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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?

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, ...).

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”

1789QCAD (main)SuggestionLowApplication Preferences / General / Performance :0Assigned
1 Task Description

Hi Andrew,

we know that you need to have always software performance in your mind to decide which features / tools can / should be implemented and on which way.

I really appreciate your effort to find the best middle way between software features and performance but I think also it’s a tough call to appraise worldwide the overall customer equipment to make the software workable to the best for everybody. That isn’t possible without compromise.

Maybe it would make sense to think about a new dialog in the “Application Preferences” to let the user decide what kind of feature are absolutely needed regarding to his/her work-task / equipment. I don’t mean that you need to cover every single thing but the main “performance jeopardy’s” should be covered with an on/off switch.

Yes I know - that isn’t done in 5 minutes but I think that can make your life easier in the long run and will cover even more customer.

Just my two cents. ;)

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.

1678QCAD (main)SuggestionLowProperty Editor dialogAssigned
Task Description

The line for “General properties”, “Layer” the line is too narrow,
so you do not see the layer name when the Property Editor is pinned to the side.
(see Forum - Suggestions and Feedback):

1740QCAD (main)SuggestionLowMake unprintable layers also hidden in print previewAssigned
Task Description

Make unprintable layers also hidden in print preview

1754QCAD (main)SuggestionLowWhen Selecting multiple blocks that contain the same at...Assigned
Task Description

When selecting multiple blocks that contain the same attribute names, attribute properties appear with the values of the last selected block instead of “various”. I do not know if this is a “bug” or developer option, but “various” would be better in my opinion.

1851QCAD (main)SuggestionLowLateral surface of a coneAssigned
Task Description

Module mise à plat d’un cone


Serait il possible dans un futur d’ajouter un module de mise en plan de cone.

Une petite fenêtre sur lequel on donne par exemple :
1- Ø haut
2- angle de coupe du haut
3- hauteur du cône
4- Ø bas
5- angle du bas
6- épaisseur matière

Ce qui permettrai de sortir une mise en plan a plat de la forme

1915QCAD (main)SuggestionLowViewport does not rotate view-port when changed in pape...Assigned
Task Description

To reproduce

1. Select a new view-port in model-space
2. Select the appropriate paper-space
3. When the paper space opens change the angle of the viewport.


The object in the viewport changes but the viewport itself remains unchanged


That both the view-port and the object changes angle as the angle is updated


If you abort the placement (but keep the angle) and go back to model-space and then redo the operation the view-port is rotated along the angle. It seems that the viewport only picks up the initial angle once the paper-space is open and ignores any changes thereafter


1. Select the view-port per normal in model-space
2. Open the paper-space and set the wanted angle but do not place the view-port in paper space
3. Abort the placement on paper-space and redo the whole operation

Once the paper space is opened again the view-port will have the chosen angle

2011QCAD Community EditionSuggestionVery LowUpdate QCAD CE SpatialIndex module to latest versionAssigned
Task Description

Building with the bundled version, 1.8.5, works fine.

When I try to build using the system version, which for Mageia Cauldron is 1.9.3, the build fails.


Here is the current spec file for version

It looks like qcad is incompatible with versions above 1.8.5.

Are there plans to port to the new version?

Thanks in advance.

2072QCAD (main)SuggestionLowInserted and flipped block mirrors text and dimAssigned
Task Description

Text and/or DIM used in blocks will be mirrored if inserted with a vertical/horizontal flip option.

Text/DIM which was successfully used in previos QCAD versions are now mirrored if they are loaded in the current version.

Version 3.23.0 doesn’t shows this behavior.


2115QCAD (main)SuggestionLowMove toolbars with negative positions to 0 positions Assigned
Task Description

As it can be seen in the attached image, QCAD toolbars may dock to a position slightly outside the visible area of the screen. After having docked there, I have not been able to move them any more. Their current position is just in the middle of the screen.

The position of the toolbars remains the same after the deinstallation of QCAD, shutting down, restarting the computer and reinstalling QCAD. I kindly ask for help.

Kind regards

2126QCAD (main)SuggestionVery LowPE casts on individual hatch segmentsAssigned
Task Description

QCADpro / win7pro 32 bit / 4GB / 1e generation i7 2.6Ghz / HDD GeForce GT 520

The method PE casts the clipboard on individual hatch segments.
Hatches should be considered as a single complex entity not allowing certain actions.

Discovered while:

Not that it matters: In doing so the scaling is off too.


1954QCAD/CAMReleaseLowRevised PWM Post ProcessorAssigned
Task Description

Hallo Andrew,

I have revised the PWM Post Processor to Revision D.

728QCAD (main)Performance IssueLowSlow loading of drawing with many block insertsAssigned
1 Task Description

Slow loading of drawing with huge number of block inserts (more than 10000).

2063QCAD (main)Performance IssueLowBad performance while zooming inside layout block with ...Assigned
1 Task Description

Zooming in and out is lagging to the point of unusable. This is happening in a layout block with the cursor pointing inside geometry with hatches. When the cursor is pointing outside the geometry zooming works as expected.
The attached file has a very simplified testcase that shows this problem almost in the same way as a more complex drawing with multiple layers and hatches.

edit: I also attached the more complex drawing because it is a bit unclear to me where the lagging stops. Outside the viewport or outside the paper.

I just noticed the selection box has the same problem!

1801QCAD (main)Performance IssueLowlow perfomance in paper space and viewportsAssigned
Task Description

Improving the performance of the exceptional use of the processors when switching from the model to the paper space (testing with the attached file) the functionalities of the commands for the viewports are too low in the paper space.

2021QCAD (main)Performance IssueVery LowCannot work with big dwg filesAssigned
Task Description

Openning a big file or doing any action in it, takes minutes to load.
Even dragging the scrollbar slightly left or right, takes mintues to redraw the canvas again, which makes QCAD un-usable for professional use.
Is there a way to make QCAD usable, after loading completed:
- Like suppressing edit until user says so,
- or taking snapshots of rendered canvases to another file and use it, as windows uses thumb.db ( for negative latency :P )

PS: I wish I could help a bit, but my hand are tied. I am just a java freak, I am opt to any idea of porting it to java, if she is still alive.

Tuğalsan Karabacak
EEE, MSc Mobile Comp & App, IWE

693QCAD (main)Feature RequestMediumSupport for external references (XREF)Likely to be implemented
20 Task Description

Support for external references (XREF)

694QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowUser coordinate systems (UCS)Assigned
10 Task Description

UCS support.

763QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowHatching with just one clickAssigned
6 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).

778QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowRemove multiple layersAssigned
5 Task Description

It would be a nice feature to be able to select multiple layers to remove them all at once.

972QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowDistribute equally option ...Assigned
5 Task Description

It would be nice (and a time-saver!) to have an additional option in the alignment tool: Distribute entities / blocks equally.

1224QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowRevision cloudsLikely to be implemented
5 Task Description

Add support to draw revision clouds or convert polylines, ellipses, circles to revision clouds.

1428QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowSnap middle of the minimum distance between two entity'...Assigned
5 Task Description


from time to time I need to place a circle etc precisely between two entity’s - what is a lot of construction work to get it correct. With the new “Info tool “Distance Entity to Entity” we have already the base for a new snap tool which could help to get rid of the time consuming construction process in cases like this. I would appreciate to get a new snap tool which is able to figure out the shortest distance between to entity’s and then will snap to the middle of it.

Pic 1: Given situation
Pic 2: Result after using this new snap tool

Would it make also cense to have a second new snap tool which works opposite for the furthermost distance between two entity’s?

1723QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowDetecting overlapping line / arc segmentsAssigned
5 Task Description

Add a tool to detect overlapping segments or lines and arcs.
Similar like the “overkill” command in other CAD systems.

895QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowArea calculation based on existing entitiesAssigned
4 Task Description

Use case:

  • Start tool
  • Choose one entity of the contour
  • If contour is closed, area of closed contour is calculated an printed in the command line history
  • Configuration parameters: segment length for arc interpolation
1165QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowNew Create Spiral ToolAssigned
4 Task Description

A new tool to create Spirals would be great to have, with an option to restrict the decline to achieve to draw either Logarithmic or Linear styles.

Please see related topic:


1488QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowDimension text positionAssigned
4 Task Description

This one is a really important one for me, as currently I am doing a lot of dimension and annotation drawings.
I would like to request an option to be added to the dimension settings for both drawing and application settings to be able to choose whether the dimension text is to the right or left side or over the top or underneath the dimension line.
This would help tremendously when a lot of dimensions are needed!



1721QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowInsert table toolAssigned
4 Task Description

Hi Andrew,

I’m not sure whether this has been added or suggested already. It would be great to have a built in QCAD table tool for producing cutting lists or bill of materials etc. A dedicated table tool would be a real boost to QCAD Pro ;)

Many thanks


704QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowOld Hatch FunctionAssigned
3 Task Description

It would be nice to implement the old hatch function as a tile function in parallel with the newer more industry standard hatch function. A tile function that would allow overlap +/- would be even better, and a great productivity boost, almost like an array within a set of bounds.

Thanks, Bob

734QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowPossibility to distribute a selection equal to each oth...Assigned
3 Task Description

It would be nice to have an extra option for the Align tool what provides the possibility to an equal distribution of a selection ...

First row: Befor / Second row: after

741QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowAn additional Radius Measurement tool ...Assigned
3 Task Description

It would be nice to have an additional Radius Measurement tool with short leads. The current Radius tool shows always the lead line to the center of the radius what is in many cases not useful.

I’m not asking for a workaround ;-)

752QCAD (main)Feature RequestVery LowAdd support for the 3dConnexion Space Navigator (Pan an...Assigned
3 Task Description

The 3dConnexion Space Navigator would be wonderful as a pan and zoom control. I find it extremely useful in SketchUp and when I switch from that to QCAD am always disappointed to find it doesn’t work.

3dconnexion DOT com/buy/shop.html?3dxcp=GA_GA_search_google_US_Brand

While full support for the buttons and such would be nice, just the ability to map the axis to pan and zoom would be wonderful.

766QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowLayer List: Add "Lock All Layers"Assigned
3 Task Description

To improve useability/efficiency I would like to propose the following changes/additions to the layer list:

1) Combining the show and hide button into one button.

Clicking once will hide all layers, clicking again will show them all again.

2) A “lock/unlock” button.

Clicking once will lock all layers, clicking again will unlock them all again.

Regarding the icons I suggest that instead of show both the black and grey version of the eye/lock, you could switch between them depending on the state the switch-button is in. Also the mouse-over-text could/should change with the state.

952QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowDimensions: manually control arrow positionAssigned
3 Task Description

See drawing: I can’t seem to be able to manually change to the “To” variants – that is, override the decision of the label/arrow placement engine.

The circle in the attachment is a borderline example of when even just in this form I would more like it on the outside. If the drawing is crowded in that area, it would be even more useful to have it the other way around.

1126QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowSuggestion for Dimension Location settingAssigned
3 Task Description

Please seet topic:


1171QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowSelecting the right entity when entities are close / on...Assigned
3 Task Description

Please see last few posts here:


1206QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowLink drawings with each other to update layers, blocksAssigned
3 Task Description


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


1470QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowDouble line tool requestAssigned
3 Task Description

I would love to have a ‘Double Line’ tool in QCAD.

For me this would be such a time saver when drawing out building floor plans in QCAD.

1628QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowMove / Copy and snap tangentialAssigned
3 Task Description

Please see:


228QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowInsert current date (and other fields)Assigned
2 Task Description

Insert field into drawing that displays current date, file name, ...

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!

516QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowTo add option to 'print only' selected area.Assigned
2 Task Description

To add the option to ‘print only’ selected area in a drawing.

579QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowCopy layers / blocksAssigned
2 Task Description

Duplicate (copy, clone) a layer with or without entities on it. New name can be specified by user.

618QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowuser defined lineweightAssigned
2 Task Description

To have the option to set your own ‘user defined’ line weight.

620QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowoption to have horizontal dimension info using vertical...Assigned
2 Task Description

Some times I need to have the dimension info using the Vertical Dimension tool displayed horizontally.
See attached image:
Possibly this option could be added to the Label drop down menu.

708QCAD (main)Feature RequestLowTo re-introduce Tile and Cascade window optionsAssigned
2 Task Description

To re-introduce Tile and Cascade window options like as before in QCAD 2.2.2.

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