WinFIG 5.04 / 6.0 Beta 1

CAD drawing utility for creating designs with tools like arcs, arrows, images, ellipses or polygons, featuring rich customization options and extensive file types for exporting projects

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What's new in WinFIG 6.0 Beta 1:

  • Changes:
  • WinFIG can now run scripts written in JavaScript. That is reallly a powerful feature, because rawings can now be created programmatically. See the documented examples in the Scripts folder. I will add more documentation and a schema definition later.
  • WinFIG can now read and write files with UTF-8 (Unicode) encoding enabling it to save files to paths named with special characters. Right now that is an incomplete feature, because the file export via fig2dev is still lacking Unicode capabilities. It works on Linux and Mac, but the Windows needs code changes, which I will do later.
  • A new preferences page for adding paths to the PATH variable. That’s particularly useful if GhostScript or latex commands cannot be found by WinFIG. There is a useful default value for the Mac version. Windows and Linux users can leave the field empty in most cases.
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WinFIG is a CAD software tool that provides users with a familiar workspace and intuitive tools for creating drawings using arcs, polygons, splines, ellipses, and more.

Quick setup and familiar GUI

Installing the app is a fast and easy task. As previously mentioned, the interface is user-friendly and resembles similar CAD products. However, WinFIG does not put too much emphasis on visual appeal.

Rich toolbox with configuration settings

The toolbox lets users create circles and ellipses by specifying the radius or diameter, splines or closed splines by setting the control points, along with interpolated or closed interpolated splines, in addition to rectangulars, polygons, polylines and arcs.

It is also possible to add text, arrow heads, pictures from files, together with tangents and normals to shapes, flip or rotate objects in the drawing, and so on. Each shape comes with its own set of attributes which can be later configured. For example, it is possible to adjust the depth, line width, line style and colors (among others) for rectangulars.

Create smart links between objects

Any mistakes can be undone and later redone. What's more, the app includes a feature that automatically looks for possible connections between objects to create smart links. Users may view a color palette, modify grid and metrics options (e.g. zoom and scaling, rules), as well as view object libraries. Projects can be exported to a wide array of file types, including Bitmap, Gerber, Metafile, PDF, EPS and SVG.

Evaluation and conclusion

The application has a good response time and minimal impact on CPU and RAM. We have not come across any unpleasant surprises throughout our evaluation, since it did not freeze, crash or pop up error messages. All in all, WinFIG comes packed with some handy features for creating CAD drawings.

WinFIG was reviewed by , last updated on December 31st, 2014

Runs on: Windows 2K / XP / Vista / 7 / 7 64 bit / 8 / 8 64 bit

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#draw structure #structure creator #draw object #draw #structure #shape #pattern

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