Onshape’s here! Finally, we can talk about it …

Onshape’s here! Finally, we can talk about it …

Onshape, the latest CAD company founded by Jon Hirschtick, John McEleney and other names you likely recognize, took the wraps off this morning to finally let us talk about the worst-kept secret in the CAD world. To skip right to the part you probably care about: What...
Trimble acquires Linear project to boost corridor planning

Trimble acquires Linear project to boost corridor planning

Trimble today announced that it has acquired Linear project GMBH, a privately-held provider of scheduling software for linear or corridor infrastructure projects –that’s highways, railways, pipelines, tunnels, transmission lines and similar built assets...
FARO snaps up kubit

FARO snaps up kubit

Well, well, well. Another independent, gobbled up. FARO, maker of laser scanners for metrology (very tight tolerances) and infrastructure applications (huge data sets, accurate, often outdoors) just acquired kubit, a German company that has been a leader in developing...
REAL 2015 showcases opportunities in capture, compute & create

REAL 2015 showcases opportunities in capture, compute & create

What do custom-made dresses for Dita Von Teese, military airfield runways, Ebola containment/patient care and museum displays have in common? Thinking … thinking … At as first glance, not much. But all were prominently featured at last week’s REAL 2015, a gathering to...

Autodesk’s FQ4 caps off a great year

Last night, Autodesk reported results for fiscal Q4 and fiscal 2015 (ended January 31) that, well, beat just about all expectations. I need to study the details but: Total revenue was up 13% percent to $665 million in FQ4, versus an analyst consensus of $650 million...
Trimble acquires Linear project to boost corridor planning

Rand’s CQ4 suffers from a tough comparable in 2013

Rand Worldwide’s fiscal Q2, ending on December 31, 2014 revenue was down as reported year/year (y/y) to $22.4 million — but, excluding one really big sale a year ago, total revenue was up nearly 8%. You may remember that Rand has been reinventing itself, buying back...
MSC acquires Simufact for forming, welding

MSC acquires Simufact for forming, welding

MSC Software just announced that it has acquired Simufact, maker of Simufact.forming and Simufact.welding, nonlinear simulation software technology for manufacturers. Yes, for forming and welding — it costs a lot of money to trial these manufacturing processes,...
Trimble acquires Linear project to boost corridor planning

MuM’s Q4 revenue up 15%

Yesterday’s gloomy Trimble news wasn’t the start of a trend, it would appear. Today,  Mensch und Maschine, the Autodesk VAR and developer of software under the OPEN MIND and other brands, reported that Q4 revenue was up 15% to €37 million, boosting sales...
Trimble acquires Linear project to boost corridor planning

Trimble had a tough Q4, revenue down 6% y/y

Well, this is a bit of a shock after the mostly upbeat results we’ve been getting from engineering software companies: Trimble’s Q4 revenue was $564 million, down 6% and at the low end of the company’s guidance. Wall Street consensus was $579.4...
Trimble acquires Linear project to boost corridor planning

Bentley acquires maker of 123D Catch technology

The AEC acquisitions keep rolling — and, so far this year, show a fascinating extension into newer traditional realms. Bentley Systems just announced that it has acquired Acute3D, the French provider of Smart3DCapture software. Smart3DCapture turns photos into...
Trimble acquires Linear project to boost corridor planning

3D Systems + Cimatron a done deal — circle get tighter

3D Systems announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Cimatron for $97 million. We all knew it was coming, after the deal was first confirmed back in November, but it’s still a bit of a shock to realize that there are just two large, pureplay CAM...
FARO acquires ARAS 360 — nope, not that Aras

FARO acquires ARAS 360 — nope, not that Aras

Things are so hectic right now that I read the headline quickly, did a double-take — and then read it again: FARO Technologies, the 3D measurement and laser scanning company, acquired ARAS 360 Technologies to add to its accident and crime reconstruction...
Trimble acquires Linear project to boost corridor planning

Hexagon’s 2014 ended strong; PP&M, up 14%

Yesterday we had solid growth from DS, a company still deriving most of its revenue from discrete manufacturing industries. How did the AEC/infrastructure/metrology world fare in Q4? Hexagon says it went well, as organic revenue was up 18% as reported and up 9% on an...
Trimble acquires Linear project to boost corridor planning

DS reports Q4 revenue up 19%, software up 16%

Dassault Systèmes just reported a Q4 that should make investors quite happy. In Paris, the share price is up around 5% at mid-day local time. Total IFRS revenue was €673 million, up 19% as reported and up 16% in constant currency (cc), right in the middle of guidance,...
Q&A: Pre-announcing earnings, good and bad

Q&A: Pre-announcing earnings, good and bad

People wind up on the Schnitger Corp. website for all sorts of reasons: links from other sites, search engines, the fact that an ancestor was a famous organ builder in German (yup. Didn’t inherit that gene.) … For some reason, today’s visitors got...
Trimble acquires Linear project to boost corridor planning

So much news — so little time: ADSK, ANSS, SSYS

Wow – what a day. And it’s not even 9AM! First up, Autodesk says that most new commercial seats of standalone software will be sold via subscription beginning on February 1, 2016. From the company’s perspective, this move creates revenue stability and...

Nemetschek Q4 up 26%, F14 up 18%, ahead of forecasts

Nemetschek Group, parent company of Nemetschek, Graphisoft, VectorWworks and other brands, just announced that it blew past forecasts to close out 2014 on a very high note. Q4 revenue was up 25.7% to €65.0 million on organic growth of 12.6%. Total revenue for the year...