3D CAD - pretty commercial
italian site. English translations and quite a few links. [11/03]
caddepot - links to hundreds
of CAD shareware addons, and even a few free CAD programmes. [07/02]
cadinfo - good software links, news and shop. [07/02]
cadalyst - news, reviews,
links and free code downloads. [07/02]
architect - Architectural Record's computer zone. [08/03]
ten links - CAD and technology
Centre for Design, Computing and Cognition
- at Sydney University. Free lectures weekly during university.[11/05]
Going from strength to strength
and still available for macintosh.($$$)
- archicad home base.
arckiklub - australian-based
tips, tricks, and forum.
arckitech - archicad
in Australia. Downloads, jobs, and news.
You've got to know it but
you don't have to love it. ($$$) AutoCAD Lt has most of what you
need (excluding 3D tools) at a cheaper price($$).
- a busy autoCAD newsgroup - access here is via google groups.
archT - an independent alternative
to Architectural Desktop. It also works with some versions of IntelliCAD.[10/04]
autocad blocks - free blocks
at this italian language site. Hit "blocchi".
autodesk - autocad site.
The place to go when you get one of those scary "unhandled
access violations." Search the support database for a remedy.
newsgroups - accessed here via google groups.
cad online new zealand -
an online store selling autoCAD and third party autoCAD Lt enhancers.
- a busy one (access via google groups).
Iobjects - here's an AutoCAD
add-on site with many freebie blocks and routines. Looks very good
but a little tricky to get used to the navigation.
learning - autoCAD tuorials from the University of NSW.
point a - autodesk's portal
with links, downloads, and forums.
Still our favourite. No longer available
for Macintosh. Hard to obtain too (in Melbourne at least). ($$$)
bentley - microstation'
s australian arm.
- very busy news group - access here is via google groups.
Talk of the town. If you like NURBS
curves you've probably already got it.($)
rhino 3d - home base.
I've had a small play with this and
it's quick to pick up. Very good for all pre-documentation massing
tasks. And cheap. Not really suited to advanced modelling and curvy
sketchup - home base.
pushpullbar - lively Melbourne
based forum and component centre.
Cheaper but has limitations. Some
like its user-friendly interface, which has a lot in common with
graphics programs. It works on Macs too and has apparently
gotten much better with later versions. ($$)
nemetschek - vectorworks'
new owners. Ozcad provide
local support. [07/02]
listserv archive - a busy listserver, accessible on the web
through this site.
- busy 3D cad discussion.
ecotect - a suite of freeware/shareware
software programs aiding passive design. Programs include sunshading
calculators and thermal comfort calculators. The programs are also
available combined, in Ecotect. Worth a look. Now (July 2002) they
have a free add-on section with many a handy tool. [07/02]
- a lifecycle assessment tool that can import drawing files, specifically
developed for Australian climate zones.
- a web plug-in that let's user's view hundreds of file types including
many vector formats, within a web browser. Trial version is free.
cadviewer - java-based software
that, when loaded on to a webserver, enables dwf files to be read
on both PC and MAC platforms. Free and Pro versions.
media release (5/98) - 'building industry to talk the
same lingo' discusses CSIRO research into interoperability. [link
bsite - a new Melbourne-based
extranet site - in prototype stage but with a good walk through
if you register.
cosential - an american
ASP solution for the AEC industry.
point a - autodesk's extranet
viecon - Bentley's extranet
system aimed at the engineering industry and microstation users.
shadow - Naziha Mestaoui and Yacine Ait Kaci investigate
the join between architecture and new media. Requires Virtools
WebPlayer in some areas (an easy 800Kb download that may change
your display settings). The Palerme 3D interactive that I visited
was a moving stack of digital terrain models.
|fractal architect - The acceleration of computing speeds has made the rendering of fractal
geometries a lot easier, as Jim Harris shows on this site. Not sure if its that much easier to build though. [03.06]
journal of design computing - australian journal dedicated
to researching virtual environments. The last issue was in 2004. [03.06]
3D Arc - a smart little site
featuring architectural rendering specialists. [11/03]
3D design architect
- Sydney, Jakarta, Bandung, Singapore.
Deneb Design - east
coast based 3D modelling design visualisation company. [10/04]
Glasson Murray Group - West
Australian specialists in 3D visualisation and VR. [11/03]
muller - Melbourne
oko art studio - Melbourne.
raw solutions - Melbourne-based.
uno en uno - a Buenos Aires
based firm with an international documentation and visualisation
Apple Computer Aust. - macintosh
Architosh - resource site
for architects using the mac for CAD.
- has put together some very useful freeware programs to help you
reduce the startup times on your PC.
environments - a very innovative english site offering 3D vector
files of building products, and good project profiles with photos.
Filemaker - useful database
progam - cross platform.
- the best little image viewer and resizer around. Free too. [07/05]
microsoft - hard to avoid
site - everything to do with Windows - not necessarily easy to find
what you're after.