[cad-linux] Re: Any suggestions about free hosting sites for a CAD symbol library?

  • From: Arthur Torrey <arthur_torrey@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cad-linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 22:31:51 -0500

Send me an E-mail, and I'd be happy to send you a copy of the tarball, I don't 
think the list software will let me attach it to a list posting...  
I mention QCAD since it's what I used to create the files with - and it seems 
to be one of the few Linux CAD programs out there that is actively functional 
- I went through several different lists of Linux programs and it was the only 
one I found that worked on my machine and had the capabilities I wanted...  

Given that I developed the library w/ QCAD, I felt it was appropriate to 
mention the program for purposes of credit, and as a reference point where I 
can say "this is how to install and use them in QCAD, you need to adapt to 
your program if using something else..." - It is hard to say how to install 
the library if you can't say what program you are talking about...

I also made the blocks in *.DXF format because that is what QCAD works with 
natively - it will do exports to SVG, PDF and various bitmap formats, but will 
not import them, other than to paste in as blocks that can be traced, but not 
modified...  I found a fair number of symbol sets in other formats, but not in 
DXF, which is why I went to the trouble of making these instead of using 
something that already existed...  I just want to share my work so that others 
won't have to do the same thing.


PS - as something for the list admins - every time I post to the list I get an 
e-mail autoresponse saying chrisl@xxxxxxxxx has had his e-mail changed to 
@SmithEngineering.Pro rather than @secnm.com - is there anything that can be 
done about this?

On Thursday 21 January 2010 19:30:01 Esben Stien wrote:
> Arthur Torrey <arthur_torrey@xxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> > I have created a drawing symbol library for Hydronic heating schematic
> > symbols (boilers, pumps, valves, and so forth) to use in QCAD and
> > other programs that can take *.DXF files...
> I'm just in the planning phase of my house and this was right on
> time;).
> > I've been trying to use the FSF's "Savanah" site, but have been
> > running into problems with them because they don't like me mentioning
> > QCAD since they have both "Free" and Proprietary versions, and don't
> > like the idea that people might be tempted to use proprietary
> > software....
> Right, but why mention QCAD?. These symbols can be used in any
> application.
> I think also a more general approach is better. Why not submit these
> blocks to something like dia[0]?.
> Dia is supposed to handle all kinds of diagrams, like water systems[1].
> They accept SVG, but the conversion between DXF and SVG should be easy
> enough.
> Then, a simple approach should be to generate block libraries from dia
> to something which can be used in QCAD.
> [0]http://projects.gnome.org/dia/
> [1]http://projects.gnome.org/dia/images/sadt.png

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