Smaller CAD developers -- less beholden to the Windows monopoly -- have been rewriting their code to make it portable between operating systems. StreamSpace is one. The latest to come out of stealth mode is Bricsys.
CEO Erik De Keyser provides a full explanation on the French-language Ubuntu forums. In brief:
- Brisys began a rewrite of Bricscad four years ago, to make it independent of the ITC.
- The Windows version will be completed by the end of this year.
- That will be followed by Linux in 8-10 months, and last of all, Mac.
- The new CAD code is based on WX Widgets.
- Because many third-party developer depend on MFC classes, Bricsys added it; the result is two code streams.
One note from me: just because Bricscad will run on Linux, don't carry the false expectation that it will be available at no cost.
This is good to hear. Bricscad is now the best of the Intellicad-derived products on Linux, but this would be a great improvement.
Yes, it would be a commercial product, for a price, but pretty cheap compared to Autocad.
Posted by: wally | Dec 18, 2008 at 01:27 PM
"Brisys began a rewrite of Bricscad four years ago, to make it independent of the ITC."
Wally, what about this statement says that bricsys has anything to do with IntelliCAD?
And why, if it still actually was IntelliCAD, would you be able to say it was the best? Have you tested every IntelliCAD brand in depth and for a length of time of more than a few hours?
I think there a lot of disallusioned customers out there who might disagree with that statment.
Statements that are not backed up with facts should be kept to oneself.
you wouldn't perhaps work for bricscad would you?
Posted by: Bricsfree | Dec 30, 2008 at 03:22 PM
I've been doing CAD drafting since the 1980's and have owned companies that did drafting. I have opinions. I stated them. You are certainly entitled to yours, too - what are they?
Posted by: wally | Jan 09, 2009 at 07:35 AM