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Building with More ODA Technology

IntelliCAD platform

IntelliCAD has always — since its first release twenty years ago  been based on technology that is now governed and advanced by the Open Design Alliance (ODA). In the beginning the focus was on .dwg, but over the years, both technologies have seemed to outgrow their initial aim on replicating the .dwg file format (ODA) and replicating its end-user capabilities (ITC).

This point was not necessarily highlighted in Prague, but the link between ITC and ODA technology was mentioned throughout the conference with the nonchalant transparency that is commonplace among the IntelliCAD community.

  • IntelliCAD — Uses the latest ODA libraries.
  • BIM — Attach Autodesk® Revit® files as underlays, based on the ODA BIM component
  • Mobile — Based on ODA libraries. 
  • Walls, windows, doors, slabs — Draw and edit architectural entities (new in IntelliCAD 9), based on the ODA Architecture component. 
  • Smart meshes — Draw and edit lightweight 3D meshes (new in IntelliCAD 9), based on the ODA Facet Modeler. 
  • Custom objects — Work with custom architecture, civil, and mechanical objects, based on ODA Architecture, Civil, and Mechanical components.

The ITC employs many components of ODA technology (including ODA source code), then customizes that technology according to the needs of their members. And that's exactly what ITC members do: they employ many components of ITC technology (including ITC source code), then customize that technology according to the needs of their end-users. It's a consistent business model from start to finish.

Topics: IntelliCAD CAD Platform BIM ITC Architecture Civil Mobile Platform Mechanical ODA

IntelliCAD Technology Consortium Announces Release of IntelliCAD® 8.1b

Portland, OR, USA, October 14, 2015 — The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) today announced the release of IntelliCAD 8.1b.

IntelliCAD 8.1b is a maintenance release that contains over 140 improvements and fixes since the IntelliCAD 8.1a maintenance release in September 2015.

Improvements in IntelliCAD 8.1b include fixes covering the areas of selection, user interface, lofting and sweeping, and many more, as well as small additions such as a new View and Mark-Up workspace, new BCOUNT command, and several new hatch patterns.

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 http://www.intellicad.org/.

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 (http://www.intellicad.org/) or call 1-503-293-7655.

IntelliCAD is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG CAD Platform ITC Announcements IntelliCAD 8.1

IntelliCAD Technology Consortium Announces Release of IntelliCAD® 8.1a

Portland, OR, USA, September 3, 2015 — The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) today announced the release of IntelliCAD 8.1a.

IntelliCAD 8.1a is a maintenance release that contains over 100 improvements and fixes since the IntelliCAD 8.1 release in July 2015, which included support for Microsoft® Windows® 10 and many new features such as multi-core processing, support for opening and saving .dwg files version 2015, and developing end-user applications with Microsoft .NET 4.5.

Improvements in IntelliCAD 8.1a can be found in the ribbon interface, working with hatches, entity modification, and many additional areas.

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 http://www.intellicad.org/.

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 (http://www.intellicad.org/) or call 1-503-293-7655.

IntelliCAD is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG CAD Platform ITC Announcements IntelliCAD 8.1

IntelliCAD Technology Consortium Announces Release of IntelliCAD® 8

Portland, OR, USA, June 13, 2014 — The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) today announced the release of IntelliCAD 8.0.

Available in both 64-bit and 32-bit versions, IntelliCAD 8.0 opens, saves, and creates .dwg files, including the latest 2014 file format. New features include layer states, layer filters with search, layer transparency and viewport freeze, .cui custom menu files, quick select, 3D orbit, additional grid capabilities, Collada (.dae) file import, MrSID MG4 compressed raster image support, and more.

In addition to core computer-aided-design (CAD) features, IntelliCAD is a development platform on which member companies develop custom applications. IntelliCAD 8.0 includes several API enhancements including updates to Open Design Alliance (ODA) Teigha® version 3.9.1 and support for VBA 7.1. ITC members also now have access to source code for advanced rendering and image processing components.

Victor Neves, President of CAD Manufacturing Solutions, Inc. (CMS), an ITM member company, stated, “We're extremely excited about the IntelliCAD 8 release. This is a major release that will provide the most advanced and updated native 2014 .dwg file support compatibility to our manufacturing customer base, plus extreme software stability. It also includes a significant number of productive, advanced user interface features.” He added, “It's simply the best ever. Period!”

Robert Berry, Business Development Director of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium said, “This new version of IntelliCAD represents an exponential improvement over earlier versions. We have over 1200 new features and fixes making this by far the best IntelliCAD version released to date. IntelliCAD is now more than ever a safe and reliable CAD development platform for our members and their end-users.”

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 http://www.intellicad.org/. 

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.

Topics: New IntelliCAD IntelliCAD CMS CAD Platform CAD programming IntelliCAD 8

Programming with IntelliCAD

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) is a nonprofit organization that delivers a safe and affordable CAD programming platform for its members. Each of the consortium’s commercial members share the source code of the IntelliCAD program and invariably add their own specialty solutions for their own niche markets.

At its core, the IntelliCAD program is based on and expands the Open Design Alliance (ODA) programming interface (API) called Teigha. The ODA is also a nonprofit organization that supplies .dwg programming libraries to its members. The IntelliCAD IRX API can be considered an extension of the Teigha API.

Traditionally, a recipe for success when creating a compiler for programming purposes is to use the programming language of the compiler to write additional functionality within the compiler itself. This methodology ensures that the programming language is sound in that it has to be used in order to create itself, layer upon layer. In a similar way the IntelliCAD program is written using the ODA Teigha libraries. The entire IntelliCAD source code is in fact a set of examples showing how to use the Teigha/IRX interface to create CAD programming solutions.

Resultantly, the preferred method of programming within IntelliCAD is by using the IRX API. Although several other APIs are available, IRX, an object oriented C++ API is our most powerful API with the ability to create custom objects and provides the best performance for complex solutions.

There are however a multitude of different programming APIs that are available to developers who are interested in using the IntelliCAD platform.

At an end-user level, there is the ability to record and save macros in a text format. These text files can later be edited, loaded and run as a script, thereby saving the user a great deal of time on repetitive tasks. This text script format effectively gives access to all of the commands that can be typed into the IntelliCAD command line.

The IntelliCAD menu structure is also based on a TXT format which enables full customization of the menu either from within or outside the program. Developers can easily replace or add to the existing IntelliCAD menu structures. Other menu programming tools such as DCL and DIESEL are also supported.

At the next level, IntelliCAD offers a LISP programming interface that is extremely similar to AutoCAD’s AutoLISP. If you create LISP commands from within IntelliCAD, they can be run in AutoCAD. The LISP interpreter is an internal API and can even be combined with the macro recording language mentioned above.

IntelliCAD also includes the Solutions Development System (SDS), which is a C/C++ language interface comparable with the ADS® (AutoCAD® Development System). The SDS system is more like C versus C++ in that it does not have the ability to create custom objects but it can support complex solutions development. IntelliCAD is compatible with ADS programs and several ITC members have successfully imported millions of lines of ADS code to IntelliCAD.

IntelliCAD also supports many different flavors of COM programming. Direct COM development can be done in C/C++. We also support the Visual Basic for Applications interpreted compiler within the IntelliCAD program and the Visual Basic development environment for compiling outside of IntelliCAD. You can even do C# development from within IntelliCAD and support for this API is improving all the time.

If you are interested in finding out if IntelliCAD can solve your CAD development needs, please contact me, Robert Berry via Skype at Robert.Berry.ITC.

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Topics: DWG CAD Platform CAD programming ITC ADS ARX IRX AutoLISP Lisp

IntelliCAD Technology Consortium Announces IntelliCAD® Mobile Platform

Portland, OR, USA, August 20, 2013 — The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) today announced its new IntelliCAD Mobile Platform with the release of IntelliCAD Android Viewer.

The IntelliCAD Android Viewer opens .dwg files on Android mobile devices and includes viewing features such as: 2D and 3D modes, layer visibility, model or layout selection, orthographic or isometric views, wireframe or shaded views, and interactive touch zoom, pan, and rotation. Additionally, simple measurements can be quickly calculated between two selected points.

With mobile device touchscreens you can use either two finger or single finger input. Two finger input enables dual pan and zoom operations. One finger input supports multiple modes — either pan, dynamic 3D rotation or distance measurements.

The mobile platform is also planned for Apple® iOS and Microsoft® Windows® RT operating systems in the near future.

David Lorenzo, ITC Development Director, stated, “The IntelliCAD mobile platform is an inexpensive way for ITC members to experiment with new mobile technology solutions, and while the ITC takes its CAD platform experience and applies it to mobile viewing, data extraction and markup, the ITC also gains multi-platform and touch screen experience that could migrate back to the core IntelliCAD engine.”

ITC members initiated mobile technology development within the ITC to address increasing use of mobile devices by their CAD users. By pooling resources, members reduce costs through shared development of the core platform while having the ability to create unique vertical solutions for their markets.

IntelliCAD Mobile Technology is now available for ITC Commercial and API member licensing. ITC members who license the technology have access to source code and base APIs to access and modify drawing data for customization with their own vertical mobile solutions. The annual fee for the mobile platform is $3,000 – including royalty free, worldwide distribution.

Interested IntelliCAD users can contact ITC members to receive details about availability of future IntelliCAD software based on the mobile platform.

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 http://www.intellicad.org/.

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 (http://www.intellicad.org/) or call 1-503-293-7655.

Topics: IntelliCAD® 7 CAD Platform ITC Mobile Platform

IntelliCAD Technology Consortium Announces Release of IntelliCAD® 7.2c

Portland, OR, USA, July 5, 2013 — The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) today announced the release of IntelliCAD 7.2c.

IntelliCAD 7.2c is a maintenance release that contains over 200 improvements and fixes since the IntelliCAD 7.2b release two months ago in May 2013. In addition to fixes, improvements can be found in the areas of performance, multiline text, selection, entity snapping and tracking, and an update to new ACIS libraries.

ITC Development Director David Lorenzo stated, “The IntelliCAD 7 user base is growing and reaching an increasing number of varying software environments. Our member-integrated approach and infrastructure systems allow us to respond with an updated release faster than we’ve ever done before.” He added, “The 7.2c release incorporates many newly reported requests and issues, some from just a month ago.”

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 http://www.intellicad.org/.

About the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium

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. The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium is an independent organization of software developers established specifically for the development of the IntelliCAD technology. 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 (http://www.intellicad.org/) or call 1-503-293-7655.

Topics: IntelliCAD® 7 CAD Platform ITC

ITC Member ACCA Software Releases PriMus-TO

ACCA Software, member of the ITC, announced the release of PriMus-TO based on the IntelliCAD 7.2 engine. 

ACCA's new software opens, without conversion, .dwg and .dxf files produced with other CAD software and graphically quantifies entities and blocks contained in the drawing. The metric information is acquired automatically and the aggregation of graphical entities to price list items and formulas creates a single element in which design and BoQ are linked together.

For more details, see http://www.accasoftware.com.

Topics: DWG IntelliCAD® 7 CAD Platform ACCA BoQ

ITC Announces Release of IntelliCAD 7.2

Portland, OR, USA, June 22, 2012 — The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) today announced the release of IntelliCAD 7.2.

IntelliCAD 7.2 contains many new features and improvements to areas required by members and their users since the IntelliCAD 7.1a maintenance release in January 2012.

IntelliCAD 7.2 achieves new benchmarks in performance with support for OpenGL that enhances dynamic pan, zoom, redraw, and rotation, especially for large files, but also internal improvements for large drawing files, including editing, dynamic dragging, gripping, display, and snaps.

With over 600 fixes since the 7.1 release, IntelliCAD 7.2 additionally includes many new features: .NET application support, find and replace text, import .dgn files, insert underlays, work with Collada (.dae) and MrSID (.sid) files, and receive alerts in a new Notification Manager. New entity snap features include: entity snap tracking, Parallel Snap, From Point, Temporary Tracking Point, and Midpoint Between 2 Points.

Enhanced existing features include selecting by filter (including proxies), managing layers at the command line, clipping layout viewports, and more.

IntelliCAD 7.2 integrates the most currently available Open Design Alliance Teigha® version 3.5.1.

David Lorenzo, ITC Development Director commented, “The new architecture of the IntelliCAD 7 series is proving its merit as more ITC members adopt and integrate it with their own vertical solutions. Brought by members to CAD industry users, forward-moving IntelliCAD 7.2 delivers value and expertise with added features, increased performance, and fixes."

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 http://www.intellicad.org/.

Topics: New IntelliCAD IntelliCAD DWG IntelliCAD® 7 CAD Platform ITC

ITC Announces Release of IntelliCAD® 7.1a

Portland, OR, USA, January 31, 2012 — The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) today announced the release of IntelliCAD 7.1a.

IntelliCAD 7.1a is a maintenance release that contains over 250 fixes and performance improvements to areas required by members and their users since the IntelliCAD 7.1 release in November 2011.

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 http://www.intellicad.org/.

About the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium

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. The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium is an independent organization of software developers established specifically for the development of the IntelliCAD technology. 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 (http://www.intellicad.org/) or call 1-503-293-7655.

IntelliCAD is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium.

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Portland, OR 97223
United States
Tel: +1 503 293 7655
Email: press@intellicad.org

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG IntelliCAD® 7 CAD Platform ITC