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 623 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow C++ plugin interface Closed
Task Description

C++ plugin interface to add functionality from existing C / C++ libraries to QCAD.

 624 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Line pattern scale Closed
Task Description

If we use a dash line type and set the overall linetype factor to 100 on a drawing (plan of 20metres x 20 metres approx) and then come to print it on A3, the linetype is not being scalled back from 20metres to suit the page extents.

So instead of lots of dashes we see just 2 strikes across the page. For now we set the linefactor low, which is good for printing, but now appears a solid line in the display unless we really zoom in.

 630 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Select entities by type Closed
Task Description

please see:

from LeoP

” What would be really useful is a method to select entities by type, rather than by location or layer.

It could have a user interface like the snap command with buttons for the entity type to select, or like the line command with a drop-down box.

This would enable one to quickly select e.g. all texts in a drawing for subsequent attribute modification. Now one has to select each text individually if the texts are scattered over the drawing and layers...”

 632 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Text Höhe default in Application Preferences / Drawing  ...Closed
Task Description

Es wäre Hilfreich für eine eigene durchgängige Standardisierung die möglichkeit zu haben Default Texthöhen in den Application/ Drawing Preferences vorgeben zu können.

Perfekt wäre in meinen Augen das man drei Texthöhen vorgeben könnte wie z.B. 2.5mm, 3.5mm, 5mm die bei der Eingabe von Text (oder beim editieren) per Schalter gewählt werden könnten. Das individuelle eingeben von Texthöhen sollte aber zudem beibehalten werden.

Bei der Bemaßung kann ich dies bereits jetzt für eine Texthöhe einrichten ... ;-)

 636 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow 64 bit compilation Closed
Task Description


I’m using QCAD2 quite a while now and after moving from FreeBSD-i386 to FreeBSD-amd64 there are some libraries missing in the 32 bit version (libXi and some more).

I’d strongly suggest making a 64 bit compilation of the pro version. The community edition does compile and run on FBSD-amd64 very well.

Maybe ths would better be posted to the suggestion list of the upcoming version 3 ...

Thanks for attention!
see topic:

 643 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Zooming mode of operation Closed
Task Description

I just realized, that Zoom-in and Zoom-out (with the mousewheel) works different from graphical editors I know (as soon as drawing is larger than full screen).

Graphical editor (PSP X2 (and other too I think)):
Will make the position of the cursor the center of the drawing area. Thus allowing very fast to reposition the viewable area without changing into a move mode (Hand icon) and without the rulers on the left or down of the drawing area. The reposition is very handsome!
But this solution is only half way practical: If you use the wheel twice to zoom twice in sequence without moving the cursor, it will reposition the image twice - this double reposition is not practical at all, as the second reposition is rather random!

Lets the center unchanged and just zooms-in or Zooms-out.

My proposal:
- Zoom-in or Zoom-out around the current position of the cursor
- move this current position to the center of the screen
- move the cursor itself to the center of the screen (thus avoiding to shift the image again with a subsequent zoom-operation

  1. if the user uses a second zoom-op the new center remains mostly fixed. This would allow best of both solutions:
  2. but the user is free to make an other area of the drawing the new center if he actively moves the cursor again.

I think this would be very simple, intuitive and efficient to handle, reducing the need to reposition the drawing manually a lot.

Actually I think earlier version of graphical editors I used worked with were implemented that way.

I’m not an extensive CAD user. Maybe there are special requests for this type of work that are in contradiction to my idea. Maybe it would be practical to activate this type of zooming when used along with <ALT>. Hmmm - no: Allow original QCAD-zooming with <ALT>!


By the way:
Mouse right-click seems never assigned in QCAD. In Windows a user usually expects ‘Properties’ to be activated with right-click. But I think with the clever way you implemented this, there is no real need to change this. As the standard is already broken: Why not assign permanently a ‘Move’ (Hand icon) to ‘right-click’...

 646 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Is a Debian Installation possible? Closed
Task Description

Post from topic:

Re: QCAD 3 Final
by ralvejd » Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:43 pm

Yes nice news
I’m waiting for a Debian installation

 647 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Customize line type Closed
5 Task Description

I would like to get a submenu in properties to define own line types, i.e. one dash and three points or line + block.

Edit: Add support for custom line types defined in DXF / DWG files.

 651 QCAD (main)Feature RequestVery Low Posibility print some layers in color and others in bla ...Closed
Task Description

Qcad3 have the feature to print in 3 ways: color, grey and black.

The missing feature is select some layers to preserve the original color in the black mode of print.

 654 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Text missing from dwg import (block attributes) Closed
Task Description

Hi Andrew,

I am guessing this is an external library, but you maybe able to push it upstream.

Certain Autocad DWG files with embeded blocks fail to display text that was associated with them. For example see grid ref D.03 in the attached autocad drawing, the circles are terminals and should have nos in them.

Have tried exploding them in qcad etc, but nothing.


 656 QCAD (main)Feature RequestVery Low Data should not be in programs directory Closed
Task Description

QCAD2 offered the user to specify in the program settings where these directories should be/go, and took the first one in each list as default; QCAD3 only offers to enter auxiliary library and template directories and has no provisions for defaults.

All associated data (scipts, templates, libraries, patterns, fonts) is stored under the program directory, exactly where it should not be. Windows 7 and higher default prevent modifying the programs directory by redirecting the writes.
An extra user-input during the Windows install process would be in order.

QCAD3 should offer the user to specify any and all data directories involved (including the auto save), and make it possible to specify a default for each.
This list could be initialised with the installation defaults, or default to the installation directories when empty.

 657 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Auto Zoom applied too often Closed
Task Description

Auto Zoom should not be applied every time you go back and forth between editing a block and the main drawing.
At least, not by default: it just isn’t practical. QCAD2 didn’t do it...

see also http://www.ribbonsoft.com/rsforum/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=2111

 663 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow (de-)select by property Closed
Task Description

It would be nice if one could
- select
- deselect from the current selection
all entities with a specific property, for example:
- all entities which are texts
- all entities with angle === 180
- all entities with color !== red
The current property editor has the perfect gui for it. On a similar gui one could change a value there which changes the selection instead of the properties of the selected entities.

I think there would be no need for “and” or “or”, if the current selection can be reduced or extended.

 664 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Add some common functions and constants of the Math obj ...Closed
Task Description

This would make it easier to enter formulas using sqrt, sin, cos, tan, ... without the Math. part

See also forum at:

 669 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow GERBER file format import Closed
Task Description

Import .gbx (GERBER) files with electronic layouts.

 671 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Configurable icon size for top toolbars Closed
Task Description

Configurable icon size for top toolbars

 676 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Reference Points for "Relative Angle" and "Orthogonal"  ...Closed
Task Description

Other Line tools are offering Reference Points like: “Start” - “Middle” - “End”.

It would be nice to have the same Reference points for “Relative Angle” and “Orthogonal” lines.

 682 BookFeature RequestLow QCad Book with Bookmarks ... Closed
Task Description

QCad Book

Would be nice to have the index linked (like Bookmarks, Hyperlinks, Jump marks) with the regarding chapter.

So that I just can click in the index what I’m looking for and it jumps directly to the correct chapter.

 683 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Convert Spline to Polyline tool Closed
Task Description

To have a tool that could convert splines to polylines would be useful, particularly for laser cutting work where a nice steady flow is needed, otherwise you can get an erratic ‘jumpy’ movement when cutting..
Maybe a ‘two’ step procedure;
1.First convert to arc/line segments.
2. Then if needed convert to a continuous polyline.

 691 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Image preview for "Insert Bitmap" ... Closed
Task Description

If I like to import a Bitmap in my drawing I have no possibility to choose a file by a thumbnail bitmap preview. In many cases it is really helpful and I assume it is a sort of standard .... ;-)

 697 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Option to configure the min/max number of segments in a ...Closed
Task Description

Option to add a setting to configure the number (min/max) of segments for splines.

See topic:

 702 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Allow moving (undocking) of CAD tool bar Closed
Task Description

Allow moving (undocking) of CAD tool bar (similar like command line can be undocked).

 712 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow 3.0.3 - difficult to distinguish between Break out and  ...Closed
Task Description

Its slightly difficult to distinguish between the Break out and Auto-trim buttons in 3.0.3 (snapshot) release, even with large buttons!

Maybe a different color - (Green for example?)for the horizontal line between the red dots in the new Auto-trim button.

 743 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow After editing a Block back to the last window opening i ...Closed
Task Description

Working on a Main Drawing, decide to edit a Block, start the editing process, close the editing process with “Return to Main drawing” and come back to the Main Drawing - but unfortunately to an absolute different View in the Main Drawing ...

It would be nice to come back to the same View (Zoom window) like before I started the editing procedure.

 746 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Additional projection tools: dimetric, parallel, persp ...Closed
Task Description

We have already a powerful projection tool in QCAD - the Isometric tool.

It would be nice to have additional a “Dimetric tool” (Ratio 1:0.5:1, Angle 7°/42°) what is often used in the “Engineering world”.
It looks just more professional than the simple Isometric Projections and I’m pretty sure that could open a couple more Customer doors ;-)

 748 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Blocks ... Closed
Task Description

It would be nice ...

- to be able to use " and / in Block names what is really helpful in the Inch and Fraction world ... ;-)

- the ability to overwrite an existing Block what is often much easier/faster than editing a Block ;-)

- After selecting a Block you get the info of the Block name in the Property Editor (Geometry / Referenced Block).
If I need to edit this Block I have to go to the Block List - have to search for this name because it is not marked .... and of course it is a long long list.
It would be nice to have a “Edit this Block” Button in the Property Editor / Geometry / Referenced Block dialog ... ;-)

 760 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Hierarchical Layers Closed
4 Task Description

Please, dear Feature Fairy, I wish for hierarchical layers. That would make organizing my projects a little bit easier.

Let me show you, what I mean: (see Attachment)

 761 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Colour Indicators for Layer List Closed
3 Task Description

Layers are great for organizing a project. For construction lines alone I sometimes use 3 and more layers. And then there are more layers for each part I design. Each with its own colour.

And when a project gets bigger I start wishing for a quick overview in the layer list to the colours I use on them. So I wish for colour indicators on the layer list to quickly identify the membership of a line to a layer.

I have a small image attached to make you see, what I mean.

 769 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Show nodes of polyline when selected Closed
2 Task Description

I have a straight polyline with several segments and want to remove some nodes. So I choose “Delete Node(s)”. Then I am asked to select the polyline. When done I can start clicking on the nodes I want to remove - IF ONLY I could see them.

Request: Would be nice if you could make the nodes of the selected polyline visible. Or don’t ask again for selecting a polyline if it was already selected before the tool was chosen.

Currently the workaround is to first select the polyline (which shows the nodes), then choose the tool, then AGAIN select the polyline and then start clicking on the nodes.

 773 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Line - Relative Angle / Orthogonal: Reference Point opt ...Closed
1 Task Description

Reference Point options (Start, middle, end) also for “Relative angle” and “Orthogonal” .... like the other lines ;-)

 780 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Hatch should always follow changes to its contour Closed
2 Task Description

I drew a closed polyline, hatched it (on the same layer) and then moved a node... the hatch didn’t change as one would expect.

It would be great if hatches would follow any changes to its contour.

 782 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Embedding Font in Drawing Closed
Task Description

Recently I ran into the problem, that the font, which I used on Linux was not installed on the Windows-Computer which is connected to the Laser-Cutter. So it was not engraved correctly.

I suggest adding an option to be able to embed a font into the drawing, so that text is rendered with the intended font regardless on which system you open the drawing.

 800 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Configurable auto snap Closed
1 Task Description

Enable / disable individual snaps for use with auto snap.

 807 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Option to add a folders in the layer list Closed
Task Description

It would be useful to have an option to be able to add new folders in the layer list, to group certain layers together in a folder when needed, this would reduce the layer list length and make it easier to navigate to certain layers (would be useful for me anyway!).

This feature might also be useful for the block list too!

 819 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Bring back option to make Hatch patterns in .dxf for QC ...Closed
Task Description

Please see topic:

 824 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Rectangle and Polygon should (optionally) produce Polyl ...Closed
Task Description

First of all it would make it easy to move them in one piece.
And if additionally FS#823 is implemented (with the option to easily stretch orthogonal to the selected line) this would improve the handling of Rectangles and Polygons significantly.

The tools could then be moved to Polyline Tools or maybe get their own category called Polygon Tools with a Rectangle as Icon.

 825 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Move non single straight line away from Line Tools Closed
Task Description

Line Tools menu would be way clearer as it would only create single straight lines.

This can be achieved by implementing FS#822 and  FS#824 .

 826 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Show Polygonal Area in the Properties Editor Closed
Task Description

If one or more closed Polylines are selected the (summed up) area should be displayed in the Properties Editor.

 828 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Handle to reposition CAD Tools Closed
Task Description

CAD Tools could have a small handle that would make it possible to drop them in a different location.
This should not be a header with title, maximize and close buttons like normal dropable windows have.
Instead it should be a (dotted) line similar to the one normal toolbars have.

 834 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Merge Line from 2 Points and Line from Angle Tools Closed
Task Description

Add the options from the Option toolbar the Line from Angle tool to the Options toolbar of Line from 2 Points.

As long the user does not set a value for Angle or Length the tool acts just like Line from 2 Points. During this time the values are automatically filled in corresponding to the line preview on canvas.
Once the user enters a value to into the field for Angle or Length this value is fixed and only the other one can be modified on the canvas.
Of course the user can also define both values by typing in the values.

 835 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow And shortcut to change value in Option toolbar Closed
Task Description

Pressing TAB should directly activate the corresponding text-field if a tool is activated where a numerical value can be set in the Option toolbar.
Pressing TAB again should select the next text-field in the Option toolbar.

If the last text-field in the toolbar is activated pressing TAB should deactivate the text-field. Pressing TAB one more time after this should again activate the first text-field.

 840 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow File > New from Template: Remember last used folder Closed
1 Task Description

Drawing - New from Template ...

My Default Template Folder in “Application Preferences” is on F: (USB Port).
QCAD depicts to C:/Programme/QCAD pro 3.1.2/libraries/templates
(Yes - I started QCAD new after adjusting the default Folder)

 844 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow user defined line styles and weights Closed
Task Description

It would be nice to have the possibility to design and use your own line styles, in addition to the built-in ones.
Also nice to have are user defined line weights, in addition to the built-in ones.

 845 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Scale factor for dimensions Closed
Task Description

Introduce scale factor for linear dimension entities.

Original request was:

It would be nice to have the possibility to enter dimensions in the form of a formula and still show up as a ‘normal’ dimension.
This would greatly help in creating details in a different scale (say, 5:1) than the rest of the drawing.
Creating details is quite often necessisary for small objects (when lines are too close together to distinguish at 1:1) if the drawing must be legible to mere humans...

Now one must calculate and manually enter all dimensions for the detail after scaling (and re-calculate every time something gets modified), this is quite error prone.
Exploding the dimensions before scaling is not a real option: the arrowheads and texts then get scaled, too, wich is undesirable.
Scaling back, modifying and then repeating the process is also not quite on the mark: small errors creep in due to finite precision in the calculations made during the scaling.

 856 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Option to create a polyline from 'selected' entities on ...Closed
Task Description

It would be useful to have an additional option in the polyline tool set to be able to create a polyline from selected entities only, without the need first for preparatory drafting measures.
Basic example attached.
You see here I want to create a polyline from only the selected lines, thus leaving the rest as separate line segments.

 858 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Circle/Arc tangential on entities ... Closed
Task Description

I’m not sure but if this is a duplicate please delete!

Feature Request:
It would be nice to have a tool what will help to draw tangential circles and arcs between other entities.

I imagine this tools with a three entities (circles, lines) selection or two entities plus a radius.

 869 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow  Support for block attributes Closed
Task Description

I would like to use QCAD at work.
Since the drawing using block attributes (ATTRIB) is not displayed correctly, I am troubled.
Please give me correspondence by all means.

 880 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow New Ellipse tools Closed
Task Description

It would be good to have additional ellipse tools that could produce an ellipse:
Tangential to four given sides (closed like a Quadrilateral) or sperate sides and to 4 given coordinate points.
see snapshot for the idea.

 881 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Line orthogonal to line and tangential to arc, circle o ...Closed
2 Task Description

It would be useful to have an additional line tool that could be drawn tangent to an existing circle and perpendicular to a line.
see screenshot for the idea:

 882 QCAD (main)Feature RequestLow Repeat last tool button Closed
Task Description

A ‘Repeat last tool’ button would be useful.
When one has fully cancelled all operations, sometimes it would be convenient to have the option to have a repeat of the last tool again...I’m thinking that a simple button could do this a bit like the reset/idle button.

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