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Open source software for architects

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 75.57.112.136] on September 22, 2007 06:58 PM
For a Linux program with AutoCAD capabilities, try Bricscad, proprietary software but much less than half the cost of AutoCAD. This is based on IntelliCAD, developed by a consortium, using OpenDesign specifications for the .dwg format. I use it on my Fedora laptop (I'm a engineer in the Fire Protection, Plumbing, and HVAC side of construction) and it's pretty good at AutoCAD compatibility.

AutoCAD originally worked on Unix, but it dropped that support when MS invested in them. AutoCAD is the worst company I've dealt with in regards to file format lock-in, including not allowing you to save as an earlier version, breaeking compatibility using extensions like Architectural Desktop and Building Systems, and suing people for reverse engineering their file formats. Unfortunately, in the USA, they have a virtual monopoly in the Architectural field.

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