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Request for an application to open and modify Autocad files. Does anyone know of a free open source application that will do this and also made portable?

Yes, I searched google and the PA forums and found nothing useful.

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QCad

Qcad seems to be the alternative best, It offers the source, but not of the latest program. You can download a demo to try it out. I don't know about you, but after many many many years of using Autocad, it's going to be hard to start all over with something else. Also, check this out for other alternatives.
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Thanks for the input. I'm

Thanks for the input. I'm not a heavy autocad user. I have some autocad drawings from a previous employee and some that get occasionally emailed to me that I would like to edit. I would prefer a portable app that would open, edit and/or convert these cad drawings. Also the ability to save a new drawing in a autocad format so people using autocad can open. A Portable CAD application I think would be popular. Thanks for the alternatives, I'll check them out.

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I am not sure of licensing, but this may be of mention.

I didn't see it in the list of alternatives, and I know it has a for non-commercial, personal use license, but I have found this to be powerful and easy to use. http://www.progecad.com/. It is based on IntelliCAD. I have not tried it portable, but am going to once I've read the licensing and can get my hands on the 2007 edition. If it works, I will post here. I am new to this forum and know that this has been mentioned before on node 1238, but thought I would throw this out there. Have fun.

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Thanks, but I don't think it

Thanks, but I don't think it would be acceptible to be made portable because of the license.

I too may look at purchasing the full 2007 version if it is price friendly.

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I'll keep an eye

I'll keep an eye on ProgeCad, see if it's "good enough". I've heard that IntelliCad is THE best alternative to Autocad, but not free. But if they are making a freeware version of it, it might be worth trying it out. Thanks for the link.
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Marge: Homer, the plant called. They said if you don't show up tomorrow don't bother showing up on Monday.
Homer: Woo-hoo. Four-day weekend.

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." -- Robert Frost
"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: baby ain't mine." -- Adam Holguin

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I remember reading somewhere

I remember reading somewhere recently that Cad Standard Lite is already portable. (UniExtract, cleanup, copy & run) The problem is I can't remember where I read the article, and I can't seem to find it again.

Edit: It is in Wikipedia's portable software list. Maybe that's where I saw it.

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I really appreciate the

I really appreciate the help. Thank you very much.

I wonder if the regulars can take notice to this thread.
No sarcasm, no search search search, and actually very helpful!!!

Oh yes, I know it is free and of everyones free time. Not the point...

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The features

The features on the free version are very limited, there's lots of commands that I often use that are not available on the free version.
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Homer: Woo-hoo. Four-day weekend.

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"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: baby ain't mine." -- Adam Holguin

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Still no word on CAD?

I've tried a few programs, but none of them seems to be very portable. Was curious if CadStd Pro was portable or not. Even though it is not free, it is relatively inexpensive ($30 UD) compared to other software suites.

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Open Source CAD?

Still no open source CAD program we can use on our portable app?

Mike...

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QCad..

Is QCad able to run portable? I know it is open source etc..but not sure about registry keys etc.. has anyone done it or know how to tell me to do it?
I have an occasional need for a really simple CAD progrm to deal with .dxf files and a portable version of QCad would do me very nicely..we use ACAD 2007 which does NOT like .dxf for some unknown reason..
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Is stay FreeCAD that is open

Is stay FreeCAD that is open source and portable :

http://juergen-riegel.net/FreeCAD/Docu/index.php?title=Main_Page

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Pardon me for reviving this thread

Autocad requires a fixed directory. It attempts to locate a dll with a hard wired call directory. Other things about Autodesk lead me to want to give a "Don't Mess wid it" label.

Qcad is avaible and will run in the DamnSmall Linux environment. Look in the "my DSL" repositories for it. Its tricky, but worth it (I think, I just got my DSL setup on a flash tonight, which was very easy.) It does not have 3d capabilities, but does have the COMMAND LINE! (Most of today's cad software doesn't utilize a command line, a function I miss and dearly love.)

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