March 28, 2005
A “Non-industry Specific Software Development Company” Gets There First
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Welcome to AECWeekly! Pangaea CAD Solutions calls itself “a non-industry specific software development company.” You don't hear very much about Pangaea in the news, although they come out with new products quite regularly. They are a gem hidden behind some of the louder representatives of the CAD industry: I never hear from Pangaea that they have the greatest, state-of-the-art, industry-standard, ground-breaking solution. Yet they have some pretty distinctive, one-of-a-kind, bang-up software. Their product base has not changed much since they started up; they still offer their flagship desktop solution DualCad for viewing and editing DGN
and DWG files. And more. Read about Pangaea in this week's Industry News.


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Industry News


A “Non-industry Specific Software Development Company” Gets There First

By Susan Smith



Pangaea CAD Solutions, incorporated in 1990, calls itself “a non-industry specific software development company.” You don't hear very much about Pangaea in the news, although they come out with new products quite regularly. They are a gem hidden behind some of the louder representatives of the CAD industry: I never hear from Pangaea that they have the greatest, state-of-the-art, industry-standard, ground-breaking solution. Yet they have some pretty distinctive, bang-up and one-of-a-kind software. Their product base has not changed much since they started up; they still offer their flagship desktop
solution DualCad for viewing and editing DGN and DWG files. And more.


Steve Shein, president, got his start in CAD back in 1980, working on Intergraph PDP equipment. The number of employees fluctuates as they hire consultants quite often for the labor intensive tasks. At this writing they have four full time employees.


What's great about Pangaea? "We have always strived to meet two main goals with our software. Inexpensive and small footprint,” said Shein. “Our costs are typically a fraction of the cost of the originating software package, and for that price we deliver a solution that fulfills the daily needs of most CAD users. The size of our deliverables is likewise small, when compared to the alternatives. We offer one more attractive package, PCS-Custom, a single ActiveX control, that is a complete CAD package, which can be added to any Visual Basic application. It contains over 600 methods, events and properties, specifically aimed at CAD users. It allows very quick and easy access to
database linkage information."


Their product DualCad Edit is an off-the-shelf mini CAD package, “sort of AutoCAD LT but for DGN files as well,” explained Shein. “Or you can use our PCS Custom OCX and build your own CAD package.”


At this time, said Shein, “we are the only company producing a PocketPC application for viewing and editing MicroStation files (PocketDGN).”


In spite of their “small footprint,” Pangaea products have been getting around. The software can be found in a number of document management packages sold by other companies. In addition, “It appears that more companies are becoming aware of our PCS-Custom ActiveX control, and how it can be used to generate custom applications quickly and deploy them for a very low cost,” noted Shein. “Portions of this technology are also used in our WebDGN product, a web based delivery system for CAD files. With the release of faster PocketPCs with more storage options, more companies are using them as an integral part of their CAD systems which has prompted us to add more
capabilities to our PocketDGN.'


What has been the response to the PocketDGN and other like products? “We have offered PocketDGN for almost 4 years now. The product was ahead of its time, or to be more exact, ahead of the capabilities of the handheld hardware. Today, the PocketPC platform is finally at an affordable level, while delivering acceptable performance levels for field users. We are about to release our PocketOCX, a mobile version of our ActiveX control. This will allow developers to create CAD applications for the PocketPC.”


Like the company, Pangaea's clients are not industry specific. They include the U.S. Army and Air Force, many U.S. DOTs, Daimler Chrysler, Bechtel, Texas Utilities, Detroit Energy, Union Pacific Railroad, Norfolk Southern Railroad, BNSF Railroad, Aramco, Caltrans, Miller Brewing, Ch2mHill, CSX, Stanford Linear Accelerator, Exxon Mobil, Pharmacia Upjohn, and Hong Kong Mass Transit.


Although a number of larger CAD and AEC companies talk a great deal about customer service and providing what their customers are asking for, in comparison, there is something profound about the way Pangaea is right on target with much-needed solutions and able to implement them quickly and efficiently, while not making a lot of noise about it. “As a small company we can react quickly to the trends that appear from our user base,” explained Shein. For example, “We have noticed an increased need for a Linux based DGN solution, and we will be working to provide this in 2005.”


They are aiming for a release of their Pocket OCX for ActiveX Control around May 1.


Prices:

DualCad Edit $299.00

WebDGN $4500.00 (unlimited client side license included)

PCS Custom Plus OCX Developer $1400.00 Runtime $170.00

PocketDGN $49.00

PocketOCX same as PCS Custom OCX



Acquisitions/Alliances/Agreements


Mathsoft, a calculation management firm, and ANSYS, Inc., a global innovator of simulation software and technologies, announced plans to integrate their solutions to streamline customers' product development.

The integration will closely marry Mathsoft's engineering calculation and documentation capabilities with ANSYS' simulation capabilities.


Six CAD industry web sites joined forces to launch the Targeted Advertising Consortium (TAC). By banding together, the TAC's combined audience gives advertisers the opportunity to expand their reach to very a diverse, yet CAD-focused technical audience. The founding members of the Targeted Advertising Consortium are CADwire.net, 3DCADTips.com, EPJournal.com, AECNews.com, MCADcentral.com, and Click4Links.com.


Informative Graphics Corp. (IGC), Web-document and collaboration technology company, announced that it has entered into an IGC Distributor Partner agreement with Consulcad, an enterprise project infrastructure delivery and consulting firm based in Melbourne, to conduct sales and support of IGC's product line in Australia and New Zealand.



Announcements


ACADIA 2005 - Oct 13-16, 2005 - Savannah, Georgia - Conference addressing recent developments in innovative technologies and smart materials that have created new opportunities and are suggesting significant changes in the way we design and build architecture.


Autodesk, Inc. announced that Daniel Gary Woolsey, a Petaluma, California resident, is being sentenced in a Santa Rosa, California court after pleading "no contest" last month to one felony count of selling pirated copies of Autodesk's AutoCAD(R) software on the Internet in violation of California Penal Code section 350. Three other counts of selling Autodesk(R) software and one count of selling Adobe Systems' PhotoShop(R) software were dropped as part of a plea bargain agreement. As part of a continuing effort to enforce Autodesk's rights under copyright law, the company worked with the Northern California Computer Crimes Task Force (NC3TF) on the investigation.


Autodesk, Inc. announced Autodesk Media and Entertainment division. Formerly known as Discreet, the division will remain dedicated to providing innovative products and services for the film, video, gaming, and related media and entertainment markets.


faciliCAD LLC announced support for AutoCAD(R) 2006 next generation design software from Autodesk, Inc.


Ameri-CAD, Inc. announced support for Autodesk(R) Architectural Desktop 2006.


Sepialine -- a provider of Cost Recovery solutions -- announced compatibility with AutoCAD 2006 design software.


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