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IDCategoryTask TypeSeverity  descSummaryStatusProgress
774QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdditional Button in the Blocklist menu for "Create Blo...Assigned
2 Task Description

If I work in QCAD only with Toolbars (and not with the “Cad Tools” there is nowhere a Button to find for “Create Block from selection”.
If I have to create a Block based on a selection I have to work with the Menu or have to activate the Cad Tools.

But, if I look at the Blocklist menu there is a function (+) to add an empty Block. It would be nice to have this button working for both situation - empty Block or depending on a selection to “Create Block from selection”.

Or alternative an additional Button ... :-(

Anyway - in my opinion would that make the “Blocklist” complete. :-)

754QCAD (main)Bug ReportLowAdding or removing additional viewports - gives unwante...Assigned
Task Description

Windows 7-64
When adding or removing additional viewports,an extra unnecessary window of the viewport is created.

1345QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdded option to paste a number of entities with even/eq...Assigned
2 Task Description

Please see topic:

An additional option would be useful to paste any given entity a set number of times with even/equal gaps in between.

1645QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd warning when opening file with 3D contentAssigned
Task Description


I’m working currently a lot with files coming from rhino. Qcad can open them properly any also most operations on them work as usual - except the selection methods.

box select from upper left to lower right works as usual.
double click to select all connected entities is broken. (only one entity is selected).
box select from lower right to upper left does not select entities touching the selection box. (nothing is selected)

on mac os nothing is selectable with single click.
on linux single click sometimes fails (nothing is selected after clicking on a line).

thanks for looking into this :)


1106QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd support for wipeoutsAssigned
2 Task Description

Wipeout entities can be used to hide rectangular or polygonal sections of a drawing, for example to make space for a label inside a hatch.

661QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd support for the DGN formatAssigned
1 Task Description

See OpenDesign news:
“ODA consolidates support for .dgn and .dwg file formats in Teigha”

1567QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd support for separate windowAssigned
1 Task Description

Hi, for multi-screen hosts it would be very useful to have additional windows while running the single QCad instance. Other applications like Palemoon, Evolution, Gimp are providing that already.
That would help a lot when working on multiple files and copying blocks between.

1749QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd support for non-uniform block scalingAssigned
1 Task Description

Same txt as on the forum.
had a copy because i had to log in 3 times to remark my own post.

Blocks are no solution either.

see pdf
[attachment=0]Block test_1.pdf[/attachment]

Antartica is put in a block as segments.
Added a rounded corner as segments and as poly.
scaled X x0.5 Y x1 origin the center of the magenta circl.

The scaled version is all over the place.
Set them to color red, no use they stay black.

The reference of the block is 2000mm to the left because I tried it out far right of my design.
The cyan circle is about 400mm in diameter.

dxf part included
[attachment=1]Block test.dxf[/attachment]

Version: (3.20.1)
Internet: QCAD.org
Build Date: Apr 13 2018
Revision: dd51609
Qt Version: 5.5.1
Architecture: i386
Compiler: MSVC++ 10.0 (2010)


832QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd shortcut to fastly enter ortho modeAssigned
Task Description

When drawing or moving objects holding down CTRL should activate ortho snapping as long as CTRL is pressed.

If ortho mode has been active before holding down CTRL should deactivate it (for the time it is beeing pressed).

1601QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd regex to text search & replaceAssigned
Task Description

Add a more versatile way of doing a search and replace for text. Regular expressions maybe?

1156QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd preference to force toolbars to be floatingAssigned
Task Description

Would it be possible to have the choice to dock or not dock toolbars - in other words keep them floating, an additional option in the tool settings could be added?

1155QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd preference for solid line crosshairsAssigned
Task Description

Would it be possible to have the choice of either dashed or solid lines for the large cross hairs?

1152QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd preference for snap label and snap cursor shape / c...Assigned
Task Description

Would it be possible to have options for:

1.Enable or disable Snap label with text.

2.To have a ‘Snap Marker’ with style and colour choice instead of snap label.

* It would be good for users to have the choice.

1159QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd preference for button option instead of drop down m...Assigned
2 Task Description

For some tools like the Horizontal or vertical line, it would be good to have button options (similar to infinite and ray line buttons) instead of the drop down menus.

1647QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd point / dot option for leaders Assigned
Task Description

Hi Andrew,

Hopefully you might be able to squeeze this one around your busy schedule.

Would it be possible to add in the property editor an option to change a dimension arrow to a point / filled dot and maybe also a tick?

I see you are working on some viewport stuff, I am very much looking forward to testing some of this out ;).

Many thanks


1613QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd Orthogonal Option to Angelur DIM Tool ...Assigned
1 Task Description

... please see below:


1576QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowadd option to switch off dialog for modify: rotate tool...Assigned
1 Task Description

To improve the flow of drawing I’d like to switch off the dialog for the rotate tool. Most of the times i use the interactive input and delete the original. So I don’t need to click a popup to acknowledge that.
I allready use the same option for the move/copy tool.

695QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd more dimension arrow styles (e.g. dots)Assigned
Task Description

Add more dimension arrow styles (e.g. dots).

See forum thread:

823QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd Midpoint Handles to Lines and PolylinesAssigned
1 Task Description

The Midpoint Handles should be used to move Polyline Segments and lines. This would add easy to access stretch functionality.
Combined with a shortcut(hold down shift or alt etc.) to fix the movement to be orthogonal to the line this would bring a lot of extra value.
It would also be possible to to have another shortcut to easily insert nodes to Polylines (again hold shift or alt etc.)

21QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd line weight scale factorAssigned
Task Description

Required for extreme units such as Nanometers or Kilometers. See also FS#20

1099QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd Leader with text and number bubbleAssigned
1 Task Description

Having leader with numbers and text would be awesome to better interact with the drawing and making BOM lists.

Currently it takes too mush time to make the leaders with text and number bubbles.

1254QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd drop object along a path with automatic trimAssigned
Task Description

Add drop object along a path with automatic trim.

  1. The object can be a selection before or after selecting the tool, an entity or a block.
  1. The path can be another entity from a start point to an end point.
  1. Dropping can be made on one side or the other (like in other tools depending on the side of the cursor), with a choice of miroring the object or not.
  1. The number of drops or the distance between can be selected.
  1. The distance can be between a control point of the object or its sysmetry axis or border.
  1. The dropping direction can be selected too.
  1. The droping depth can be constrained : all control points have passed the path, or one of them. Alternatively, replace control points by an entity belonging to the object.

Exemple of use case : equidistant drills in a curved rail. The dropping depth constraint enables for example to ensure a drill has a minimal depth when not orthogonal to a plan.

1100QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd drag dimension (snap) along dimension lineAssigned
1 Task Description

In Autocad when making a dimension when left clicking to place the dimension there is the possibility to drag the dimension to either side of the dimension. This is also possible with Qcad dimension, but it losses the snapping and does not extend the dimension line out to the dimension text.

This is very useful when the two lines the needs a dimension are close together, or overlapping with another.

Attached is two images one for autocad and one for Qcad

1713QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd attribute value "By Parent" for child layersAssigned
Task Description

Add attribute value “By Parent” for color, line weight, line style for child layers.

See also:

1629QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAdd additional Option to Angelur DIM ToolAssigned
Task Description

Please see:


639QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAbility to load a file of keyboard shortcutsAssigned
Task Description

It would be useful if a file of keyboard shortcuts to commands could be loaded.

Then a set of shortcuts identical/based on the Autocad keyboard shortcuts can be loaded, making it much easier for Autocad users to migrate to your product.

There does seem to be some future functionality planned here, with the shortcut ‘scheme’ selector in Program Preferences, but for the moment ‘Qcad’ is the only option available.

This strategy is used to great effect by Draftsight (but who trusts a big company like Dassault/Solidworks...)

1473QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow"Partial" circular/radial dimensionsAssigned
Task Description

This is kind of related to FS#952, or rather a superset of it.

Consider the situation in the attached image. There is a perfectly good, albeit really shallow arc, making the radius somewhere in the vicinity of 600 millimeters, and the radial dimension being drawn accordingly.

Considering the other dimensions of the part, this is completely unusable, even to work with, really, but definitely so when it needs to be put on paper.

It would be nice to have some sort of “partial” (for my lack of a better word) radial/diametric dimensions where the dimension length can be adjusted.

Considering that this can be done with Leader, maybe a better (more generic) solution would be for Leader type dimensions to have options so they could automatically generate labels for various dimensions of a selected entity – sort of like having the Prefix/Tolerance/Scale options the other dimensions have, and have some additional fields there for selected entity and maybe dimension type (for example, radial or diametric for an arc-type entity).

860QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow"Create Library item from selection" default Path ...Assigned
1 Task Description

Default Path for “Create Library item from selection” / “Save us” is C:\Programme\QCAD pro 3.1.6 ...
... regardless of the settings in the “Application Preferences / Library Browser / for Library Sources.
And QCAD doesn’t remember the last path choice ....

If I have to save 50 Library Items I have to navigate 50 times thru my system to find - the same place.

It would be nice if QCAD would point in first place to the Library Source or, at least, remember the last used path ... ;-)

681QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow'Plug-in' for Gear generatorAssigned
1 Task Description

Feature request for a ‘plug-in’ for generating different types of gears, like - Ring, Spur, Sprocket, Rack, etc... etc...
To produce 2D templates for all sorts of projects.

1660QCAD (main)Bug ReportVery LowViewport in Model Space ...Assigned
Task Description

... I have the feeling that wasn’t the idea. I’m correct?

in Model Space, launch Add Viewport, determine the Viewport rectangle - when done QCAD will switch to a Layout Block.
Now in Layout Block, don’t(!) place the Viewport, switch back to Model Space and the Viewport is still attached to the Mouse pointer and you can place it in your Model Space. The source of the Viewport will then disappear.

1443QCAD (main)Bug ReportVery LowView > Status Bar remains uncheckedAssigned
Task Description

Status Bar menu remains unchecked even it is toggled on or off

1719QCAD (main)Bug ReportVery LowUndo on converted drawing leads to wrong label position...Assigned
Task Description

Drawing converted from inch to mm - undo leads to wrong dim label position. I can fix that with “Reset Label position” but it would be nice if QCAD could to that in first place.

1460QCAD (main)Bug ReportVery LowTwo Display Environment --> Problems with Toolboxes and...Assigned
1 Task Description


I’m unsing a two display environment and got all Tools and Widgets placed on the second display.
See qcad1.png

There are two problems:

1.) When I open another application on second display, three toolboxes stay on top, the others are behind new application.
See qcad2.png

2.) When I minimize Qcad only the mainwindow will be minimuzed, all the toolboxes and widgets stay on second display also with problem 1.
See qcad3.png

Whould be great, when this issues will be fixed :-)

Thank you very much

P.S.: Hope described well, if not, please drop me a reply...

1223QCAD (main)Bug ReportVery LowText: formatting with subscript and font sizeAssigned
Task Description

- enter the text A1 and format the “1” as subscript and with a different font size.
When you click OK, it will be something like: AH3.571431;
I have to manually edit it (source tab) to AH3.57143;S^1;

1760QCAD (main)Bug ReportVery LowSelf-crossing polylines can't be cut twice at segment c...Assigned
Task Description

Re-entering dividing problem from  FS#1757 

Divide the poly selecting near segment 1 at the segment crossing.
> A new node is inserted on the crossing and made start and end node.
Divide the poly again selecting near segment 2 at the segment crossing.
> no division appears to be done.

One can’t divide the second segment at the crossing

Presumed intended behaviour like  FS#1750 


38QCAD (main)Feature RequestVery LowSave / restore, export / import settingsAssigned
Task Description

Inside the application preference dialog:

  • save settings (asks for a name)
  • restore settings (picked from a list that contains all so far saved settings and some presets)
  • export settings (to a file)
  • import settings (from a file)

Export / import could be useful for companies to synchronize settings.

1369QCAD/CAMBug ReportVery Lowqcad-bin is trying to access non-existent /home/andrewAssigned
Task Description

I experience long start delays. I’ve trace the problem to the fact that I have autofs automounting my home directories. However, an strace of qcad-bin shows the following:

execve("/opt/ribbonsoft/qcad/qcad-3.12.6/qcad-bin", ["/opt/ribbonsoft/qcad/qcad-3.12.6"...], [/* 87 vars */]) = 0
brk(NULL)                               = 0x1eca000
mmap(NULL, 4096, PROT_READ|PROT_WRITE, MAP_PRIVATE|MAP_ANONYMOUS, -1, 0) = 0x7fd6194ad000
access("/etc/ld.so.preload", R_OK)      = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
open("/home/andrew/local/qt/lib/tls/x86_64/libqcadecmaapi.so", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
stat("/home/andrew/local/qt/lib/tls/x86_64", 0x7fff4722f250) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
open("/home/andrew/local/qt/lib/tls/libqcadecmaapi.so", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
stat("/home/andrew/local/qt/lib/tls", 0x7fff4722f250) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
open("/home/andrew/local/qt/lib/x86_64/libqcadecmaapi.so", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
stat("/home/andrew/local/qt/lib/x86_64", 0x7fff4722f250) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
open("/home/andrew/local/qt/lib/libqcadecmaapi.so", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
stat("/home/andrew/local/qt/lib", 0x7fff4722f250) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)

Since there is no “andrew” user here, I have to wait for automount to timeout which takes about 2m and is rather annoying.

1042QCAD (main)Bug ReportVery LowPreferences dialogs: help button shown in dialog headerAssigned
Task Description


1587QCAD (main)Bug ReportVery LowPDF export created with wrong date timeAssigned
Task Description

Hi guys,

when I export my dxf drawing to pdf, the pdf properties shows wrong “created date”. I am in UTC+2, the date shows 2 hours less.
I exported the pdf at 12:24, the attached ps shows 10:24.


1759QCAD (main)SuggestionVery LowModify // .... selection of entities on locked layer al...Assigned
Task Description

Without any selection.
Entities on a locked layer can be selected after choosing:

Asumed wrong
- Modify DI
- Modify
- Modify D3
- Modify

- Modify RM
- Modify
- Modify RN Less severe
- Modify
- Modify OH
- Modify


1762QCAD (main)Bug ReportVery LowModify // .... selection of entities on locked layer al...Assigned
Task Description

Not served with the degration to ‘Suggestion’ FS#1759.
Demanded closing FS#1759 & re-entered

Locking entities (by layer) to avoid selection,eg. nearby,very close by or on the same spot, does not have the intended influence.

Asumed wrong:
- Modify DI
- Modify B2
- Modify D3
- Modify MT
These 4 need a single entity to be selected and selection of a locked entity is allowed.(=questionable)
The action will allways leed to ‘not allowed’.(=correct)

- Modify RM
- Modify CH
- Modify RN
These 3 need a pair of entities.
RM: Selection of a locked limiting entity is allowed (=questionable), enity to trim not.(=correct)
The action will trim unlocked entities to the locked limiter.(=questionable)
CH & RN: Selection of a pair of entities is allowed.(=questionable)
Trimming if ‘trim’ is on will not occur because locked and leeds to ‘not allowed’.(=correct)
The creation of the bevel or rounding on an active locked layer will not occur because locked and leeds to ‘not allowed’.(=correct)
The creation, except for polyline segments (because locked themself), on an active unlocked layer will be done.(=correct)

Less severe but still questionable: (because these don’t necerally act on the locked entities themselves)
- Modify OF
- Modify OH
- Modify SS
OF: Selection of a locked base entity is allowed.(=questionable)
The preview is casted only if the active layer is unlocked.(=correct)
The creation is only done on an active unlocked layer.(=correct)
OH: Selection of a locked base entity is allowed.(=questionable)
Selection of point references from entities on locked layers is allowed.(=questionable)
The preview is casted only if the active layer is unlocked.(=correct)
The creation is only done on an active unlocked layer.(=correct)
SS: Selection of point references from entities on locked layers is allowed.(=questionable)
Strechting is only done for unlocked entities. (=correct)

1426QCAD (main)Feature RequestVery LowLoad drawings that were open when closing QCAD on start...Assigned
Task Description

See also:

1518QCAD (main)Bug ReportVery LowLandscape/Portrait gets confused for custom page sizeAssigned
Task Description


In the Print Preview or Drawing Preferences / Page Settings if I select a Custom size, then landscape/portrait does not really make sense.

For instance, at work we have a laser cutter which uses a printer driver. The bed of the laser is 600 wide by 300 high. When I wanted to cut
something, I created a custom page size of 600×300 and selected Landscape (because it is wider than high)

Strangely, back in the Print Preview, the page is now sized opposite with regards to Portrait / Landscape mode, which was confusing somewhat.

(see pictures attached)

I think that for ‘Custom’ page size in Drawing Preferences, the option of Portrait or Landscape should probably be ghosted

Then, I think that for Portrait / Landscape mode in the Print Preview, it should display the shape most appropriate, rather than just assuming that the document fits the norm:

  1. Taller than Wide for Portrait mode
  2. Wider than Tall for Landscape mode
1692QCAD (main)Bug ReportVery LowIssue with Layouts. "Viewport" enteties are not highlig...Assigned
Task Description

QCad 3.19.2 Professional, 64bit, Linux Mint

1. Open some drawing with viewport entities on layout block (paper scace). Print Preview mode is “On” automatically.
2. Switch to “Black/White Mode” from toolbar and move cursor on “Viewport” enteties. This entitie is not highlighted. With other enteties all works as expected.
In “Full Color Mode” and “Grayscale Mode” no problems.

For example can try on “flange.dxf”

1691QCAD (main)Bug ReportVery LowIssue with Layouts after "File-Revert"Assigned
Task Description

QCad 3.19.2 Professional, 64bit, Liux Mint

1. Open some saved drawing with viewport entities on layout block (paper space). Print Preview mode is “On” automatically.
2. After “File-Revert” drawing is reopened on layout block (paper space), but now Print Previw mode is “Off” .

For example can try on “flange.dxf”

1068QCAD (main)Feature RequestVery LowIsometric bitmapAssigned
Task Description

It would be a nice feature to be able to create an isometric projection of a bitmap.

1375QCAD (main)SuggestionVery LowInstall in hidden folderAssigned
Task Description

After each update, I add a dot before the ~user/opt folder (and in the program launcher) created by QCAD to unclutter my file manager’s appearance. Would be easy, I think, to make the installer put the program directly in ~user/.opt, and nobody would miss that folder while browsing through daily used files.

And what about installing the program as root, so all users of a computer could use it without personal installs, and only personal setting files created by users would be kept in ~user/.opt/qcam.


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.

1765QCAD (main)Bug ReportVery LowErrors with polyline offsetAssigned
1 Task Description

Win 7 32 bit QCAD 3.20.1

Ofsset of a base-line with arcs results in massive ammount of errors.
Most of them occur as a cluster of very tiny segments and are part of the offset. (zoom far in at the red circles)
Mostly they occur where the offsetted arcs should merely be trimmend pairwise.
Some occur as detached entities or as detached strings of entities very near the offset (strings not documented).
Spooks occur at opposite site when base-line is not closed.
360° curls can occur with R = Offset.
Null-entities may occur (not documented, hard to find and not able to copy).

The base-line is checked and sound and has mixed tangentially or not tangentially connected arcs.
Offsetting the mother base-line of the base in the file has similar effect but not all and/or different ones.
Also encountered with offseting polys from fonts.
Used to define pocket paths for CNC.
Detected because the CNC driver will not accept Self-crossers, Null-entities or open ends depending on the settings.

Work arround is to explode and select small entities but this does not solves the issues.
1) Choosing the tolerance large enough will detect small segments that should stay.
2) Recombining will generate new ones at the place where the main segments remain crossed.
Cleaning up the paths is a daunting process with some thousand segments for several offsets.

I assume this has an infuence on the CAM part of QCAD too unless the offset method is different.

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