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703QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowInfo function -> contour for Hatch not closed ...Assigned
Task Description

Task: If I like to make a hatch and the contour isn’t closed I get a Grey circle Info where the contour isn’t closed. Nice!

But ..... I have this Info only for ONE not proper connection and only for the moment when the mouse pointer is over the Hatch Tool Symbol.

If I have to zoom into the Problem - I will lose the Info where the problem is :-(

To get the “Problem Info” back I have to select it again - but for that I have to zoom out ............... ;-)

It would be nice to have this “Problem Info” longer in the drawing - maybe until I solved all problems.

And it would be nice to have ALL Infos for not connected lines at the same time. It is not really helpful to repeat this function 20times if I have 20 connection problems ... ;)

1132QCAD (main)Feature RequestVery LowInfo > Polygonal Area: create blockAssigned
Task Description

Optionally create an (anonymous?) block for the polygon and the text.

1607QCAD (main)SuggestionVery LowIndent 'Spline Segments:' in explode preferencesAssigned
1 Task Description

 FS#1604  was issued because of non-intuitive hierarchy of the preferences for the Explode function.
The task comment recieved explains the funcionallity in details not found elsewhere.

Indentation of the phrase ‘Spline Segments:’ suggest hierarchy.
Graying out the drop down box for the number of spline segments establish hierarchy.

645QCAD (main)Bug ReportLowInch - Layerdata / Linewight still in mm ...Assigned
Task Description

Drawing Unit is in “Inch” but the Layer Data (Line wight) is in “mm” ....

I like it ;-) ... but maybe I’m the only one :-(

628QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowImprove workflow for entering tool parametersAssigned
Task Description

Provide keyboard shortcuts for options tool bar.

Under Linux, Windows Alt+Key shortcuts can be used.
Mac OS X does not seem to support this.

See also suggestions at:

1323QCAD (main)SuggestionLowImprove command line support in QCADAssigned
Task Description


As a typical command line draftsman (still using acad10 for dos, since microsoft doesn’t supoort Win NT anymore),
I noticed a severe lack on command line acces in QCAD.

For example I find the icon and pixel selecting methods within qcad very confusing and rude.

With the normal cad Select command I can select exactly what en how I want it.

I intend not to be rude, but I find my drawing screen littered all over with all kind of very specialist menu’s,
tools and options. Sorry, I just want to make a drawing at the natural intuitive way, as with a pencil.
So I use command line Commands, such as Move, Copy, Change, Select, a.s.o.
For a ‘Command scripting’ user (-batching is a different tool!-),
it seems to me logical these basic commands should be accessable.

1185QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowImporting Tables (CSV)Assigned
Task Description

Import tables in CSV format and display them in the drawing as lines and text.

1203dxflibBug ReportLowImages not saved (dxflib)Assigned
Task Description

I am doing a bit of landscaping and using a (big) ortophoto as one of my layers in order to sanity-check on the ground measurements.

The layer contains a point and the image and nothing else.

The image is a 8MB file: “PNG image data, 4200 x 2980, 8-bit/color RGB, non-interlaced” and it is scaled to 210 coordinate units (meter) horizontally in the drawing.

With approx 50% probability the image disappears during Save, as see for instance in this diff of the DXF file:

      @@ -158699,28 +153057,6 @@ AcDbXrecord
      -  5
      - 90
      -  1
      - 10
      - 20
      - 11
      - 21
      -  0

The point in the same layer does not similarly disappear, the bug only seems to affect images.

I have seen this bug from version to git as of yesterday (63e06c778926a803bdfbffdf27b8c24d41511072).

I have not been able to correlate the bug with anything.

Looking closer at the DXF file (attached), there seems to be some residuce of attempts to insert images in protected/invisible layers, so this may be some kind of refcounting issue.

(Any chance of getting FreeBSD into the “Operating System” field ?)

154QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowImage: move reference points to scaleAssigned
Task Description

Image: move reference points to scale

763QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowHatching with just one clickAssigned
4 Task Description

My task: To hatch an area.

Right now, if I want to fill an area with a hatch pattern, I have to select all the enclosing objects (lines, arcs) and then I can select the hatch tool. That can be under some circumstances a tedious task.
To illustrate this, I created a simple example (see Attachment 1: Hatching.png).

Step 1: Create a rectangle.
Step 2: Draw four vertical lines.
Step 3: Select the four lines surrounding the first area. –> Problem! The horizontal lines are too long.
Step 4: Divide the long horizontal lines of the rectangle where the vertical lines touch. Now the lines surrounding the three areas can be selected.
Step 5: Hatch the selection. Done.

Just for fun try recreating my second example (see Attachment 2: Hatching2.png)

Therefore I would like to suggest a far more simple approach.

Step 1: Select the Hatch Tool.
Step 2: Click inside the area you would like to be hatched. Done.

Of course that would mean that the hatch style is already pre-defined and can be changed later, if needed.

In this way productivity can be increased by ... [fill in you own estimate] ... times.

Example 2 would need only 13 clicks to hatch all the areas (including the hatch tool button).

787QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowHatch generator - plug in tool?Assigned
Task Description

Would it be possible to make a Plug in tool for a Hatch generator, so custom made hatches can be saved as .pat files?

I have a lot of up and coming future projects that I would like to make my own ‘custom’ hatches for.

689QCAD (main)Bug ReportLowGrid spacing info not shownAssigned
Task Description

OpenSuSE 12.2: the grid info display is not displayed:

839QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowGrid / Meta Grid info + Drawing Unit Info ...Assigned
1 Task Description

At our QCAD Drawing window, below right corner, we have the Info displayed what are the Grid / Meta Grid settings.
It would be nice to have additional the Info for the drawing unit ...

1112QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowGradientsAssigned
2 Task Description

I would very much like to ask for the option to Hatch/Fill with a gradient of one or two colours.

Many Thanks


927QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowFurther options for the 'Add Measurement' toolsAssigned
1 Task Description

Absolutely love the new options for adding the measurements in the current drawing.

I would like to see an additional option for only adding the text and not the lines also, maybe a simple check box would suffice here.

Of course at the moment I am able to use the property editor to select only the lines and move to a new layer and hide!

601QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowFür Berechnungen neu zu erstellende Elemente Werte von ...Assigned
Task Description

Es wäre schön wenn ich Werte wie zum Beispiel Längen von Linien direkt abgreifen könnte um diese weiter in Berechnungen verwenden zu können.

Ich habe eine Linie konstruiert wobei sich eine Länge y ergeben hat.

Nun möchte ich eine Linie zeichnen die 5 mal y sein soll.

Linientool → Wert 5* eingeben und y durch Auswahl mit der Maus von dem vorhandenen Elements übernehmen.

Natürlich könnte ich die Geometrie Info benutzen um den Wert abzulesen oder auch über die Zwischenablage zu benutzen. Ein abgreifen mit der Maus wäre aber schneller, direkter und wahrscheinlich auch mit weniger Fehlern (Human error) verbunden. Wahrscheinlich auch genauer da QCad, denke ich, mit mehr Nachkommastellen rechnet, oder?

246QCAD (main)Bug ReportLowFoot drawing unit: value displayAssigned
Task Description

Various issues for grid info, property editor, dimensions, etc.

528QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowFont Editing Assigned
Task Description

Dear Sir,
I have noticed that in QCAD 3 rc4 it is not possible to open and edit font files.
This feature exists in version 2.2 and is indispensable to people using not common languages.
For example the unicode font does not have all greek characters, so I have added a few of the missing ones by editing the unicode.cxf font with version 2.2.
I kindly ask the designers to consider enabling this capability again.
Thank you!

1067QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowFilling an area with a bitmapAssigned
Task Description

Being able to fill an area with a bitmap would be a nice addition to the already impressive feature list of QCAD.

586QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowFile open dialog with previewAssigned
Task Description

Since this is not supported by Qt anymore, this would likely have to be implemented from scratch.

12QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowFile Export FormatsAssigned
Task Description



  • SQL
  • DGN
  • Google SketchUp
  • Canonical representation of DXF that would allow for meaningful diffs
  • XML representation of DXF

Not Planned

  • EMF/WMF (use SVG instead or use SVG to EMF converter)


  • SVG
  • PDF
1332QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowFile > SVG Export: export DXF entity handles to SVGAssigned
Task Description

Add handle attribute to exported SVG tags to identify exported DXF entities.

1230QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowFile > PDF Export / SVG Export: export layersAssigned
Task Description

Dear Andrew, just in case you should ever run out of ideas for enhancements; As an advisor I sometimes get PDF files and recently, some CAD drawings contained layers, which is kind of nifty to reduce the clutter.

Sadly though, qprinter/qpainter seem to be unaware of OCG (Optional Content Groups, the PDF jargon for layers) at the moment, so my plea is for the back burner now. Probably in SVG though it can be done? Yet that is of a little less use, maybe…

1471QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowFile > Open file locationAssigned
1 Task Description

When working with several files is normal also to work in several folders, this can be confusing, expecially in the case where there are different folders with equal file names.
I propose the creation of a “Open file location”. This, probably under the main menu, “File”, when clicked would open the standard
“file explorer” with the folder that contains the current file already selected.
It would be quite similar to the windows 8/10 “Open file location”.

1663QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowFeature Request: Export Layers as New DrawingAssigned
1 Task Description


in many tasks in qcad I ended up exporting one or several layers into individual files for some cnc jobs or further processing. So the steps I usually do are:

  • select all elements on the layer
  • paste into new drawing
  • sometimes rename layer names or attributes
  • adjust dimension settings
  • save and give name for drawing

Sometimes I have up to 100 layers I need to export like this, so an automatic export for all would be time saving too. But very often a “single click” export method would also help a lot. (e.g. inside the layer list an entry in the right click menue like “save as new file”). Also a multiple selection would be handy if more that one layer should end up in the new file. (e.g. select the three layers that need to be in the new document, then right click and save as new file). Maybe this is too much of changes needed inside the layer list - so something like a separate layer export dialogue would make sense.

When exporting many layers some variables for automatic naming of layers and filename would make sense e.g. user can specify basename_%L.dxf to get the basename_layername.dxf or just an increasing number.

For layers and attributes it is often needed to give a layer a certain name or color for different cnc processes (e.g. engraving and cutting for lasers) or to put everything on layer “0” because of some old CAM software that only supports content on layer 0.

probably many more details would make sense that I didn’t think of yet...

kind regards

638QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowFeature request- text find/replace functionAssigned
1 Task Description

Feature request- text string find/replace

Scope: entire drawing/selected objects set/chosenlayer only


‘find’ with ‘zoom to’, first, next, previous, last

‘replace’ with ‘next’, ‘undo’, ‘all’

This functionality is very useful when using QCad for system diagrams and the like.

467QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowFeature request for new Arc tool option to add to Arc s...Assigned
2 Task Description

For and behalf of mandrena

To add another Arc tool option in Arc tools set:

1.Specify Start point for Arc.
2.Specify End point for Arc.
3.Specify “Tangent” direction (without being restricted in input field) so you can visually select a point on your desired Tangent line!

788QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowExtra option to detect duplicates only in user defined ...Assigned
1 Task Description

It would be very useful to have an extra option to only detect duplicates within a user defined area.

951QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowExtra Option for Block attributes ...Assigned
Task Description

It would be nice to have the possibility to control the automatic Text orientation in Block attributes.
Something what would work like the DIM restriction: I can read the text horizontal and/or from the right side of the drawing sheet.

Right now I have the feeling that the Text orientation is dependent on the tool what I even use.
Different tools = different outcomes.

776QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowExtra ' isometric' buttons for using Line from Angle.Assigned
1 Task Description

When working with the isometric grid (in any projection - Top, Right, Left) and drawing from ‘scratch’ as it were, without using the projection tools - I find myself using ‘Line from Angle’ the most.

It would be extreamly useful to be presented with two extra buttons when using this tool, a 30 degree button and a -30 degree button, this way I wouldn’t need to keep typing in the angle difference here.



1526QCAD (main)SuggestionLowExporting block attributes to CSVAssigned
1 Task Description

Two useful commands make it necessary to

1-”delete all the history of the command lines without terminating QCad” ; and

2-”export attributes to the CSV file as exported to the Blocks List”

1090QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowExport only selected layers to SVG and/or export each l...Assigned
Task Description

When exporting to SVG it would be helpful if there was a selection of layers to export.
E.g. when selecting only layer A in the SVG export dialog, only the objects located/displayed on layer A would be exported to SVG.

As an alternative or additional export feature, there could be an option to export each (non-empty) layer to a separate SVG in one step.
The layer names could be used as (part of the) default file names during the export.
E.g. Layer A of file XYZ would be exported to “XYZ_A.SVG” while layer B would be exported to “XYZ_B.SVG” etc.

1555QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowExport list of points.Assigned
1 Task Description

It would be great when you can add a function to export a selected object as a list of points.
Is it possible to add?

Autodes DWG TrueView 2017 has this function and it is very useful.
Here you can see a screenshot of this function.

173QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowexplode text to lettersAssigned
Task Description


798QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowelaborate on purge toolAssigned
1 Task Description

Modify the “purge layer” tool to preserve empty layers with a locked status.
see: http://www.qcad.org/rsforum/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=2386

1093QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowEdit Layer attributes by double-clicking on entry in la...Assigned
2 Task Description

When double clicking on an entry in the layer list just nothing happens.
I would prefer if this would directly open the layer attributes dialog to change color/name etc.

1218QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowEdit blocks in the drawing instead of isolatedAssigned
3 Task Description


1424QCAD (main)Bug ReportVery LowEdit > Undo: hatches not selectedAssigned
Task Description

If a hatch is selected, then rotated or scaled and this is undone afterwards, the hatch is not selected anymore.

1316QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowEdit > Drawing Preferences: add global linear factorAssigned
Task Description

See also:

1489QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowEdit > Drawing Preferences > Dimensions: Add option to ...Assigned
1 Task Description

It would be extreamly useful to have an option to either use - or not use leader lines in the standard horizontal/vertical dimension line tools, some of the drawings I’m working on need the ‘standard’ looking dimensions with leader lines and some don’t. its a real pain to have to select - explode and delete all the leaders I don’t need.

Hoping for an option



1586QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowEdit > Application Preferences: Use different color for...Assigned
Task Description

Add preference to use a single, configurable color for all locked layers.

See also:

1180dxflibBug ReportLowdxflib cannot open files with international characters ...Assigned
3 Task Description

With dxflib, QCAD cannot open any file with Chinese file name or path name, it popups a “Important Error” dialog.
But the writing (”Save As” command) with Chinese file name or path name is of no problem.
Does it mean dxflib can only handle single byte characters file name/path name?
WinXP, QCAD 3.8.0

747QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowDXF import: dimension labelAssigned
Task Description

Add support for custom dimension labels created in 3rd party applications. Such labels may contain text that is stripped by QCAD.

976dxflibBug ReportLowDXF import errors related to hatches, textsAssigned
Task Description


1008QCAD (main)Bug ReportLowDXF (dxflib) compat issuesAssigned
Task Description

Git head as well as 3.4.5 (trial), both with dxflib

Start up QCAD, (with existing or new configuration, doesn’t seem to matter), “Save as” the completely empty drawing, choose “R15 (dxflib)” on Pro (only this one is available on community), save drawing.

Fire up AutoCAD 2000, try to load the empty drawing just saved.


DXF read error
Error in APPID Table
DXF read error on line 941.
Invalid or incomplete DXF input -- drawing discarded.

Problem not present when a completely empty drawing saved using Teigha in R15 format is opened (ie. it just results in an empty drawing in AutoCAD 2000). Problem is also not present when saving an existing drawing with Pro (trial) with Teigha and opening it in AutoCAD 2000. Problem does present when trying to open a dxflib-saved drawing in AutoCAD 2000.

Empty drawings created with both dxflib in QCAD Pro 3.4.5 trial and Teigha whatever in QCAD Pro trial 3.4.5 are attached. (Community Git 135fd0 is identical to Pro - same dxflib version.)

1542dwg2svgFeature RequestLowdwg2svg: add switch to show only given layer(s)Assigned
Task Description

Implement a command line switch to only show a list of given layers for dwg2* command line tools.

1021dwg2pdfFeature RequestLowdwg2pdf: switch to set block to exportAssigned
1 Task Description

Add a command line switch to dwg2pdf to export a given block instead of “*Model_Space”.

1700dwg2pdfFeature RequestLowdwg2pdf: output multiple layoutsAssigned
Task Description

Add support to specify multiple blocks (layouts) to output (one per page).

1298QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowDrawing Preference; File formatAssigned
Task Description

Hi, I get anoyed everytime saving a drawing;

 File Format not recommended.......          [Yes]   ; I know. it's suppose to be in that format!
 Saving to file......                        [OK]    ; I already told you
 Black entities ......bla bla                [OK]    ; I already told you
 Custom colors ...... bla bla                [OK]    ; I already told you

Therefore, Drawing Preferences should start with the file format choice field;

 File Format: R.......

Drawing should be opened and saved in that format without any question. Please.

1743QCAD (main)Bug ReportVery LowDraw > Text: Wrong bounding box for text with empty sup...Assigned
1 Task Description


I have a drawing where I use text with superscript. In this case when I use autozoom, it does not work as I expect. It includes the 0,0 coordinates too. The problem also occures when I export the drawing into svg.

I attached an example, just use the autozoom.


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