28 Oct '11, 1pm

Turn your iPad into a CAD mouse? There's an app for that #manufacturing #innovation

Love the gestures and touch interface of your iPad, but need the full functionality of your favorite design tool or CAD suite? Maide Inc. , a small startup founded by engineering students from the University of Waterloo, is pitching an app that lets users drive desktop 3D modeling applications like Rhino and Google SketchUp using the multitouch interface of the iPad. Touted as making CAD "simple, collaborative, and intuitive," Maide Control functions similarly to a 3D mouse, letting users employ increasingly familiar gestures like two-finger scrolling, swiping, tapping, and pinching to pan, zoom, and orbit 3D models. The app, available for $4.99 in the Apple app store, also lets users change views to fit the model to the screen, while leveraging the same gesture commands to access tools and commands more easily in programs many contend are hard to learn and navigate. Maide...

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