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Product Design & Manufacturing Collection gets massive additions–at no additional cost

Manufacturers want a simpler software experience.

They want one set of tools that talk to each other, so that product designers can easily pass 3D models to Engineering to simulate and test designs, and Engineering can in turn pass final designs to the production team to set up machining.


In recognition of this clear desire from manufacturers, Autodesk making a pretty big change to what we called our Product Design Collection.
Autodesk adds simulation and CAM tools to the very rich set of design and engineering tools already included. As such, Autodesk rechristening it as the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection.

Specifically, Autodesk adds the world-class simulation software Nastran In-CAD and the top-flight Autodesk HSM CAM software to the collection.


By Stephen Hooper, Sr. Director, Manufacturing Business Strategy & Marketing

With these changes available starting this week, the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection has all the professional-grade tools needed by any product development team to go from design and engineering all the way through production. It’s a set of integrated 2D and 3D CAD, CAE and CAM applications for product development and manufacturing planning.

Another way to look at the updated Collection is that it delivers the best Inventor experience we’ve ever offered. The professional-grade modeling and design automation tools of Inventor Professional are now paired with simulation, 5-axis CAM, and factory planning and optimization tools – all completely integrated into the Inventor experience.

Customers who subscribe to the Collection also get the benefit of a future-proofed toolset. While all updates for subscribers may not be as big as this one, we are committed to delivering continual enhancements to the included software, incorporating disruptive tools like our cloud-based Fusion 360 product innovation platform, and adding new technologies like generative design.

You also still get AutoCAD and you still get Navisworks, Vault, ReCap Pro, 3ds Max, Factory Design Utilities and more.

In short, the sum is greater than the parts, but the parts are pretty great too.

These workflows extend Inventor far behind its traditional design-focus and into the world of manufacturing and help customers accomplish more.


The Product Design & Manufacturing Collection is available globally and the software included is available in more than eight languages including English, German, Japanese, French, Chinese and others



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Better manage large events in Google Calendar

Organizing an event with a lot of attendees can be complicated. It’s critical that you allocate the right space for the event, understand how many people will attend, and even check if some specific people, like executives or important clients, will be there.

That’s why Google making it easier to effectively manage events of any size in Google Calendar.


Event organizers working on large events (200 or more guests) can:

Use Google Sheets to more easily see who is attending:
With this launch, organizers of large events can now use Calendar on the web to export guest lists to Google Sheets, and can also view the total number of attendees.

Invite large group mailing lists reliably:
Previously, invites that included large group mailing lists wouldn’t update if membership in those groups changed. Going forward, if a group mailing list has been invited to a newly-created event, Calendar will automatically invite any new group members who join after the invite was sent and automatically remove members who leave.



Available to all G Suite editions


Synology Introduces DiskStation DS418j

Synology Inc. today launched the new DiskStation DS418j, a budget-friendly 4-bay NAS server designed to help home and individual users to manage, protect and share data effectively.


DiskStation DS418j is powered by a brand-new 64-bit dual-core CPU and delivers an outstanding encrypted file transfer performance at over 112 MB/s reading and 87 MB/s writing under a RAID 5 configuration in a Windows® environment.

Coming with a 1GB DDR4 memory, which is twice the size of its predecessor, and over 40TB single volume raw capacity support, DiskStation DS418j brings flexible storage management with excellent operation experience


"In the digital era, photos, videos, and digital assets are being generated faster than ever. For home and individual users, it is essential to have a private storage solution that can satisfy the needs for both large storage capacity and secure data sharing," said Michael Wang, Product Manager at Synology® Inc. "Combining hardware innovations and rich applications, the 4-bay DS418j allows users to enjoy cloud synchronization and multimedia streaming at a competitive price."


Designed with user experience and energy efficiency in mind, DS418j is equipped with adjustable front LED indicators, allowing users to precisely control and schedule the brightness in four levels. In addition, the model consumes only 21.22 watts in full operation and as little as 8.97 watts in HDD hibernation.

DS418j runs on DiskStation Manager (DSM), one of the most advanced and intuitive operating systems for network-attached storage devices which offers a wide range of applications from backup to multimedia for home and personal use. 


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With DSM, Synology® has received numerous media accolades, including the PC Mag Readers' Choice for seven years in a row.


Introducing PaintShop Pro 2018

Take your photos and graphic design projects to the next level

Subscription-free, professional photo editing family


PaintShop Pro 2018 is your affordable photo editing and graphic design software—without the restrictions of a subscription. Enhance your photos with professional image editing tools, or create impactful designs using layers, text, brushes, gradients, drawing and painting tools.

  • NEW Workspaces & Simplified UI
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  • NEW Improvements to most popular tools
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PaintShop Pro 2018 Ultimate

Get the full photo-editing power of PaintShop Pro 2018 Ultimate — plus an exclusive bonus collection of premium photo software that offers incredible value.

Includes PaintShop Pro + these bonus photo extras:

  • NEW Painter® Essentials™ 5 - Expressive photo-painting (64-bit)
  • NEW Perfectly Clear 3 SE - Automatic photo correction (64-bit)
  • Corel® AfterShot™ 3 - RAW photo editing (64-bit)
  • Creative Collection of brushes, textures and backgrounds

Only in Ultimate: Bonus premium photo extras

Enjoy an exclusive bonus collection of premium photo software that you won't get with Photoshop. Painter Essentials 5, Perfectly Clear 3 SE, Corel AfterShot 3, and our Creative Collection make up the Bonus Pack, bringing you photo-painting, automatic image corrections, RAW photo editing, powerful batch processing, and more—in one complete photo collection.


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Future of Making Series: Architecture, Assembled

The D-process, as it is called, begins in the firm’s East London studio. Just as with many architects, designers using building information modeling (BIM) software create a 3D digital model of the home according to the customer’s budget, site specifications, and design preferences. At Facit, though, the homes are made not from 2x4s and other standard parts, but from a system of precisely designed components that the firm itself makes using the latest fabrication tools.

Construction gets underway after a shipping container with a CNC router—a computer-controlled cutting machine—arrives at the site. The design is downloaded to the router, and the machine mills raw wood panels into modular building blocks for the frame, roof, and other components. (Metal stairs and some other complex pieces are manufactured at Facit and brought to the site.) The router etches a part number into each modular block to guide builders as they assemble the pieces, Lego-like, using large rubber mallets to connect the joints and nail modules into place. In a final step, windows and kitchen and bathroom fixtures are added. Everything fits snugly into place because the router has accurately carved out the right locations for sockets, ducts, light switches, and electric cables.

D-Process resembles the assembly line of a contemporary manufacturing facility in which everything is derived from a single digital model. Like an iPhone, BMW, or jetliner, each Facit home is bolted together in a highly controlled, fluid system. “We believe in manufacturing, and so does the customer because they want the reassurance that every part will be perfect,” says Bruce Bell, who cofounded Facit Homes in 2009 and is an industrial designer by training. “That is what contemporary manufacturing does; we applied that to building homes.”




Complying with Data Protection Law in a Changing World

Did you know about Forcepoint's webcast?

Here is perfect possibility to learn more about methods that enterprises can deploy to lower the risks of non-compliance worldwide.

It’s never been more important to effectively protect your brand and meet the legal and political demands for security.

Failure to do so will not only torpedo your enterprise's reputation, it exposes you to fines, lawsuits, negative publicity and regulatory investigations. Regulators are calling for greater control over personal information, especially at a time when so much public attention is focused on data breaches.



Citrix reports second quarter 2017 financial results

Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) today reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended June 30, 2017.

Financial Results

For the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, Citrix achieved revenue from continuing operations of $693 million, compared to $674 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2016, representing 3 percent revenue growth.

GAAP Results

Net income from continuing operations for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 was $109 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, compared to $106 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016. Net income for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 includes a net international tax benefit of approximately $10 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, primarily related to an international statutory tax transaction.

Non-GAAP Results

Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 was $158 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, compared to $157 million, or $1.00 per diluted share for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016. Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 and 2016 excludes the effects of stock-based compensation expense, amortization of acquired intangible assets, amortization of debt discount, restructuring charges, separation costs, and the tax effects related to these items. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share also reflects the anti-dilutive impact of the company’s convertible note hedges.

Q2 demonstrated a clear acceleration in the momentum of our cloud transformation, with a strong demand for Citrix Cloud and our subscription-based solutions,” said David Henshall, president and CEO of Citrix. “As a result, we are seeing double-digit growth in deferred revenue and an acceleration in overall billings, which proves the value of the innovation that we are delivering to customers and partners and the success we can expect in the future.

Q2 Financial Summary

In reviewing the results from continuing operations for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 compared to the second quarter of fiscal year 2016:

  • Product and license revenue decreased 4 percent;
  • Software as a service revenue increased 27 percent;
  • Revenue from license updates and maintenance increased 6 percent;
  • Professional services revenue, which is comprised of consulting, product training and certification, decreased 9 percent;
  • Net revenue increased in the Pacific region by 10 percent, increased in the EMEA region by 6 percent, and remained consistent in the Americas region;
  • Deferred revenue totaled $1.7 billion as of June 30, 2017, compared to $1.5 billion as of June 30, 2016, an increase of 13 percent; and
  • Cash flow from continuing operations was $164 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, compared to $194 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016.

During the second quarter of fiscal year 2017:

  • GAAP gross margin was 84 percent. Non-GAAP gross margin was 86 percent, excluding the effects of amortization of acquired product related intangible assets and stock-based compensation expense;
  • GAAP operating margin was 18 percent. Non-GAAP operating margin was 26 percent, excluding the effects of stock-based compensation expense, amortization of acquired intangible assets, and costs associated with restructuring programs.

Financial Outlook for Third Quarter 2017

Citrix management expects to achieve the following results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 ending September 30, 2017:

  • Net revenue is targeted to be in the range of $685 million to $695 million.
  • GAAP diluted earnings per share is targeted to be in the range of $0.68 to $0.70. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is targeted to be in the range of $1.02 to $1.05, excluding $0.32 related to the effects of stock-based compensation expenses, $0.11 related to the effects of amortization of acquired intangible assets, $0.06 related to the effects of amortization of debt discount, $0.03 to $0.04 related to restructuring charges and $0.16 to $0.20 for the tax effects related to these items. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share reflects the anti-dilutive impact of the convertible note hedges, which cannot be calculated without unreasonable efforts.

Financial Outlook for Fiscal Year 2017

Citrix management expects to achieve the following results from continuing operations for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017:

  • Net revenue is targeted to be in the range of $2.81 billion to $2.83 billion.
  • GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations is targeted to be in the range of $2.59 to $2.74. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations is targeted to be in the range of $4.60 to $4.65, excluding $1.07 related to the effects of stock-based compensation expenses, $0.42 related to the effects of amortization of acquired intangible assets, $0.22 related to the effects of amortization of debt discount, approximately $60 to $70 million or $0.36 to $0.44 related to restructuring charges, and $0.39 to $0.51 for the tax effects related to these items. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations also excludes $0.30 related to certain tax charges incurred in connection with the separation of the GoTo business. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share reflects the anti-dilutive impact of the convertible note hedges, which cannot be calculated without unreasonable efforts.


The above statements are based on current targets. These statements are forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially.


A Continued Commitment to Security

Synology Inc. is now authorized as a CNA (CVE Numbering Authority) by MITRE Corporation. Synology is the first vendor of Taiwan to participate in this program. There are 62 participating CNAs as of June 2017, all of them are the leading enterprises in the specific fields.

Synology can now assign CVE identifiers to vulnerabilities found in Synology products regardless of whether the issues have been disclosed by Synology itself or third-party experts.


"It has always been our top priority to ensure the security of our products and services. Nowadays, we can see Synology users all around the world, the number of which has also been increasing dramatically. Synology is the first company of Taiwan that receives certification of CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures). It does not only demonstrate the extent to which we value Synology users, but also how far we have advanced in line with first-class major manufacturers in this field with our R&D resources," said Vic Hsu, the CEO of Synology Inc.

Designated as a CNA, we are capable of assigning the CVE IDs of our own Synology vulnerabilities. Synology provides enhanced and comprehensive security solutions, allowing your NAS to adapt more quickly to evolving technology, business needs, and sophisticated threats.


Businesses are challenged to offer secure access to a broader array of services and applications while guarding against increasingly sophisticated threats. Synology is committed to improving cyber security. Upon receiving a vulnerability submission, we will make a preliminary assessment within 8 hours, and fix any vulnerability within a day. A patch will be available within a short period of time after confirmation. We ensure the products you have is secure and reliable all the time.

Synology also holds bounty programs every year and invites top hackers to enhance the security of Synology products. Keeping user information safe and building a more secure product are our mission. We welcome the contribution of external security researchers and look forward to awarding them for their invaluable contribution to the security of all Synology users.


[i] Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE®) is a dictionary of common names (i.e., CVE Identifiers) for publicly known cybersecurity vulnerabilities. CVE's common identifiers make it easier to share data across separate network security databases and tools, and provide a baseline for evaluating the coverage of an organization's security tools. CVE is maintained by MITRE Corporation that is American not-for-profit organization based in Bedford, Massachusetts, and McLean, Virginia. It manages Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) supporting several U.S. government agencies. For more information on MITRE Corporation, please visit the MITRE official web page.


Citrix and Google align to help businesses fully embrace secure cloud transformation

Businesses today must quickly adapt to the demands of a global economy and workforce. Success is increasingly defined by the ability to optimize and protect the information surrounding people, organizations and devices. To help businesses tackle these challenges and fully embrace the benefits of flexibility and scale that cloud delivers, Citrix today announced extensions to its long-term strategic relationship with Google. Customers will be able to use Citrix Cloud to provision and manage secure digital workspaces, including Citrix Workspace Service, on Google Cloud Platform.

Citrix and Google are working together to bring cloud delivery of applications and desktops, and secure cloud-optimized endpoints to their enterprise customers who are increasingly looking to both public and hybrid clouds to solve their business requirements for secure digital workspaces.


Along with these new cloud solutions, Citrix and Google also announced new integrations, available today, between Citrix ShareFile and Google G Suite that enable follow-me-data when using Citrix workspace solutions. A new ShareFile plug-in that allows the secure sharing of files via Gmail and a ShareFile connector to Google Drive provides users with one place to find all their documents. In addition, Citrix NetScaler CPX is available now on Google Cloud and is targeted for availability in the Google Cloud Launcher marketplace by the end of the quarter. Google Cloud’s emphasis on containers and the Kubernetes orchestration system will allow the developer community to use NetScaler CPX to easily build and scale secure applications in the cloud.

With Citrix Cloud services integrated with Google Cloud, Google customers will have the ability to easily add virtual apps and desktops that run on Google Cloud and use them alongside the G Suite productivity suite.

Citrix and Google continue to work on delivering secure end point solutions for accessing digital workspaces with the recently announced Citrix Receiver for Chrome 2.4, which offers true multi-monitor support on Chromebooks. Google recently announced official Chrome Browser support for Citrix along with graphics optimizations available only on XenApp.

Google and Citrix product teams continue their collaboration to enhance and optimize XenApp delivery to Chrome OS based devices for enterprise customers with ongoing Receiver for Chrome updates.


Citrix named a leader in 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Content Collaboration Platforms

Citrix today announced it has been recognized by Gartner, Inc. as a leader in the July 2017 “Magic Quadrant for Content Collaboration Platforms”.


ShareFile is a content collaboration platform that focuses on collaboration, user productivity, infrastructure modernization, security, compliance and integration.

ShareFile supports hybrid architectures — that is, synchronization and sharing functions are provided as a service, while corporate files can be kept either in the ShareFile cloud repository, on third-party clouds or on-premises (through Citrix ShareFile StorageZones). 


To embrace the future of work, organizations are seeking content collaboration platform capabilities that include workflow, digital signature, and multi-cloud/hybrid storage all while ensuring content remains secure. Whether it is an internal or external client, content collaboration must be easy to use to maintain productivity. Citrix is the only technology provider that integrates application and desktop delivery, collaboration platforms and enterprise mobility management to create secure digital workspaces. We believe our position as a leader in this report gives our customers confidence in their decision to partner with Citrix. Through innovation, Citrix continues to empower our customers to reimagine the way work gets done with the secure delivery of apps and data in a highly consumable way.

Adolfo Rodriguez
Vice President, Product



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