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5 Rules for Making Co-opetition Work

Posted by Ron Fritz on Oct 24, 2013 9:00:00 AM

I first heard the word “co-opetition” from my friend Mike Payne years ago. And while I’m pretty sure it’s not even a word, I have yet to find a better way to describe it. Basically, it refers to cooperating with companies who you also consider competitors.

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Topics: HOOPS Visualize, Industry Insight

HOOPS Visualize Takes Center Stage at SWW

Posted by Jenny Ferello on Jan 29, 2013 1:06:00 PM
As always, SolidWorks World was an exciting, dynamic conference – from the preview of SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual onstage to the wild ride of Harry Potter’s Forbidden Journey at Islands of Adventure! But one of the most exhilarating events for TS3D was the appearance of HOOPS Visualize as a “supporting actor” during the eDrawings onstage production.

Component providers like Tech Soft 3D are typically behind the scenes, working hard to provide stable platform technologies to help our customers build successful software applications. Our job is more to be the workhorse of the industry, leaving the limelight to our customers. Rarely, if ever, do we see our work highlighted on the main stage.

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Topics: Product News, Conferences, Trade Shows, HOOPS Visualize, SolidWorks

Windows 8: What does the future hold?

Posted by Rob Mazeffa on Jan 16, 2013 7:00:00 AM
Microsoft use to ask “where will you go today?” But I think the bigger question is “where will Microsoft go tomorrow?”

The reviews of Windows 8 are less then glowing – yet at the same time, Microsoft is essentially the only player for the Desktop, and complex new x86/x64 apps can still be built for the Windows Store. Developers will have to look at market realities alongside their fixed resources, which may already be spread thin building applications for iOS and Android, which dominate the mobile market with nearly two hundred million devices and growing. (Q2-2012 tablet shipments: iPad 65% / Android 22% / Kindle-Nook 13%). Will end-users drive demand for Windows Store apps as they upgrade to Windows 8 and latch onto Windows tablets, thus giving developers a more compelling reason to develop for the Windows Store? Or will it be driven more by developers of end-user apps and components, as they become willing and able to create new apps and/or port existing tools/apps to the Windows 8 environment?

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Topics: HOOPS Visualize, Microsoft

Why do the “HOOPS Guys” sell Autodesk OEM Products?

Posted by Ron Fritz on Oct 20, 2012 7:20:00 AM
One of the fun things about Tech Soft 3D is that no matter how long we’ve been around (16 years), and no matter how our product portfolio has expanded, we’re still (we hope affectionately) known as “the HOOPS Guys.”
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Topics: AutoCAD OEM, HOOPS Visualize, Inventor OEM, Autodesk

Connecting at Control

Posted by Elodie Walter on May 17, 2012 5:32:00 AM
Our European offices are still recovering from a whirlwind Control International Trade Fairfor quality assurance in Stuttgart, Germany, which closed last Friday.

We were blown away by the many great people we connected with in our stand. It was the first time Tech Soft 3D exhibited, and it was a great success. There was plenty of interest in HOOPS Exchange, HOOPS Publish -- and 3D PDF as well. Despite being held in the heart of the German engineering sector, we had visitors from all over the world – Québec, the United States, France, Spain, Lithuania and Japan.

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Topics: 3D PDF, Trade Shows, HOOPS Visualize, HOOPS Exchange, HOOPS Publish

Is Karma Real?

Posted by Ron Fritz on Mar 19, 2012 6:03:00 AM
I don't really know, but all things considered, I think it’s safer to assume it is. No one wants that bad Karma stuff boomeranging back on you. Really, the world is dangerous enough as it is without that to worry about. To make sure we stay on the good side of Mr. Karma, we like to regularly give credit where credit is due and here is one of those moments.

Recently we hosted an annual event – a reunion of the Ithaca Software team. Ithaca Software, for those who may not know, is the company whose talented engineers wrote the first generation of our flagship product, HOOPS Visualize. It’s since been re-written from the ground up, as that original version was first created more than 25 years ago. But the fact remains that the original idea was sound, the first architecture was prescient, and the value proposition is still valid a quarter-century later. No small feat in an industry as fast-moving as ours.

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Topics: Our culture, HOOPS Visualize

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