Qcad printing Ubuntu

29 July 2007 at 9:10 am 1 comment

Qcad is an interesting and easy-to-use CAD software to make mechanical or architectural drawings. It’s totally free under Linux; under Windows you can evaluate it for a certain time then you have to purchase it.

Once you made your project sometimes you need to print it. A couple of tips:

– You can print to file your project and save it as .ps file. If you need a PDF you can use ps2pdf command;

– you can export your draw as image file in bmp, jpg, png format (for example) and many others;

– the main trouble is that you can’t see in the default local printers installed in your Ubuntu box in the print dialog; in general you have this problem when you try to print with CUPS and Qt. Here’s a tip to use them:

make a backup copy of your printcap file

mv /etc/printcap /etc/printcap_old

if the file does not exist omit this step. As root:

ln -s /var/run/cups/printcap /etc/printcap

(if you have any problem just restore the previous backup file). Another solution is to install the cupsys-bsd package.

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