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Anthony Frausto (info@architosh.com)
7 Apr 2004
 

Mac CAD: COFES is over, what next? Tidbits hearsay

COFES and Parasolid

I understand the COFES 2004 went very well and to record attendees. The event led to a surprise announcement by UGS PLM Solutions that they were porting Parasolid -- their 3D modeling kernel technology -- to the Mac OS X platform due to customer demand. This was good news for the Macintosh technical audience. Parasolid is a fundemental technology in dozens of engineering software tools and this annoucement of OS X support enables ISVs (independent software vendors) to port their wares to OS X as well.

Negative Mac Sentiment?

CADServer ran an article yesterday throwing some cold water on UGS' announcement of Parasolid on OS X. It appears that the SolidWorks folks are not too interested in supplying their market leading application on anything other than Windows. They said they are " '100 percent focused on delivering SolidWorks on the Windows platform' ". What other company does that sound like?

Apple at Auto Engineer Show - Strong Interest and Surprises

Apple recently participated in the 2004 Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress back in early March by supplying two email/web browsing lounges at the show featuring 16 widescreen edition G4 iMacs. Apple also had a booth at the show demonstrating its new Power Mac G5, G5 Xserve and Xserve RAID. Additionally the company was showing PowerBooks in its booth and by a few reports PowerBooks could be seen on the show floor.

According to acounts, Apple's booth was well attended the entire time of the show and folks were both surprised and excited to see Apple there. Apparently, from what we learned, many engineers were unaware that Mac OS X was Unix based. Surprise surprise! It seems that Apple needs to do a better job of making its presence known in the market and making sure people understand the core technologies that make the platform attractive.

What's Next

As previously mentioned on this site, Apple was at COFES as a participant and we expect the company to continue with its push into science and technical markets, including creative technical markets like AEC, CAID, CAD, and engineering software. The company has obviously gained some traction among these market segments -- and with its new Unix-based OS and 64-bit hardware it's not hard to understand why. Apple recently said at the BioTech show in Boston that the Mac OS X platform had 35 percent marketshare in biotechnology.

NAB is on the agenda next (according to Apple's calendar) but we also expect the company to attend SIGGRAPH later this year after many years of avoiding that show. We are hoping that Apple will also make a deliberate presence in the AEC market sometime later this year.

 


 

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