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05 January 2012, 16:57

LibreCAD 1.0 released

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LibreCAD version 1.0 has been released. The free software 2D CAD program for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows is based on the open source community edition of RibbonSoft's QCAD. LibreCAD is the result of a project which was started in order to add CAM capabilities to QCAD to drive a CNC router. That project, originally called CADuntu, set out to port the QCAD software so that it used Qt4 rather than the now outdated Qt3 before enhancing the software further. LibreCAD 1.0.0 now has a Qt4 user interface but is, for various reasons, not yet Qt3 free. An interface for plugins, autosaving and improved DXF file reading has also been added.

The developers do have a version 2 branch of the code which is Qt3 free and also includes a new snapping system, isometric grids, angle trisection tools and improved performance. The CAM functionality which created the initial momentum to develop the project is, still, yet to be implemented.

The community version of QCAD is offered by RibbonSoft only as source code (a professional version is also available). The LibreCAD developers have, however, made binaries for Mac OS X and Windows as well as Debian and RPM packages available as free downloads. The source code for LibreCAD is available to download under the terms of the GPLv2.


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