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Old 04-16-2006, 11:59 PM   #1
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qcad blue print


Hi, Is there any QCAD user here? I am trying to make some drawings for a home expansion project. I would like to keep use QCAD. I installed it but I am having quite some trouble to learn how to use it. Is there any decent tutorial to learn how to use it? I am reading this http://www.tldp.org/linuxfocus/Engli...ticle132.shtml but so far I think it is very complicated and somewhat short. I would really apreciate any help w/ this. Thanks in advance.
ps:if there is any other better option for the job I am willing to change tools now.
 
Old 04-17-2006, 02:08 AM   #2
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Sadly, there is not much in the way of a good CAD app for Linux... I have searched in vain, but QCad is not bad for basic stuff. The link you provided seemed about as good as your going to find on it. Making it longer will not make it less complicated.

I would honestly say that doing a home expansion on QCad would take more time then it's worth. Try looking into IntelliCad from Bricscad. It at least makes an effort to be compatible with AutoCad and does a pretty good job where it counts... But it's not free.

http://www.bricscad.com/

I normally don't recommend anyone use Windows but when cad is concerned, There is just know way around it...

KC

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Old 04-17-2006, 10:08 PM   #3
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QCAD is definitly NOT difficult to learn and comes with a decent user manual. When I started, I had 0 (zero, naught) experience with CAD programs, but I needed it as I gave up Corel when I moved to Linux.

I started with the manual, page 1, and worked my way through. After two hours or so I was able to produce my first drawings. And I am NOT a fast learner!

If I remember well the manual can be downloaded from ribbonsoft.com. If not, there should be a pointer in the program itself.

There is a problem with QCAD and that is with dimensioning and text. Unfortunately you have to specify this in model space, and it cannot be done in paper space. That means for a house layout you might have to specify your text height as 4 inches or so...

You might have a problem with printing. I never managed to print directly from QCAD in KDE/Debian. Print to .ps, and print the .ps if you have to.

There is a yahoo user group with a discussion forum about QCAD issues.

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Old 04-18-2006, 01:13 AM   #4
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Yeah I already learned a lot just by trial and error. I will continue with my quest on my own for now and will try the user group if need more help. Can I do electrical and plumbing with QCAD too? Would you have some sample files? Thanks for your suggestions!
 
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Qcad will import .dxf as well. Here are some good examples.

http://ronja.twibright.com/drawings/

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