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May 06, 2009

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Norm C.

I haven't managed to try MEDUSA4 yet. I looked at the flash demos, and the 2D/3D workflow seems weird. In fact you work in 2D and the system generates a 3D model that you can view in a separate window. I'm not even sure you can export the 3D model.

Norm C.

Well I tried to install it in Ubuntu 8.10 last night. There was some error during install and now the software won't start. I asked for help in the Community Forum, but it doesn't show much activity. I won't hold my breath on that one...

On the other hand, Google SketchUp 7 for Windows (free version) works fantastically well in Ubuntu, provided you first install the latest WINE 1.1.20. Some minor refresh glitches, but it's highly manageable.

Norm C.

I got an answer the next day, and was able to install the software successfully.

I played a little with it, but not yet with 3D creation. At first look, it has the nicest UI I've seen for a Linux CAD app so far. 2D drawing, annotation and dimensioning tools are really exhaustive. It might serve as a nice 2D drawing package on Linux. One big drawback is it saves only in its own proprietary format. What happens if they stop offering the free licence at some point in the future? You get stuck with a bunch of files you can't open anymore.

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