CADuntu project has been started

CADuntu project has been started

No, it's isn't an Ubuntu flavour for computer-aided drafting. It's a fork of a well-known community edition of QCAD. And thus the month of CAD on Linux continues.

It's hardly news that open source version of QCad long ceased to update, with  proprietary version not being financially successful. The CADuntu project is a little over a month old, and the name of the project was picked just for fun and has nothing to do with Ubuntu per se.

The point of this project is in updatiing source code to use QT4, much newer version of QT — a crossplatform development kit, and to improve the actual application.

CADuntu on Mac

The project was started after Ries van Twisk, its initiator, decided to simplify his work by creating a CAM plug-in for community edition of QCad. He soon figured out that creating something for an application based on an aging toolkit would lead him nowhere and thus started porting CADunutu to QT4 first.

Some bits of QCad have already been ported, some — not, but the application builds on both Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. Ries also implemented calling menu items from keyboard (here is a screencast).

There are no ready to use builds other than a month old alpha build for Mac, at least yet. If you feel brave enough, you can fetch source code from SVN and compile it:

svn co caduntu

The project's website is actually a blog, so you can track the progress there. As usual we are going to watch the project and keep you informed.

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  1. Hello All!

    I just released binary releases of CADuntu for OSX and Windows, and moved from alpha status to Beta1. You can Download the files here :


  2. Oh sweet, many thanks :)

  3. By the way it reportedly segfaults on Linux and QT 4.6.3 with:

    “QMainWindow::addDockWidget: invalid ‘area’ argument”

  4. prokoudine, ,
    I am pretty sure that it doesn’t segfault on that line but somewhere else. Can you make it crash in some way, and on what OS do you run the software?

  5. Reportedly it’s already fixed as of revision 59. Oh, and it was on Linux.

  6. Hello All!

    I just released Beta 3 of CADUntu:


  7. rvt, thanks you