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Free professional CAD CAM solution - DraftSight for Linux

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I tested all available in SUSE repositories CAD CAM solutions but no one of them is enough good. Searching for sulution elsewhere I found the 'DraftSight: The Free CAD software for your DWG files'.
This is a product of Dasault Systems and is free for single user use. The Linux version of the software looks very professional and I found it working perfectly.

So please if possible contact them and agree to make possible to provide from Yast their free Linux version. This software will be the really useful fully functional free native Linux CAD CAM solution for SUSE.

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Since the time of KDE 3 when the Qcad somehow did the job, now we do not have any good technical draftig solution in openSUSE.
But today almost no one uses only the *.dxf format. To work with DWG files many people are enforced to use Windows. The missing free professional CAD CAM solution for SUSE does not help for growing of SUSE Linux users. So we need a free solution for *.DWG and *.DXF files as many students and technical workers are using SUSE Linux and need such sulution.
In the real life there are plenty of cases where is far too expensive to buy AutoCAD just to be able to open few drawings for confirmation purposes. Also there are many SUSE users who are in need for such solution.


This is the perfect solution for students, engineers and many other who need to use technical drawings.

In the real life we found many cases where we need to open, print and in some cases change/edit little bit a technical draft drawing.
Unfortunately most of the cases people use the AutoCAD *.dwg and alyke file formats.


icons/user_comment.png D. B. wrote: (2 years ago)

Another option could be
BricsCAD .
That is regarded as a AutoCAD replacement, with much lower costs. It's not free, but one option from the rather small selection of professional CAD systems available on Linux in the architecture/building engineering field.

icons/user_comment.png B. L. wrote: (2 years ago)

As a structural engineer CAD is a primary tool at work, and since migrating to oS 10.0 the search for an AutoCAD-like CAD package for linux has been one of my few frustrations until Ares Commander, Bricscad and Braftsight became available. I've reported on my initial impressions at the opensuse forum: http://forums.opensuse.org/forums/english/other-forums/news-announcements/tech-news/456627-native-cad-linux-here-2d-3d-autocad-compatible-professional-versions-available.html (sorry, I don't know how to shortcut the link).

Currently I use (at my company) bought-for Pro versions of Bricscad 11, which I find good and stable enough for production use with openSUSE 11.2, 11.3 and 11.4 64 bits, although it still have some bugs to iron out. There is no free version of Bricscad, only 30-day trials, so I think that including it in the distro is not a real option.

Draftsight, on the other hand, is free for personal use (i think) but not opensource, so perhaps it could be included in the Non-OSS repo/image. It does require registration (including a valid e-mail) to download, so some kind of agreement may be necessary between Dassault and openSUSE.

From my brief experimenting with Draftsight I can say that it is:

1) 2D-only, very similar in capabilities to AutoCAD Light.

2) Very polished qt-based interface.

3) Considerably slower (in my machines) than Bricscad, not to the point of un-usability, but perhaps a bit annoying.

4) Uses native DWG format (version 10 at least) so it's very, very compatible with AutoCAD drawings.

5) It's interface is very similar to AutoCAD's. Any AutoCAD user will feel right at home in it, and as a CAD learning tool it would enable a new CAD user to familiarize him/herself with AutoCAD usage as well.

All considered, it would be an interesting addition to openSUSE and a differential in relation to other distros in the educational field.

icons/user_comment.png A. J. wrote: (2 years ago)

We're only adding open source packages to the distro, if you need the package, get it from them.

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