After yesterday's announcement of PTC and Autodesk hearting each other, speculation is that we may hear a similar announcement between Autodesk and UGS -- exchanging vows of implementing each other's direct drawing translation technologies.
For me, the interesting part is that this courtship is being driven by Autodesk's Mechanical Division -- that little island of Autodesk just off the northern coast of California. Any hearting going on between Revit and Nemetschek? Graphisoft and Architectural Desktop? AutoCAD and MicroStation? AutoCAD LT and TurboCAD? Nope.
Oh, but don't expect any similar announcement between Autodesk and Dassault Systems. The heart just doesn't reach that far. Stepbrothers Catia and SolidWorks rarely talk even to each other. Do tell.
With all this direct translation happy talk going on, it kind of leaves the JT Opens and DWFs of the world playing second fiddle.
At the back of the church.