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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.

fcsuper

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.

pgreendale

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.

Allen

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

jon

GCadd runs fine under Windows 7 64-bit and DosBox, see
http://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=28148
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
http://www.infograph.com/download
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.

Monnie

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:

http://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?t=28148

Bob

This is a reply to Eric Lacey's posting on January 15, 2015

Eric you can download a DOS boot disk on line and put it on any old computer. Emphasize the word "old" since that will get you a 32 bit machine. The DOS boot disk will turn the old timer into a fine DOS machine. Load your GCADD onto the machine in the usual way, and have at it.

I had 12 or 15 of these old machines in excellent office condition and gave them away to a good home. They were so nice that I could not throw them into the scrap heap. Perhaps you can find someone who has a machine that they want to give to a good home. You might even call your local high school or vocational school, they sometimes get a bunch of them or a lead to where you might find what you want.

These older machines may even have a legal copy of DOS on them when you get them. You can also find a local computer repair shop who might locate and get a suitable older DOS machine up and running for a modest cost. This will also give you a contact in the event that something fails at a later date.

If all else fails, get a copy of Linux, DosEMU, and your copy of GCADD and run that.

Good luck to you...

David Swinnard

I ran across this site tonight for the first time...more than 30 years after starting to use Generic Cadd. I'm still using it periodically. It runs just fine on my MacBook Pro running under the DOSBox (SVN). Took me a bit of trial and error to figure our my video and mouse settings, but once done, it runs find. Not even a hiccup this time when updating the OS to Yosemite.

I did spend a few years using it almost everyday at work but used it before then for personal work, and still do occasionally for things I want to draw quickly. (Also use SketchUp too for drawings that benefit from the whole 3D thing)

What continually amazes me it that I remember the two key commands I need after all this time. I usually can't remember what I had for dinner two days ago.

Dave

Rich Hale

Anyone wanting Generic CADD needs to check out www.generalcadd.com It is the IDENTICAL Generic CADD you are used to. I used Generic CADD from 1987 until around 1998. Then I moved to General CADD. It runs in any Windows environment and is blazing fast. For anyone who wants to sit down and draw like your on a board and actually use your mind to design this is for you. I have tried countless other packages and always go back to this trusty standard.

Rich

Trevor Stride

I've just started running Generic CADD on my windows machine in DOSBOX, works great, now I can exchange stuff with the old DOS PC in the workshop. Wish I could work out how to use it with the touchpad on the laptop though - none of the mouse options in CONFIG seem to give me a working right click for the menu.

Den Schwab

To: David Swinnard regarding your comment: "I ran across this site tonight for the first time...more than 30 years after starting to use Generic Cadd. I'm still using it periodically. It runs just fine on my MacBook Pro running under the DOSBox (SVN). Took me a bit of trial and error to figure our my video and mouse settings, but once done, it runs find. Not even a hiccup this time when updating the OS to Yosemite.....
Posted by: David Swinnard | Feb 01, 2015 at 08:33 PM"

I have an Apple iMac with Yosemite. I have installed Parallels and Windows 7. I have run DOSBOX under my Windows 7 environment on my Mac but I wasn't 100% satisfied with how it handled my Generic Cadd 6.1 and I eventually uninstalled DOSBOX. I would like to run DOSBOX and GCADD completely under the Apple iMac OS (Yosemite 10.10.2), but I really didn't understand the instructions provided for doing so. I think the Mount C: under the Apple environment really threw me. If you have inclination to help out a fellow GCADD user I would appreciate you providing step by step process that you used to install DOSBOX and GCADD under the Yosemite OS.
What do you do or use for printing out your GCADD drawings?
I have used the trial version of General Cadd to print out my pervious GCADD drawings, however this is not really desirable since I don't own General Cadd, but consider it OK for a try out once or twice as a means of critiquing General Cadd as prelude to deciding to purchase, which I consider to expensive for how many times I will use it for home projects. I also have used Shift+Cmd+4 under my iMac OS to copy the drawing then sent the ping image to my Photoshop program and printed them out from there after converting to jpeg. So again what good ways are out there for printing out GCADD drawings that you have used.
Thanks for any help you can provide.

Graeme Jackson

This is a message of hope from one who has just got Generic Cadd 6 working for an old friend using Boxer (GUI Dosbox) on Mavericks on iMac, following the unfortunate demise of his XP laptop. Put briefly, he "plots" the drawing to an EPS file, which can be directly previewed and printed by OS X.

http://boxerapp.com/

Den Schwab

I recently installed Boxer in my iMac Yosemite OS X 10.10.3 and dropped my Generic CADD6 program into My games area as instructed. Boxer placed it in Drive D: instead of C: , but no matter because when I double clicked on the CADD6 icon or graphic it tried to start it but I got the following message instead: "Insufficient Files in CONFIG.SYS. Please increase FILES for Cadd to run."
Any ideas on what I should do to increase FILES? or anything else I can do to make Generic Cadd6 run? I would appreciate any help I could get.

The installation program that Boxer used to install Generic Cadd6 was the Config.sys. Could that be a clue? Boxer didn't provide me with any other choice, however.

Rob

I have successfully run Generic Cadd via Dosbox on 32 bit windows vista, 7, and 8.1. I am currently running it on 64 bit Win10 preview.

No need for Dosbox on WinXP if you have the right video card and this is perhaps a faster platform for larger drawings.

I usually print to a postscript file then use Irfanview and ghostscript to convert and send and image to the printer.

jon

Thank you, Rob. Printing was the missing link for using my Generic Cadd. Jon in Palawan, Philippines

Steven king

Hi I have been using g cadd 6 since it first started with version 3 back in the early 80 ' s been using for shop design building design etc here in UK & France but switched on my ast tower and battery backup dead so had re config now when I load drawings it's saying not enough memory and just loading part of the drawing any ideas ?

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