For the most part, Siemens PLM Software thrives on desktop programs for design and engineering. In the case of its simulation products (NX CAE offerings), they’re augmented with the option to run on clusters, usually installed onsite, sequestered within an organization’s private cloud. But the launch of IntoSite, an addition to Siemens’ Tecnomatix suite, marks the company’s steps toward a territory it has so far sidestepped — the public cloud. Continue reading
Sometimes, the way we’ve been working for decades just feels right — even if it’s wrong.
The mouse and the keyboard as the default input system was ideal when most of our computer interactions were confined to text input and text output. (Remember the dreadful black screen with the blinking command prompt?) When computers got more powerful and design software entered the realm of 3D, the mouse and the keyboard hobbled along, despite ergonomic risks associated with this antiquated method.
But the emergence of touch screens, mobile devices, and — perhaps most important — gesture-aware hardware like Kinect suggests the dawn of a new era. In the near future, the way we inspect a detailed 3D assembly of a car or create an animation sequence may look a lot more like an exercise routine or a dance move. Continue reading
Google Docs brought us word-processing in the cloud. Adobe Creative Cloud is pushing us toward photo-editing in the cloud. Dropbox taught us to manage files and folders in the cloud. It’s inevitable, then, that sooner or later simulation would head to the cloud.
Most computer-aided engineering (CAE) software vendors are bidding their time, observing the trend on the sideline. They support private cloud — dedicated servers installed at clients’ sites to run simulation — but are reluctant to dive into the public cloud. That’s understandable. Their codes and licensing practices are driven, for the most part, by users devoted to desktop workstations and clusters. Continue reading
The future of professional design software may look a lot more like Netflix and Zipcar, judging from the rental licensing options just launched by Autodesk and Siemens PLM Software.
Last week, Siemens began offering its Solid Edge CAD package under a subscription program. For as little as $130 a month, you could download, install, and start using the software. With no commitment to a specific time (for example, an annual commitment), you can technically subscribe to use the software for one month, then cancel your subscription with no penalty for early termination.
This week, Autodesk launched its own rental program, offering popular titles like Autodesk Inventor, Revit, 3dx Max, and Maya under monthly, quarterly, and annual subscription fees. Some of the most economic options include Standard rental plans for Maya LT at $50 per month and Inventor LT Suite for $95 per month. Continue reading