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  • #16
    So here I am updating this thread because there have been some developments in this area. I have been trying to get AutoCAD to run under wine, but that is a near impossible mission. I tried so many methods and so many different ACAD versions and still I can't get a fully functional install. Wine sucks. It feels just like a miniature Windows where you have to unistall and reinstall the whole thing when something goes wrong.

    Now the (partial) good news: there is a cheaper AutoCAD alternative program called Bricscad that is being ported to Linux. The Windows classic version costs only 315 which is a really good price. I tried the beta and it mimics the behaviour of AutoCAD very very well. It's practically identical. The only problem is that the current beta has a few graphical corruption issues with ATI graphics cards which make it very hard to get any work done, but it seems that a fix is being worked on for the next beta. Once these issues are sorted this could very well be THE CAD program we have been missing all these years. I'm very excited about this

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    • #17
      Here I am reporting my latest findings in the area of CAD software for linux users.

      Bricscad is already at final version, although it still has some issues and doesn't have all the features of the Windows version. Still, it's enough to properly do 2D drafting. This software isn't open source nor free, but it is native linux, and that's something. At least we can have some freedom in the choice of OS. The graphical bugs I reported in my last post can be easily solved in the settings dialog by chaging the value of the GL Swap Mode variable.

      Another program making its way into linux is Ares Commander Edition. Right now it's at beta stage but seems to have more funcionality than Bricscad, although it will cost more once it reaches the final version.

      Finally on the free/open-source world there is QCad which has all the features you could expect from a 2D drafting CAD program, but doesn't use the same commands or workflow as autocad, so it's harder to make the switch. It alo uses one of those ugly graphical toolkits that resemble windows 95 or motif or something else designed in the early 1990s. It is very ugly to look at, so if you have sensitive eyes, like me, you won't be able to use it for that reason alone.

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      • #18
        http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsig...overview/#vid1

        It's not out for linux yet and it's closed, but on the plus side it's free.

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        • #19
          Such a very amazing link!
          Thanks you for the post.


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          • #20
            Originally posted by devius View Post
            Finally on the free/open-source world there is QCad which has all the features you could expect from a 2D drafting CAD program, but doesn't use the same commands or workflow as autocad, so it's harder to make the switch. It alo uses one of those ugly graphical toolkits that resemble windows 95 or motif or something else designed in the early 1990s. It is very ugly to look at, so if you have sensitive eyes, like me, you won't be able to use it for that reason alone.
            It looks like QCad is built using Qt 3, which means it's themeable and you can make it look like anything you want, really. The ugly motif interface might just be the ugly default.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by pingufunkybeat View Post
              It looks like QCad is built using Qt 3, which means it's themeable and you can make it look like anything you want, really. The ugly motif interface might just be the ugly default.
              But I need some kind of system-settings for qt3 then, since the normal qt4 settings do nothing to change its look. Will have to investigate that. Does that solve the same issue with scribus?

              PS: Why these programs use such old libraries when QT4 has been around for 5 years now is beyond me. Maybe someone more knowledgeable can answer this.

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              • #22
                If you have qt3 installed, there should be a qt3-based qtconfig, look for it.

                As for Qt4, I agree, but it was a major redesign and porting things was not always trivial, especially for major and complex programs. But now that qt3 has basically been orphaned, it is not a good idea to depend on it.

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                • #23
                  EDIT: I don't have qt3 installed anymore, so I can't check, but when I was still using qt3 stuff, that's how I changed the theme. The default themes are not terribly gorgeous, but should be considerably better than the motif one. And you can always download other themes.

                  As for scribus, if it is also based on qt3, then you can also theme it with qtconfig.

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                  • #24
                    did you try Archimedes?
                    http://www.archimedes.org.br/

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                    • #25
                      I only know the .bmk file extension, its for the revit architecture but the others, i have never seen any of that..probably that extensions is for CAD presentation format and not for modeling.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by AnonymousCoward View Post
                        did you try Archimedes?
                        http://www.archimedes.org.br/
                        Looks way too early in development and probably stalled. QCad and FreeCAD seem more advanced.

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                        • #27
                          http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsig...ad-draftsight/

                          a draftsight beta is available for linux

                          not opensource but free

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
                            http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsig...ad-draftsight/

                            a draftsight beta is available for linux

                            not opensource but free
                            Nice! I've been waiting for them to release the beta for a while, but was worried when last month they removed the "beta version for linux coming soon" text from the main page.
                            It's nice of them to release a beta, but what's the deal with not providing a tar.gz for those that don't use .rpm or .deb based systems? I'll have to test that on my openSUSE system later as I'm on Arch right now.

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                            • #29
                              think BRL-CAD looks good too..... but maybe not for your purpose

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by devius View Post
                                Nice! I've been waiting for them to release the beta for a while, but was worried when last month they removed the "beta version for linux coming soon" text from the main page.
                                It's nice of them to release a beta, but what's the deal with not providing a tar.gz for those that don't use .rpm or .deb based systems? I'll have to test that on my openSUSE system later as I'm on Arch right now.

                                They target the most popular distros. Fair enough i think.

                                But its 2011 and all the FOOS people MUST seat down and decide on a common way of installing packages in ALL linux distros.

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