Feb 20, 2012

Bricscad V12 for Linux is out!

Today Bricsys has released the final V12 version of Bricscad for Linux.
This release includes many fixes and new features such as direct modelling, 2D and 3D parametric constraints, realistic rendering via RedSDK and more ( a full changelog is available here).
Bricscad V12 for Linux is a powerful and affordable application that can reduce the cost of a CAD workstation significantly . Combined with the upcoming Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, which will come with a 5-years support period, it can be a reliable long time solution for anyone, not only current Linux users.
Bricscad V12 for Linux comes in 3 versions:
  • Classic (2D only with LISP)
  • Pro (plus 3D, direct modelling, realistic rendering, BRX)
  • Platinum (plus 3D constraints and design intent capturing)
As usual 30-days trial version is available after registration

The installation on Ubuntu 11.10 32bit was fast and trouble-free. However the new features and especially the real-time realistic rendering need more powerful hardware (especially GPU). Also consider that you have to tweak some settings in order to get better performance ( I had to change the default settings of quad cursor to make it work better in my machine).

Startup Wizard

3d modelling space

Push/Pull in action

A more detailed view and any possible tweaks/fixes will be available soon.


  1. Hi, I'm trying Bricscad 12 on ubuntu 11.10 64bit and I would like to know what settings you changed to improve performance.
    (for now my imperessione is not the best ...)

  2. On my computer I experienced some problems with the quad cursor. I had to edit its options because if I selected any (sub)entities very fast the quad cursor didn't displayed. I set the values of:
    -"Delay to show quad after highlighting a (sub)entity" to 50
    -"Delay to hide quad when the cursor moves" to 800
    This tweak allowed me to draw faster in 3D
    But this depends on your hardware configuration.
    Try also:
    -A session without Compiz. Unity 2d or Gnome Classic (No effects). Compiz causes performance regression on many computers.
    - Update your graphics driver. X-swat ppa is a fast easy and secure way to do this
    -Make sure that you have all the necessary 32bit libraries installed on your 64bit system. Install ia32-libs if you don't have this package installed.
    Consider that some hardware doesn't work properly yet.
    Bricscad V12 is a great CAD program but it still needs some love to work flawlessly on Linux.

  3. thank you!Tonight I try to see if it works!
    P.S. I've a Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, 2.26 GHz, 3MB cache L2, FSB 1066 MHz, 4096 MB DDR2, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, 512MB dedicated...I hope is not a hardware problem! ;)