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From the Abtract
Full-scale computer-aided design (CAD) systems are program shells similar to the operating systems (OS) of computers. This shell must be adapted for designing in specific fields.
Two necessary conditions are inherited from the OS: the ability to work with hierarchical structures, and access to independent application programs.
Building frames, foundations, floors, trusses, columns, beams, and other construction objects come out instead of folders and files. Appropriate information (object properties) may be linked to any object laying on any level of the hierarchical structure. Good practice is to store information with high level objects. Information about lower level objects may be recovered with the help of calculations.
When designing, objects from defined branches are loaded in memory for processing. Objects in memory usually have no hierarchical structure.
About the Author
Alexander A. Yampolsky is a design engineer with 20 years of professional practice, practicing in Tula, Russia.
From the Executive Summary
The organization behind the IntelliCAD software is unique in the computer-aided design industry, consisting of a consortium to update the source code and provide some marketing support, and members who sell the software on a nonexclusive basis. The common goal is to create something that is DWG compatible named IntelliCAD.
This research paper examines this unique arrangement for a software product conflicting by divergent goals:
1. To be compatible
with AutoCAD, yet be different from AutoCAD.
Hence: IntelliCAD, the un-AutoCAD.
This research paper was prepared by upFront.reSearch, an imprint of upFront.eZine Publishing, Ltd. upFront.reSearch has previously prepared papers for Autodesk, Graphisoft, IMAGINiT Technologies, IMSI, and SolidWorks. Founder Ralph Grabowski has 20 years experience in the computer-aided design industry. He is the author of 80 books on CAD, the editor of two industry newsletters, publisher of upFront.eBooks, and manager of three WorldCAD Access weblogs.
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Published 11 November 2005
1 — Structure of IntelliCAD Technical Consortium and
2 — IntelliCAD Market and Competitors
3 — Impact of OpenDWG
4 — Future IntelliCAD Releases and Directions
A — AutoCAD Compatibility
B — Details of ITC-Member Relationship
C — History of IntelliCAD
D — FTC Consent Order and Complaint
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