We have been a bit quiet of late at Orange Juice Studios; however I wouldn’t mistake that for complacency. Exactly the opposite actually, we have been very busy getting cado for release. Unfortunately as you will have seen our proposed launch in the 2nd quarter of 2013 has unfortunately slipped. We know there are people waiting for this app to be available and we can only apologise for the slight delay but our intentions are honourable ……
… and we are determined not to reinvent the wheel (unnecessarily) – we are just improving on it. Promise!
We took the decision early on to offer the user a truly useful and clean CAD application, and that means we need to include DWG support. This is easier said than done, as you can imagine, there are organisations out there who would like to protect their investment in DWG and protect their rationale for asking you for £3,000 for a licence renewal!
For those that do not know, DWG is the most common file format for CAD drawings used by professionals, and really a CAD application would not be complete without it. However the creators of DWG, Autodesk are protective over it.
We are not the first to try and bring DWG to the mass market (without the exorbitant price tag) – the Open Design Alliance has “worked to provide best in class development software for engineering solutions” and I bet that when Autodesk suspended its legal battle against the ODA in 2009 to focus on the legal battle with Solidworks, the ODA was very pleased and a little relieved! The right to use DWG across software platforms remains a key asset in this industry, Autodesk knows it, Solidworks knows it and so do we.
The specification for DWG is available however there is no open source code for using DWG, so if you want to allow DWG capability without paying a truly gargantuan amount for the privilege, you have to create your own library….. Which is exactly what we have decided to do. Now good people, take a minute to bear in mind what this involves – it means writing from scratch the code to import and export every single object type that can be read by cado; and it’s properties! That’s lines, arcs, polylines, circles etc etc etc…. spare a thought a prayer for us!
Now if that didn’t seem like a big enough ask for a start-up company, Autodesk changes the DWG specification with each release, varying things like specification, encryption or compression …. No we are sure we do not know why they do this…. Do you? Anyway, we’re not bitter – we are just cracking on with it an will get it done…. it just takes a little time is all.
This all might seem like a little much to launch an application with, but we believe as strongly as we did when we started this project, that cado would be the industry leading go-to CAD application for the mobile market, and we mean to deliver just that!