LibreCAD is a free open source software application that provides users with a simple method of designing CAD drawings, import and export items, and take advantage of the integrated templates for Windows, Apple, and Linux.
It is a fully comprehensive, open-source, 2D CAD application. It is available in more than 20 languages. LibreCAD’s interface may seem a bit cluttered at first glance, but you will get used to it quickly if you view the very comprehensive Help documentation that is bundled with the application. The interface basically has a menu bar with a large number of buttons to enable you to add elements easily. There is also a number of panes that you can view your on-going project from.
LibreCAD represents the fantastic opportunity for every novice and professional to enter into the world of 2D design by accessing industry-leading tools that are available for everyone for free! Created in an open-source environment that was focused on bringing quick updates to the tool users on all supported platforms.
It supports numerous formats for importing, including DXF, LFF, CXF, JWW, BMP, GIF, ICO, JPG, PNG, PPM, SVG, TIFF, WBMP, XBM, and TGA, whilst exporting is possible using DXF, LFF, CXF, DDS, ICNS, PBM, PNG, ICO, BMP, SVG, TIFF, ICO and PDF extensions.
This software has plenty of editing and drawing options, including the ability to add lines, points, circles, ellipses, splines, polylines and text boxes. You can also zoom in and out with ease and move, copy, align, rotate, mirror, scale, and trim elements. As well as lengthen, bevel, divide, stretch, delete and explode text into the lettering. So, if you need more than a basic 2D CAD application, then LibreCAD is a good choice; it is well designed, consumes little resources and is free and open source.
The app is filled with powerful tools that can help everyone to achieve their design goals with ease – the full suite of drawing, retouching and pallet tools, comprehensive documentation, customizable UI, countless tutorials, and much more.
- It’s free – no worry about license costs or annual fees.
- No language barriers – it’s available in a large number of languages, with more being added continually.
- GPLv2 public license – you can use it, customize it, hack it and copy it with free user support and developer support from the active worldwide community and experienced developer team.
- LibreCAD is an Open Source community-driven project: development is open to new talent and new ideas, and software is tested and used daily by a large and devoted user community; you, too, can get involved and influence its future development.
- It’s free
Finding a CAD application with a plethora of valuable features for free is something budget-limited artists and teams can be grateful for. LibreCAD is available under the GPLv2 or General Public License, which allows the public to copy, customize, and use this featured-pack solution without being subject to a copyright breach. Users can download, distribute, and/or deploy the application freely.
- All-in-one Graphics Solution
LibreCAD can be considered as an all-in-one solution for graphics enthusiasts and industrial designers who are looking for a tool that can help in creating high-quality CAD project outputs but do not have enough funds to pay for a top-tier program. Despite being free, LibreCAD allows its users to create and design complex models, create numerous layers, and even edit their previous models.
- Ease of use
LibreCAD initially presents a window with the main working area and layer tools. In the menu bar, you can find most of the categories including dimensions, draw, block, and layers. The software allows its users to customize its interface so you are free to drag any of the elements you want to bring in the working area. There is also no problem when it comes to operating on different platforms as the GUI of LibreCAD is built on the so-called Qt4 libraries. Therefore, the software can work on various platforms without changing its performance and look.
- It is a community-driven, cross-platform program
Learning how to use software and solving issues is not a problem. There is an active community of LibreCAD users and developers worldwide where you can seek support. The language barrier is also not an issue as the software is available in numerous different languages. Better still; the solution is available for the major OS.
How to use LibreCAD?
Create a layer
First, you need to create a new layer called AS (the middle line of wall object). On Layer widget, click + sign and fill all the boxes as you want.
Draw a Line
Just like other CAD programs, when you draw a line you need to enter x and y points. In AutoCAD, you can just type the dimension length/width, but you can do that in LibreCAD. The easy way (at least for me) to enter the dimension is by click, drag, and always pay attention to the status bar. Also, don’t forget about the snap feature. You can active/deactivated its option while you working.
To copy, you need to pick the object first then go to modify choose Copy/Move. Don’t forget to pick your reference point first. After that, a window will appear and ask you if you want to delete, keep, or multiple copies.
Another way if you want to create a line that parallels the original is by using the offset tool. Click on the Modify icon and choose offset. Pick an object, and then press Enter. On Status Bar fill the distance value example 500. Place your cursor to the direction you want, and click.
Pros and Cons of LibreCAD
|LibreCAD’s focus on 2D geometry it can be fast and lightweight.||It’s not had a 3D CAD.|
|Its installer size is less than 30 Mb.|
The computer’s performance is not going to be hampered, as the number of resources required is low at all times. The interface requires some getting used to, while the response time is quite good. Taking all of this into consideration, we can safely say LibreCAD is a useful tool for generating 2D CAD drawings that did not pop any kind of errors, freeze or hang in our tests.
|Requirement||Windows 10/windows 8/ Windows 7/ Windows XP / Windows Vista|
|File Size||27.9 MB|