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1102QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowRay reference pointAssigned
1 Task Description

Using a horizontally/vertically ray means always I have to use a preset Reference point which is 0° for the horizontal Ray and 90° for the vertically Ray. The Reference point Option Box is deactivated.

It would be nice to be able to choose by myself between a Start and End Reference point like the vert./horiz. Line options.

1127QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowLeaders: spline shapedLikely to be implemented
1 Task Description

Add support for spline shaped leaders

1128QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowText: automatically wrap text at text box widthAssigned
1 Task Description

Add support for automatic text line wrapping for multiline text entities.

1154QCAD (main)Feature RequestVery LowAdd preference for round reference pointsAssigned
1 Task Description

This one is purely cosmetic, instead of square reference points would it be possible to have the choice of either square or round with size?

1157QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowDimension settings - arrowhead styleAssigned
1 Task Description

A ‘non -filled’ arrowhead would be good to have also.

1170QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowMore options for "Paste along entity"Assigned
1 Task Description

The new tool “Paste along entity” is very useful! But I work mostly in mechanical engineering and would like to see more options to determine where it has to start with the first insert item.


1. That is how it works right now - no chance to get it started on both ends of an line.

2. If I need to have my items also on the ends I have to use additional the normal “Paste” function.

3. If I could tell the “Paste along entity” that there is a start and end “Base” dimension then I’m a big step further. ;-)

I could tell the tool that it has to start at “0” or at “25” and the rest is just regarding the calculation. Correct?

However - you need many times in mechanical engineering etc. a hole pattern which will start at:



25, 123.5, 123.5, 123.5, 123.5, 123.5, 25

It would be very nice to have this also in combination with the “Paste along entity” tool ;-)

1214QCAD (main)Bug ReportLowArray of blocks -> Clipboard -> "flip pasted entities" ...Assigned
1 Task Description


Select a block array,
put it with “Copy with reference” or “Cut with reference” into the clipboard,
choose a reference point which isn’t in the center of the array,
use the paste tool / with option “flip pasted entities”

If I flip only in horizontal or vertical direction the preview box will double in size and I can’t place the entities precisely regarding to the reference point.
If I try to flip in both directions at the same time - you can’t see this effect.

1282QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowChangeable color of the selection bar in layer list. Assigned
1 Task Description

Changeable color of the selection bar in the layer list.
Now the color of the bar is darkblue and the underlaid icons are black and are not readable.

1287QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowInformation tool shows absolute units in print previewAssigned
1 Task Description

With that new feature the information tool shows the absolute paper units in the print preview mode instead of drawing units.
So you can determine the exact size of an entity in the printout without manual calculating with the drawing units and the scale factor.

See also http://www.qcad.org/rsforum/viewtopic.php?f=89&t=3793

1288QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowPrint Preview Scaled RulersAssigned
1 Task Description

Would be nice, if in print preview QCAD rulers would switch to paper dimensions. Chat here http://www.qcad.org/rsforum/viewtopic.php?f=89&t=3793

After all, print preview is not just the drawing on white, isn’t it? Everything else should stay in drawing units. Just the rulers, maybe a preference?

1312QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowMake dimension label decimal separator configurableAssigned
1 Task Description

Make dimension label decimal separator configurable (DIMDSEP).

1337QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAlternate units for dimensionsAssigned
1 Task Description

Add support for alternate units for dimension style, for example to display units in mm and in.

1368QCAD (main)SuggestionLowContext Menu - suggestionsAssigned
1 Task Description

I love using the context menu, speeding up my workflow indeed.

I would like to suggest that we have the added option to show only icons if desired and also that maybe an option to save and show commonly used tools!

Maybe the context menu could be configurable to show two columns, one for the normal last used tools and the othjer one for the user saved tools?

What do you think?

1372QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowDistance Point to Point - option for 'added' distancesAssigned
1 Task Description

It would be useful to have an additional option to be able to count/add up consecutive distances measured with this tool ;)

1373QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowLine From Angle - additional option to select exisitng ...Assigned
1 Task Description

Often I find myself clicking on an existing line to determine the angle from the property editor, then copying and pasting this info into the angle field, it would be so very useful to have an additional option in the ‘Line from Angle’ tool to be able to pick an existing entity which would automatically register and fill in the angle for me,then all I would need to do would enter the length required.

1394QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowArc length dimensionRequires Testing
1 Task Description

Support arc length dimenions (undocumented DXF entity ‘ARC_DIMENSION’).
Create arc length dimensions with parallel extension lines for angle < 90, orthogonal extension lines otherwise.
Display arc symbol beside or on top of label text.

1446QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowNew Polygon toolAssigned
1 Task Description


if I need to design a bolt circle (circle on circle) and the single bolt diameter and the quantity of circles are given then I can use the QCAD Polygon Tool “Polygon 2 Points of Side” ... but for the Length of the side I have to do a workaround (Line with this length) to determine the desired length.

It would be very convenient to have an additional tool for a Polygon which has the possibility to ask me for the center, corners and the length of the sides.

1449QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowProperty Editor: show centroid of polylinesAssigned
1 Task Description

See also:

1452QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowColour opacity optionAssigned
1 Task Description

Not sure how difficult this would be to implement but just wondered if it is possible to have an option in QCAD to change the opacity of a colour ?

related to topic: http://www.qcad.org/rsforum/viewtopic.php?f=83&p=15715&sid=45f0f0679e8257f3cf98f91e4f0c4577#p15715

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...

1462QCAD (main)Bug ReportLowMac Trackpad zoom gesture not working as expectedAssigned
1 Task Description


I am using mac version and I have annoying issue with trackpad.
I use qcad primary with my trackpad and under application preferences (Graphics View/Navigation), my setting is as follows.
Mouse wheel / two finger swipe: Scroll (Trackpad...
Enable pan gesture : unticked (found that enabling this often goes into pan mode when I am just moving my pointer around)
Limit zoom and scroll to prevent overflows : ticked (hoping that this would prevent weird zooming issue. I will describe what I am experiencing later this page)
Reverse mouse wheel direction for zoom :unticked
Mouse wheel zoom factor: 1.02

Things work as expected:

  • panning with two finger swipe
  • and the rest

Issue I am experiencing:

Often, when I am zooming in and out with two finger gestures, the view suddenly sets to some weird state and my drawing goes off the ruler.
The mouse point remains where it is.

Reset viewpoint with autozoom and navigate around.

Expected zoom behaviour:
I expect viewpoint to zoom in / out at where my mouse pointer is or at least the centre of current view point.

1469QCAD (main)SuggestionLowCartouche automatiqueAssigned
1 Task Description

Would not it be possible to create a kind of template for printing?
We draw our room without cartridge. The cartridge will automatically appear when printed. The scaling could be automatic so that it goes in the A4 and therefore also will post the scale automatically. The name of the play could be the file name, date last saved after it the rest of the information that would be to add somehow (material index, designer, ...).

Original suggestion:


Ne serait il pas possible de créer une sorte de template lors de l’impression ?
On dessine notre pièce sans cartouche. Le cartouche s’affiche automatiquement lors de son impression. La mise à l’échelle pourrais être automatique pour que ca rentre dans le A4 et donc l’échelle s’afficherai aussi en automatique. Le nom de la pièce pourrais être le nom du fichier, la date du dernier enregistrement après c’est le reste des infos qui serait à ajouter je ne sais comment (matière, indice, dessinateur, ...).

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”.

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



1502QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowInfo tool / Setting for Font and Size ... Assigned
1 Task Description

It would be nice if the Info Tool / Add Measurement to drawing option would use the same settings like the “Dimension settings” for Font and Text height. It’s a kind of similar function in a drawing and should have the same style. Maybe with an on/off switch?

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”

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.

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.

1570QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowmake the stretch tool more flexible in selecting nodesAssigned
1 Task Description

Stretching multiple points of an entity is not possible to my knowledge. I
can use the stretch tool but this gives me a rectangular selection box and
this limits my posibilities. For example when entities are over eachother.
I hope that in the future this will become more like blender. With a freedraw
selection tool and/or shift clicking multiple nodes.

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.

1577QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowPostfix for DIM / Remember last DIM Label ...Assigned
1 Task Description


unfortunately I need to use from time to time different Units in a drawing. It works nice with the Scale possibility but to keep my drawing readable I need to label then the DIM accordingly. Sadly I don’t have a Postfix option so I work with a workaround what means I use <>”, or <>’ and <>mm in the Prefix field. If I then terminate the DIM tool and start it again I will loose my settings except the Scale Factor.

May I ask for an additional Postfix option or/and a remember functionality of those fields?

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.

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

... please see below:


1626QCAD (main)Feature RequestVery Low'Clip to Circle' toolAssigned
1 Task Description

Hi Andrew,

Would it be possible to have a clip to circle tool also please?



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

1673QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowLayouts and Viewports: support polygonal viewportsAssigned
1 Task Description

Add support for polygonal viewports

See also:

1674QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowLayouts and Viewports: duplicate layout blockAssigned
1 Task Description

Duplicate layout blocks

See also:

1705QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowConnect certain actions and layersAssigned
1 Task Description

When dimensioning my drawings I always want the dimensions to be on the dimensions layer.
When adding text I want the text to be on the text layer.
When drawing an infinite line it is always a construction line, therefore I want it to be on the construction line layer.
When drawing a line segment it almost always is on my outline layer.

So I propose a new option to bind certain actions to certain layers.
Whenever those actions are selected the layer should automatically be switched.

I can imagine this being implemented in the General→Tool Settings menu, where the short cuts are defined.

1714QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowDimension > Diametric: improve display when label is mo...Assigned
1 Task Description

See also:

1722QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowOption to insert viewport at either of the rectangle co...Assigned
1 Task Description

Hi Andrew,

Currently the only option to insert a viewport is using the central insertion point, for better placement it would be useful to have an option to insert viewports at any of the four corners in addition to the centre.

Hope that makes sense.

Many thanks


1731QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowOption to palce text to other sideAssigned
1 Task Description

Hi Andrew,

It would be good to have an option to be able to place the text to the left or right,maybe just a simple check box? please see attached screenshot to explain. In this instance (and I have to do this a lot ;)) I had to explode the dimension entity and rearrange the text manually :(

Many thanks


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.


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)


1755QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowSelecting standard rotation angles by mouse click for M...Assigned
1 Task Description

This would be nice.
It will save a lot mouse - keypad changes for me.

1764QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowZoom in with middle clickAssigned
1 Task Description

I would suggest adding a feature Inkscape has, which is that a single middle click zooms in. This is not at the detriment of panning, since the mouse/pen (I use a Wacom tablet) doesn’t move. Right now middle click doesn’t do anything so I don’t think it should be a problem.

Another awesome and related Inkscape zooming feature is that Shift+middle click shifts to window zooming. But with the added bonus that you don’t lose the tool you’re in. Try it out on Inkscape if I’m not clear!


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.

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”.

513TranslationBug ReportLowTranslation errors (German, French, Italian, Spanish, P...Assigned
Task Description

If you spot an error in the translated user interface of QCAD, please add a comment to this task.
Thank you for your help!

Wenn Sie einen Fehler in der übersetzten Benutzeroberfläche von QCAD erkennen, fügen Sie bitte einen Kommentar zu diesem Report hinzu.
Vielen Dank für Ihre Hilfe!

Si vous constatez une erreur dans l’interface utilisateur traduite de QCAD, s’il vous plaît ajouter un commentaire à ce rapport.
Merci pour votre aide!

Si usted encuentra un error en la interfaz de usuario traducida de QCAD, por favor, añadir un comentario a este informe.
Gracias por tu ayuda!

Se você encontrar um erro na interface do usuário traduzidos do QCAD, por favor, adicione um comentário a este relatório.
Obrigado por sua ajuda!

1324QCAD/CAMSuggestionVery LowConfusing Copy / Move optionAssigned
Task Description


Using the Copy and Move command the [ ] Use current layer and attributes’ is confusing.

Perhaps [ ] change copy /moved set to current layers and attributes. is more suitable.

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.

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