Bentley’s AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition Surmounts the Challenges of BIM Scalability for Major Projects

Leverages CONNECT Edition’s Comprehensive Modelling Environment

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced the availability of AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition, Bentley’s building information modelling (BIM) application designed for building projects of significant size and/or engineering complexity, and which are typically characterised by the challenges of combining vertical construction and horizontal infrastructure (like roads, railways, utilities, etc.). On such projects, design and project delivery firms often have broad responsibilities for multiple project delivery disciplines and across subcontractors and joint venture organisations.

Users of AECOsim Building Designer V8i have demonstrated its versatility in a wide range of project types. Among Bentley’s 2017 Be Inspired Awards nominations, 63 projects credited AECOsim, including 15 of the 51 finalists, in projects as diverse as bridges, airports, Olympic sports facilities, mining, manufacturing, offshore, municipal, power generation, utility transmission and distribution, and water and wastewater treatment facilities. Nominations also cited GenerativeComponents, a feature within AECOsim Building Designer that provides computational design capabilities to explore iterative design ideas and embed design intent with design constraints and relationships to improve design quality and performance.

The new AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition shares a comprehensive modelling environment with all of Bentley’s CONNECT Edition applications. Without a comprehensive modelling environment, engineers and architects have had to struggle with complex data exchange, resulting in information loss and repeated translations, or even resort to force-fitting a BIM application beyond its intended use to model geometry, which is lacking in BIM intelligence. 

AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition integrates the work of architects, structural engineers, and MEP engineers in a single application, and now extends its scalability by leveraging CONNECT Edition’s comprehensive modelling environment. The new release provides seamless, translation-free, intra-operability with Bentley’s full multi-discipline portfolio of design, analytical, and construction modelling applications.

All CONNECT Edition applications, including MicroStation CONNECT Edition, benefit from the deliverables production automation inherent in the CONNECT Edition’s documentation centre. The documentation centre greatly improves the consistency, quality, and efficiency of drawing set organization. AECOsim Building Designer also benefits from reality modelling, by which existing conditions are captured through photos and/or scans and converted into engineering-ready reality meshes with Bentley’s ContextCapture, bringing the actual geo-coordinated context directly into the AECOsim design environment.

Santanu Das, Bentley Systems’ senior vice president, design modelling, said, “This is an exciting time for Bentley as we complete the delivery of our CONNECT Edition applications. AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition enables our users to improve their productivity and to collaborate across multiple disciplines by sharing content and data in a seamless workflow through a comprehensive modelling environment. As we continue to make advancements in BIM technology, this version of AECOsim Building Designer helps them to collaborate on projects of any scale or multidisciplinary complexity, and automate the creation of deliverables for all stakeholders. And now that CONNECTservices are made available to Bentley application subscribers, we bring the collaborative advantages of ProjectWise to every user of AECOsim Building Designer.” 

Available to all Bentley application subscribers, CONNECTservices represent Bentley’s commitment to address the requirements that its user organisations face in going digital. In a digital world, users learn differently, take their work wherever they go, and collaborate with highly diverse and dispersed teams. Leveraging Microsoft Azure, CONNECTservices are fundamental to the use of any Bentley application. Learn more about CONNECTservices here.

EiPM, a Barcelona-based engineering and architecture firm, is an early adopter of AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition, and is using the application to deliver complex projects. Xavier Coll, BIM manager and project manager, research and development for EiPM, commented, “It’s a quantum leap. The new interface is totally clean and user-friendly with spectacular improvements in interoperability and usability of the interface in all tools. It now has more intuitive workflows, which contribute to increased productivity and reliability. Undoubtedly, this new version is the best comprehensive BIM modelling software on the market.”

For more information about AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition, please visit

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8 - Small Business Edition Makes Professional Graphic Design More Accessible to SMEs

Corel today announced the release of CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X8 - Small Business Edition, its professional graphics software for smaller teams. The new three-license pack is an ideal solution for small businesses, whether they're looking to bring their marketing in-house or working in graphics production industries like creative design, signmaking, engraving or printing.

CorelDRAW X8
CorelDRAW X8

"In today's highly visual world, professional-looking graphics aren't just nice to have - they're a must have. All too often, the costs of graphic production can be a stress on the budgets of small business owners," said Gérard Métrailler, Vice-President, Products at Corel. "CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8 - Small Business Edition is an easy-to-use design package to create professional, eye-catching graphics and marketing materials that will grow your small business while keeping your costs down."

CorelDRAW X8
CorelDRAW X8

Known for its ease of use, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8 - Small Business Edition makes it easy to begin with a helpful Startup tour, valuable learning resources, and high-quality content to create original designs, logos, annual reports, brochures, social media and web graphics, and more. The new suite enables users to transform their creative ideas into designs that make a lasting impression across any medium.

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8 - Small Business Edition is a complete suite that offers intuitive tools for layout, design and photo editing:

  • CorelDRAW X8: Intuitive vector-illustration and page-layout application
  • Corel® PHOTO-PAINT® X8: Professional image-editing application
  • Corel Font Manager™: Powerful font management
  • Corel® PowerTRACE® X8: Accurate bitmap-to-vector tracing utility
  • Corel® CONNECT™ X8: Integrated Content Search for local files and Content Exchange
  • Corel® Website Creator™: Easy-to-use website-design application
  • Corel® CAPTURE™ X8: One-click screen capture utility
  • PhotoZoom Pro 4: Plug-in to export and enlarge digital images from Corel PHOTO-PAINT

Adding even more value, the suite also includes 10,000 clipart and digital images; 2,000 high-resolution digital photos; 1,000 OpenType fonts; 350 professionally designed templates; 2,000 vehicle templates; 1000+ fills, frames and patterns; more than five hours of enhanced training videos; and much more.

Pricing and Availability

Available in English, German, Polish, Russian and Czech, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8 - Small Business Edition can be purchased from for £779.95 / EUR889 (incl. VAT). Exclusively for small business, one purchase includes three full licenses and offers a savings of more than 50% off regular retail pricing.

Wrike for Marketers: Simplifying work and freeing creatives from technology overload

Wrike introduces Wrike for Marketers, a new vertical solution developed specially for marketing and creative teams to streamline the creative process. The solution is based on Wrike’s core work management platform, with added capabilities specific to helping marketers define, plan and execute standout campaigns in a real-time, multichannel digital world.

“We spent nearly 12 months working with marketing teams around the world to understand their processes and where progress gets hung up and impedes workflow,” said Andre Hill, Vice President, Strategy and Solutions at Wrike. “The take away was that marketers and creatives want to redesign their relationship with technology so that it aids in the creative process, and doesn’t add new layers of distraction.”

Wrike for Marketers is designed to support all phases of the marketing lifecycle. Jobs are requested with customisable briefs and planned with timelines and resource management. Ideas and content are created with a document editor and the Adobe Creative Cloud Extension that notifies, assigns and brings focus to creative work. From there, the assets are reviewed and approved with Wrike’s built-in proofing and commenting capabilities which ensures everyone has full context of the job goals and feedback. And statuses are visible at a high-level summary view or granular level through Wrike’s powerful reporting engine.

“I believe we’ve built the easiest way for marketers and creatives to manage their work from inspiration to delivery” said Andrew Filev, Founder and CEO of Wrike. “A big pain point for these teams has always been the time and frustration required to transfer information between the various phases of projects. Wrike for Marketers integrates those phases into one continuous stream.”

One of the key challenges faced by creative teams is the proofing, review, and approval process that occurs daily between designers and campaign stakeholders.

“We found a huge amount of lost time for teams around the approval process,” added Hill. “Designers are often put in the difficult position of having to wait for feedback, and aggregate notes and comments into a spreadsheet or other document to track them. On the other end of the spectrum, stakeholders often don’t realise the designer is waiting for their feedback or approval. We saw that by connecting versions, proofing, and approval status, we had an opportunity to save a lot of time for an entire team.”

Wrike for Marketers integrates versions of images and other content into a visual tool for proofing and change requests. From there, a status tool shows designers exactly which stakeholders have approved the piece, and which are still awaiting changes.

Creative Teams Run on Wrike

Wrike customer ONLYCH1LD is a San Francisco based film production company with offices in Denver and Paris. Using the capabilities available in Wrike for Marketers, their team coordinates and collaborates on projects through all stages of the creative process from brief, development, and post-production simultaneously in multiple locations around the world for clients including Levi's, SAP, McDonalds, and Microsoft. (See video of how ONLYCH1LD uses Wrike)

"Every day we're working with local producers, talent, and artists in various international locations, on multiple projects," said Samuel Miller, Creative Director and Founder at ONLYCH1LD. "Finding a solution like Wrike that handles the administration and organisation so that we can focus on the creative work and client relationships is really helpful to us. Wrike allowed us to work smarter and be more creative day in and day out.”

Wrike for Marketers Includes:

Ideate & Plan with confidence

• Complete creative briefs with Request forms
• Set Campaign Timelines & Due Dates
• Manage Team Workload & Availability

Spark the ultimate creativity with Wrike’s Adobe Creative Cloud extension

• Receive and Manage your work via Adobe Creative Cloud extension
• Read, Reply and Add to Comments
• Upload & Version File Attachments

Keep creativity flowing with faster review and approval

• Markup documents and images
• Get clear and actionable feedback
• Works everywhere you work (from your desktop, mobile or tablet)

Deliver your creative vision on-time

• Streamline all your creative assets for campaign launch
• Efficient workflows maximise team satisfaction
• Easily create reports to track performance

Has QuarkXpress 2016 changed the game?

Once upon a time QuarkXpress was the go-to software for print layouts. In the early 2000's however, partly due to Quark's repeated failings to make OS X-native versions of XPress, the software fell by the wayside in favour of Adobe InDesign - the exciting new kid on the block.

Jump to 2016 and a newly revitalised Quark have confidently released the latest instalment of Xpress with a range of groundbreaking new features.

The interface itself for the most part is identical to the previous version of Quark, albeit with a few minor tweaks. The big changes aren't right there on the surface, but Quark 2016 boasts the ability to convert imported PDF, EPS, and Adobe Illustrator files to native editable QuarkXPress objects. Even allowing conversion of objects and entire pages from Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and other apps.

Time you would have spent extrapolating data from an excel document and formatting into a table within quark can now be reduced by a simple copy and paste. The same goes for Illustrator shapes which seamlessly become native quark shapes, retaining all of their original anchor points for use with Quark's own pen tool.

It takes literally seconds for Quark to convert all of the objects in a PDF, and more importantly it keeps related text together in one text box. When you compare this to converting the file in Adobe Illustrator, which often breaks the text into single-word text boxes (often requiring the designer to recreate the artwork from scratch), it's an incredibly useful tool which could save hours of work!

These additions alone really throw QuarkXpress back into the ring in a big way, check out the full range of new features for yourself here.