I thought we should make a little update on what we are doing.
After months of development, LibreCAD v2 is ready for a 2.0.8 release in next days, while our developers are still busy to get version 2.1.0 ready.
What’s new in LibreCAD 2.1.0 are some new GUI interface and most notably fixes for icons on HD displays like Macbook retina, in addition to all fixes and enhancement found in 2.0.8. This is a lot of work and we are still with limited resources! (Software developers, see this as a call for help!) We are still working on the 2.1.0 release but with a little luck this should happen soon, within weeks if we are lucky.
The crashes in our build server was properly caused by a overheating mac mini and we are working on getting that replaced by a new mini for our automated builds. For the moment we do build OS/X by hand but the windows build’s are now automated using a proper build server. All thank’s to everybody that has been supporting LibreCAD financially and with kind words and help.
LibreCAD 3 is at the moment on hold but I will call out for help later this year once we are ready again to work on it. We need strong c++ developers with at least some knowledge of c++11 and people that can design and work with API’s. LibreCAD 3 is a lot about being able to integrate into other applications and to build stand-alone tools around the libraries. While LibreCAD v2 is more of a monolith, LibreCAD v3 will be divided into a set of libraries. For sure we will build a UI around it, but we will also have the option to make a scriptable version of it’s core engine. One of our development goal is to design a 2D engine to be used in 3D CAD, such as FreeCAD and BRL-CAD. Another interesting development is Web based LibreCAD by addition of an HTML5 canvas drawing engine. With an ambitious development plan, we are calling for developers interested in 2D CAD, computational geometry, C++, experienced with API designing and being not shy of a bit of refactoring a code base once a while.
As always, many thank’s for your support and we are looking forward for information, idea’s and just a ‘thanks!’ on our #librecad IRC channel at freenode.