Open Design Alliance (ODA) today announced the release of version 4.0 of Teigha, its software development platform for engineering applications.
Version 4.0 contains the alpha release of Teigha Cloud, ODA’s new framework for cloud-based rendering of .dwg and .dgn files. Teigha Cloud allows ODA members to take full advantage of cloud-based computing resources and give their customers easy access to extensive information and powerful processing from small, inexpensive mobile devices with limited storage capacity.
By providing ODA members with a strong foundation for building cloud-based apps, Teigha Cloud minimizes time-consuming development. Crucially, it also gives members the freedom to deploy the applications they develop as they choose. With Teigha Cloud there is no obligation to buy into a specific hosting service and no risk of a third party locking up stored data.
“ODA’s cloud strategy differs from most other companies in that our goals are openness and flexibility,” said Neil Peterson, CTO of the ODA. “We are giving our members complete control so they can, for example, host applications themselves or deploy them on partner or customer sites.”
Using Teigha Cloud, drawing files are stored on a remote server and can be accessed by a lightweight client within any WebGL-compatible browser. Standard rendering functions include zoom, pan, 3D rotation, visual styles, selection and layer control.
Teigha 4.0 also contains enhanced support for mobile platforms, including Java support for Android and improvements to Android and iOS rendering.
“Cloud technology is a key focus for us, but it’s not a panacea,” continues Peterson. “Native apps are the preferred choice for many situations, and Teigha fully supports native development on iOS and Android. Our aim is to provide choice for our members, and allow them to pick the right technology to meet their needs.”
In addition Teigha 4.0 contains fixes for more than 400 member-reported issues.
Teigha version 4.0 is available for download by ODA members at www.opendesign.com. A demo version of Teigha Cloud is available on the ODA member portal.