|The development of IntelliCAD is overseen by the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium, “an organization of CAD software developers, who develop applications for IntelliCAD, a Computer-aided design engine. The IntelliCAD engine, which is based on the .dwg direct library from the Open Design Alliance reads and writes the ‘.dwg’ data format – a widely used file format for storing both graphic and textual information of CAD-related software applications.” The primary goals of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium are to “research and develop CAD technology, the IntelliCAD platform, and to deliver CAD solutions to customers worldwide.”||In other words, to provide the personal and commercial CAD markets with a cost-effective solution that is capable of reading and writing the common drawing (.dwg) file. The ITC is a non-profit, independent organization of commercial software developers (members). The ITC has an elected, volunteer, member based Board of Directors which guide its strategic vision. An independent (non-member) President manages the tactical business operations. Members pay annual dues that fund the ITC. Today the ITC has nearly 50 members who support 13 languages and ship product in more than 35 countries.|
|“Where did the name come from? The name of the software ‘IntelliCAD’ comes from a programming company that was formed in the early 1990s in San Diego, CA, USA. Their main claim to fame was ADE (AutoCAD Data Extension), which they sold to Autodesk, and which eventually became part of Autodesk Map.” “IntelliCAD the software has a complex and fascinating history that winds its way through Softdesk, Autodesk, Boomerang, Visio, just missing Microsoft, then onto the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium, and now [includes] a variety of brand names, such as CADopia, Bricscad, and DWGEditor.”
Subsequent releases of IntelliCAD through the ITC occur every year since its initial release (for more about IntelliCAD history link visit the Press section of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium web site).
IntelliCAD – Release History
IntelliCAD 7.2 June 27, 2012
|IntelliCAD has a very similar user interface as AutoCAD, supports the core AutoCAD commands and uses the DWG drawing formats 2012 to R12. For some Carlson commands, creating entities in AutoCAD is twice as fast as IntelliCAD, which makes a significant difference in routines that create lots of entities. IntelliCAD 7.x and later are built on Teigha from the Open Design Alliance and add a “Teigha Extension (TX) SDK” similar to ObjectARX with AutoCAD. Using TX should greatly improve the speed of entity creation within IntelliCAD. While most of the AutoCAD commands Carlson clients use in AutoCAD can also be found in IntelliCAD, there are many features in AutoCAD that are not in IntelliCAD. Among these features are ones for architectural and mechanical applications that don’t apply to Carlson customers. As a quick summary, here are AutoCAD commands that Carlson customers might miss:
If you identify any other AutoCAD feature that you miss when running Carlson with IntelliCAD, please communicate this information to the Carlson Technical Support Staff (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will add to this list which helps guide future developments.
Here are some commands that are different in IntelliCAD:
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The current version of Carlson comes with IntelliCAD 7.2 built-in. When you choose IntelliCAD as the CAD platform during installation, the IntelliCAD engine is installed along with the Carlson program files. Carlson only works with this built-in version of IntelliCAD and not on any other version of IntelliCAD or other IntelliCAD-based products. For computer specifications, check out the IntelliCAD System Requirements.
Running Carlson on IntelliCAD is largely the same as running on AutoCAD. IntelliCAD supports a development environment with a similar interface as AutoCAD, which allows Carlson Software to use the same code base on both CAD platforms. Of the more than 1700 Carlson commands across the Carlson products, there are 11 commands that are not supported with IntelliCAD for the current Carlson release. These are:
To Order IntelliCAD Manual
To download the IntelliCAD Manual or to order a printed and bound manual for IntelliCAD, visit the Using IntelliCAD manuals at www.lulu.com and follow the instructions.
“IntelliCAD® Technology Consortium: The intelligent alternative for CAD developers.” Available at: http://www.intellicad.org/join/index.php. 09 April 2008.
“Natural monopoly – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.” Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_monopoly#Regulation. 09 April 2008
“An Outside Look in at IntelliCAD.” Available at: http://www.intellicad.org/WorldMeeting2004/presentations/OutsideLookAtIntelliCAD.pdf. 09 April 2008Information in this document is subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment on the part of the vendor.
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