What’s “New” in IntelliCAD 6.6?

On Monday I received a weird press release from the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium announcing the release of IntelliCAD 6.6. Weird because CMS, an ITC member, released CMS IntelliCAD 6.6 way back in November 2008, almost a year ago. I was interested to know why the ITC was announcing the release of a product that they had already been shipping for a year. So I put the question to Robert McGill, the President of the ITC. This is how he explained it:

As you are aware, the ITC is quite a different organization than the typical CAD company and enjoys the unique dynamics of open source. Making a new release available to the end user also depends on the individual ITC member. When a company like SolidWorks or Autodesk or Bentley puts together a new release, they bake it and push it to the dealers who take the old version “off the shelves” and start selling the new version. By contrast, within the ITC, it is more of a pull than a push. The members pull a new release into their internal release process, tweak the source, add features, integrate third party modules, etc, then bake it and release it to their dealers. Hence, the time between the ITC making a release available to the members, and the members making it available to their end users varies from member to member. The recent press 6.6 press release followed the integration of 6.6 into member products because the goal was to highlight the benefits seen by members and their end users, and that has to come from the members themselves.

So I guess the ITC announces a new release only after all their members have started offering it to their customers. The rationale behind this is to avoid putting its members in an awkward position when asked by their customers why they are still being offered an older version. I am not sure how effective this is, especially since the ITC itself helps members announce new versions much before they do. For example, they issued a press release on 1st September announcing that 4M (an ITC member) was offerring their architectural solution on IntelliCAD 6.6. And this four month old press release on the ITC web site shows a box shot of CMS IntelliCAD 6.6.

Its a good thing that the ITC does not use the year in its versioning system. Otherwise going by the logic that the ITC and Autodesk use, we would have IntelliCAD 2008 and AutoCAD 2010 released in the year 2009.

  • The ITC member rules require those members who ship a product using the name IntelliCAD follow certain rules regarding the version number that they use.

    Therefore is was a surprise to many when the CMS 6.6 version change was made public.

    The actual version number, as Mr. McGill has suggested in his comments, is not as important as the version number of the member’s product you are looking at. Each Member has the ability to add on to the source and thus can create vastly different products.

    Its those add-ons that differentiate one product from another. For instance, progeSOFT adds Google Earth export, 11,000 blocks in the ALE block manager, import from PDF and many other unique features into progeCAD Professional, which is tested intensely before release. It is these added benefits which make progeCAD such a valuable product to so many.

  • The ITC member rules require those members who ship a product using the name IntelliCAD follow certain rules regarding the version number that they use.

    Therefore is was a surprise to many when the CMS 6.6 version change was made public.

    The actual version number, as Mr. McGill has suggested in his comments, is not as important as the version number of the member’s product you are looking at. Each Member has the ability to add on to the source and thus can create vastly different products.

    Its those add-ons that differentiate one product from another. For instance, progeSOFT adds Google Earth export, 11,000 blocks in the ALE block manager, import from PDF and many other unique features into progeCAD Professional, which is tested intensely before release. It is these added benefits which make progeCAD such a valuable product to so many.

  • Karldino

    i’m wondering if the “intelliCAD” who has left a comment here is PR ppl of ProgeCAD, or these two organizations have some special relationship under the table…??

  • Karldino

    i’m wondering if the “intelliCAD” who has left a comment here is PR ppl of ProgeCAD, or these two organizations have some special relationship under the table…??

  • No, not PR for progeCAD, however we are the North American distributors of progeSOFT products. I too am curious, since you left no way to identify yourself (i.e. a website or email link) what association you might have with one of the mentioned parties, hmmm?

  • No, not PR for progeCAD, however we are the North American distributors of progeSOFT products. I too am curious, since you left no way to identify yourself (i.e. a website or email link) what association you might have with one of the mentioned parties, hmmm?

  • Karldino

    the website is under construction, if u are interested, u can refer to the previous one.

    http://www.skyandrange.org.uk/

    I’m just a CAD user… who happen to like Deelip’s articles and hate “PR” people.

    Sorry if i offended u.

  • Karldino

    the website is under construction, if u are interested, u can refer to the previous one.

    http://www.skyandrange.org.uk/

    I’m just a CAD user… who happen to like Deelip’s articles and hate “PR” people.

    Sorry if i offended u.

  • No offense my friend, and a nice start to your website, it will turn out well. Could not be offended since we are not a large enough organization to sport “PR people”, not nearly big enough.

    Now, if we were, say Autodesk, we could probably brag that we had as many PR people as we had gainfully employed full time lawyers. Of course, with that big a payroll, and since they employ what seems like half of the drafters, architects, engineers, and designers in the world, so many falling in step behind them rabid to criticize any who come in their path, they have to have that many lawyers to be on the lookout for anyone who might make a living offering choice to those who are not complacent in the control of their designs…

  • No offense my friend, and a nice start to your website, it will turn out well. Could not be offended since we are not a large enough organization to sport “PR people”, not nearly big enough.

    Now, if we were, say Autodesk, we could probably brag that we had as many PR people as we had gainfully employed full time lawyers. Of course, with that big a payroll, and since they employ what seems like half of the drafters, architects, engineers, and designers in the world, so many falling in step behind them rabid to criticize any who come in their path, they have to have that many lawyers to be on the lookout for anyone who might make a living offering choice to those who are not complacent in the control of their designs…