History of IntelliCAD

The IntelliCAD® Technology Consortium (ITC) — a unique organization owned and governed by its members — focuses on the development of the IntelliCAD CAD platform compatible with the .dwg file format. ITC members focus on the customization, marketing, and sales of CAD solutions based on the IntelliCAD technology. ITC Commercial Members have unlimited distribution rights for delivering the IntelliCAD technology to their customers.

IntelliCAD is a robust CAD platform that every CAD developer can build upon. IntelliCAD delivers the full power of CAD with none of the hassles. IntelliCAD is available for purchase only through ITC Commercial Members who integrate the IntelliCAD technology with additional solutions and applications serving the needs of a wide variety of engineering markets.

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.”

IntelliCAD has a very similar user interface as AutoCAD, supports the core AutoCAD commands and uses the DWG drawing formats 2012 to R12. 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.