What is QCAD?
QCAD is an application for computer aided drafting in 2D. With QCAD you can create technical drawings such as plans for buildings, interiors, mechanical parts or schemas and diagrams. QCad uses the AutoCAD DXF file format internally and to save and import files. AutoCAD DWG support is available as a commercial plugin.
QCAD is available in two versions: Community edition and Professional edition.
QCAD Community Edition is free and open source. Compared to the Professional edition it has no scripting or poly-line support - also features are a few months behind. Features include layers, dxf files import and export, many flexible drawing tools and precise selection tools.
Layers Blocks (grouping) 35 CAD fonts included Support for TrueType fonts Various Metrical and Imperial units DXF and DWG input and output Printing to scale Printing on multiple pages Over 40 construction tools Over 20 modification tools Construction and modification of points, lines, arcs, circles, ellipses, splines, polylines, texts, dimensions, hatches, fills, raster images Various powerful entity selection tools Object snaps Measuring tools Part library with over 4800 CAD parts Very complete and extremely powerful ECMAScript scripting interface
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Comments and Reviews
Said about QCAD as an alternative
Customizable, easy learning curve and much cheaper than AutoCad.
Easy to learn and quite similar to AutoCAD (same paradigm)
It's simple and even the pro version is very cheap. So if you just need to do simple accurate line work, I would recommend it.
It doesn't currently do XRefs and DWG files from other programs (paid version only) don't display perfectly. That said it's still a useful tool to have for measuring off people's files and basic drawing.
Recent user activities on QCAD
- added Parametric Modeling as a feature to QCAD
- added QCAD as alternative(s) to Digital Drylayout
- Upvoted a comment on QCADCannot beat this product for the price. Easy to use and learn, and light weight. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an AutoCAD replacement, especially if you're using another operating system.