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Jan 10, 2013


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Rakesh Rao

Indeed, that is a nostalgic post.

Is the old GenericCADD available for download somewhere?

I remember during my first job as a CAD support executive with HCL - then India's only Autodesk distributor, we went around showing GenericCADD to computer-illiterate users, way back in 1989 in India.


I'm amazed that using 10 yr. software for CAD is really a thing. Kinda cool, but with free modern 2D CAD applications (even available on Linux), where's the advantage?

Ralph Grabowski

Maybe it's equivalent to my 22-year-old daughter playing LPs on a record player and taking film photography with LoMo cameras.

Or, maybe it's not.


My father still uses this Software in 2013... the orginal Generic CAD from 1993, running on his P1-100 machine. Its interesting to see him drawing side views etc. I felt a little bis nostalgic when I saw him doing this last time. I got a i5 running Autocad 2013 and all that shiny features included nowadays.


I have been running generic cadd6 for years in windows xp mode. It is so simple for me to quickly sit down and draw something fast with such precision. I was told it is the last version of windows that will ever run a dos based program. I had a computer tech help me do it and sadly I cant remember what we did. I don't know what I will do when the crappy old computer I keep for it quits. I guess drop the money on general cadd. It is exactly the same with new updates to help out your speed at drawing.

Irl Johnson

I still use Generic Cadd 6.1, have tried the others and have grown so use to Generic Cadd, I go back to it every time.
The only way I can print now days, is to off the files in dxf and then print them with Autocadd LT.
One of the best software products I have ever used.
Oldnerd in Alabama

s scheiding

unless you have used generic cadd you won't understand the appeal.. the point and click of autocad and others is incredibly slow. the use of a mouse in combination with two letter aliases, which are very intuitive, ie; dr=drawing rotate, re=rectangle, rd=redraw and so on lets you use both hands to quickly get your work done. the use of aliases is probably why autodesk bought it, took what they wanted and then trashed it.
for 2d i believe that it is still a viable program. the only problem, as someone mentioned is printing to new printers.

generic cadd6 will still run on win7 and possibly win8, even 64bit with the use of dosbox


GCadd runs fine under Windows 7 64-bit and DosBox, see
DosBox was created for people wanting to play old games, and GCadd users found it to be perfect.

For printing I use FreeDWGViewer.exe at
It's a little clumsy, first save at dxf then load into the viewer. It printed pcb masks for me.

Yeah, it's a case of "you hadta been there". I use a dot-mcr file to create the program to run my Bridgeport CNC.

Steve Trimmer

I have used Generic Cadd since 1986. I upgraded to 6.1 and still use it today on Ubuntu currently and Windows 7 and 8. The easyest solution for Windows is DosBox MegaBuild 6. I usually use it in a window, because I move in and out to other programs. the work arounds that I use are for the mouse. I have a 3 button scolling mouse that works, but the right button is mapped to the scroll wheel when pressed. The other workaround is printing.. GCadd 6 doesn't really work with modern printers, so I print a poscript that saves as a*.DEV file. I need to increase the line width to "1". I then use "ctl+F10" to print the *.DEV using IrfanView. It seems that IrfanView requires ghostscript to be loaded.

I try the other free Cadd programs, but I really like the 2 key stroke command structure and the ergonomics of the screen. Before I retired I used Catia and tried AutoCad. For my workshop Generic Cadd is quick, accurate, and easy to learn.


One thing that AutoCAD users do not comprehend about Generic Cadd is that the 2-key and 3-key commands do not require you to hit "enter" or "spacebar". You just type the command and go. Also, you don't have to type any command to draw a line. It is a drafting program and it understands that you are going to draw a line; so you just draw lines without typing a command. The text editing capabilities were light-years ahead of AutoCAD.

Eric Lacey

I used during Generic CADD for many years, for my business. Now retired I would like to get into the old package for access to old drawings. When I had to change from XP as the PC became increasing costly to maintain, The new one had windows which does not seem able to operate Geneic CAD. What is possible for me to do? I am only a user not a computer genius.
Thanks to any one who can assist.

Ralph Grabowski

I believe it is possible to run Generic CADD in a DOS window. I found instructions on this forum, although I did not test them to see if they work:


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