IntelliCAD milestones and development road map are explained in detail in this article. We have compiled this information from various sources like IntelliCAD website, Wikipedia etc.
IntelliCAD Technology Consortium ITC) was formed in 1999 as an independent, member-driven, non-profit professional Organization for collaborated CAD software development.
A new IntelliCAD 2000 source code branch, however, continued independent development under the new ITC after the acquisition of Visio by Microsoft.
IntelliCAD 3 (IntelliCAD 2001) introduced complex line types, XREF clipping and IntelliCAD’s first display and printing of ACIS 3D solids on May 22, 2001. IntelliCAD 4 followed with full ACIS 3D solid modeling. The ITC announced IntelliCAD 2001 with Truetype font handling and MTEXT; associative boundary hatching; VBA/Automation; lightweight polylines; complex line types with embedded shapes and text objects; Xref clipping; display, limited editing, and printing of ACIS solids (if optional libraries are provided by the vendor); and fly-over snapping.
In 2002, ITC releases a development guide with information on accessing the IntelliCAD source code, how to submit code for review, and development guidelines detailing proper coding structure.
In 2003, The ITC announces IntelliCAD 4 (US$249) with multiple layouts, a new display engine for faster display performance, ACIS solid modeling, and better memory management.
In October 2004, the ITC announced IntelliCAD 5, which added tabbed workspaces and dwf file support. The ITC also announced a new partnership with Solidworks.
On October 29, 2008, the first test release of the new IntelliCAD version 7 was announced at the annual ITC meeting held in Athens, Greece. Among the features, it is a complete replacement of the old ITC internal entity database and old “SDS” API with newer DWGdirect and DRX APIs from the ODA. The IntelliCAD 7 architecture uses the Open Design Alliance (ODA) platform, previously known as DWGdirect, as its internal database for improved handling of .dwg files. For companies building custom applications, IntelliCAD 7 also offers the powerful DRX object-oriented application programming language (API) developed by the Open Design Alliance (ODA) with custom IRX extensions specific to the IntelliCAD platform. The major enhancements in IntelliCAD 7 are:
offers many new end-user and development platform features:
Greatly enhanced general drawing productivity: docking properties pane and command window, layer management, Drawing Explorer, enhanced menus and toolbars, real-time rendering support, and more.
Integrated command compatibility and support for AutoCAD® DWG™ 2010 format.
New support for custom objects, including AutoCAD® Architecture objects using the ODA platform to display and edit architectural entities such as walls, doors, windows, etc.
Full support for DRX with extended IRX methods; support for VSTA; new online developer help, including integration with Microsoft® Visual Studio®.
Expanded internationalization tools simplify localization in addition to the ten languages already available: the single source for online help and printed manual; UNICODE support; switch languages on the fly; easier access to files for localization changes.
As of 2009, about 50 ITC members globally shared in IntelliCAD development.
In 2011, The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) announced the release of IntelliCAD 7.0b. IntelliCAD 7.0b is a maintenance release that contains numerous improvements to areas required by members and their users since the IntelliCAD 7.0a release in July.
In December 2012, The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) announced the release of IntelliCAD 7.2a. IntelliCAD 7.2a is a maintenance release that contains more than 700 improvements and fixes to areas required by members and their users since the IntelliCAD 7.2 release in June 2012. In addition to conversion support for 2013 .dwg files, IntelliCAD Version 7.2a includes general performance enhancements and improvements to printing, entity editing, dimensions, entity snapping, and many other areas.
On 2nd October 2015, The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) announced the release of IntelliCAD 8.1b. IntelliCAD 8.1b is a maintenance release that contains over 140 improvements and fixes since the IntelliCAD 8.1a maintenance release in September 2015. Improvements in IntelliCAD 8.1b include fixes covering the areas of selection, user interface, lofting and sweeping, and much more, as well as small additions such as a new View and Mark-Up workspace, new BCOUNT command, and several new hatch patterns.
On 1st July 2016, The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) today announced the release of IntelliCAD 8.2.
IntelliCAD 8.2 is a major release that includes new support for exporting 3D .pdf files; more options added to existing features that export 2D .pdf files, export .bmp files, and attach underlays; new in-place multiline text editor; new support for maximizing and minimizing viewports; and various other new commands such as BCOUNT, IMAGEFRAMEMODE, FIELD, and TEXTTOFRONT. IntelliCAD 8.2 also includes improved performance when working with complex blocks, panning and zooming, exporting to .pdf files, and more.
IntelliCAD 8.2 is optionally available with the ability to open, save, create, and edit .dgn files in the native DGN format. IntelliCAD 8.2 also includes optional integration with Artisan Renderer to create photorealistic images of models quickly using a wide range of pre-set materials and lighting setups combined with the ability to create custom lights and realistic materials.
For IntelliCAD versions that include a ribbon, IntelliCAD 8.2 now includes ribbon panel expanders, ribbon versioning support, and the ability to customize the ribbon using the CUSTOMIZE command.
IntelliCAD 8.2 is supported on Microsoft® Windows® 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista®, including 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
IntelliCAD 8.2a is a maintenance release that contains over 125 improvements and fixes since the IntelliCAD 8.2 release on July 1, 2016.
Improvements in IntelliCAD 8.2a include various fixes for working .dgn files, external references, the user interface, and much more, as well as small additions such as new RIBBON and RIBBONCLOSE commands and a new FILTERS command.
Here we need to discuss why IntelliCAD is not so popular compared to AutoCAD. Below are few important points:
– The late entry of IntelliCAD in 1999, given enough time for Autodesk to add equivalent features like MDI (multi-document interface), Design Center, and customizable UCS icon.
– In the beginning, IntelliCAD shipped incomplete, with clear gaps in regular features compared to AutoCAD like boundary hatch, shapes, etc.
– Not enough branding and advertisements as it is not a commercial establishment.
– Expect that members will popularize their own products which are based on IntelliCAD.
Murali Krishna is holding a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering with spcialization in CAD Software Programming. He worked with reputed Organizaions like Tata Motors, India and TRW Automotive, USA. Specialized in Product Design, Tool Design and Software Programming. Currently he is the Managing Director of ActCAD LLC, USA and Jytra Technology Solutions Pvt. Ltd., India