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Open Design Alliance

August 01, 2019

The Open Design Alliance readies new tools for 2020


Article from Graphic Speak about the ODA Releases: Article


The Open Design Alliance’s season of press releases is here and the quantity of information is greater than ever as the organization follows up on the several new directions they have taken to support interoperability and communication in the CAD industry.

The organization has moved into new territory with its Visualize, Web SDK, and BIM (Building Information Modeling) APIs. The ODA has expanded its focus on DWG interoperability to add additional formats and capabilities. DWG is the native format of AutoCAD and several competing CAD design tools, but Autodesk Revit has also become a major focus for the ODA due to the explosive growth of BIM in recent years. BIM is all about multiple formats and disciplines coming together on projects, sometimes enormous projects.

ODA supports DWG, DGN, Revit files, IFC, and more.

Visualize SDK 2020

The ODA’s viewer tools enrich the organization’s basic DWG capabilities with support for multiple formats. This year, the ODA has updated Visualize with realtime cutting planes, which make it easier to analyze models. The API has also gotten support for B-Rep data. Both of these features are used for manufacturing apps as well as in AEC. The addition of IFC, used mostly in process and power applications, and U3D for 3D PDFs enlarge the field of applications supported by Visualize.

Sergey Vishnevetsky, ODA Developmental Director, says his group has also focused on performance. He says isolate and hide operations don’t require regeneration, selection performance has been improved, and they’ve added a low-memory option for visualizing large DWG files, which will come in handy for mobile devices.

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