LinuxCAD is evolving software and new features are added daily. The new commands
and additions to user interface and existing commands described here are immediately
available in all three major builds of LinuxCAD: on Microsoft Windows,
Linux(all brands of Linux: Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian),
Intel based Mac.
The new features will be included in the copies of LinuxCAD that were sold. The copies for Microsoft Windows that have been downloaded for free will get the new features whenever I find a time to do it or whenever you pay for your copy of LinuxCAD that you got for free.
MATCHPROP command. 07/11/2009
Has been added to LinuxCAD, allows to select source object for properties(color,elevation.linetype,layer) and replicate these properties to a group of other objects.
DEFLIGHTS command. 07/10/2009
Before Rendering or shading can be done in LinuxCAD the light sources must be inserted in the drawing. That requires entering 3D points and some light parameters. To simplify the process the DEFLIGHTS command has been added it does not have any parameters. When you type DEFLIGHTS the LinuxCAD will insert "default lights" or 3 parallel lights in the drawing. The default lights shine from x+,y+,z+ quadrant from x-,y+,z+ quadrant and from 0.0,+Y,+Z point eluminating the area around the origin of coordinate system. Such location is aceptable that RENDER commands produce perceptible results.
OVERLAY command for RGB24 bitmaps. 7/7/2009
RGB24 one of the bitmap formats Windows Paint can save in actually most common today format. LinuxCAD OVERLAY command has been upgraded to support that format, now you can set any RGB24 bitmap into your drawing background.
PENCIL command has been added into LinuxCAD. Its a freehand drafting command similar to sketch except it will draw while you hold the mouse button. Sinilar to regular pencil.
INBLOCK3D command. 7/6/2009
INBLOCK3D asks you to select 3D objects and then creates block in place and unites the selected objects by that block therefore they can be moved copied or rotated together and selected by one click in subsequent commands.
There is a file in C:\usr\linuxcad\linuxcad.caf ( /usr/linuxcad/linuxcad.caf on Linux ), that is CAF or Command Alias File. LinuxCAD will read this file by default, alternatively you can specify your own command shortcuts file, like this:
linuxcad -aliases myownaliases.caf myowndrawing.dxsThe format of Command Alias File is quite self explanatory:
LINE L SOLID S CIRCLE CI ELLIPSE EL TRACE T ARC AR # # ERASE D COPY CP MOVE M ROTATE RO OFFSET O SCALE SC MIRROR MI BREAK B EXTEND EX TRIM TR # #
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