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'''Welcome to the LibreCAD Wiki!'''
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<p style="text-align: center;">'''Welcome to the LibreCAD Wiki!'''</p>
  
 
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<div style="background-color:#8bca01; font-size:11pt; font-weight:bold; color:#fbf8bf; padding:4px; text-align:center">Introduction</div>
 
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LibreCAD (originally QCad then CADuntu) is an open source 2D [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer-aided_design CAD] application for Windows, Apple and Linux.
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LibreCAD (originally CADuntu) is a [https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html free] and open-source 2D [[What_is_CAD|CAD]] application,
It is based on Qt, which is a leading cross-platform application and UI development framework for all the major desktop, embedded and mobile operating systems.  
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which uses Qt (a cross-platform application framework).
Support and documentation is free from our large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers.
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The project started around 2010 as a fork of QCAD 2.0.5.0.
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Support for reading DWG files was added with [https://sourceforge.net/projects/libdxfrw/ libdxfrw].  
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Support for writing MakerCAM SVG files was also added.
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The release of 2.1.0 increased customization of the [[User_Interface|user interface]].
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You can now create custom toolbars and menus,
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and dramatically change the appearance (among other things).
  
This is the community site which provides semi-static documentation for [http://librecad.org LibreCAD] users and developers.
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If you want to contribute to this wiki, please visit the [[LibreCAD Wiki:Community portal]] page.
 
Content is available under Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike.
 
Content is available under Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike.
  
If you wish you get involved with this documentation effort, please visit the [[LibreCAD Wiki:Community portal]] page. If you wish you get involved in development directly, then head over to our [https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD GitHub repo] and get started!
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If you wish you get involved in development, then head over to our [https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD/wiki/Becoming-a-developer GitHub repo] and get started!
  
If you think you've found a bug or have an idea for an improvement, then head over to the [http://sourceforge.net/p/librecad/bugs/?source=navbar LibreCAD Tracker on Sourceforge].
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If you think you've found a bug or have an idea for an improvement, then head over to the [https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD/issues github issues page].
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If you have any questions or comments please visit our [http://forum.librecad.org/ forum] or chatroom on [irc://chat.freenode.net/librecad IRC at freenode.net].
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The latest stable [https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD/releases release] is 2.1.3.
  
'''Other Links:'''
 
*[http://librecad.org/cms/home.html Homepage]
 
*[http://librecad.org/cms/home/get-help/forum.html Forum]
 
*[http://blog.librecad.org/ Blog]
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=librecad Video Tutorials]
 
*[http://librecad.org/cms/home/get-help.html Other ways to give/get help]
 
 
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[[File: Lcnotclosed.png|x325px|center|frame|LibreCAD window]]
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*[[LibreCAD Manuals Summary]]
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*[[LibreCAD Users Manual]]
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*[http://librecad.org/cms/home.html Homepage]
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*[http://sourceforge.net/p/librecad/ Sourceforge]
*[[LibreCAD Plugin Development]]
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*[http://alternativeto.net/software/caduntu/ alternativeTo]
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*[https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=playlist&search_query=librecad&lclk=playlist YouTube Playlists]
  
 
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* Help Wanted. We welcome Open Source Developers to join us, to improve this free drawing tool in exciting fields such as:
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*[[Features]]
** Help building LibreCAD wiki. Because LibreCAD doesn't have a user manual yet, please contribute to user wiki based on your knowledge accumulated. If you have figured out a feature in LibreCAD, please add to our wiki to help other users. Due to spam, auto-account creation is disabled. Please feel free to contact us by [http://librecad.org/cms/home/get-help.html irc or forum] to set up your account.
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*[[User Interface]]
** Implement more command line support for actions. Currently, there are many actions there without command line support, we need to complete this part of implementation and add the relevant documents.
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*[[FAQ]]
** Add support for native text based on Qt fonts. Right now, only stick fonts are supported. When the usage doesn't require stick fonts, native Qt fonts should be used for better multi-language support and efficiency
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*[[Calculator]]
** Implement a new and robust hatch generating algorithm
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*[[Properties]]
** The current spline implementation is not efficient, we would like to replace it with a better spline implementation and add both spline and Bezier support as well, see [https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD/issues/322 Bezier]
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*[[Relative Zero]]
** We have implemented new math support for hyperbola and parabola. Implementation support for hyperbola/parabola entities would make LibreCAD capable of doing all conic sections.
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*[[Snapping]]
** Feature tweaking and bug fixing for printing/painter
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** refactor header files to speed up the building process, support for pch headers
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** Document writers to help building wiki and user manuals
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** Artists to create icon themes and GUI layout
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** Add support for macports and Windows 8
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** Quality Assurance, bug hunting
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** Please visit our feature request tracker on sf.net for more information: [https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?atid=1433847&group_id=342582 feature requests]
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If you are interested in starting your open source development for LibreCAD, please feel free to leave your messages in irc/forum.
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*[https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD/commits/master LibreCAD 2 commits]
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*[https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD_3/commits/master LibreCAD 3 commits]
*[[GUI Translators]]
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*[http://forum.librecad.org/Announcements-f5707204.html Announcements]
*A [http://www.mediawiki.org MediaWiki] theme that fits a little more neatly with the [http://librecad.org LibreCAD website] (would be nice, anyway)
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** [[GSoC|Google Summer of Code Check List]]
 
  
 
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Help Wanted. We welcome Open Source Developers to join us, to improve this free drawing tool in exciting fields such as:
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* [[Contributors|Contribute]] to the wiki based on your accumulated knowledge. If you have figured out a feature in LibreCAD, please add to our wiki to help other users.
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* Implement more command line support for actions. Currently, there are many actions there without command line support, we need to complete this part of implementation and add the relevant documents.
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* Add support for native text based on Qt fonts. Right now, only stick fonts are supported. When the usage doesn't require stick fonts, native Qt fonts should be used for better multi-language support and efficiency
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* Implement a new and robust hatch generating algorithm
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* The current spline implementation is not efficient, we would like to replace it with a better spline implementation and add both spline and Bezier support as well, see [https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD/issues/322 Bezier]
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* We have implemented new math support for hyperbola and parabola. Implementation support for hyperbola/parabola entities would make LibreCAD capable of doing all conic sections.
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* Feature tweaking and bug fixing for printing/painter
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* Refactor header files to speed up the building process, support for pch headers
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* Document writers to help building wiki and user manuals
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* Quality Assurance, [https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD/labels/bug bug] hunting
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*[[Editors|Documentation]]
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*[[GUI Translators|Translation]]
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* Improving [https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD/issues/523 tangent point detection]
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* Improving the [https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD/issues/822 plugin system]
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You might also want to consider contributing to [https://github.com/LibreCAD/LibreCAD_3 the next generation of LibreCAD].
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* [[GSoC|Google Summer of Code Check List]]
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Revision as of 16:25, 10 April 2018

Welcome to the LibreCAD Wiki!

Introduction

LibreCAD (originally CADuntu) is a free and open-source 2D CAD application, which uses Qt (a cross-platform application framework). The project started around 2010 as a fork of QCAD 2.0.5.0.

Support for reading DWG files was added with libdxfrw. Support for writing MakerCAM SVG files was also added.

The release of 2.1.0 increased customization of the user interface. You can now create custom toolbars and menus, and dramatically change the appearance (among other things).

If you want to contribute to this wiki, please visit the LibreCAD Wiki:Community portal page. Content is available under Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike.

If you wish you get involved in development, then head over to our GitHub repo and get started!

If you think you've found a bug or have an idea for an improvement, then head over to the github issues page.

If you have any questions or comments please visit our forum or chatroom on IRC at freenode.net.

The latest stable release is 2.1.3.

Screenshot
LibreCAD line tools
Wiki Navigation
Get LibreCAD
Usage
Developers
Wiki Help
Related Web Pages
New Wiki Content
LibreCad News
Things We Need

Help Wanted. We welcome Open Source Developers to join us, to improve this free drawing tool in exciting fields such as:

  • Contribute to the wiki based on your accumulated knowledge. If you have figured out a feature in LibreCAD, please add to our wiki to help other users.
  • Implement more command line support for actions. Currently, there are many actions there without command line support, we need to complete this part of implementation and add the relevant documents.
  • Add support for native text based on Qt fonts. Right now, only stick fonts are supported. When the usage doesn't require stick fonts, native Qt fonts should be used for better multi-language support and efficiency
  • Implement a new and robust hatch generating algorithm
  • The current spline implementation is not efficient, we would like to replace it with a better spline implementation and add both spline and Bezier support as well, see Bezier
  • We have implemented new math support for hyperbola and parabola. Implementation support for hyperbola/parabola entities would make LibreCAD capable of doing all conic sections.
  • Feature tweaking and bug fixing for printing/painter
  • Refactor header files to speed up the building process, support for pch headers
  • Document writers to help building wiki and user manuals
  • Quality Assurance, bug hunting
  • Documentation
  • Translation
  • Improving tangent point detection
  • Improving the plugin system

You might also want to consider contributing to the next generation of LibreCAD.