Last Friday the ITC finally released the long overdue IntelliCAD 7. In a press release Dave Lorenzo, ITC’s Development Director said, “The significance of the IntelliCAD 7 release is in its long-awaited delivery, but equally important is its indication about the ITC as an organization. Built on a foundation of member companies committed to an open CAD platform, the ITC is positioned for the long-term success of its members, their solutions, and their end users.”
One of my problems with IntelliCAD 6 was that ITC members created their own flavors of IntelliCAD by messing around with the source code. This forced third party plug-in developers such as myself to create different flavors of our IntelliCAD plug-ins as well. I am told that the rules have been changed and things will not be allowed to get out of hand like before.
I got so fed up maintaining different branches of my code that one fine morning I decided to stop developing plug-ins for IntelliCAD altogether. I hope to update our plug-ins for IntelliCAD 7 and have decided to test them on the ITC version only. If that version works on the member’s versions, well and good. Otherwise its too bad for the customer. For me it’s just worth the hassle.
I have taken part in the IntelliCAD 7 beta program and have been playing around with it for a while. I don’t believe I am allowed to say anything about it. But I will say that a lot of hard work has gone into it.