Ruchika Saini

SIGGRAPH 2022 to showcase the latest innovations in digital art focusing on health

RAY bridges intelligent visualization with cameraless photography (Rayograph) to engage audiences with an interactive poetic experience that conveys meanings. (Source: “RAY” © Weidi Zhang)   SIGGRAPH 2022 will take place at the Vancouver Convention Center from August 8 to 11 after being held virtually for two years, enabling  Experience, Experience Plus, Full Conference, and Full Conference Supporter registrants to once … Read more

PTC acquires Intland to strengthen its ALM portfolio

PTC has acquired Intland Software, an application lifecycle management (ALM) company headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, for approximately $280 million. Intland Software develops the Codebeamer ALM family of products, which includes a next-generation, cloud-based offering that supports agile development and DevOps practices. Acquisitions and embracing SaaS are important parts of PTC’s business strategy. With the acquisition, PTC is looking forward to … Read more

Corel charts a new path to yet another rebirth

In 2019, the venture firm KKR acquired Corel Corporation. According to a story by Ingrid Lunden in TechCrunch, KKR could have paid billion dollars or so to Corel’s previous owner, Vector Capital, also a venture capital company. Vector Capital had an interest in Corel since 2003. The price tag is a bit surprising, but not totally. Corel has been a … Read more

RenderMan 24: Pixar’s latest release focuses on look development

Pixar recently released RenderMan version 24. The highlight of this release is a new CPU + GPU hybrid renderer called RenderMan XPU. Pixar says that XPU has been designed for look development and to provide a good match to RenderMan's production pathtracer, RIS. XPU can handle the scale and complexity of Pixar’s feature animation projects. Pixar’s next-gen rendering engine can … Read more

SPECviewperf 2020 V2.0 benchmark is available for free download

The SPEC Graphics Performance Characterization Group (SPECgpc) has released an update to its SPECviewperf benchmark. The SPECviewperf 2020 V2.0 benchmark features an updated Solidworks-06 viewset. The viewsets can be downloaded individually. V2.0 supports all the features of SPECviewperf benchmark V1.0 released last October and adds on. The SPECviewperf 2020 benchmark license is available for free to all except the sellers of computers and … Read more

WWDC 21: Apple announces Object Capture API for creating AR experiences

At WWDC 21, Apple previewed its new Monterey version of MacOS macOS 12. On the AR front, Apple has added new APIs to RealityKit 2, the latest version of Apple’s rendering, animation, audio, and physics engine for AR. Apple says developers can create more realistic and complex AR experiences with greater visual, audio, and animation control, including custom, render passes … Read more

Autodesk is acquiring Innovyze for water infrastructure solutions

Autodesk has announced the acquisition of Innovyze, a water infrastructure software company, for $1 billion in cash. Surpassing Autodesk's PlanGrid acquisition for $875 million in 2018, this is the biggest acquisition in Autodesk’s history. The company will enable Autodesk to strengthen its position in the water and wastewater infrastructure industry. Innovyze is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. The company provides smart water … Read more

DeepFaceDrawing AI turns a sketch into realistic human face image

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the City University of Hong Kong have developed a deep learning-based solution for sketch-to-image translation. The team presented their technical paper (requires login) at Siggraph 2020 that concluded recently. They demonstrated a system that uses rough or incomplete freehand sketches and produces high-quality realistic face images (resolution: 512 × 512), which faithfully … Read more

Taking strategic advantage of digital thread through Siemens–SAP partnership

The fortunes of Siemens and SAP have been intertwined for a long time. This week, the industry giants announced a partnership that will provide their complementary software solutions for product lifecycle, supply chain and asset management to the customers. Thomas Saueressig, Head of Product Engineering and Member of the Executive Board of SAP, said, “The partnership will offer Industry 4.0-enabled … Read more