Release party impression

This morning the BIMserver 1.0 release party took place in Delft (the Netherlands). Almost 60 people came to the old watertower to network with other fans and users of the software. Although the 1.0 stable release isn’t online yet (just a moment, it’s a blink of an eye away) the participants got a nice view on the new features. Léon van Berlo gave a short impression on future thoughts from TNO on the open source BIMserver initiative. Martijn Snel from BIMasaService showed a short impression of his services that makes use the open source BIMserver software. In the end Paul Bos from Z33P architects showed a few examples of their use of the software so far.


Preparing the BIMserver Breakfast and 1.0 release

For those of you who think we fell asleep: we didn’t. We are working hard on the first 1.0 release candidate. Last week a group of our most valued users have received a private beta of the 1.0 release. They gave us some great feedback on which we are working right now. We plan to publish a first release candidate by the end of August. During the BIMserver Breakfast 2010 on September 1st a group of over 100 people (115 registered until today; and they keep coming) will test the very latest version of the code that day. We hope they do not find too much bugs and give some valuable feedback. If everything goes well the 1.0 stable release will be public in September. We focused on stability in the core and performance of the kernel; but of course there are a lot of new features as well. We even changed (attention: changed may not mean it’s improved….) the GUI. Find a sneak preview below.

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.

Getting ready for the breakfast

The development-team is working night-shifts to get ready in time for the 2009 BIMserver-breakfast. The sourcecode is rapidly changing every day. The BIMserver software is transforming to a completely new architecture. The merging capabilities will become more in the core of the architecture (in stead of ‘just’ a feature) and the ‘difference finder’ is getting better and better every day. Some of our first users call this new version ‘the best BIMserver ever’. The development team just hopes it will be ready in time for the breakfast….

If you plan to look at the new features at the BIMserver-breakfast, don’t forget to send us an e-mail that you are coming over (so we can make sure there will be enough of the brown stuff).