Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Draftsight for Linux update...

First things first. Ubuntu needs to be version 9.10 at least. Don't make the mistake I did and grab a copy of 9.04 that just happened to be sitting on my desk.

After upgrading from 9.04 to 9.10, I downloaded a copy of Draftsight from the website. Installation was simple, I just clicked on the package and away it went. A few minutes later Draftsight was installed.

The interface is very similar to the Windows version. Obviously the commands are the same too. I opened up some drawings I created in AutoCAD and IntelliCAD and had no issues with them. So far so good, everything I did just worked.

Now for the bad news.... I tried to print a drawing and had to give up. The print dialogue box seems to be screwed up. I could not select Print to scale, all options bar Fit to paper size were garbled and could not be selected. You can see the problem in the picture below.


I have no idea if it is just a problem for me or whether other users of Draftsight on Ubuntu 9.10 have the same issue. I shall tweet @Draftsight later on tonight about the issue.

So, how does Draftsight fair on Linux? Well the install was a breeze. It is very easy to use (if you have some experience with AutoCAD, IntelliCAD or indeed Draftsight on Windows or OSX). Most of all, it seems very stable. Apart from that print issue, it seems to be a solid beta release and I look forward to using it more.

7 comments:

Gabriel said...

In Ubuntu 10.10 works well

CAD Monkey said...

Thanks, I'll install 10.10 over the weekend.

sceyefeye said...

Working like a dream on Ubuntu 10.10 all printing seems fine, pdf, svg etc

CAD Monkey said...

Thanks for the input sceyefeye.

I'm having issues with drawing area being corrupted... I guess it is down to my graphics card.

Anonymous said...

pdf works well as far as you dont have bitmap in your dwg. Bitmaps dont print in Draftsight under Ubuntu 10.10 for me

Hynek said...

pdf works well as far as you dont have bitmap in your dwg. Bitmaps dont print in Draftsight under Ubuntu 10.10 for me

CAD Monkey said...

Hi Hynek,

Draftsight are aware of the bitmap issue and are working to fix it. It also affects the Windows version, so it's not just a Linux specific bug.

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