2D CAD with background image map (qcad? brl-cad?)

Thompson Freeman tfreeman at intel.digichem.net
Tue Jul 22 14:08:55 UTC 2008

On 07/22/2008 04:07:35 AM, Valent Turkovic wrote:
> Hi,
> I need to draw routes of fiber optics cables ontop of a
> city map and I
> would like to do this in some open source CAD application.
> It would be
> great if the cad app would be something like Map3D so that
> it has
> geospacial coordinates, but that is not a must have. One
> must have is
> that I can scale the city map image so that it coresponds
> with real
> world. When I mesure some distance I need to know real
> world distance.
> I saw qcad but I don't see any option for importing
> images. I also saw
> brl-cad and it looks promising but there is no Fedor
> apackage for it
> so I can't test it easily.
> Does anybody have some similiar 2D CAD experience? Can you
> recommend
> some other app?

It sounds like a job for a GIS application, an area I have  
no personal experience with. That said - I think Linux  
Journal had an article on QGIS this month, which if you  
Google up might help you.

You might also consider mashing something up with  

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