, Seemage MockUp and Seemage Viz through January 31, 2007.

We're believe that this offer makes great sense for users of 2D illustration products: with Seemage, you can add 3D to your capabilities quickly and easily.

The customers who have already done that are seeing impressive reductions in costs. Liebherr Aerospace talks about their success with ITEDO and Seemage in the PDF I've attached to this post.

Please visit this special page to register for the discount and to have Seemage contact you.

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You are there

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I hope by now our regular readers have seen Chris's post from last weekend in which he describes the excitement about Seemage at the Microsoft Innovation Day in Brussels.

We think it's pretty clear that Microsoft "gets it" when it comes to understanding how standard applications like Office 2007 and Vista combined with Seemage support unstructured information on the desktop as well as integrated into enterprise applications. It's gratifying that our vision of product information everyware is so in line with Microsoft's vision for manufacturers.

Anyway, enough of the propaganda. (Just kidding…we really believe this stuff!)

Here are some pix of some hard-working guys on the Seemage stand last week.

Bruno, Eric and Chris
Left to right are Bruno Delahaye, Eric Piccuezzu and Chris Williams...

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A powerful punch

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It goes without saying that your most valuable work is in your 3D CAD data. It is also clear that the challenges of sharing that intellectual property along your supply chain have grown substantially over the last few years.

I was struck that this article — which does a nice job of outlining the problem — has a January, 2002 date on it. We've known for a long time what the consequences are of being in a global economy and this article summarizes it well:

Now that we're working in a truly global economy, many engineering and manufacturing organisations' only real tangible asset is its in-house knowledge regarding its core areas of competence – whether that is product design, mould design, complex machining etc.

Because manufacturers to be competitive simply must share their IP along the su...

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A Whirlwind European Week For Seemage

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europe_by_storm.jpgWhat a great crazy couple of weeks for Seemage.  A few weeks back I had the opportunity to spend an hour speaking with Steve B of Microsoft about innovation and being a startup in Europe.  Last week Seemage was invited to present to the European commission during the event in which Bill Gates addressed the improtance of innovation at the European and world level.  While our introduction to Bill was short it was great to have the opportunity.  The whirlwind events of last week included the launch of our ITEDO trade in program (www.itedotradein.com), a sereis of presentations to Microsoft executives, attendance at TAKOM in Germany (more to come on this – we were overrun with demo request from ITEDO customers), Seemage selected by another major PTC/DS automotive customer in Europe, and Seemag...

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Seemage your ITEDO

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A day or so ago, I recommended you "Seemage your iPod."

Today, I have even better idea for you: Seemage your ITEDO 2D technical illustration software. If you are using ITEDO 2D technical illustration software to produce anything from training materials to product documentation, we have a killer offer for you.

By visiting www.itedotradein.com and registering, you can get a discount of 40% on Seemage. Get true 3D capabilities, astonishing ease of use and keep your IsoDraw and other ITEDO products. You can read more about this offer in our press release

Even if you don't read the full press release, I wanted to make sure you saw what an ITEDO user had to say about Seemage fits into his ITEDO system:

"By using Seemage in our IsoDraw environment we can fully leverage our 3D assets, create ...

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Seemage in the French blogosphere

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Here's a link to a post on a French blog with news of Chris's and Bruno's activities this week in Europe. This is a big week for Seemage in Europe…Chris and Bruno are participating in Microsoft's Innovation Day later this week, a recognition by Microsoft of the importance of 3D innovation in its upcoming releases, especially Vista.

For those who don't read French, here's a translation of what the Condor blog said:

"Bruno Delahaye (VP of Sales) and Chris Williams (CEO) of Seemage, a French entry in the world of 3D, have already grown more than 50% year over year in the US. (Seemage is financed by up to 4 million Euros by techfund and Sophia Euro-lab). Only Eric Piccuezzu is missing, the founder who was busy after a high-activity day at Microsoft technology center...

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Seemage Offers ITEDO trade-up program

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Seemage offers ITEDO trade-up program

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What departments really want

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We were talking the other day about the broader social impact of PLM in companies and why it seems like such a great idea but one which usually ends up being described as a "continuing process" or "long-term strategic objective" or some other face-saving term for failure. It's just a basic fact of life that people in groups (read departments in a company) devolve into "us" and "them" no matter what management tries to do to overcome this.

You've heard it a million times: "If only they'd do it this way…" "Life would be easier if they just…" We're not the only ones who think this is a mega issue. Check out this quote (full article here): 

Whether users push back or accept a new system has a direct correlation with the success or failure of a PLM system...

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Seemage your iPod

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This is possibly the most exciting post I’ve written yet for 3dMojo.com.

Garth Coleman, one of our salespeople, wanted to be able to show people at a trade show how Seemage animations look. So, he converted a couple of .avi’s to .m4v. When I saw it on an iPod, it struck me that we really do have a kind of art form here.

Now, I expect some abuse from folks about this…and I’ll admit it’s a bit propeller-head.

But it simply blows me away that that things that may never exist in the real world (although most Seemage animations and graphics come from 3D CAD files that are destined to be real products), can be animated, placed in the “world,” rotated and otherwise given a visual existence.

So, I’ve created a podcast feed (which I’ve submitted to the iTunes store…hopefully we’ll be listed shortl...

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Is PLM irrelevant?

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In a word, yes. PLM is irrelevant to the vast majority of users outside the engineering and product development groups. PLM is of, by and for the engineers. From its concept to its implementation, the vocabulary of PLM is about what's done to users, not what's being done for them.

Want proof? Check out Ensuring a Successful PLM Implementation from PTC. I'm not picking on PTC in particular (OK, maybe just a little). I'm just going to quote just a little of the text describing how to make the end users suffer…uh…accept the PLM implementation:

Ensure that the end user population is aware of the system changes that are being made, including the impact that those changes will have on their day-to-day activities...

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The CAD BIG 3 should fear the eco-system

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ceo1.jpgI was just reading about Alibre becoming a "reseller" of Adobe Acrobat 3D and started thinking about what is interesting about this???  Well clearly the fact that the pack or an eco-system is more powerful then a single entity is interesting.  Look what happened when the pack of Solidworks resellers attacked the market and an install base…  The Adobe AGRESSIVE approach brings ubiquitous access to CAD data that will change workflows accross companires everyware!  Alibre makes the Adobe pack one stronger and Adobe certainly knows how to grow an effective pack / eco-system.

If you sit back and think about the pack and what is going on technologiclly to support this you quickly come to XML and SOA...

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Why pork bellies are the future of CAD

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OK, so I know it's a stretch to link pork bellies to CAD systems…but it's dinner time here, I'm hungry and the metaphor just works. Bear (or pork) with me for a moment.

I was catching up on the CAD news tonight, and I was struck by Ralph Grabowski's interview with Alibre about their plans to attack the "LT" market: "UGS has been calling 2D "commodity software"; Alibre wants to make a commodity of 3D."

While we may not agree with Alibre's approach to product information everyware (because it isn't every software..the strategy appears to rely on Acrobat 3D after the fact), we do believe that it's time for 3D to become the commodity equivalent of pork bellies.

It's time for 3D to be the commodity that powers practically everything that goes on in a manufacturing company…time for 3D to not be...

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Hand-in-glove still ain’t open

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This post isn't about bashing anyone in particular. Instead, it's about the ultimate futility of trying to get everything to work together when pieces of the whole are based on proprietary technology. 

While this may be obvious at one level for things like word processors and file systems — you couldn't really use a word processor that stored its files in a character coding the OS didn't understand — it's a problem of vastly larger scope in the 3D product information world. In the product information space, file compatibility has long meant marriage to a specific vendor, which has in turn meant that information that should be widely available just simply isn't.

We've just had another reminder of what this means, as Autodesk and Microsoft struggle to make DWF and IE7 compatible. Like CADwi...

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Geometry Canvas

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I was talking with Chris last week and once again, he said something that really nails the whole product information everyware logic for me. He was talking about geometry as the basic "canvas" on which the rest of the company's efforts can be drawn.

You'd expect that I'd hang on every word Chris says — after all, he's the CEO. But there really is a killer idea behind this, and one that can redeem CAD in general.

For too long — far too long — CAD people have debated file formats and associativity and engineering capabilities and more. All well and good…but as someone who was in the industry, left and came back, I can tell you that CAD is still — unfortunately — a world unto itself. (When I started in the AEC space in 1999, I'd spent my entire career in software but had never heard of PTC. ...

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