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DraftSight 2D CAD For Linux Beta Available 100

Posted by timothy
from the now-not-in-stereo dept.
crypton writes "Dassault Systems, (Solidworks) has released their promised Linux version of DraftSight, their free 2D AutoCAD work-alike drafting program (deb and rpm files available). Right now it appears to be 32-bit only but it looks like one of the best Linux CAD alternatives (paid or unpaid) right out of the gate. Also available for PC and Mac."
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DraftSight 2D CAD For Linux Beta Available

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  • by subreality (157447) on Friday March 11, 2011 @05:02AM (#35450880)

    qcad is *very* low-end.

    I've done a fair bit of CAD work, and am pretty fluent in AutoCAD. I tried to use qcad for some simple things, but it's *really* lacking in basic functionality. Things like: Create a block. Assign layers to elements of a block. Set certain line colors to specific values, some to bylayer. Give the layer a color. Insert the block into a drawing. Change its color. The elements on a layer within the block inherit the attributes from the BLOCK's layer.

    It's so wrong on such a simple bit of functionality that I couldn't take it seriously for anything more than arranging the furniture in my room, and even for that I felt like its limits were sometimes exceeded.

    We really need more 2D CAD options in Linux.

  • Re:slashvertisement (Score:3, Informative)

    by ancienthart (924862) on Friday March 11, 2011 @06:02AM (#35451156)

    Ries van Twisk has forked the free version of QCAD to produce librecad.
    http://www.librecad.org/ [librecad.org]

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