New release: v0.8 new release, new site, new features!

The open source BIMserver just released a new stable version of their software. The new release is the 0.8 version. A lot has changed since the 0.1 version in March this year. Just some of the new features:

  • 25% speed increase
  • concept of sub-projects
  • improved automatic merging
  • RSS change notification
  • geolocate projects
  • improved multi user support
  • improved web-user-interface
  • google earth network link
  • smart revision management
  • extended query and filter options
  • more details on your revision
  • checkout/update warnings (while concurrent engineering)
  • enhanced read only access
  • enhanced user rights management
  • change finder on revisions
  • export of CityGML, Collada, KML, IFC properties, O3D
  • reference implementation of the CityGML ADE for IFC and BIM
  • get a summary of your model
  • and a lot more….

Some of these features are a direct result of the successful BIMserver Breakfast in November at TNO; some come from the intense contact with some of our users.
This release of the open source bimserver software is, without a doubt, the ‘best bimserver ever’. The team doesn’t stop developing and new plans are already being deployed.
The latest release is now available for download at The demoserver (which was offline during the final stage of development) is back online as well. Check it out on

Together with the new software, the team also launches their new website. Because our software is stable and professional, our site also needed a more professional layout.
With this new software-release and the new website the and it’s users are ready for the future.

New feature, new release date

This week the development team of found out that we are all passionate about our jobs. That’s not really a surprise (or we wouldn’t make this software open source) and it gives a lot of valuable opportunities like having fun at what you do.
But as all good things in life it also has a downside. In this case the downside is that things we are not as passionate about will fall behind on the cool stuff.
For the open source bimserver software this means that we are looking at implementing O3D visualization in the new release, but because we are passionate about this, the given release date of December 18th will not be made.
Our families decided that it would be good for us to stay home for Christmas and not work with anything that has the word ‘java’ in it (except for the coffee of course). This means that we will (for sure) release a new version of the software before Christmas (central European time) and hope to have all the new features like O3D in it.
So to be short: we won’t make December 18th, but the waiting won’t be long and we will give you extra stuff in return.

New release: 0.8RC1

The BIMserver version 0.8 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is online for download. It is still without documentation, but the installation is about the same as the 0.1 version. When you want some (Dutch) documentation or info on the new features you can have a look at The release date for the 0.8 stable version is planned for December 18th 2009. When you find a bug in this release candidate, please report it at this site.

Successful Breakfast

The BIMserver breakfast last week was a great success. Around 60 users came to TNO in Delft (the Netherlands) to test the new features. They spent a few hours each and found two bugs in total. A nice complement for the developers!
The development team is finding solutions to fix the bugs these days.
You also gave us valuable feedback and made some new feature requests. We are trying to incorporate (some of) these requests in the new release.
We plan to schedule a new release on December 18th this year. Because this is an open source project we depend on a lot of external issues. As you know this release date is more than anything subject to change (update: 22th December).
This next stable release will be a 0.8 version. There are two big issues (user rights and permissions; and memory use) that have to be solved before the 1.0 release. For the moment we do not have any finances to develop to this 1.0 release.
When you want to be notified when the new version is released, please connect to the mailing list. To give you an impression of the new features in 0.8 have a look at this presentation.