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RiscCAD version 9 released

By Chris Williams. Published: 1st Jun 2005, 15:30:25 | Permalink | Printable

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RiscCAD logoRiscCAD version 9 is now officially available, after briefly going on sale at last month's Wakefield show. The 2D design software returned to life after author David Buck returned to RISC OS scene late last year.

The package now supports up to 8 views per drawing, with automatic switching between windows using the mouse pointer. There's also "on-the-fly" snapping, with a secondary cursor to show where the snap point will be; isometric and oblique grids with configurable grid angle; ability to search for text in a drawing; improved and faster pattern filling and various other updates.

The software is also now, according to David, compatible with Richard Halls' SpecialFX application, so that lines are now drawn to the screen with smoother anti-aliasing.

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Can you actually us cad to design levels for a game like doom?

 is a RISC OS Userhighlandcattle on 1/6/05 6:38PM
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It would depend on what the requirement of the data for the level was.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 1/6/05 9:01PM
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In reply to highlandcattle: No, because Doom levels (and those for other games) consist of a lot more than the raw map data. You would need another program to set the attributes of walls (texture, alignment, no. of sides, action upon activation) and sectors (light level, floor/ceiling textures, etc). It wuld be much easier to use a dedicated level editor such as the RISC OS port of D.E.T.H.

 is a RISC OS Userthesnark on 1/6/05 9:41PM
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Oy! That shold be "Hallas", not "Halls"! ;-)

(And I only wrote the config utility; SpecialFX is really by David Pilling.)

 is a RISC OS UserRichardHallas on 2/6/05 9:29AM
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Sounds like a long ball out to the wing to me.... :-)

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 2/6/05 12:17PM
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David, our cheque's in the post, honest Guv! But seriously, as an architect, it is really encouraging to see active development for, what we consider to be, a fast productive CAD application. Well done, and please, please, please, keep up the development. The latest upgraded tools are a huge boost.

FWIW, i hear that Top Model2 is up for a re-release, maybe you can combine forces and give birth to a simple 3D modelling app for RISCOS. It is needed badly!

Also, any chance of a bezier curve tool? No harm in asking........

thanks again

Peter

 is a RISC OS Userpetermcc on 3/6/05 12:52AM
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If you have a look at the website, you will see some interesting items start appearing for Release 10, although there is no date for this, it could be some time off. So far, we have a select toolbox, so users do not have to keep going to the Select menu, and a flood fill tool, with the user also now able to specify how islands are treated. This brings the fill tool up t the standards (and in some places above) what is offered in AutoCAD.

The next task is probably outline fonts. Bezier curves - Hmm, I keep looking at them, but the main problem is the equations that need to go with them to treat them the same as other objects, such as calculating intersections, normals etc. I may put the curves in, and then try and add the supplmentary calculations over time.

Peter - Any chance of an email of the odd drawing. If I can see what people are drawing with it, I can add more things that may be of use.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 3/6/05 8:42AM
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Morning David et al, have sent 5 drgs to you for 'analysis'. Agreed, desktop fonts would be of use; although could more be done to have easier text editing then as when annotating drgs? It is a pain to edit one line at a time. Especially when dealing with technical specs. Simple add-ons could include Line returns and Ctrl-U for delete (on the page, not the editing box).

Re the curves. Can !Draw's curve engine be hacked/imported (as in Procad)? At the mo, if I want a curve I convert the drg to DXF, load into Draw, add curve (by eye/grid, not really sceintifically accurate), convert Drawfile into DXF, reload in RiscCAD. It works, clumsily, and then you can imagine what haopens when it needs editing!!!!

As you might have guessed, I have a list as long as my arm when it comes to additional tools. So if you get bored, let me know.

P.

 is a RISC OS Userpetermcc on 3/6/05 10:59AM
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Peter - drawings look really good. Multi-line text input is not easy, for several reasons, but I will think about it. Yes, I could use the Draw module bezier tools, that is how I would do it, but I would still need to calculate intersections etc for hatching.

What additional tools do you have in mind ?

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 3/6/05 2:25PM
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I'm trying to round up beta testers, and hoping people will suggest extra tools for RiscCAD, any takers.

So far, there seems to be very little interest :-(

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 11/6/05 7:53AM
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