SolveSpace - CAD freeware (now OpenSource)

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SolveSpace - CAD freeware (now OpenSource)

#1 Post by AtmanActive » Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:36 am

SolveSpace is a brilliant parametric CAD program that was payware/trialware before, but since version 1.9 it just turned into a unrestricted freeware.
It was always portable in the sense that there is no installer, only a simple exe, and it 'just works'.
I think it does write a few things into registry, like recent files, and maybe some user settings, but considering how it is used, it is totally irrelevant. I've been using it in portable mode on several different machines, and it always worked perfectly for me, I never missed anything from registry.

The list of features and output formats is really impressive:
- 2D parametric
- 3D parametric (OpenGL)
- File-in-file referencing for assemblies
- Outputs to PNG, PDF, EPS, SVG, STEP, DXF, HGPL, G CODE, STL and OBJ.

This is really a unique software gem and I strongly suggest that you check it out.

http://solvespace.com/index.pl

Cheers!


UPDATE: 2014-05-09
SolveSpace 2.0 is now open source!
What great news!

Enjoy!
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Re: SolveSpace

#2 Post by webfork » Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:48 am

A video of the program.

Notably, the demonstration video is produced inside WINE, so that's another nice feature.

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Re: SolveSpace

#3 Post by Hydaral » Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:09 pm

That looks pretty impressive for an executable under 1MB.

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Re: SolveSpace

#4 Post by I am Baas » Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:32 pm

@AtmanActive

Nice find. The Windows Explorer stuff, like BagMRU, that is written to the registry is normal and does not affect portability. Recent file (document) settings (style, colors, canvas size etc.) is written to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SolveSpace. That, too, does not affect portability but render it not stealth. The only minor issue for portability is that your .slvs documents will not show in the "Open Recent" list.
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Re: SolveSpace

#5 Post by Hydaral » Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:20 pm

Just been playing with this for an hour or so, doing the tutorial, it's so easy. I've been waiting for a Sketchup type app for years.

I am going to waste so much time with this. :)

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Re: SolveSpace

#6 Post by joby_toss » Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:01 am

I'll use JPE on it and then start designing a knife to see how it works! :)
Nice find!
Thanks!

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Re: SolveSpace

#7 Post by tproli » Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:44 am

Yes, it writes to HKCU\SolveSpace but it is a good candidate for another yaP-ped portable :)

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Re: SolveSpace

#8 Post by dany » Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:51 am

This is by far the best freeware CAD program I've ever seen. I've got absolutely no use for it whatsoever, but darnit it's both easy AND fun to use.

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Re: SolveSpace

#9 Post by tproli » Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:22 am

If you upx it the size goes below 400KB.

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Re: SolveSpace

#10 Post by Hydaral » Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:28 pm

I've created a PAF launcher for it, if anyone wants it, let me know and I'll put it up on bitbucket.

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Re: SolveSpace

#11 Post by Firewrath » Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:25 am

Great find. ^-^
I have been looking for a portable CAD program for a while.
It'd be nice if it could open AutoCAD files though, but still useful.
(Also JPE works just fine for redirecting the registry entries ;))

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Re: SolveSpace

#12 Post by Hydaral » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:07 pm

So, should SolveSpace be listed in the DB? I know it stores settings in the registry, but we've made exceptions for unique apps before:

http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?sc=94
Firewrath wrote:I have been looking for a portable CAD program for a while.
It'd be nice if it could open AutoCAD files though, but still useful.
Check out DraftSight: http://www.draftsight.com. Not portable, but it gives AutoCAD a run for its money, in 2D at least. Someone made a PAF launcher for it: https://bitbucket.org/nnewton/draftsightportable/src

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Re: SolveSpace

#13 Post by AtmanActive » Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:12 pm

Hydaral wrote:Check out DraftSight: http://www.draftsight.com...
http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/free-cad-software/ wrote:*Standalone license. Activation required.
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Re: SolveSpace

#14 Post by Hydaral » Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:52 am

AtmanActive wrote:
Hydaral wrote:Check out DraftSight: http://www.draftsight.com...
http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/free-cad-software/ wrote:*Standalone license. Activation required.
:!:
The activation is stored in the registry (it's just a GUID, some dates and your email address), you can export the key and merge into the registry on new computers, or just re-activate each time. Or use the PAF launcher which handles all that.

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Re: SolveSpace

#15 Post by dany » Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:59 am

Hydaral wrote:So, should SolveSpace be listed in the DB?
I vote yes. Considering that there arn't that many free quality CAD programs out there and the ease with which it can be made portable, definetely yes.

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