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Open Design Alliance and Tech Soft 3D Announce Integration Print E-mail
Written by Arjun   
Saturday, 20 October 2007
BERKELEY, CA and PHOENIX-- The Open Design Alliance (ODA), a non-profit industry consortium committed to promoting the open exchange of CAD data now and in the future, and Tech Soft 3D (TS3D), the leading provider of core graphics components to the engineering software industry, today announced a partnership whereby TS3D has integrated the ODA's DGNdirect libraries with the HOOPS graphics component. With this integration, any HOOPS-based application developer who also becomes a member of the Open Design Alliance may immediately add support for reading DGN files to their application. The work of connecting these two high-level SDKs has been completed and will be made available as part of the HOOPS v16.0 release in the coming weeks.

ODA President, Arnold van der Weide, commented, "We're pleased that the community of HOOPS-based applications now has such easy access to DGN. Developers wishing to use our DGNdirect libraries and the HOOPS graphics engine in tandem will save significant time and effort, and will know that this work was completed by experienced developers who are knowledgeable with each SDK."

"We continue to seek ways to help our customers develop more robust applications, reduce their R&D costs, and get their applications to market more quickly. DGN is obviously a highly used format within engineering and we're excited to make DGN import so accessible to the entire HOOPS community," added Ron Fritz, TS3D Managing Partner.


HOOPS is a set of extensible, high-level components that dramatically simplifies the design, development and maintenance of high-performance, interactive 2D/3D applications. HOOPS components provide the technology building blocks for developers to create custom, high performance applications capable of driving both OpenGL and/or Direct3D. Developers work from a high level to extend and customize the HOOPS framework, taking advantage of the power of the underlying set of libraries. Rather than attempting to re-invent the vast functionality already encapsulated within the HOOPS product set, developers can focus their development efforts on their true value-add and build better software faster.

About DGNdirect

DGNdirect is based on the OpenDGN specification published by Bentley Systems and is compatible with MicroStation. Bentley Systems, a leading supplier of CAD software for architecture, plant and process, and highway design (among other applications), has partnered with the Open Design Alliance to provide users and software developers with high-performance libraries supporting read/write access to their native MicroStation data file format.

About Tech Soft 3D

Tech Soft 3D (TS3D) provides building block technologies and related services, enabling their ISV customers to rapidly develop world-class technical software. The company's flagship HOOPS technology has been incorporated into over 175 commercial software applications, including many of the leaders in CAD/CAM and CAE software including Autodesk, SolidWorks, Dassault Systemes, Siemens PLM, PTC, Bentley, MSC.Software, Fluent, Mitutoyo, IronCAD and many others. In addition to the flagship HOOPS technology, the company also resells premium components such as the Autodesk RealDWG Toolkit, Adobe PDF Libraries, Parasolid Modeling Kernel from Siemens PLM, and Spatial 3D InterOp translation toolkits. The company maintains corporate headquarters in Berkeley, California and can be reached through

About Open Design Alliance

The Open Design Alliance is a non-profit consortium of over 3,000 software developers and users committed to promoting open, industry-standard formats for the exchange of CAD data and CAD legacy data. The Alliance creates DWGdirect to read and write the DWG format and DGNdirect to read and write the DGN format. The Open Design Alliance also maintains OpenDWG® and publishes its file specification.
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