To close day 1, Eric de Keyser is wrapping up by describing in 2004 the first time a third-party developer contacted Bricsys about running on BricsCAD. They had a dual-API that ran on AutoCAD and BricsCAD, very limited. Nevertheless, this German developer wanted to port over their software, because Autodesk had bought their competitor.
In 2008, however, this company said good-bye to Bricsys, because Autdesk bought it. Same happened to Savoy: last year they demo'ed their vehicle turning software on BricsCAD at BIC 12, but then Autodesk bought them, so Transoft Solutions began work porting their turning software to BrisCAD.
The story repeated last month when Autodesk bought Graitec for its structural steel design software, and CAD Systems is porting their software to BricsCAD.
Mr de Keyser notes that Autodesk feels it needs to buy up third-party developers, whereas Bricsys prefer to remain neutral, treating all third-parties equally. In fact, the company now promotes third-parties on its Web site's home page.
(This reminds me of Softdesk back in the 1990s writing an entire CAD system, because they too feared Autodesk would cut them off. That CAD system became IntelliCAD; today, worried third-party developers needs not write a CAD system to ensure their survival, just port to a DWG system like BricsCAD.)
So, it is ironic that Autodesk is driving the success of Bricsys. Mr de Keyser's MasterPlan is to sell BricsCAD by customers buying third-party applications that solve their design problems.
Tomorrow, Bricsys shows how they are going to go beyond being just a "DWG alternative" and become a CAD platform with unique functions.
See you tomorrow!