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Average score 2.95 (based on 62 votes)

given by Anonymous on May 5, 2007

given by Anonymous on June 1, 2007

the diference is so big, Qcad is so bad if we compare with autocad

given by Anonymous on August 29, 2007

QCad is not bad. I don't think that anyone should fully emulate AutoCad - because it is a bit bloated. But it is the 800 lb gorilla. I would love to see autodesk consider a move to linux, but that seems unlikely. They've cast their lot with Windows.

QCad is OK for simple tasks. It actually works quite well for viewing and printing .dxf files on Linux.

given by Anonymous on November 3, 2007

given by Anonymous on March 9, 2008

QCad is based on QT and this makes it a multiplatform app. Apart from Linux, QCad is also available in Windows and Mac OSX. My company is doing "real" work with it, mostly 2D mechanical design.

given by Anonymous on March 18, 2008

It needs paying. How can it be open source?

given by Anonymous on September 24, 2008

It's not Open Source, it's comercial

given by Anonymous on October 2, 2008

It is under the GPL with the community version, just scroll a bit in the downloads section. They have a lower quality, free (non-trial) version.

given by Anonymous on January 13, 2009

as soon you get used to qcad you will find out
it is an excelent application to create 2d
autocad is much worse.

given by Gerard on January 23, 2009

I scroll down in dowloads but appears Source Code, I think that this is not the program isnt it?

given by Mike on February 13, 2009

I don't know what everyone else is talking about, this software is completely free for the community version... AND, if you have linux, you don't even need to hit their website, just use your download manager and search for Qcad... it's most likely in your distribution's repositories already.

As far as functionality... it is a bit weird and takes some getting used to, especially if you are used to using AutoCAD, but it is decent for free software... I would like to point out, however, that this software is NOT "better" than AutoCAD like some other posters said... It IS different, but it is by no means BETTER...

given by Anonymous on March 17, 2009

I think that the guy who said that QCad is better than AutoCad meant that it is better than AutoCad for 2D drawings. Personally, I can't confirm either way.

given by Vieira on July 23, 2009

QCad is fine, because it's easy and very quick for 2D drawing and printig. AutoCad is a very complex and antique software, that makes it hard to use. If you want to use 3D, you should use Blender, instead.
You can use Blender and QCad together. See a tutorial at ""

given by Tonio on July 2, 2011

I don't know what you mean by HARD, but I'm a computer
developer good skills, and since an hour ago I'm
trying to copy a rectangle without any success.

This means HARD to me.

given by Anonymous on August 17, 2011

Don't believe the "easy to use" scam. You will not be able to do anything without spending at least a half hour reading through the manual, which only explains 1% of the program. This program is crap, do not download.

given by Doug on January 26, 2014

I don't see why these programs can't use the standard commands that AutoCAD uses. It would be fine to have a "light"
version, but all cad programs have a significant learning curve, and it's dumb to have to start over. I fortunately have a version of AutoCAD-LT from back when it was affordable.
It does anything I need; even full-blown AC-11 was overkill for me.

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