Open Design Alliance Announces Support For AutoCAD 2007 DWG Format

DWGdirect libraries now support "Trusted DWG" functionality

Phoenix, AZ September 12, 2006 -- The Open Design Alliance today announced that its DWGdirect software libraries now support the 2007 version of the widely used DWG file format, as used by Autodesk's most recent AutoCAD application. DWGdirect is used by hundreds of brands of CAD and engineering software applications to support reading, writing, viewing, and editing of DWG format files.

The new release of DWGdirect incorporates support for all the new features and entity types introduced in AutoCAD 2007, including what Autodesk has been calling "Trusted DWG." ODA President Evan Yares reports, "Trusted DWG is the marketing name for a series of secret codes used by AutoCAD to detect DWG files that were written by applications from companies other than Autodesk. It has nothing to do with determining if a DWG file is trustworthy, and serves only to unnecessarily alarm users, warning them that perfectly good DWG files 'may result in stability issues' when used with AutoCAD."

According to Yares, "The new version of DWGdirect writes DWG files that are transparently accepted by AutoCAD as 'trusted.' But, more importantly, it includes extensive error detection and recovery capabilities that let it repair hidden problems in DWG files – even ones that were created by AutoCAD itself."

Developmental versions of DWGdirect, supporting DWG 2007, have been available in limited release for two months. The release version, DWGdirect 2.0.3, is now available at www.opendesign.com.

About the Open Design Alliance:

The Open Design Alliance is a non-profit consortium of software developers and users committed to promoting open, industry-standard formats for the exchange of CAD data. The Alliance publishes the OpenDWG file specification, based upon its work in reverse-engineering the undocumented DWG format used by AutoCAD. The Alliance also creates the DWGdirect and DGNdirect software libraries.

Press Contacts:

Rachael Taggart
Strategic Reach
(303) 487-7406
Email Contact

Evan Yares
Open Design Alliance
(602)263-7666
Email Contact

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