Over last few months, everyone has been wondering (myself included)—how is Intergraph purchasing CADWorx going to affect us? On the forums, we have heard views from “It’s the end of the world!” to “the greatest thing since sliced bread.” But alas, we can’t know the future until we get there (unless you’re from the future of course).
Part of my duties here at ECAD include testing the developing product so that you (the users) don’t have to lose design time. I do my best to take the input I receive and present to the developers as topics come up. Since I have been involved in beta testing for the last few years, I have gotten to know the developers and the process. Over the last month, we have been testing on the new products coming in September (approximately). Intergraph buying CADWorx has enabled the development to communicate more with the users.
By users in this case, I’m referring to testers. Intergraph has a programming process (AGILE)they use, along with programs that have kinds of bells and whistles for writing code. Since CADWorx began using AGILE, development has gotten broken up into month-long chunks (called a sprint). During a sprint, the developers take a list of features and write them so that at the end of the month, we can review the feature and give input on how it works. This process will repeat cyclically until the new release is ready.
Why should this matter to you? We recently finished up 2 sprint cycles, one for the CADWorx team, and one for the NG team. Word of warning, what you read next may seem like hyperbole, but the statements are the truth. On the NG side, we have seen awesome improvements in routing pipe, placing valves with the flanges coming in automatically, placing valves on the fly by dimensions off of other components, changing size/spec by selection, moving components down a line by grips, and more.
This last month the CADWorx team is working on some big new features too! Remember all that time spent tracking down breaks, overlaps, and duplicates for ISOGEN? No more! A ContinuityView palette is headed our way and looks incredible.
Rumor has it that the ribbons are now moving into the product, and HVAC gets data files.
So in my mind, CADWorx 2011 is shaping up to be the best release ever!
*No statement concerning the release date or features to be included is a guarantee, or should be taken as such. It’s all still up in the air.