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ODA Continues Italy Work Tour at IntelliCAD World 2019

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logo_itc_01_DarkSeveral members of the Open Design Alliance (ODA) team arrived in southern Italy after ODA DevCon last week in Milan to give an update on ODA technologies, including Drawings, BimRv, and IFC SDKs, and also the ODA Technology Stack.

Sergey Vishnevetsky, ODA Director of Development, commented that it was great to see new ODA features already implemented in IntelliCAD. Also he was happy to report that they had been working on common properties functionality thanks to ITC requests. Common data access to all supported ODA formats includes access to both the model tree and properties. The model tree structure is still in-progress, but common properties are in production currently.


We also heard about ODA's strategic partnership with buildingSMART. This is exciting news for several reasons, one being that the ITC is in the process of transitioning to ODA IFC SDK for IntelliCAD's current IFC support. 

Topics: IntelliCAD BIM ITC IntelliCAD World Conference ODA

IntelliCAD Technology in 2019 and 2020

i-Logo 3What's been happening lately with the IntelliCAD engine? And what's next?

Here's what we learned at IntelliCAD World 2019:

  • IntelliCAD 9.1 and 9.2 were released earlier this year. We saw demos of many new features that are trending as important for ITC members: digital signatures, new architectural entities, customizable start page, system variable monitor, STEP and IGES support, Overkill command, and many more.
  • BIM solutions for IntelliCAD: attach .rvt/.rfa and .ifc files as underlays and work with BIM data. Architectural objects are already in the mix too, and soon will even be exportable to .ifc files using ODA IFC libraries.
  • IntelliCAD Mobile is gaining new ITC member interest and the Special Interest Group is growing. IntelliCAD Mobile can view and navigate various file types: drawings (.dwg, .dwt, .dxf), Design Web Format (.dwf), Open COLLADA™ (.dae), and images (.png, .jpeg, .tiff, etc.). Many new features are being developed for the next mobile version, including plans for voice recording and more measurement tools.
  • Sneak peak at IntelliCAD 10 which is in development now, based on the latest ODA libraries. Specifically we got a look at geographic locations and new visual styles that will be available by integration with OpenGL ES2. Lots of other features coming up.
  • The latest version of ARTISAN was also demonstrated by Clive Davies of Pictorex. ARTISAN is a photorealistic renderer that is integrated with IntelliCAD and available for ITC member licensing.
Topics: IntelliCAD BIM ITC Mobile Platform ARTISAN IntelliCAD World Conference

IntelliCAD World 2019 Begins with "We are Not Done Yet"

i-Logo 2At IntelliCAD World 2019 we heard from ITC President, David Lorenzo, setting the tone for upcoming presentations and discussions. Here are the highlights:

  • Twenty years ago when the ITC and also the ODA were initiated by Visio Corporation, the purpose was to create trusted, open CAD technology. 
  • A question was posed:
    Without the ITC and ODA, what would have happened in the CAD industry over the past twenty years?
  • The original purpose of a trusted, open CAD technology is still valid today, not only with traditional CAD platforms but also in the future with digital platforms.
  • Be vigilant, and we are not done yet.
Topics: IntelliCAD ITC IntelliCAD World Conference

IntelliCAD World 2019 Begins Today!

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Today kicks off the event with one-to-one developer meetings. Tomorrow we'll hear from ITC President, David Lorenzo, talking about the ITC at 20 — twenty years of member-driven collaboration and competition. And more, of course.

ACCA Software is hosting IntelliCAD World 2019 at their headquarters in Bagnoli Irpino. Stay tuned for more details this week!

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC IntelliCAD World Conference

Act IntelliCAD 9.2 Released


Just a week after the ITC released IntelliCAD version 9.2 to ITC members, ITC member ActCAD incorporated the new release into its Act IntelliCAD product.

Now available, Act IntelliCAD 9.2 is a native .dwg and .dxf CAD software program used for 2D drafting and 3D modeling, and it's packed with new 9.2 features such as publishing to .dwf/.dwfx, removing duplicate or overlapped entities using the Overkill command, support of right-to-left fonts, filtering selection sets using the new Selection Filter pane, and much more.

Act IntelliCAD includes an easy-to-use interface, perpetual licensing, support for various file formats, and a complete set of features and tools. More details >>

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC ActCAD

IntelliCAD Technology Consortium Announces Release of IntelliCAD 9.2

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Portland, OR, USA — The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) today announced the release of IntelliCAD 9.2.

IntelliCAD 9.2 is a major release that includes many new features and improvements including: import and export IGES and STEP format files, delete and combine duplicate or overlapping entities using the Overkill command, use right-to-left fonts, choose from additional list types for multiline text, undo or redo a selected range of actions, thicken surfaces and meshes to convert them to three-dimensional solids (for IntelliCAD versions that support solids), and publish a drawing to the newly supported .dwf/.dwfx published format. You can also set up automatic publishing to create .pdf, .dwf, or .dwfx files when you save or close a drawing.

Selection includes a collection of new features. The new Selection Filter pane, similar to the Properties pane, displays all entities in a drawing and allows you to filter and select entities by layer, color, entity type, and linetype. Polygons, rectangles, and break lines have additional grips and properties for smart editing, and selection cycling is available which makes it easier to select entities that overlap.

For versions of IntelliCAD that work with BIM files, add elevation and section lines to models; draw curtain walls; draw detailing elements for wood, studs, joists, and track; and convert two-dimensional entities to walls and slabs.

For versions of IntelliCAD that open, save, and edit .dgn files in their native format, the supported command set continues to grow with 3DORBIT, ATTDEF, BASE, BROWSER, DDVPOINT, DRAWORDER, ELLIPSE, IMAGE, and IMAGEATTACH.

Technical users will also appreciate the new .NET wrappers for architectural objects.

David Lorenzo, ITC President, stated, “This second major release for 2019 provides exciting new features for our members, and continues to keep our command backlog clear so we can focus on refactoring core components with our remaining time this year.”

IntelliCAD 9.2 is supported on Microsoft® Windows® 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista®, including 32-bit and 64-bit versions. IntelliCAD Mobile Viewer versions are available for Windows desktop, Google® Android™, Apple® macOS® and iOS.

Interested IntelliCAD users can contact ITC members to receive details about availability of IntelliCAD software.

Companies interested in more details about IntelliCAD and membership in the ITC should contact the ITC directly. For more information about IntelliCAD and the ITC, including case studies, please visit

About the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium is an independent, non-profit organization funded and directed by its members specifically for the development of the IntelliCAD technology. The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium licenses the IntelliCAD technology to its commercial members, who in turn market and sell applications based on IntelliCAD to their end users. Commercial members have access to the IntelliCAD source code, documentation, developer support, and more. The ITC is also a founding member of the Open Design Alliance, thereby contributing to interoperability in the engineering industry.

For additional ITC news and information, visit the company web site ( or call 1-503-293-7655.


ODA Releases Version 2020 of Its SDKs

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IntelliCAD integrates with several ODA SDKs, including Drawings SDK, BimRv SDK, Architecture SDK, and Civil SDK.

With the 2020 versions now available, the ITC starts working with them internally and in parallel with current development, so we can release IntelliCAD based on new ODA SDKs as soon as possible. For the news from ODA:

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium is a founding member of the Open Design Alliance.

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC ODA

Two Months until IntelliCAD World Conference 2019

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IntelliCAD World Conference highlights the latest CAD trends and IntelliCAD developments. Join us in September! If you haven't registered yet, we suggest browsing content from last year's conference to get an idea for what's typically included: IntelliCAD World 2018 video playlist >> 

This year IntelliCAD World Conference will be held near Naples in southern Italy, September 16 to 18, 2019.

  • September 16, Monday: Developers meet one-on-one with ITC developers.
  • September 17, Tuesday: ITC presentations, panel discussion.
  • September 18, Wednesday: Member presentations and exploration of commercial collaboration opportunities; additional one-on-one developer collaboration meetings as required.

Registration for the conference is free. Simply register and arrange your own travel and accommodations with the conference hotel in Avellino. Conference attendees will take the complimentary shuttle between the hotel and conference. 

Register now for IntelliCAD World 2019 ›

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC IntelliCAD World Conference

ZWCAD 2020 Available Now


ZWCAD 2020 is now available and faster than ever. Here are some statistics:

  • Most commonly-used commands and operations: 150% faster on average
  • Opening drawings: 32.4% faster
  • Loading drawings: 73.5% faster

Also in version 2020 are improvements to data extraction, PDF underlay management, selection cycling, and more.

ZWCAD is a .dwg-compatible CAD solution available in 15 languages for worldwide designers and engineers in various industries such as AEC and MFG. A free trial is available. ZWCAD is built by ITC member ZWSOFT and is based on the IntelliCAD engine. 


Topics: IntelliCAD ITC CAD ZWCAD

FRAMECAD Used to Construct Landon Apartments in Australia


FRAMECAD was recently put to the test for construction of a complex apartment campus on top of a shopping plaza in New South Whales, Australia. Watch it being built >>

FRAMECAD, which uses IntelliCAD in its build system, is known for its design and build systems used to efficiently and rapidly construct buildings. To learn how FRAMECAD benefits from the IntelliCAD engine, read the success story.

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC FRAMECAD Construction