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Mar 09, 2012


Normand C.

Is it based on ITC code, or is it programed from scratch?

That market is getting almost crowded, with DoubleCAD XT and DraftSight. On WIndows anyway.

Ralph Grabowski

My understanding is that it is programmed from scratch. They do use the DWG APIs from Open Design Alliance.

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Yes, we use Teigha from ODA. And yes, it was programmed from scratch. BTW we already have 12 CAD apps based on nanoCAD (Russian only).


Is there also commercial product from Nanosoft ?

John Moran

What is the limit on the number of 'free' copies? I think DraftSight has a five-seat limit, then it starts to cost..

Is there a practical limit on this one?

Ralph Grabowski

My understanding is that there is no limit, because the company plans to make money from the sales of add-ons.


Nurk:Is there also commercial product from Nanosoft ?
Dmitry Popov: we already have 12 CAD apps based on nanoCAD (Russian only).


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Yes, we set no limit on number of seats. But each seat should have its own license, there is no network license management.
Now nanocad.com with English version is 6 days old. Just a cute baby.
Our experience is limited to Russian market only. What we have learned: companies prefer to buy Tech Support with nanoCAD. It is $99 per seat/year in Russia. It includes network license management, hot line, bug fix requests. Nobody wants to be alone with his CAD, even it is very small one :-)


Since the license is a "one-year renewable license" there is the 'possibility' that if it becomes popular (and the developer changes their minds) users may find themselves having to pay for renewal.

The learning curve loss is minimal since it's ACADlike but any investment in (application specific) add-ons could be held hostage (or lost) by the requirement!

If the intentions are *truly* to be free, why not provide a perpetual license in the initial install?

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This is a legal issue only. We faced it in Russia already. Company can't give something to other company for free perpetually according to Russian legislation. That is why in Russian EULA use default period according the law. And it is not renewable. User should apply for another one. To make generic world-wide license we decided to avoid investigation of legislation in different countries and to use this simple and proven formula "one year renewable". BTW We passed way big scepticizm in Russia about our free CAD, because it was launched as beta and stayed beta for two years. People said that it is free because it is beta. But now nanoCAD is released version and we have huge growth of users in Russia. We proved that we will stay free of charge.


I'm waiting for mail with download adress for a couple of hours. Is there are some problem with obtaining license now? I tried with gmail and yahoo mailbox and nothing. Someone obtained license last 24 hours?

Ralph Grabowski

Perhaps you entered an incorrect email address? When I downloaded the software, I received the confirmation email within minutes.

Simon Dahl

Wow - generous offering - had not heard about this package but since having trouble with display issues using Draftsight on Windows 8 64 bit I thought I would try this and it is working. Saved me!

Thank you


I think that there should be API support for Python and Scala. Python would be an excellent addition to the languages listed here. Will these (or other development languages) be supported (or added) ?


Since it includes a .NET API, you could use IronPython, IronRuby, Boo (a Python-like language with better .NET support), F#, etc.

CAD bloke

It looks like v4 is a paid version in Russia (see http://www.nanocad.ru/information/articles/index.php?articles=615998 ) but the price is utterly reasonable. I am trying out v 3.5 at the moment and I am impressed. I think it is a great solution for 2-D CAD.

The page I linked to shows some of the updates in v4 - LISP! for all you/us old-timers ;). I think the English version will be well-worth its price. If my impression of v4 is as favourable as I think it will be then I will be recommending it to my clients as a much-better alternative to AutoCAD LT.

The fact that it has APIs makes it an easy winner. So does their NO COST developer network. Yes, I know he ADN is finalyl offering a no-cost version but not before they managed to fleece their supporters for years. Oops, sorry - wrong rant.


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