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Re: [libredwg] [news] Autodesk and Open Design Alliance Reach Agreement

From: Rodrigo Rodrigues da Silva
Subject: Re: [libredwg] [news] Autodesk and Open Design Alliance Reach Agreement for Autodesk DWG Trademarks
Date: Mon, 10 May 2010 10:23:56 -0300
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On 06-05-2010 12:10, Frank Warmerdam wrote:
I personally
think the DWGdirect API is fairly clumsy and large and it would not
necessarily be a good idea to tie to it.

I agree. I've been dealing with a dwg import plugin on GRASS that uses DWGDirect. I am porting it to LibreDWG. It is fairly simple (it imports lines, polylines, circles and blocks/inserts), but I had a lot of work to move it to the LibreDWG API - which is a lot easier to use.

I think we should not rely on DWGDirect's API, but a compatibility layer that would make migration to LibreDWG easier would be welcome if there aren't any copyright issues. We should check with the FSF lawyers before commiting that to savannah.

Rodrigo Rodrigues da Silva
GNU LibreDWG maintainer
FSF Associate Member #7788
PoliGNU - Grupo de Estudos de Software Livre da Poli/USP

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