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Software via the internet offers a alternative licensing

Buying software through a conventional licensing agreement can be expensive and restrictive but a new generation of web-native software can be hosted remotely and accessed via a browser, with cost-effective payments made on a monthly per-user basis

The economic payback of 3D mice as a user interface

Survey results of users of 3D mice

Build bigger, better multicolour 3D models

Z Corporation's new ZPrinter 650 is claimed to deliver the industry's biggest models, highest-quality colour and finest resolution

Visualising real time monitoring data via internet

Leica GeoMoS Web allows users to monitor projects anywhere and anytime – just by using a web browser, pocket pc or mobile phone

Maths software gains major new functions

Mathematica 7 is being released, with new functions that include image processing and parallel high-performance computing

Mind maps can be freely shared online

The latest version of Mindmanager is complemented by a new Mindmanager Web tool that enables mind maps to be freely shared via the internet

Motion control cards need no host PC

New models in PMD's Prodigy family of motion control cards can download and run motion programs with no need for a host PC to be connected

Voice-control for mind mapping software

Voxenable combines version 8 of Mindjet's Mindmanager mind mapping software with Nuance's Dragon Naturallyspeaking 10 speech-recognition software

Configuration and visualisation solution

Wonderware introduces Performance Software 3.5 as integral part of MES and supervisory platform offering

Computer-on-module is more compact

Kontron claims that its new microETXexpress-PC is the smallest COM Express Pinout Type 2 compatible computer-on-module currently available

Autodesk unveils Autocad 2010

Autodesk is releasing Autocad 2010, together with Autocad LT 2010 and industry-specific versions such as Autocad Mechanical 2010

New 3D laser scanners for reverse engineering

Roland's new LPX laser scanners are delivered with Pixform ProII reverse-engineering software that converts the scanned data into CAD models

Software tool validates 3D CAD models

CADIQ 6.0 is a new edition of ITI Transcendata's CAD model validation and product data quality analysis software that enables 3D PDF reports to be generated

HMI/Scada product benefits from improved user interface

GE Fanuc is releasing Cimplicity 8.0, the latest version of the company's powerful HMI/Scada control and visualisation product

Closer integration of reverse engineering and CAD techniques

Both reverse engineering and three-dimensional CAD are established techniques, but using the two together has not always been as easy as it could be. Jon Severn reports on a development that combines solid, surface and triangle modelling to enable reverse engineering and CAD to be more closely integrated

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