andrew wrote:QCAD does not have an isometric grid. However, it has a tool that projects a selection of 'flat' elements to an isometric plane. This tool makes it relatively easy to create isometric projections like the one shown in the QCAD book (see book preview at http://www.ribbonsoft.com/qcad_book.html , starting from the book page 223).
You can also try this with the free demo version of QCAD:
- select some entities (e.g. a rectangle)
- Modify - Isometric Projection
- click reference point
- choose viewing direction in toolbar
- click target location to place projection
1.) After starting the tool, the CAD toolbar shows the selection tools. Use them to select the entities you want to project.
2.)Click the right arrow button in the CAD toolbar to continue.
3.) Set the reference point with the mouse or enter a coordinate in the command line.
4.)Choose the side of the projection in the options toolbar and enter a segment length. The segment length is used for arcs and circles which are broken up into line segments in the projection.
Set the target point of the projection.
andrew wrote:vtqcad: The QCAD reference manual is indeed not meant as a tutorial. It merely lists the tools available and explains briefly the steps involved in using them. This is only helpful if a user already has a basic idea of what a tool is supposed to do and only needs a hint in the right direction.
The QCAD book on the other hand is written as a tutorial that explains every tool in detail with a lot of examples and hundreds of illustrations. It makes practically no assumptions about previous knowledge or experience with CAD.
So why not include the book in QCAD anyway? Creating such a book is very time consuming and expensive. However, we did not want to increase the price of QCAD for users who don't need such an in-depth tutorial. So we decided to release the book as a separate item for those QCAD users who need more than the reference manual. I hope this makes sense to you.
vtqcad wrote:... help documentation, preferably contextual, should be sufficient for a newcomer to the program to perform ANY normal program function.
andrew wrote:... We believe that at EUR 39 for QCAD with e-book and EUR 42 for QCAD with printed book, we provide a very competitive package indeed.
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