A Day Of New Software Releases

Today seems to be the day of new software releases.

3D Systems released Alibre Design 2012. According to the press release:

Alibre Design 2012 boasts an intuitive new user interface that is simple to use for professionals and easy to learn for beginners. Significant performance enhancements coupled with an expanded tool suite allow design professionals access to completely new work flows to accelerate their projects.

I intend to take it for a spin when I find the time. Watch this space.

Dassault Systemes released new versions of DraftSight for Windows, Mac and Linux. According to their web site the main enhancements are print configurations and 3D mouse support. I just installed the Windows version and went sniffing around. I see that they are now using a newer version of the Teigha libraries (they moved from 3.02 to 3.05) and have switched compilers from VC 2005 to VC 2008.

Graebert uses Nokia’s Qt framework to make their ARES engine cross platform. Recently Digia acquired the Qt commercial licensing from Nokia. Since DraftSight is based on ARES you now see a copyright statement for Digia in the DraftSight about box.

And finally Randall Newton from GraphicSpeak reports that Siemens PLM released NX 8 today. You can read his article here.