Issue: Volume: 23 Issue: 5 (May 2000)

SPOTLIGHT: News - 5/00

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Worldwide user spending for mechanical CAD/CAM/CAE software and services will exceed $6.6 billion this year, according to a recent report from the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based research firm Daratech. This number represents a growth of 16.4%, compared to spending in 1999.

SDRC (Structural Dynamics Research Corp.; Milford, OH) has launched Accelis, a new e-business-oriented product line....Solid-modeling software manufacturer Spatial Inc. (Boulder, CO) is changing the name of its Web-hosted interoperability application service,, to and visual effects house Animal Logic (Sydney, Australia) has acquired the visual effects business of Dfilm....Virtual Technologies (Palo Alto, CA), a developer of force-feedback and real-time 3D interaction technologies, has acquired Ndimension Simulations (Santa Clara, CA), a supplier of development environments for real-time 3D applications running under Windows 98/NT.... Visualization software developer Muse Technologies (Albuquerque, NM) has acquired, an e-commerce site for virtual reality hardware.

News is written and compiled by Jenny Donelan.