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circle drawing and patterns option

Postby marS » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:11 am

First, thankyou for your work. I recently started using QCAD and I'm liking it.
I have 2 thoughts/suggestions:

1) tangent circle
Do you guys plan on adding the option to draw a circle tangent to two other circles? Like in the latest versions of LibreCad.

2) about drawing paterns
This is a bit complicated.. I wonder if it's possible at all to do.
Let's say I have a square and I'm drawing something on it. On another window I have the same square repeated horizontally and vertically.
Each time I draw something on the single square, in the window with the repeated square, I see the same drawing on each square.
This is useful because I don't have to copy and paste the drawing each time to see how it looks on a repeated pattern.
I hope it was clear. Maybe an add-on or a plug-in may do this I'm not sure.

Thanks again!!
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Re: circle drawing and patterns option

Postby Clive » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:59 am

marS wrote: I recently started using QCAD and I'm liking it.

Hi marS and welcome to the forum, yes QCAD is a great 2D CAD program to use :wink:
marS wrote: I have 2 thoughts/suggestions:

1) tangent circle
Do you guys plan on adding the option to draw a circle tangent to two other circles? Like in the latest versions of LibreCad.

2) about drawing paterns
This is a bit complicated.. I wonder if it's possible at all to do.
Let's say I have a square and I'm drawing something on it. On another window I have the same square repeated horizontally and vertically.
Each time I draw something on the single square, in the window with the repeated square, I see the same drawing on each square.
This is useful because I don't have to copy and paste the drawing each time to see how it looks on a repeated pattern.
I hope it was clear. Maybe an add-on or a plug-in may do this I'm not sure.
Thanks again!!

Please feel free to add feature requests here: (its a good place to submit them, so they don't get forgotten! :wink: )
http://www.qcad.org/bugtracker/

Both your suggestions sound good to me, 'circle tangent to two other circles' - yes what a benefit to the circle tool set this would make!

Regarding the dynamic multiple copying idea - wow 8) , this sounds cool. What an excellent suggestion - and what a 'plug-in' this would make, I could see the potential time saving this would add for pattern designing.
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Re: circle drawing and patterns option

Postby marS » Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:28 pm

I know maybe QCAD is more a professional, technical sw but having this option with the precision drawing of QCAD, would be perfect.. at least for me (I'm a graphic designer) Maybe for most users it's useless.

Do you guys know the site myoats?
Just with a few lines it generates paterns in a circle and shows the result in real time.
The only problem you have to draw online.. you don't have the precision of a CAD sw.

p.s.
I know this is even more complex than the one I wrote earlier, but it's just a thought :mrgreen:
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Re: circle drawing and patterns option

Postby Clive » Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:04 pm

marS wrote: Maybe for most users it's useless.

Not at all, something like this would be absolutely fantastic - however I'm not sure how difficult/time consuming something like this would be for Andrew to implement, only he can advise you on this!
marS wrote:Do you guys know the site myoats?
Just with a few lines it generates paterns in a circle and shows the result in real time.

Just had a look - really clever 8)
Anyways...for now this workaround may (or may not) help you out ?

Using the Move/Copy tool is a good way of creating a rectangular array, which may speed things up a little, rather than lots of copy and paste work.
Example:
1.Draw your pattern (notice the use of the grid).

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2. When finished, select all and use the Move/Copy tool.
Follow the prompts in the command line for - Reference point and Target point.

Pattern repeat 2.png
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3. Once the 'Target' point has been defined, the Move/Copy dialog window will open with options. Choose the 'Multiple' option and the number quantity.

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4.Repeat the process again, this time selecting the whole row and the end result should be something like this!

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Re: circle drawing and patterns option

Postby marS » Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:24 pm

Thanks, clive for taking the time to explain in such detail!! :mrgreen:
This is exactly how I do it now.
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Re: circle drawing and patterns option

Postby Clive » Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:32 pm

marS wrote:Thanks, clive for taking the time to explain in such detail!! :mrgreen:

Sure, no problem.
marS wrote:This is exactly how I do it now.

Oh well, it may be useful for others. I thought you were just using the Copy/Paste tool as you mentioned in your first post. Anyways I still think you have nothing to lose by submitting a feature request via the link I posted :wink: .
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Re: circle drawing and patterns option

Postby marS » Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:20 pm

Well let's see if the suggestion is liked by more people in this discussion, I'll add it there.
I don't know how such a feature could be named :roll:

I think I'll do a search also on Google to see if I find any video sw utility that lets you repeat a selected portion of the screen.
I'll let you know if I find anything :mrgreen:
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