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The ODA Releases Support for Apple Silicon Macs

The ODA ships SDKs for Apple Silicon Macs — offering CAD and 3D developers on the Mac platform smooth transition to next-gen Macs support.


The Open Design Alliance (ODA) has this week announced support for Apple’s new Macs based on their own ARM-based chip architecture (aka: Apple Silicon). Apple’s next-generation Mac computers have begun shipping new models with their own M1 SoC (system on a chip) processor for late 2020 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini systems.

ODA Apple Silicon Support

The leading provider of CAD and BIM interoperability solutions has announced the release of Apple Silicon support for its entire full suite of software development kits (SDKs).

ODA’s new Apple Silicon support allows ODA components to be incorporated into applications that run on the new Apple M1 processor, which brings stunningly new performance improvements to Apple’s latest Macs.

ODA Apple Silicon

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“ODA has a significant user base on Mac, particularly in the area of architectural design,” says Neil Peterson, ODA President. “Our new Silicon SDKs allow ODA members to easily port their existing Intel-based Mac applications over to Apple Silicon, to take advantage of the superior performance offered by the M1 chip.”

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“ODA has a long history of Mac support, dating back to the PowerPC in the late 1990s. We’re looking forward to a smooth transition to this latest generation of Apple processors.”

Availability and Pricing

Members can download ODA SDKs for Apple Silicon from, starting with version 21.11. Apple Silicon support is included as part of the standard ODA membership offering at no additional cost to members.

Architosh Analysis and Commentary

We have suspected that the ODA’s libraries are on the cusp of being ready since learning that Graebert’s ARES Commander 2022, available now in beta, ships with an Apple Universal binary installer. “Universal” Mac applications run on either Intel-based or Apple-Silicon Macs. We now expect that updates to several well-known CAD/BIM applications for Mac will soon be able to ship “universal” installers. 

The ODA’s platform consists of SDKs that enable data interoperability and software development for engineering CAD and 3D software developers. 

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