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j_e_c

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What's the right commercial software to run as a SaaS platform?
« on: October 28, 2020, 05:06:26 AM »
We have been interacting with Autodesk's Design Automation API and Model Derivative API, but there are a lot of bells and whistles we don't need for our business requirements (we only require 3 pieces of information from 2D dwg and dxf files).

So we thought we'd just develop our own API that can process DWG and DXF files (hopefully more file types) and get the desired outputs we want using a script that can be triggered by the API.

As a web developer I don't know exactly how the workflow would look, but I know that we want to build something similar to Autodesk's API that can run custom scripts on an AutoCAD file.

The API would need to be able to handle 100 files a day being processed, and also needs to have a Node.js interface. We obviously need a commercial license for autoCAD software (I'm assuming AutoCAD is a term that refers to general processing of dwg-like files).

Question: What is the best commercial license where we can use it however much we want, and pay a fixed fee instead of monthly? Is there only repeat-charge licenses available?

cadtag

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Re: What's the right commercial software to run as a SaaS platform?
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2020, 02:33:04 PM »
Have you looked at the ODA -- https://www.opendesign.com/ ?  your request  seems to be in their wheelhouse..
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j_e_c

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Re: What's the right commercial software to run as a SaaS platform?
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2020, 02:27:28 AM »
Yes, I have looked into their offers, however it is a 6,000 a year charge; we need something that is one-time.

I wonder if QCAD will work: https://qcad.org/en/

dgorsman

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Re: What's the right commercial software to run as a SaaS platform?
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2020, 03:55:33 PM »
Yes, I have looked into their offers, however it is a 6,000 a year charge; we need something that is one-time.

I wonder if QCAD will work: https://qcad.org/en/

Finding a charge once/use forever for something like this is going be rare these days - it's just not the current business model.  Chances are if you find one it would either be a little flakey, or a very high up-front cost for a reliable one.
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