New Integrated Development Environment Simplifies Creation of Modular Software for Video Game Development, Other Software Applications

Oct 01, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. (USA) — Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim), a global developer of advanced simulation and training software with its origins in video game development, announces the release of Gears Studio, a new integrated development environment that streamlines the creation of modular software products. Gears Studio guides software developers through component development, automates tasks, and establishes a standard for components that enables powerful functionality and reuse across products.

BISim is releasing a free version of Gears Studio Community Edition, available now online at Gears Studio offers simple project configuration, dependency package management, source control integration, and assistance with the creation of APIs. In short, Gears Studio helps developers focus their time on feature implementation.

Gears can be used to build anything developers can create using C++ such as videos games, web browsers, word processing software or simulations―anything developers want to build in a more modular fashion. Gears components are built in C++ and use C APIs to communicate between them. In future releases of Gears Studio, BISim plans to extend its capabilities to allow use of other programming languages like Lua, C# and Python.

How can Gears Studio simplify your software development? With Gears Studio, software developers can do the following:

  • Create components from a template through a guided process,
  • Edit APIs with real-time error reporting,
  • Version APIs to facilitate collaborative development,
  • Manage groups of components as products,
  • Edit all components from a single Microsoft Visual Studio solution,
  • Integrate with build servers for continuous integration and unit testing.

Gears Studio began as an internal BISim tool and is based on BISim’s Gears software development framework, an open and modular framework for building software applications. Gears enables users to more easily connect many dynamic linked libraries in a standardized way to increase programming effectiveness and efficiency. A dynamic linked library is compiled source code that provides some function or capability, which connects to an application via an API. Dynamic linked libraries are a common part of any Windows-based software application.

BISim previously released Gear Studio Professional Edition as part of its VBS Simulation SDK and VBS IG SDK products. These software developer kits enable customization of VBS3, BISim’s flagship simulation software, and VBS Blue IG, BISim’s high-performance, whole-earth image generator. The Gears Studio Professional Edition is a licensed product and includes additional features such as integration with JFrog Artifactory to version and distribute products, components and APIs, the ability to clone component source code to the product development directory, and the ability to allow users to sign components with a trusted certificate for use by secure applications.

Visit to watch an introductory video on Gears Studio and a tutorial video on how to build components using Gear Studio.


Founded in 2001, Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) is a global software company at the forefront of simulation and training solutions for defense and civilian organizations. Our mission is to harness the explosive potential of technology to revolutionize training and simulation. With origins in the commercial video game industry, BISim utilizes the latest game-based technology and a large, experienced in-house team of engineers to develop high-fidelity, cost-effective training and simulation software products and components for defense applications.