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Old 07-10-2008, 03:43 PM
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Default Hope for Trouble-Free DGN-DWG Exchange

Greetings from a Cadalyst editor!

A news story titled "Bentley and Autodesk Join Hands to Bridge DGN and DWG" will soon be published under Today's CAD News. The story is prompted by the July 8th announcement from Bentley and Autodesk, where both companies vow to exchange their software libraries and APIs.

This raises the possibility that soon AutoCAD, Revit, and MicroStation users will be able to read, write, and exchange native DGN and DWG files. I'd like to hear your feedback on this:

Currently, how do you handle the DGN-DWG exchange?

Do you think the Bentley-Autodesk agreement promotes interoperability?
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Old 07-10-2008, 07:59 PM
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Currently, how do you handle the DGN-DWG exchange?
It's not a problem for us. We do the work in the native program that creates the required deliverable. Our AutoCAD guys may occasionally receive a DGN, but the Map Import works fairly well in that case. If not, the DGN guys can open it and saveAs DWG.
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:54 AM
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Default Keith Bentley's comment on interoperability

Hello Cadalyst readers!

From his blog, Keith Bentley, Bentley's chief technology officer, offered some clarification on what the recent Autodesk-Bentley agreement means to Bentley users:

"The Bentley/Autodesk Agreement - what does it mean for Bentley Users?"
http://communities.bentley.com/blogs...ley-users.aspx

Addressing concern for the agreement's implication on interoperability, he writes, "First of all ... interoperability among our products, and managing heterogeneous data sources, has long been a strength of our products and a hallmark of our company. MicroStation's ability to read, write, and reference files in 'foreign' formats is unmatched in the CAD industry ..."

"Are Bentley and Autodesk now "best buddies?" he asks in a subhead. Then he clarifies Bentley's position: "Do not get me wrong--this agreement does NOT make DGN and DWG equivalent, nor does it make MicroStation and AutoCAD interchangeable. We won't concede for a minute that anyone working in a DGN-based workflow should use AutoCAD, even though they technically could use AutoCAD."

Is such strategic cooperation between competitors (some call it "coopetition") a sign of the times? What are your thoughts?
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Old 08-06-2008, 06:10 PM
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Default Follow-Up Cadalyst Article by Evan Yares

Those of you interested in this topic might like to check out the article by Evan Yares in the August 2008 edition of Cadalyst, Examining the Autodesk-Bentley Agreement, also posted online at http://aec.cadalyst.com/aec/article/....jsp?id=534419.

As many will know, Evan Yares is former president of the Open Design Alliance (ODA), so brings unique perspective and background to this announcement by Autodesk and Bentley Systems.
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