New releases tumble out of the ODA
Article from Graphic Speak about the ODA Releases: Article
The Open Design Alliance is a membership organization with a membership that includes well-known CAD companies such as Bentley Systems, Dassault, Graebert, Hexagon (Intergraph/ Bricsys), Onshape, and ZWCAD among many others. Its technology enables drawing file exchange and also the development of add-on products for CAD programs. With a solid base and a growing engineering team, the group is looking at new opportunities.
The Open Design Alliance has gone through a major transition as it expands to accommodate the varied requirements and interests of its broadening user base. Originally founded, with what now seems a fairly simple goal of making Autodesk’s proprietary DWG/DXF format available as data exchange to companies and customers outside of Autodesk, the ODA developed its own CAD engine allowing members to build their own CAD program, it has added an API for Revit add-ons, and it has expanded from there to become a development platform for its member companies.
The ODA has 1200 member companies paying annual fees as high as $12,000 in some cases. There are also members who pay nothing, but they may have something to trade or can make their case for the value of their inclusion. In any case, Alliance has enough revenue to provide significant development support to its members. It has built a team of developers in Eastern Europe and the organization says they have over 80 engineers.
Most recently, the ODA has released new updates for its products, Visualize, Drawings, and Civil SDK and it gives us a chance to provide a little more detail.
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