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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

Free ETOOLBOX CAD Viewer Now Available for Streaming

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In addition to viewing CAD files on mobile devices, you can now use the free ETOOLBOX CAD Viewer to view your .dwg, .dxf, .dwg, .dae, and various image files through application streaming on Microsoft® Windows® desktops. The new ETOOLBOX CAD Viewer version 1.2 now supports viewing .dwg version 2018 files, .dwg files with 3D solids and .rvt/.rfa underlays, and digitally signed .dwg files.

ETOOLBOX CAD Viewer is based on IntelliCAD mobile technology. Check out the news announcement from CAD-Manufacturing Solutions (CMS), maker of ETOOLBOX and member of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium.

The product video is also available on YouTube and Vimeo

 

Topics: IntelliCAD CMS ITC Mobile Platform

Cloud, Mobile, Desktop: CMS Continues Rollout

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Interested in CAD in the cloud? What about CAD on mobile? Check out what CAD-Manufacturing Solutions, Inc. (CMS) is doing with desktop, cloud, and mobile, all based on IntelliCAD.

Earlier this year CMS released a new version of its desktop CAD, CMS IntelliCAD 9.0. CMS has continued releasing new versions across its product suite, including its full CAD product for cloud and its CAD viewer for mobile. Get more details:

CMS is a member of the ITC. To learn how CMS and ITC work together to bring CAD to the marketplace, get the success story. If you're specifically interested in CAD for mobile platforms, see IntelliCAD Mobile.

Topics: IntelliCAD CMS ITC Cloud Mobile Platform CAD

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium Announces IntelliCAD Mobile Platform 1.2.1

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The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) today announced the release of IntelliCAD Mobile Platform 1.2.1 for ITC Mobile SIG members.

The IntelliCAD Mobile Platform provides ITC Mobile SIG members with a development platform and CAD file viewer (dwg, dxf, dgn, dwf, dae, and various image files) that runs on thousands of different Microsoft® Windows®, Google Android™, Apple® macOS®, and Apple iOS mobile devices.

IntelliCAD Mobile Platform 1.2.1 uses ODA Teigha v4.3.2 and Qt 5.9 (LTS) frameworks.

Notable improvements in the 1.2.1 release include:

  • Updated development environment uses VS2017
  • Reworked File Open dialog for the mobile platform
  • Support for both Commercial and LGPL licenses for the Qt Framework

The mobile platform continues to be an important area of development, and the ITC Mobile SIG has started development of IntelliCAD Mobile Platform 2.0. 

For more details about the ITC Mobile SIG, see the IntelliCAD website

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Topics: IntelliCAD ITC Mobile Platform CAD

Building with More ODA Technology

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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

Mobile CAD

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Two decades of IntelliCAD has built a solid foundation for blending CAD with new technology that wasn't around twenty years ago. Like smartphones.

At IntelliCAD World 2018 in Prague we got an update on all things IntelliCAD Mobile. The mobile app is currently a viewer that runs on Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows (desktop app). You can do all the navigation that you'd expect and also toggle layers and measure with a tape line. A variety of file types are supported, not just one or two: 

  • .dwg: Open or view as external reference; includes architecture, civil, and mechanical objects.
  • .dxf: Open.
  • .dwf: Open or view as external reference.
  • .dae (COLLADA): Open.
  • .pdf: View as external reference.
  • .png, .jpeg, .tiff, and more: Open or view as external reference.
  • .dgn: Coming soon for open and external references.

IntelliCAD Mobile, like IntelliCAD desktop versions, is built with libraries from the ODA. IntelliCAD continues to be intertwined with ODA technology after twenty years of growth by both organizations. And partnerships are what the ITC is all about. We'll be posting soon about ITC members and their technologies presented at the conference. Impressive technology. Impressive partners.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG ITC DGN Mobile Platform CAD PDF

Free ETOOLBOX Mobile CAD Viewer Released for Windows Desktops

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It's free! In addition to mobile devices, ETOOLBOX Mobile CAD Viewer now works on Microsoft® Windows® desktops. Get the CAD viewer at the ETOOLBOX website and start viewing .dwg, .dxf, .dwf and .dae files without having to upload your files.

Check out the news announcement from CMS, maker of ETOOLBOX and member of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium.

ETOOLBOX Mobile Cad Viewer is based on IntelliCAD mobile technology. IntelliCAD mobile was highlighted at last year's IntelliCAD World Conference. See the IntelliCAD blog for a summary.

Topics: IntelliCAD CMS ITC Mobile Platform CAD

Getting Mobile: ETOOLBOX CAD Viewer Available (Beta Release)

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CMS QuoteCAD® Manufacturing users are getting a mobile option: CMS ETOOLBOX® CAD Viewer for Windows. In addition to the desktop, QuoteCAD users will be able to open .dwg, .dxf, .dwf and .dae files on their mobile devices.

The companion products are currently beta versions. For more details, see the CMS blog.

ETOOLBOX® CAD Viewer is based on IntelliCAD Mobile technology. For a quick write-up about IntelliCAD mobile technology from the recent IntelliCAD World Conference, see the IntelliCAD blog

Topics: IntelliCAD CMS ITC Mobile Platform CAD

IntelliCAD in Your Pocket

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Today at IntelliCAD World we heard about the advancements in IntelliCAD for mobile devices. IntelliCAD Mobile is available for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android with a possibility of Linux in the future. You can view .dwg, .dwt, and .dxf drawing files; .dwf files; .dae COLLADA files; ACIS files; and images (.png, .jpeg, .tiff, etc.). Also, coming soon is support for .dgn drawing files.

We saw a demo of viewing and navigating complex models and learned that an ITC member is already shipping a viewer based on IntelliCAD’s mobile platform with over 100,000 downloads. What will CAD users want to do on mobile devices besides viewing? Markup? Augmented reality?

Mobile users will decide, and IntelliCAD is positioned to provide solutions. Future plans include support for printing, voice record annotations, .rtv/.rfa BIM files, and more.

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC Mobile Platform IntelliCAD World Conference

CMS Delivers New Release of ETOOLBOX Mobile CAD Viewer Website

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CAD-MANUFACTURING SOLUTIONS, INC. (CMS), member of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium, announced this fall that it released a new version of its ETOOLBOX Mobile CAD Viewer website. ETOOLBOX Mobile CAD Viewer works with Android phones and tablets to view .dwg, .dxf, and .dwf files that are stored either on the mobile device or in the cloud. 

For more information about the new release, visit http://blog.intellicadms.com/intellicad/2016/09/etoolbox-mobile-cad-viewer-website-update.html.

To see how CMS benefits from ITC membership, visit https://www.intellicad.org/cms-case-study

 

Topics: IntelliCAD CMS ITC Cloud Mobile Platform