OCCT 7.0 Release

Given that most of the discussion about this release is buried in a Happy New Year message, I thought it would be useful to bring it out. If you want to see the current situation on the next release of OCCT then search for Happy New Year. A few people in that thread don't find it such a Happy New Year though.It reports that there the release of 6.4 has been cancelled and that we are going to OCCT 7 in Feb 2011. Like many others in the Open Source community we await some of our bug fixes and improvements with great expectations.
Do we have a revised release date yet?

Sharjith Naramparambath's picture

It looks like OCC is planning for a more aggressive presence in the commercial market and support ONLY the clients who form the real part of their revenue generation. Apparently, the community is eventually being sidelined and even prompted to use their services. This is clear also from some of the replies by the forum supervisor to the questions posted here. Instead of giving directions by simply pointing out to the already explained and available samples for many trivial questions asked, the forum supervisor is explicitly citing their paid services and trainings available.

jay's picture

We are probably wasting time waiting on this. It has now been several months since the first announcement of the public release 6.4, and subsequent announcements and so on. Could it be that we are not taking a hint here? Could it be that they are nicely saying thanks for being with us but we have to focus on our bottom line here...and we will get back to you when we have time...? I think the response so far seems something along those lines. For any serious open-source commitment you would at least expect periodic updates and bug fixes along any commercial release. The lack of interest in their team can only be interpreted as such - NOT interested at all. I wonder if/when people start looking for alternative development tool and HANDLE things on their own the 2011 way not the 90s. There are a lot of good tools in OCC but there are also things that should be left way back in the 90s. Stuff that seem very cumbersome and in efficient way of HANDLing. My hope was that in current release all that has been given a serious facelift. If it is just a minor stuff here and there I would say it could be about time to move on.

Steve Lockley's picture

I agree with Jay's comments on Handles, the whole memory management complication/sophistication of OpenCascade seems to impede progress and development of much more useful higher level functions. It is an approach clearly rooted in the 90's when memory was a much greater concern than it is now. I am not supporting in anyway "Fat" programmes but maybe the balance of development effort is being distorted by this HANDLE based platform. Just look how many questions there are on the forum about interfacing to managed languages like C# and Java. I am seeing a lot of Java based tools that seem to do some of the OpenCascade functions. The main problem I have is with the speed and instability of OpenCascade Boolean operations and I was hoping some of the good work pioneered by Ronan would find its way into the next release. Lets hope it does, but in the meantime are there any suggestions for BREP platforms that can do Boolean Operations and are Open Source?