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  • Subject: [News] Free/Libre CAD Applications for GNU/Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 09 Dec 2009 18:44:19 +0000
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Free and Open Source CAD Software for Linux

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| Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of 
| computer technology for the design of objects 
| whether 2D or 3D, real or virtual. It is 
| heavily utilized in many applications, 
| including animation, automotive, 
| shipbuilding, aerospace industries, 
| industrial and architectural design, 
| prosthetics, and many others. Because of its 
| enormous economic importance, CAD has been a 
| major driving force for research in 
| computational geometry, computer graphics 
| (both hardware and software), and discrete 
| differential geometry.



CAD Programs for Linux

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| Often, when I ask why users donât adopt Linux, I am met with the response
| âThere are no CAD (Computer Aided Design) applications. Now I will confess
| that I know next to nothing about CAD, so I thought I would take a moment to
| highlight some of the CAD applications available for the Linux operating
| system, show how they are installed and started, highlight their features,
| and then let those that know CAD well report on how successful (or not) they
| are. Sort of a user-generated showdown if you will.


Free powerful CAD software achieves record numbers, big Linux following

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| MEDUSA4 Personal is a fully featured advanced drafting system with smart
| editing and drafting power tools, basic 3D, parametrics, and even a Sheet
| Metal Design module. It supports Windows as well as six different Linux
| distributions (CentOS, Fedora, Mandriva, RedHat, SuSE and Ubuntu) .


Free 2D/3D CAD on Windows and Linux - MEDUSA4 Personalâ Version 3.1 Release

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| CAD Schroer Group (CSG), the global engineering solutions provider, today
| announced the latest release of its free personal use version of the powerful
| MEDUSA4 design automation suite, available for Windows and six different
| Linux distributions. The industry-proven 2D/3D CAD solution now also includes
| the MEDUSA4 Smart Drafting Tool (a new way of creating geometry without
| construction lines), along with many additional enhancements.


SofTech Announces Linux Support with Latest CADRA Release

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| SofTech, Inc., a proven provider of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and
| computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) solutions, announced that
| its latest CADRA(R) 2008 CAD/CAM release supports the Red Hat Enterprise
| Linux WS Version 4 operating system.



Would You Use Proprietary Software Ported to GNU/Linux?

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| Justas IngeleviÄius wrote in about an Autodesk international user group poll
| about non-Windows ports.
| [...]
| Itâs easy to predict that this conversation will happen more frequently and
| with greater volume. (I imagine something similar happened when Windows NT
| was worth using and much, much cheaper than high-end UNIX workstations.)


Autodesk Launches Autodesk Toxik 2008 Software for Feature Film Visual Effects

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| Toxik 2008 is available as a stand-alone product on both the Windows and
| Linux operating systems. It offers greater interoperability with Autodesk
| Maya 3D modeling, animation and rendering software, thereby helping artists
| combine 2D and 3D techniques to solve complex production problems,


Autodesk F1Q08 (Qtr End 4/30/07) Earnings Call Transcript

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| As customers continue to transition away from proprietary high-end
| SGI workstations, revenue from our Linux based solutions continues
| to show strong growth. In fact this quarter, nearly 90% of our
| systems product revenue was Linux based. Overall, I'm very
| pleased with our performance this quarter.


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| "Linux is the default operating [system] on desktops and servers at major
| animation and visual effects studios, with maybe 98 percent [or more]
| penetration," CinePaint Project Manager Robin Rowe told LinuxInsider.


64 Bit Psyborg Extreme Graphics Workstation Now with SUSE Linux

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| 08/20/2006 - Psychsoftpc announces that the 64 Bit Psyborg Extreme
| Graphics Workstation is now available with the new 64 bit SUSE Linux
| Enterprise Desktop 10.


Over 100 Additional Post-production Facilities Adopt Autodesk's Visual
Effects and Editing/Finishing Systems

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| In April 2006, Autodesk transitioned its visual effects and
| editing/finishing systems from SGI-based workstations to workstations
| running the Linux operating system.
| [...]
| "The migration of Autodesk systems to the Linux platform has been a
| great success," said Stig Gruman, Autodesk's Media & Entertainment
| vice president of systems. "This operating system allows Autodesk to
| take advantage of rapid, continuous improvements to commodity
| hardware components such as central processing units, graphics
| cards, and Infiniband networking technology."


Open source creeps into mapping software

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| Licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL), MapGuide Open
| Source enables organizations to develop and distribute spatial and design
| data over the Web.
| [...]
| "We think there is a direct analogy between what's happening in Web
| mapping [software market], and what happened with Web servers in the
| beginning," Zeiss said, noting that the trend toward commoditization
| had convinced Autodesk to contribute MapGuide Open Source to the OSGF.
| "This was a strategic way of creating a much bigger market than we could
| have ever created with a closed-source product," he added.
| With an open source product on its cards, Zeiss said Autodesk is also
| following the footsteps of other open-source software vendors--that is,
| to charge for premium services and support.
| [...]
| "To open-source AutoCAD will be giving away valuable trade secrets to
| competitors. There's no prospect for doing that at all," he explained.
| IDC noted in a June 2006 report that it is too early to assess the
| long-term impact of Autodesk's open source strategy. "But initial
| indications are that geospatial users and the open source community are
| responding positively, perhaps to the point of shifting Web-based
| geospatial interfaces to a predominantly open source model," the
| analyst company said.


Australia and New Zealand Visual Effects Industries Support Autodesk's Move
to Linux-based Systems Products

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| Over the past two years, Autodesk has transitioned its Media and
| Entertainment systems products from running on proprietary,
| high-end SGI workstations to running on Linux-based personal
| computers (PCs).  To date, more than 30 Autodesk Linux-based
| systems seats have been installed in Australia and New Zealand.


Asia Pacific Digital Content Creators and Broadcasters Turn to Autodesk's
Linux-based Solutions

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| Over a dozen broadcasters and post-production facilities in the Asia
| Pacific region have recently embraced Autodesk, Inc.'s visual effects,
| editing/finishing and digital color-grading products running on the
| Linux operating system.
| [...]
| In its China Linux 2006-2010 Forecast and Analysis report, market
| research firm IDC estimates that China's Linux market will grow
| at a compound annual growth rate of 34 percent from 2006 to 2010.
| IDC also forecasts that by 2008, Linux-based personal computers
| (PCs) will account for more than 9 percent of PC unit shipments
| in Asia Pacific.

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