It has been 51 days since VTK Designer 2.7 was out (on 23rd Feb). We have had close to 1000 downloads (binary, source and pdf put together) since then! In the same period the new version of GCF got 360 hits. We know of quite a few open-source project groups that are using GCF directly from the SVN, but then there are those that we dont know of as well.
Considering that version 2.6 of VTKD received only 500 downloads in 4 months, 1000 downloads is less than 2 months is quite a feat! From the support emails that we receive, it is quite clear that we are gaining more and more users from the Academia.