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The only application I miss since switching to Linux about a year ago is SketchUp by @Last Software. It's a 3d modelling tool unlike any other, (that I know of), in that it allows you to manipulate 3d objects easily by simply dragging surfaces with a mouse - a sort of instant extrude option.
If there's anyone out there who's used this application and knows of anything similar under linux, please let me know.
(I've tried to get this app to run under Wine but it won't install, let alone run).
I know how you feel, I use Sketchup as well and it's a great program. I have not found a suitable replacement for It, or AutoCad 2002 which I currently use under Windows. That is really the only reason I have a windows partition, (other than some games my son likes).
I don't really have a problem with it. They were written for the Windows environment and trying to get them working through Wine or some other means it just going to degrade there proformance.
Although I would love for AutoDesk and others to port there programs to Linux, I don't see it happening anytime soon for they don't see a profit gain in it.
I would just stick with a duel boot machine. It does not mean your a trader or anything...
I'm not sure it was written for windows - it also runs on the Mac. Anyway, I'm going to write to @Last begging for a Linux version and if you do the same I'm sure they'll turn around and release one. Not.
Wishfull thinking. Your correct, maybe they do have a mac version but I think that's as far as it will go.
I was kinda involved in the BricsCad Beta release of Intellicad for Linux... I had used it before and it is probably the most AutoCad compatible offering, however, come to find that it's not Linux, it still requires Wine to run! what a Joke. If your going to advertise that you have a linux version of something. Please at least make it native.
I think for the end user, Linux just has a reputation that CADD manufactures that it will not be profitable and therefore, not in the budget.
There is hope though, "Supply and demand" is what moves the market. If we demand it, they will supply.
I'm not an architect, but I am involved in building design, especially at early stages. Sketchup is great because the learning curve is shallow and it allows for different designs to be very quickly visualised without typing numbers or 3d coordinates.
I don't think I'm going to find a Sketchup alternative but I hadn't come across Cycas before and at first glance it looks slick.