Is Autodesk Promoting IntelliCAD?

I was dumbfounded to see the following statement at an Autodesk blog.

“IntelliCAD is a low cost Computer Aided Design alternative that provides DWG file support as well as support for industry standard commands, menu files, script files, shape files, text fonts, hatch patterns, line types, LISP programs, SDS/C++ programs, and VBA programs.”

Take good note of the words “low cost CAD alternative”. Alternative to what? AutoCAD, obviously.

To be fair, the post is actually about DWF and how it has been adopted by people other than Autodesk. However, I still cannot digest the fact that an Autodesk blogger is virtually promoting IntelliCAD as a “low cost [AutoCAD] alternative” on an Autodesk sponsored blog. Ironically, Autodesk’s CEO believes that programs like IntelliCAD “create tech support queries” for his company and is currently quite busy suing their developers.

It seems to me that Autodesk has no editorial control over their bloggers, which is a good thing for blogging. If this is indeed the case, then maybe things are about to change.

  • Scott

    I cannot take credit for the opening statement. The first sentence is from the press release where the DWF support from IntelliCAD was announced. You are correct that the point of the article is that more and more companies are integating DWF into their workflows.

  • Scott

    I cannot take credit for the opening statement. The first sentence is from the press release where the DWF support from IntelliCAD was announced. You are correct that the point of the article is that more and more companies are integating DWF into their workflows.

  • Robin Capper

    Yeah, but it’s not “real.dwg” is it 🙂

  • Robin Capper

    Yeah, but it’s not “real.dwg” is it 🙂

  • Anonymous

    There is more to Autodesk than just Autocad. DWF is being pushed for integration into many programs, including Windows Vista. Autodesk is smart to get DWF licensed by so many companies.

  • Anonymous

    There is more to Autodesk than just Autocad. DWF is being pushed for integration into many programs, including Windows Vista. Autodesk is smart to get DWF licensed by so many companies.

  • Anonymous

    AD may just buy the Intellicad source code rights, since the FTC limit expires now, March, 2007.

  • Anonymous

    AD may just buy the Intellicad source code rights, since the FTC limit expires now, March, 2007.