[cad-linux] Re: Introduction/LinuxCAD

  • From: "Jon Norstog" <jnorstog@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <cad-linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 09:35:27 -0600

Regarding LinuxCAD, I bought it about a year ago.  You "can" get a screen up
with it and load the demo file that comes with the program.  The company
assured me it would "handle" VCadd (.vcd) and shape (.shp) files.  I have
yet to determine whether this claim is true, or whether there is a simple
way to open .dwg or .dxf files.

You can use the program to make simple line drawings and save them in the
program's own file format.  I decided to continue using VCadd under Windows
2000 until i can get around to WINE-ing that program.


-----Original Message-----
From: cad-linux-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:cad-linux-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Carroll Grigsby
Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2003 8:27 PM
To: cad-linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [cad-linux] Re: Introduction

On Wednesday 07 May 2003 10:10 am, Carlos Vasconcellos wrote:
> Hello all,
> My name is Carlos from Brazil.
> I am new in the cad-linux list.
> Probably my doubts were answered here before or the answers are posted =
> any FAQ. but i need help to figure out which is the best free CAD to ru=
n on
> Linux. I've visited QCAD website, but it's current version is 2D.
> LinuxCAD is commercial.
> Which one do you use?
> Thanks in advance,
> Carlos Vasconcellos

Back in 2000, when I first became interested in Linux, I also did a searc=
h for=20
a Linux-based CAD program. At the time, I was working as a mechanical=20
engineer, using AutoCAD 2000 and ProE, and sought something with similar=20
capabilities. Among others, I considered LinuxCAD. However, on further=20
investigation I learned that there was considerable controversy about it =
as a=20
result of a very unfavorable review by Robert Wuest. I dropped any furthe=
consideration of LinuxCAD. It is possible that Mr. Wuest's many objection=
s to=20
LinuxCAD may have been resolved since then, or that Mr. Wuest's review ma=
have been grossly unfair. However, before you spend any money on LinuxCAD=
you should read the correspondence about the matter; a Google search on=20
"LinuxCAD Wuest" is a good start.

Since I'm now retired, I no longer have a need for any CAD program. Howev=
er, I=20
did try the trial version of VariCAD that came with Mandrake 9.0, and tha=
would probably be my first choice if the need (or urge) should arise.

-- cmg

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