LinuxCAD (www.LinuxCAD.com) New features corner.



LinuxCAD (www.LinuxCAD.com) New features corner.


LinuxCAD is evolving software and new features are added daily. The new commands and additions to user interface and existing commands described here are immediately available in all three major builds of LinuxCAD: on Microsoft Windows, Linux(all brands of Linux: Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian), Intel based Mac.
The new features will be included in the copies of LinuxCAD that were sold. The copies for Microsoft Windows that have been downloaded for free will get the new features whenever I find a time to do it or whenever you pay for your copy of LinuxCAD that you got for free.


MATCHPROP command. 07/11/2009


   Has been added to LinuxCAD, allows to select source object for
properties(color,elevation.linetype,layer) and replicate these
properties to a group of other objects.


DEFLIGHTS command. 07/10/2009


  Before Rendering or shading can be done in LinuxCAD the light 
sources must be inserted in the drawing.  That requires entering 
3D points and some light parameters.  

  To simplify the process the DEFLIGHTS command has been added
 it does not have any parameters. When you type DEFLIGHTS the
LinuxCAD will insert "default lights" or 3 parallel lights
in the drawing. The default lights shine from x+,y+,z+ quadrant
from x-,y+,z+ quadrant and from  0.0,+Y,+Z point eluminating
the area around the origin of coordinate system.

  Such location is aceptable that RENDER commands produce 
perceptible results.


OVERLAY command for RGB24 bitmaps. 7/7/2009


   RGB24 one of the bitmap formats Windows Paint can save in actually most
common today format.  

   LinuxCAD  OVERLAY  command has been upgraded to support that format, now 
you can set any RGB24 bitmap into your drawing background.


Click to see OVERLAY screenshot


PENCIL command.


  PENCIL command has been added into LinuxCAD. Its a freehand drafting command
similar to sketch except it will draw while you hold the mouse button. Sinilar
to regular pencil.


INBLOCK3D command. 7/6/2009


  INBLOCK3D asks you to select 3D objects and then creates block in place 
and unites the selected objects by that block therefore they can be moved
copied or rotated together and selected by one click in subsequent commands.


COMMAND SHORTCUTS
There is a file in C:\usr\linuxcad\linuxcad.caf ( /usr/linuxcad/linuxcad.caf on Linux ), that is CAF or Command Alias File. LinuxCAD will read this file by default, alternatively you can specify your own command shortcuts file, like this:


         linuxcad -aliases myownaliases.caf myowndrawing.dxs


The format of Command Alias File is quite self explanatory:
LINE      L
SOLID     S
CIRCLE    CI
ELLIPSE   EL
TRACE     T
ARC       AR
#
#
ERASE     D
COPY      CP
MOVE      M
ROTATE    RO
OFFSET    O
SCALE     SC
MIRROR    MI
BREAK     B
EXTEND    EX
TRIM      TR
#
#

In the example above LINE is shortcutted to L, ELLIPSE to EL, ERASE to D.



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