andrew wrote: ttrw wrote:
2. SVG export is buggy
I was really looking forward to that (even though I only found out yesterday!)
I can somehow hardly imagine that. I'm using this here on a daily basis for a book I'm writing. May I ask in what context (with what type of application) you are using this?
For exporting into Cheetah3D. Cheetah3D is an excellent solid modeller for Mac OS X. QCad could be a brilliant front end for Cheetah3D (QCad is already a brilliant front end CAD system for Google Sketchup for eg), and would attract many others to an alternative platform to Windows.
At present, at work, I use a PC running Windows XP. At home, I'm using a Mac. However, I use QCad on both platforms, and have the advantage of both platforms talking to each other via QCad. Because I much prefer the workflow of OS X (and Linux too for that matter, but I've got a Mac, so I'm sticking with that for the moment), I've been trying to work out how I can eventually ditch Windows altogether.
Right now, I've only two applications which support SVG; Purgatory Design's Intaglio, and now QCad. Intaglio works flawlessly exporting SVG files to Cheetah3D, but unfortunately is no CAD program. Cheetah's SVG import is good- I believe, (but I will have to check with its developer).
QCad on the other hand, only parts of the file are 'seen' by C3D. (although viewed as a simple line drawing, there doesn't seem like a problem). Once these files have been imported into C3D, they can be extruded into 3D objects, and rendered to look like buildings etc.
I've imported a QCad SVG file into Intaglio, and everything looks okay, however exporting that file from Intaglio into C3D gives the same results as before, whereas the same design made in Intaglio, gives a perfect result. This would indicate to me that there is a problem with the file that QCad outputs. Perhaps this is a Trolltech thing and not actually the 'fault' of Ribbonsoft? If it is, this would be a terrible shame, as I would probably have to ditch QCad- and I don't want to do that. I adore your software!
Andrew, the actual 'buzzword' for this is 'PDM'- or Product Data Management.
Autodesk are notorious for this- especially as they keep changing the parameters of their dxf/dwg format (as most people already know). It's up to us hackers to 'work out' what to do next!