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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

Mobile CAD

IntelliCAD Mobile

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


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)


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


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

To see how CMS benefits from ITC membership, visit


Topics: IntelliCAD CMS ITC Cloud Mobile Platform

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

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.

Topics: IntelliCAD® 7 CAD Platform ITC Mobile Platform