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CAD/BIM Development Moving Faster—The ODA Announces Monthly Releases

Open Design Alliance is a non-profit technology consortium of 1200 member companies, working together to develop solutions for complex engineering design problems.


The Open Design Alliance (ODA), the leading provider of CAD interoperability and component technology, announced its move to monthly production releases for its full product line.

Monthly release schedule

“I am pleased to announce ODA’s successful transition to a monthly release schedule for all products,” commented Neil Peterson, ODA President. “This change is necessitated by the fast pace of modern CAD and BIM development. A monthly release schedule lets us deliver more value, more quickly than ever before. It’s a change that’s been welcomed and applauded by our members.”



This change is necessitated by the fast pace of modern CAD and BIM development.



Sergey Vishnevetsky, ODA Development Director, said, “It’s a significant accomplishment to release a dozen major products, across five operating systems, on a monthly basis. It requires a disciplined and coordinated effort from our teams, and extensive automation integrated into every part of the development process.”

The new monthly release schedule replaces ODA’s long-standing biannual release policy.

About Open Design Alliance

ODA builds SDKs for people who work with complex engineering data. We offer platform-agnostic solutions for proprietary and open engineering formats, including data access, visualization, cloud development, publishing, and more.  Learn more at

Architosh Analysis and Commentary (by Anthony Frausto-Robledo)

This is the second if not third sign we’ve heard of in as many weeks about the modern pace of software development being faster than in years past. This monthly release cycle will do a lot for developers who are all on different annual or biannual cycles (counting major service packs) allowing them to incorporate new features at a faster rate. 

For some software companies—and Maxon comes to mind—who are offering both perpetual licenses and subscription license plans, it means that a more frequent (say monthly or quarterly) release cycle for those on subscription (itself an incentive to move folks to subscription) can pack in important new core updates. Of these, having the very latest (.dwg) compatibility formats available will be important for some end users.

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