February 06, 2012
Introducing TurboApps SDK -- 2D and 3D Mobile Development Platform
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Introducing TurboApps SDK  -- 2D and 3D Mobile Development Platform

By Susan Smith

IMSI/Design announced last week their new TurboApps SDK 2D and 3D development platform for mobile CAD applications. Bob Mayer, COO of IMSI/Design, said that customers had been requesting the ability to view 2D and 3D drawing files on their mobile devices and had requested an SDK.
Free and available in February 2012, the TurboApps SDK will let CAD developers build apps around viewing 2D and 3D DWG and DXF wireframe models.

IMSI/Design's CTO, Doug Cochran, said that it is a “pretty complex process to build a DWG viewer for mobile applications, especially in 3D.”

Developers want to be able to do their custom apps for shipbuilding, insurance adjustors, real estate and other professionals who might want to have a floor plan and want to know the square footages, and want materials – wood or carpet in each room, etc. These are professionals who are not CAD professionals but still need the capability of a 3D viewer for CAD on their mobile devices.

“They may have certain tools they use to do their mobile punch list but they don’t have the ability to create a DWG engine,” said Cochran.

IMSI/Design is at the forefront of this market providing an SDK 3D CAD viewer for mobile.

“We want to be the de facto CAD viewing and drawing standard for mobile devices,” said Mayer. “There are so many apps that can be created on top of our engine that we wouldn’t be able to create. There are so many niche markets that we couldn’t address them all. TurboApps SDK allows us to be part of that whole ecosystem of different apps that would be developed on top of our engine, so we would be part of the hundreds of thousands of different apps that you’ll see coming out in the near future.”

Inquiries on the SDK range from vertical apps to mainstream software developers who are saying they want a viewer and want to develop a conversion that converts their native file formats into DWG formats.

IMSI/Design also debuted its free TurboViewer v1 app on the Android platform which had previously just been available on the iOS platform. In addition, the company announced Version 2 of TurboViewer Pro that has a file conversion capability. Now, in addition to be able to view DXF, DWG and DWF users can now view another 17 CAD and graphics file formats and it’s all done in the cloud.

People can send an email with an attachment, click on the attachment and have the option of opening it in TurboViewer Pro where it tells you that conversion is required. 

“It converts it and the process is very fast, and then the drawing appears inside of TurboViewer,” said Mayer. “We know that’s a unique feature to the product. It’s all about being interoperable with CAD file formats out there. We support as many file formats as we can.”

“With the free version we’re seeing a pretty rapid rise with the download of it- we’re seeing a similar uptake in sales on a month to month basis on the ProViewer which costs $24.99.”

The rise in use of mobile devices for the field and onsite construction work will definitely heighten the demand for the TurboApp SDK, the TurboViewer and TurboViewer Pro. IMSI/Design will also support the Kindle Fire soon.

As we build more advanced features we’re going to have a tiered SDK licensing platform so other developers would be able to take advantage of some of those components as we build them,” said Cochran.

Top News of the Week

GRAPHISOFT demystifies critical areas of the BIM process to help architects in the selection of their BIM tools.

From the company that brought you – Construction Computing Magazine’s 2011 BIM Product of the Year ArchiCAD 15 – the “Get There Faster with ArchiCAD” whitepaper examines five critical areas to explore before making your final BIM software selection. This paper was written with the sole purpose of providing accurate, reliable information about critical issues related to BIM and what ArchiCAD with advanced technology such as the GRAPHISOFT BIM Server(tm) provide as an answer to address these issues. We want to teach and educate in an effort to help architects make informed technology decisions. 

Autodesk has a series of applications based on 3D creation.  Several of them came from their Labs Projects and others have made it iOS iPad applications.  When released, 123D Make was only available as a free download for Macs on OSX.  Now Autodesk has released a preview web based application that is available to those with a web browser.

123D Make is a program that takes a 3D model and assists in creating a real life 3D physical model.  It creates a pattern of flat panels that can be cut and put together to recreate your model.  It can be used in one of two ways: order pre laser cut plates, or create eps files that you can print and use as templates to cut the material yourself.  


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the 2012 recipients of the Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. Selected from over 700 total submissions, 27 recipients located throughout the world will be honored at the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition in Washington, D.C.


Autodesk, Inc. announced that it will broadcast its fourth quarter fiscal 2012 financial results conference call live via its website Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time.


Autodesk will host a live webcast call at www.autodesk.com/investors. An audio replay webcast and podcast will also be available after 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time on our website at www.autodesk.com/investors.

CONTACT: For more information, please call Autodesk Investor Relations at 415-507-6705.  

New Products

IMSI/Design, the developer of TurboCAD announced the debut of its popular free TurboViewer v1 app on the Android platform.

Named one of the Top 5 apps in the iOS world by Macworld/iWorld, free TurboViewer for Android includes:

  • Fast native 2D and 3D .DWG (Autodesk AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT) and .DXF viewing
  • Unique time-savers: Able to navigate full-screen preview during file load; Cancel errant file load
  • Smooth Multi-Touch navigation while panning, zooming, and orbiting
  • Restore saved AutoCAD views to quickly display the best vision of your design
  • Supports AutoCAD linetypes to maintain visual fidelity as intended
  • Autosense 2D or 3D drawings to automatically set appropriate gesture navigation of a drawing or model
  • Doesn't require Internet connection for remote field work

Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC) announces general release of its Brava! 7.1. The most notable additions to Brava come in the Enterprise version, which now includes the new Brava Changemark Viewer for smartphones, video collaboration and improved enterprise readiness and performance for very large deployments.

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