Replacing the Keyboard and Mouse

Today we’re talking about the keyboard and mouse. Or rather, the extinction of the keyboard and mouse.

Even when SRI International first invented the first computer mouse in the early 1960’s, they knew there would be a very long way to go with computer interfaces before we were satisfied with our ability to connect with them.

Since then, many attempts have been made to revolutionise the way we interface with computers. Examples include Virtual Reality, game pad controllers, Wii wands, or combinations thereof. Each has had varying levels of success.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions Part 4 – When 2 CAD Programs Are Better Than 1 – Jewellery CAD Software Combinations

cog ring courtesy www.jewelleryworld.net.au

Finding CAD tool combinations which mesh together (literally). Image courtesy jewelleryworld.net.au

(Updated 12 Aug 2015)

(This continues my series of Frequently Asked Questions. See the rest of the FAQ pages.)

Today I’d like to take a moment to talk about the commonly practised but controversial subject of combining software packages together.

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Frequently Asked Questions Part 1 – Comparisons Of CAD Jewellery Software on the Market (Updated)

Comparison of CAD and Design Software Used for Jewellery, sample image from 3D CAD

Information last updated and verified June 2016

(This marks the first of a series of Frequently Asked Questions posts. See the rest of the FAQ pages.)

Over the years, the students in my CAD courses as well as my private clients have asked me a lot of questions about CAD as it relates to jewellery manufacturing. Many of these questions were often the same. As I thought it better to tailor my answer to each student’s needs, I resisted writing a single standard answer for quite a long time. Then it occurred to me that I could probably answer at least some of the questions all at once, and just fill in the gaps if people wanted to know more.

This is how this new series simply called Frequently Asked Questions began.

On this and subsequent articles in the same series, I will break down the most commonly asked questions from my own particular fields of expertise.

If anyone has any more specific questions or is not clear about something mentioned here, just leave a comment and I’ll add an answer to the entry.

For part 1, we’ll start off with the most common question of them all: “Which CAD software should I learn?”

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Sharing Between CAD Programs – The Trouble With Importing and Exporting Models

I wanted to take a moment to talk about sharing.

 

…No, I don’t mean “free love”. I’m talking about the ability of different software packages to pass models and files between each other, more commonly referred to importing and exporting files. The problem is, as all of you who have worked with multiple different CAD software packages before, it is not always that easy.

It really boils down to a question of: why does there need to be so many different proprietary file formats?

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