- Architosh Staff ([email protected])
- 22 July 2001
announces new product line
One of the biggest highlights of this year's show was the unexpected
announcements from Ashlar, the good folks who recently moved down
to Texas (Austin) and the makers of the venerable Vellum line of
A Whole New Lineup - Five New Products!
The folks at Ashlar have been secretly hard at work on five new
products for the Macintosh platform (and Windows too). It was such
a great surprise to see this new announcement at the show. We had
a chance to talk about these new products, why they made them and
their future. In this report we'll summarize the new products and
in a future report cover some other notes including their Mac OS
All of their new software is based on the venerable Vellum line,
a product suite of apps designed for the technical CAD and 3D solids-modeling
markets. These products take advantage of powerful NURBS, ACIS solids
modeling, CAD symbols technology, the Lightworks rendering engine
and topnotch Macintosh/Windows Interoperability.
is their new technical 2D/3D CAD product. Claiming the fastest and
easiest CAD drafting, Graphite leverages the revolutionary Vellum
Drafting Assistant (intelligent cursor technology that started at
Ashlar). We were given a brief demonstration of this software running
under OS 9 and were impressed with its easy 2D/3D drafting abilities
and its ultra clean and uncluttered interface (UI). The new Graphite
cost $995 US.
is a new 3D modeling tool offering powerful and easy to use freeform
Wireframe, Surfacing and solids modeling tools. Claiming to be capable
of making virtually any shape Argon may challenge a number of advanced
modelers in the market with its breakthrough price. At just $995US
the new software offers a lot of modeling power for under a grand.
Perhaps one of the more exciting products to come forward from
Ashlar is Neon,
a new tool completely designed to address the emerging Web 3D publishing
market. Neon allows you to publish your work with the new Macromedia
Shockwave 3D format, in addition to the established web 3D formats
QuickTime, QuickTimeVR, VRML and Metastream Viewpoint.
you can import 3D models into the program from an extensive list
of other formats and tools. Then use Neon to prepare and publish
Web 3D. You can prepare 3D models complete with dimensions and output
the view to PDF and HTML. Neon supports QuickTime-based flyby animations
and both object and panoramic QuickTime movies. And again, Ashlar
has reached new values with this product, introducing it at $495US.
An educational single-user license is just $205US.
Based on Vellum Solids technology Xenon
is designed for industrial designers and engineers. The product
combines associative dimensioning and history-based modeling. More
powerful than Argon, Xenon provides class-A NURBS surfacing. The
product will cost $2795US.
is a full product design and development application for industrial
and mechanical design. Going beyond Xenon, everything in Cobalt
is fully history driven and features advanced associativity and
powerful 2D equation-driven parametrics. Cobalt, we were told, is
one of the largest upgrades to the already impressive and award-winning
Vellum Solids. This product represents the ultimate in the Ashlar
line of advanced CAD/3D software and will cost $3995US.
All of the new products by Ashlar feature the use of QuickTime
technologies for rendering animated flybys and both object and panoramic
movies. They also, we were told, export out to the Shockwave
3D format, in addition to numerous other formats. The products
are highly useful to both engineering and industrial design and
could even be used by architecture and related environmental fields
requiring powerful 3D drafting and form making abilities.
We were extremely impressed with this direction Ashlar has taken
with its core CAD and modeling technologies and excited to hear
about their commitment to the Mac platform. They were demonstrating
their products on Apple Power Mac G4's with Apple Studio Displays
and we thought their apps looked really nice.
More on their OS X plans in a future report.
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and Expo Summary Notes - [jul 22] New!
announces new product line - [jul 22] New!
makes splash at Macworld! - [jul 22] New!
demonstrated on Mac OS X - [jul 22] New!
takes on 3D, new partners sign on - [jul 22] New!
Predictions: Crystal Ball 2001 New York - [jul 18] Hot!
Firm Profile: Interview with
Luminetik, 3D Macintosh Studio - [jul 17] Hot!
to Cover Macworld Expo - Notes - [jul 17] New!
York Meditations on the Possible - [jul 17] New!
Feature Interview: Microspot
Ltd talks Technical CAD on the Mac - [jul 12] New!
2001-2002 Learning Tour - [jul 12]
used for design of tallest residential skyscraper - [jul 12]
renames and sponsors Teapot Awards - [jul 9]
Cinema4D user creates masterful short film - [jul 9]
SPOTLIGHT Training by Nemetschek - [jul 9]
Group has QuickDraw 3D API on Mac OS X - [jul 6]
Alliance has Mac OS X code libraries available - [jul 6]
Sponsors Architosh Forum Prize Contest! - [jun 29]
VectorWorks for Mac
OS X news - [jun 29]
last day to get Electric Image (3D Toolkit) for $99 - [jun 29]
- What's Coming Up in the Near Future - [jun 29]
- Status Reports: Autocad, G4's and Other Info - [jun 29]
market needs new Wildcat II graphics card - [jun 28]
NA finalizes VectorWorks 9.0.1 update - [Jun 28]
Newsletter CAD/3D platform poll, go show Mac support! - [jun 26]
X news: Autodesk seems to have taken a fancy to dock... - [jun 22]
Japanese 3D tool, HexaSuper
2 for Mac - [jun 22]
2001 Mac shown at AEC Systems - [jun 22]
not at AEC Show, inexplicable or not? - [jun 20]
VectorWorks LANDMARK is now
officially shipping - [Jun 20]
ArchiCAD to implement
National CAD Standards - [Jun 20]
3D Nature intros Z-Buffer
Compositor for LightWave 6.5 - [jun 19]
Cigraph ships two new
ArchiCAD plugins - [jun 19]
intros ArchiFM 7 WebServer in Europe - [Jun 19]
WebServer to be announced by Graphisoft - [jun 15]
Design Tools site counting Mac visitors - [Jun 15]
EON to work with ArchiCAD/GDL
- [Jun 15]
new interactive 3D technology
headed for OS X - [Jun 15]
Get ElectricImage 2.9 for just
$198 now - [jun 13]
Hot new tools from Japan
need US attention - [Jun 13]
TGS/Eovia offer Amapi 3D v4.15
for free - [Jun 13]
dvGarage intros new 3D Training
Kit - [Jun 13]
Bott's DVIator for ADC-displays now shipping - [Jun 13]
POV-Ray for Mac OS and OS X
- [jun 12]
ousted for CAD Lab at Sacramento High School - [jun 8]
attacks Autocad market, actually good for Mac users? - [jun 8]
Need for Macintosh CNC Milling Software - [jun 8]
Interstudio announces DigiCAD
3D 6.0 - [jun 6]
Facilities Management software options - [jun 6]
Apple seminar on new ArchiCAD
7.0 - [jun 5]
Resources updates site with new map finding facilities - [Jun 1]
ships new MacDraft 5.0 CAD program - [Jun 1]
Need for Mac Facility Management software - [Jun 1]
6.5 presentation, Apple Market Center New York - [may 30]
automation software for Mac, useful to architects/builders - [may 30]
Architecture Firms show support of Macintosh - [may 29]
AIWUG updated: 300+ member firms and growing - [may 29]
MCnurbs Creator 2, updated
for VectorWorks 9 - [may 25]
Cinema4D XL 7 offers new
radiosity engine - [may 25]
Strata ships new 'Strata
3DPlus' - [may 22]
Strata updates Strata
3DPro to v.3.5 - [may 22]
news coming out of WWDC-2001 - [may 22]
of Apple Store Opening Action, Links - [may 19]
Looks like Blender is coming
soon! - [may
Running Radiance on OS X,
- [may 18]
News: VRML on the Macintosh
- [may 16]
more about Mac OS X
- [may 16]
Aircraft design software - part 2
- [may 16]
is TenLinks.com 'Site of the Week'
- [may 15]
Door introduces 'Perspective' for Illustrator 8 & 9
- [may 15]
design software and Object-Maker
- [may 15]
Is Autodesk looking at the Mac again?
- [may 11]
Any Mac software for designing aircraft?
- [may 11]
Architect: Apple to host free BOA CAD seminar
- [may 10]
VectorWorks and PowerBooks,
map ancient cities
- [may 9]
helps student win International competition
- [may 9]
Mac version of MECcheck in the works
- [may 9]
Autocad sales down, Mac
CAD up? - [may
Forums: Multi-Prize Giveaway
- [may 9]
Of the Place Itself, A vernacular
Modernism in Austin
- [may 2] New!