Mar 29, 2011

Application Review: Bricscad V11 Classic Linux (Part I)

Bricscad is well known on Linux world. Not only for being the first native dwg-based CAD, but also for the support of the Wine version some years ago. Bricscad Classic is at the moment the only product of Bricsys that runs on Linux. Pro version with support of full ACIS 3D modelling, rendering and BRX, will be released later.

Mar 23, 2011

Bricscad V11 vs DraftSight

After the release of the first Beta of DraftSight a few days ago, it's inevitable a comparison between DraftSight and Bricscad V11 Classic. Both products have similar functionality and target group. Also both have benefits and disadvantages.
For better understanding I will present the results in categories.

Mar 18, 2011

Other Useful Software

The most common question for someone who wants to migrate to Linux is:
OK seems good but I don't use only CAD, how can I get all my work done with Linux.
The truth is that Linux supports a wide range of software (Free/Open Source or not) which can be very useful and productive
In this post I present advanced software that might be useful for engineers and designers for professional/productive use. Very common applications like Office Suites are excluded

Mar 15, 2011

How to fix the problem of DraftSight's Getting Start Guide on Evince

I downloaded the Getting Start Guide of DraftSight from here and I experienced problems when I tried to open it with Evince. Most of the content wasn't visible

I finally discovered that the installation of the poppler-data package solves the problem...

So if you want to use this document simply install this package...

Mar 9, 2011

Draftsight for Linux finally available

Finally, after a long period of waiting, Draftsight for Linux is available for public download.
Free -as in beer-, full dwg compatible 2D CAD with the benefit that it's based on Graebert's ARES, Draftsight Linux is definitely the best solution for a low cost, long time, stable and secure 2D CAD workstation.
Download it for free from here
P.S. Give it a try with Debian Squeeze or a RHEL 6 clone like Scientific Linux. Otherwise you can use Ubuntu LTS or OpenSUSE.

Installed just before a few seconds on Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha 3 with the new Unity Interface

Mar 8, 2011

Bricscad V11 Classic for Linux: First Impression

I'm currently testing Bricscad V11 Classic. Unpolished, unfinished, powerful and fast, wannabe the best but currently lacks. These words can describe perfectly my first impression of Bricscad V11 Classic for Linux.
( a complete review will be available soon...)

Mar 5, 2011

Compiling FreeCAD on Ubuntu: The easy way

If you are curious about the progress on FreeCAD's  development you will probably like the idea of installing the latest development release from source. Let's do that step by step on Ubuntu following the instructions of FreeCAD's documentation