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May 4, 2011

New .NET API for Bricscad Enters Final Beta

Gent, Belgium - Bricsys NV, the developer of Bricscad, today started the final beta cycle of its implementation of the Microsoft .NET Framework API (applications programming interface). This means that application developers can begin testing their .NET-based applications on Bricscad.

Bricscad is the powerful alternative CAD platform that enables .dwg-based applications to serve the growing markets of GIS, AEC, mechanical CAD, and civil engineering. This beta release of Bricscad pioneers support for managed client applications.

The new .NET API comprises of an extensive set of managed wrapper classes that offer full access to the entire .dwg database. Basic access to the application and the .dwg editor is available now, as is the NetLoad command; the capabilities will be extended in subsequent updates. The .NET API will be available only for Windows-based applications.

“As with every Bricscad API, we ensured that this new one is 100% code-compatibility with the industry standard,” said Luc De Batselier, the chief technical officer at Bricsys. “Third-party developers can migrate their add-ons to the Bricscad platform as easily as performing a simple recompile of the existing source code.”

This final beta of the .NET API again confirms the dedication of Bricsys to the .dwg-based application community. Application developers can access all of Bricsys’ APIs; day-to-day technical support is free of charge. Bricscad-based applications receive the same state-of-the-art online support as does Bricsys’ own products. This gives Bricscad customers the most convenient engineering platform with which to work.

Through its network of 70 offices on four continents, Bricsys is a global provider of engineering software. The product portfolio consists of the following:

Bricscad, the design software for Windows and Linux
Vondle, an extended SaaS (software as a service) platform
Bricsys Meeting Point, the online support network

Bricsys products are available in 14 languages, with more languages in development. Every month, Bricsys transparently reports the status and development of its software products to its customers. Wherever they are around the globe, customers can communicate support requests directly to the Bricsys support team around the clock.

Bricsys is a founding member of the Open Design Alliance and thereby contributes to interoperability in the engineering industry.