Gravity Sketch's Surface Tool feature allows users to switch between 2D and 3D designing

Gravity Sketch VR software now lets designers switch between 2D and 3D

Designers can move easily between drawing in a virtual-reality environment and on their tablet using the latest update to Gravity Sketch. Rima Sabina Aouf Designers can move easily between drawing in a virtual-reality environment and on their tablet using the latest update to...
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UpCodes AI, a program that checks building plans against building codes, is on of the subjects of a lawsuit by the International Codes Council, the nonprofit that writes model building codes used in the U.S. The ICC claims they have copyright over the codes and require a license fee for their use. All images courtesy UpCodes

A startup’s ‘spellcheck for buildings’ program is innovative. But does it violate copyright?

UpCodes, which is trying to disrupt the business of building codes, believes fair use means free access By Patrick Sisson A court case involving building codes—both how we create them, and where technology can help make them easier to understand—suggests the simple concept of...
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Drawing by Christo / Photo by André Grossmann L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle

This Week in Tech: Christo unveils his next project, AutoCAD gets an update…

Amazon identifies its NoVa headquarters, and more. By Wanda Lau Autodesk AutoCAD, the workhorse drafting software on which designers worldwide rely, has been updated. Changes in the forthcoming AutoCAD 2020 include enhancements to the existing Purge and DWG Compare tools, quicker...
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Courtesy Morpholio / Drawing by Cluck Design Collaborative Morpholio AR SketchWalk

Morpholio AR SketchWalk Brings Floor Plans Into the Real World

Through augmented reality technology, the new feature on the namesake studio’s Trace app sets a new baseline for understanding and decision making. By Wanda Lau Courtesy Morpholio / Drawing by Cluck Design Collaborative Morpholio AR SketchWalk Mentally inserting oneself...
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Can Technology Solve Architects’ Productivity Challenge?

Making the design process more efficient. By Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, for AIA Architect The technological revolution that is just beginning to hit the AEC industry has the potential to dramatically lift profitability for firm owners—and in doing so lift compensation for...
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Autodesk Announces Plan to Acquire PlanGrid Construction Software

The AEC software company hopes to accelerate the productivity of the construction industry with this new acquisition. By ARCHITECT Staff The following is a press release from Autodesk announcing plans to acquire San Francisco–based construction software company PlanGrid. Autodesk...
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Shelby Thorner / Courtesy Autodesk Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost led Autodesk University 2018's main stage keynote.

Autodesk University 2018 Challenges the Future of Work, Again

The annual conference showcased recent technologies to approximately 11,000 AEC professionals with hardly a pause to reflect on lingering issues, such as data sharing. By Terri Peters From Nov. 13–15, approximately 11,000 architects, designers, builders, and CAD users attended...
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This Week in Tech: Cloud-Based Software Enables Architects to Collaborate Virtually on Projects

Plus, Washington, D.C., might run entirely on renewable energy by 2032, an interactive sculpture visualizes the operations of a net-zero building, and more design-tech news from this week. By Ayda Ayoubi Portland, Ore.–based software company the Wild has launched a cloud-based,...
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This Week in Tech: Morpholio & Shapr3D Join Forces for 3D Modeling and Sketching on iOS 12

Plus, the Sydney Opera House is carbon neutral five years ahead of schedule, the Netherlands is now home to a smart recycled plastic bike path, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane This week, architectural software provider Morpholio Trace and mobile 3D...
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Objects are guided along a perspective grid (Courtesy Jim Keen/Morpholio)

Morpholio Trace and Shapr3D simplify 3-D sketching and animations

Morpholio Trace, the CAD sketching app, has collaborated with Shapr3D, a modeling application, to roll out a new feature for its iOS 12 update, which Morpholio Trace has dubbed “Drag’n’Fly.” By Matthew Marani Morpholio Trace, the CAD sketching app, has collaborated with Shapr3D,...
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