We introduced Sunglass.io and their HTML5/WebGL CAD system in upFront.eZine #738, and today the company is spilling the first beans about its API [applications programming interface]. The official announcement is next week, Thursday.
Sunglass API logo
For now, we know the following about the API:
- Powers plug-ins to Rhino and SketchUp initially, with more to come
- Hooks desktop software into Sunglass's Stage interface
- Directly accesses Sunglass's HTML5-based cloud collaboration
If We Build an API, Will They Come?
It's one thing to make your software available to others -- third-party developers, private corporations, other CAD vendors -- through your API; it's another for anyone to take up the offer. Even when access to the API is free, third parties have the cost of paying someone to write the code linking their software to Sunglass.
It will be interesting to see who takes up the Sunglass API.
In other news, the Sunglass software is now out of beta. http://sunglass.io.