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Re: [opensuse] CAD Recommendation?
  • From: "David C. Rankin" <drankinatty@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2010 22:03:04 -0500
  • Message-id: <4C33EE68.1010506@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 07/06/2010 11:43 AM, A.S. wrote:
Can anyone recommend a Linux CAD program for someone with a little AutoCAD

Thank you,


As others have mentioned qcad is the closest thing to AutoDesk AutoCAD there is. It isn't a exact match of course, but qcad is one of the only ones I have found that allows drawing at full scale (from microns to miles). It will be a bit awkward at first, but it has a similar command line drawing interface available and most of the same 2-D drawing elements. It's actually quite capable if you take the time to get familiar with it.

Xara Xtreme showed promise, but it hasn't really been developed in a couple of years. There is a rumored next release, but that rumor has been around for a while.

Illustration packages like inkscape are good for that purpose (illustration), but inkscape's Achilles' heel is lack of dimensioning capability.

That is about the short list of OSS CAD that is out there. I've spent time searching for the latest and greatest, but aside from qcad and Xara, there are not really many true CAD choices. There are a number of vector illustration packages like inkscape, but none that are much more than illustration packages. They fall short of what Micrografx Designer was 15 years ago in the windows world.

There are probably a few more and if you find one, make sure you post it here as well.

David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.
Rankin Law Firm, PLLC
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