User Manual For LibreCad 2.0 ((NEW))
Bob Woltz wrote in 2012:This is a user manual/guide for LibreCAD. I have written this manual using the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid) this manual is designed in Chapters and simple instructions so that even someone entirely new to LibreCAD and CAD in general can learn to use it. This manual is designed for the user to follow along as the user is using the program in front of him. So it would be to the user's advantage to print out a copy of the manual to use to follow the lessons given. I hope you enjoy your learning experience. This manual is in English but permission is given to freely translate this manual into other languages and file formats.
User Manual for LibreCad 2.0
Now let's draw a circle. Put the circle in any available open space. Again, if you have problems, refer back to drawing a circle we covered earlier. This is good practice for you too. As we go further into the manual, you will become more familiar with drawing that it will become like second nature to you.
Remark: for quick paintings the recommendation above is good enough. If you are an experienced user please image points and lines as mathematical objects. They have only one dimension (line) or no extension at all (point). Theoretically it will be impossible to hit a point or a line by mouse pointer. When you connect lines there will always be a gap or an intersection. Solution: use Snap tools!
If you choose to work on it, save the drawing as hat section and later we will add a title Block to the drawing. Take your time and if you get stuck, go back in the manual to refresh your memory. If you want to draw each view as a separate drawing you can do that also. Also check the drawing because I purposely left out one thing to see if you can catch it (Just for fun).
This time we have a clamping block. Again, if you get stuck along the way, refer backin the manual to refresh your memory. I intentionally left out a dimension so see ifyou can find where it should be. Hint: check the hole.
LibreCAD is a free Open Source CAD application for Windows, Apple and Linux. Support and documentation are free from our large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers.
An open source community is a dynamic thing; people come and go as their private situation drives or stops them contributing. So, it will always help if you have existing resources we can use, know what other projects do in specific areas, or, most importantly, do what you do best and have fun doing it! You don't have to sign a lifetime contract to contribute. Whether you can help others in the forum, garden the wiki, or apply one or many patches, our broad user base will appreciate your work.
If you are an outstanding developer in C++ or a beginner we can use your help. With a bit of determination, the IRC channel, Zulip chat and the Libre-CAD-dev mailing list, we can help you get started and make progress. All you need is linked in download section and top links above. Documentation Developers usually make bad documentation for users, so if you like making documentation, great! There have been extensive GUI changes in 2.1 series which need to be documented.
Most CAD applications require users to purchase or subscribe for licenses, which is quite expensive for engineers, architectures, and designers. But that is not the case with LibreCAD, which is a free open-source CAD application for creating industrial and graphic designs. Compared to most other CAD software, LibreCAD is relatively easy to use and has a sharper learning curve. That is why Scan2CAD has prepared this simple guide to assist you to learn LibreCAD basics in just one hour.
LibreCAD is used for producing orthogonal and isometric projections. The orthogonal projection is for creating 2D drawings while isometric projection allows users to represent their 3D models in 2D. Isometric projections are at times referred to as 2.5D drawings.
LibreCAD layout and appearance are highly customizable and you can configure it to suit your taste by creating user-defined pop-up menus, customized Dock Widgets and Toolbars, and alternative visual effects of the interface window.
To create a user-defined pop-up menu, you simply click on Options -> Widgets -> Menu Creator. Once in the Menu creator, you should select the actions from the left side that you want to include in the customized menu (shown on the left). You should also input a name for the customized menu and once complete click on Create.
If you have experience with AutoCAD, then the LibreCAD will be relatively easy to acclimate. LibreCAD is feature-filled yet simple. While the number of tools might be overwhelming, the user interface is clean. You can hover above the buttons to read each command. The interactive UI lets you move the toolbar around the screen by dragging and dropping the bar.
LibreCAD reads DWG and DXF file types. LibreCAD lets you save files in a variety of formats. While the default file type is DXF, you can export files in the JPG, PDF, PNG, and SVG file formats. The menu bar lets you quickly save, create, and print your files. LibreCAD has a graphical user interface.
LibreCAD is safe to use. Since the open-source software may have unsafe variations, it is vital to download the official version. LibreCAD does not include advertisements in the user interface. You can use LibreCAD in any environment without distractions. If you are a design student, then LibreCAD is a convenient program to try.
A context menu has been added which allows the user to easily access some operations as well as switch between different input methods while creating an entity. The context menu can be accessed by right clicking.
The user can undo,redo or start any tool through the inactive menu (when no entity is selected and no operation is in progress), while during selected mode the user can modify and copy the entity. In active mode (when an operation is in progress) the user can switch to a different method of input if required and can PAN or cancel the operation.
Text operations lua file and text dialog has been added to allow the user to create text entities. User can use either the lua operation (through toolbar or menu) to enter the text with the insertion point, height and angle. If the user requires more control over the font and other properties, text dialog can be used to add the text entity.
Documentation for GUI API has been added to the new librecad wiki. A page for every GUI class describing the function, syntax and an example for each function has been added, for both the normal GUI classes and InputGUI classes. An example on how to add and use the dialog widget and input guis has been added too.
Customizable toolbar has been added which allows the user to easily customize the toolbar buttons and groups into their desired order. The order is saved so the next time the user opens LibreCAD, the toolbar buttons are in the same order.
A Lua GUI API will be added to make it much easier for users to create GUI widgets and interact with the LibreCAD 3 GUI without the hassle of needing to learn Qt. This will also help us maintain control over the style of the GUI, even those added by plugins. This API will be made to be as intuitive and easy to use as possible along with providing enough flexibility to meet the needs of most users. 041b061a72