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Re: librecad

On 12/7/18 1:46 AM, Gene Heskett wrote:
> On Thursday 06 December 2018 17:48:21 hdv@gmail wrote:
>> On 12/6/18 11:31 PM, Gene Heskett wrote:
>>> Greetings all;
>>> The librecad in the debian repos for wheezy is nearly a decade old,
>>> v-1.02. There are V2-* stuff that still runs on QT4 some of which is
>>> already installed.
>>> Is there a repo where I can source a newer version than 1.02 without
>>> destroying my system?
>>> 1.02 is so old the u-tube tuts are nearly worthless, yet it shows
>>> promise of being able to lay out a boxes rear panel with 13
>>> connections thru it. which is what I am trying to do.
>>> Or is there an even better 2d app for such?
>>> Thanks everybody.
>> Hai Gene,
>> Some time ago I tried LibreCAD as well and soon had to conclude there
>> were too many issues with it to proceed. Meanwhile I've adopted QCAD
>> (the Pro version) 
> And that I'd assume is not in the repo's for wheezy.  I have looked at 
> the earlier version that is in the repos and found it much more 
> confusing, to the point I'd be doomed from the gitgo. And I'd still have 
> to write the gcode to make it.
> I have all the measurements written out, so if a decent libreCAD can't be 
> had, I'll just write it in gcode and feed it direct to LinuxCNC. With 
> measurements in hand I can probably have working code by the time I get 
> a good lens in front of the left eye. I've had cataract surgery in both 
> eyes now, and am basically waiting for a stable glaucoma pressure 
> reading so a script for a lens won't have to be done 2 or 3 times before 
> its long term usable.
> Thanks for the observations about qcad.  Is the pro version offered 
> commercially?

It is. But the price is real good. If I remember correctly I paid €33 for it.
And it comes with a CAM module, so you can easily have your designs CNC'ed. I
only once needed support, but that time it was outstanding. Installation on my
system went without any hitch at all. Best of all, it is contained, so you don't
have to hunt for files all over your system if you decide it isn't the right
solution for you. There is a community edition that is free. So before spending
your money you can first test it to find out if you like it.

You can use command line instructions or just click on the associated buttons to
draw what you want. Whatever fits you drawing style best. I find myself using
both styles to be honest (I used to be a command line only type, but I got lazy
along the way, it seems  ;-) ).

I am not sure how familiar you are with the AutoCAD-type of interfaces, but if
you would need some "help", there is a book available. The application has
built-in help, but that is about the available commands and how to use them. The
book is more about how to draw in QCAD.

P.S. I am not in any way associated with them (except for being a customer).

Grx HdV

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