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

Valent Turkovic valent.turkovic at gmail.com
Wed Jul 23 10:32:54 UTC 2008

On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 4:08 PM, Thompson Freeman
<tfreeman at intel.digichem.net> wrote:
> 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 GoogleEarth

Thank you, I'll look it up. I thought that gis apps have no CAD
features for drawing, so I didn't even think of that.


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