On Thu, 28 Oct 2004, Istvan Seidel wrote:
> Am Mittwoch, 27. Oktober 2004 19:18 schrieb Bryce Harrington:
> > You may want to look at POV-Ray for the 3D view.
> I installed official and common. As it seems it is a program for console (like
> image magick). is any GUI for this available. on the mandrake server is also
> -mpich and -pvm.
> i mean if have a drawing in 2D, and i want to convert it into 3D like
> isometric, is it possible with this?
There is a GUI for POV-Ray, called Moray IIRC. I don't know if it is
capable of easily taking a 2D drawing and creating an isometric out of
it. I've not found it useful for basic drafting. Ishmal has done some
experimentation with using Inkscape/SVG as input to POV Ray to create 3D
renders of drawings; perhaps he can explain more about this.
Another open source program for 3D rendering is Blender. Again, it's
not designed for drafting so much as for 3D rendering. It does have a
GUI but the GUI takes time to learn (this may have changed lately).
To my knowledge there are no good open source 3D CAD tools, although
it's been a couple years since I did a thorough search.
> > You can do this. Import the scanned image as a bitmap via File->Import.
> > In Inkscape 0.40 there is also a command to convert bitmaps into vector
> Do you know, when o.40 is available for mandrake rpm?
We don't specify exact release dates however it's looking like perhaps a
couple weeks for the release. We generally always produce RPM's as part
of the release process so a mandrake package should be available around
> The latest i have found on rpmseek is 0.39. When i installed this rpm it was
> installed over an older version of inkscape (witch i got from 'urpmi')
> I have never known this feature from other programs.
> Witch version is in SuSE 9.2?
SuSE 9.2 has 0.39.
> > graphics, although it may not work very well for CAD drawings unless the
> > scan is extremely good, but it could be easier than redrawing from
> > scratch.
> In xfig and qcad it is not possible to import a png or other file, i guess.
> I asked for an open source CAD program, in witch this is possible.
> Maybe Varicad?
I doubt many CAD programs would allow importing drawings in raster
formats like png. You'll probably find the best supported format is the
autocad file format. My experience has been that porting a drawing
between different CAD programs doesn't work very well, though again like
I said it's been a few years since I last looked so things may have
I've tried doing 2D drafting with Inkscape but the lack of automatic
dimensioning and the limited technical snapping capabilities makes it
not very efficient, however I expect it'll become better for this in the