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marisdembovskis
27th October 2006, 02:23 PM
Hi.
Im looking for free CAD sofware under FC5, but still havent found open source CAD that can read DWG files.
What I have tested is:
1. Qcad (good, but doesn't read DWG , you can convert from dwg to dxf)
2. Sagcad (did not like it)
3. KiCAD (it fine, but it is more fore projects and not for modeling. It something in place of Visio, and better than Kivio, Dia)
4. PythonCAD - (good sofware, but doesn't read DWG, DWF, very simple soft)

still downloading a lot of soft and trying out.

if somebody KNOWS something free for wieving or editing DWG files, post some info here!

Netrieb
12th July 2007, 02:47 PM
Im still looking for too...

Have you already found something?

oldfrog
12th July 2007, 03:41 PM
take a look at lx-viewer
http://lx-viewer.sourceforge.net/

Netrieb
12th July 2007, 09:04 PM
I have ran across the lx-viewer a few days ago. But I was afraid of the installation/compilation. Now I have found this *.rpm http://rpmfind.net/linux/RPM/sourceforge/l/lx/lx-viewer/viewer-0.99e-1.i586.html , im going to check it out.

Do you have any experience with the lx-viewer? Especially with the installation?

Netrieb
12th July 2007, 11:05 PM
So far I have tried two version of rpm lx-viewer. The first (from the link typed above) had some dependencies, which I did not find in F7 repositories (so I did not manage to install it). It seemed that the second (http://orion.lcg.ufrj.br/RPMS/myrpms-fc5/lx-viewer/) was installed properly, but the program was not able to open any *.dwg or *.dxf file, it always showed some error message. I am afraid now that the last way is source-compiling..

Pete333
13th July 2007, 01:19 AM
I'm using VariCAD_View you can download it from www.varicad.com. ..the viewer is free, you only have to register. ..which is also free. :)

Netrieb
13th July 2007, 12:16 PM
Varicad is good, thanks for the link. I have downloaded the trial version of Varicad too. Im glad, that it can open dwg and save it as dxf. But I have a little problem, both varicad and varicad viewer dont show hatches when I load some dxf or dwg file... Have you the same problem?

Pete333
20th July 2007, 10:19 AM
Varicad is good, thanks for the link. I have downloaded the trial version of Varicad too. Im glad, that it can open dwg and save it as dxf. But I have a little problem, both varicad and varicad viewer dont show hatches when I load some dxf or dwg file... Have you the same problem?

Nope, I don't experience that. ...everything seems okay. ..I've been using the viewer since I left M$ Window$ 3 years ago and have not encountered any problem so far. :)

Netrieb
12th April 2008, 07:58 PM
Recently, I have found Bricscad, it is commercial but looks very promising and the price for the Linux version is not too high (about 225 for an english version, 350 for a german version :cool: ). Im testing a trial version now (http://www.bricscad.de/en_INTL/bricscad/features.jsp) it is similar to older versions of Autocad. For now, I am satisfied with it - a lot of features, it works good with dwg (this format is its default one), it runs good at Fedora 8 and I think I will not find anything better for Linux & CAD in next days :confused: . I have not run across any crucial errors and I would like to know if someone of you have tried it and what is your experience. :p Actually Bricscad does not provide "real" Linux version, but it provides a patched version which runs without problem under Wine.

Netrieb
12th April 2008, 08:10 PM
And from the free projects I have found "Open Design Alliance" (www.opendwg.org). They are working on converting between dwg and dxf (and on some other projects) :) . I have tried it thoroughly, it works quite fine, but there were problems with hatch and with dimension lines :( . The first element was never converted and the second one was converted only bad. What is your experiences with it? It needs registration to download the Linux version, I do not know why, but the Windows version does not require registration :confused:, so you can download the Win version because it works excellent under Wine: http://www.opendwg.org/files/guestdownloads/EveryDWG.zip

(the lx-viewer mentioned above is based on it)