Hi folks !
About a year ago or so I was using OpenCascade for a project but I gave up on it at the time, I have thought about giving it another try but before I do that I would like to get some input on the old problems.
Three things that comes to mind are:
the project files (.dsp) was junk, they had to me modified to actually work every time I downloaded them from CVS, I don't think any one ever tested them, is this better today ?
Another thing was the boolean operations they only worked in some cases, it had some thing to do with the type of shapes, for example a cut between a box and a sphere only worked if the sphere was rotated a little, I got a promise that this would be fixed "soon" and that was close to two years ago so I would expect this to be fixed by now... any one knows ?
And finally, the attitude from Matra, yes you can download Open cascade for free, yes you can distribute your applications for free, ohhh you want help from us ??? well that will cost you lots of money, someting like "if we havn't put it in the docs we sure as hell arn't gonna tell you". the only reason I did manage was that there was a number of very helpful people on this forum that did help me out when I hit the wall.
I asked one time about a thing that was missing from the docs, I didn't get an answer beacuse no one know the answer, it wasn't in the docs so it would be difficult for a person outside Matra to answer it without heavy digging in the source code, so I asked if some one from Matra could help me out, there should be some one on this forum, the answer was to buy support, their job was not to sit here and answer stupid questions, fair enough but in that case they should give a very clear indication that they do not give any support at all and maybe put the forum in another place, as it is know this looks like a forum supported by Matra and I think lots of people expect to be able to get some kind of support here, but maybe it's just me complaining a lot, so if I am wrong or things have changed to the better I would be happy to know.
So I thought the best way to get a straigt answer would be ask people that actually use OpenCascade...
I hope it don't sound like I hate Opencascade in any way, I don't, I think it's a very impressive package.