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List,
 
ProgeCAD Smart.
 
Does any one know if the above Free Alternative to Autocad has been released?
It's arrival was announced on Jan 15 2007
I checked the following link
www.progesoft.com/compra/index.asp?left=../icad/eng_downloadlt2006.asp&abspage=1&lang=eng
I couldn't download it.
It says "coming soon"
How soon?
It's been over  4  months already.
Does any one know?
Chris Bell, are you there? I was hoping for some information from you.
 
Does any one else know about any other free Autocad clone for  making simple 2D sketches/dwgs, edit Autocad dwgs, and which mimics the most commonly used Autocad 14/2000 commands and saves in DWG format?
From where can one download them?
Thanks in advance for any information.
Regards
Vish
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Off-Topic.
 
Books and Pencils.
Remember them?
I spent this weekend totally away from the computer re-discovering the pleasures of reading a good book and making penciled notes in the margin.
I then remembered the following anonymous humorous piece floating around on the net which some one on  the list had posted years ago.
I was able to retrieve it this Monday morning.
If you haven't read it before, enjoy it now.
If you have read it before, I'm sure you'll enjoy reading it once again.
Regards
Vish

BOOK
-----
Today, independent researchers and developers announced the new
Built-in Orderly Organized Knowledge device  (BOOK).
The BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology:  No wires, no
electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected, switched on,
or recharged.
It's so easy to use even a child can operate it.  Just lift its cover!
Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere-even sitting in an
armchair by the fire  -- yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information
as a floppy disc.  Here's how it works...
Each BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper
(recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information.
These pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a
binder, which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence.
Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of
the sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs in half.
Experts are divided on the prospects for further increases in
information density; for now, BOOKS with more information simply use more pages. 
This makes them thicker and harder to carry, and has drawn some criticism
from the mobile computing crowd.
Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into
your brain.  A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet.
The BOOK may be taken up at any time and used by merely opening it. The
BOOK never crashes and never needs rebooting though, like other display
devices, it can become unusable if dropped overboard.  The "browse"
feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and move forward or backward
as you wish.  Many come with an "index" feature,
which pinpoints the exact location of any selected information for
instant retrieval.
An optional "BOOKmark" accessory allows you to open the BOOK to the
exact place you left it in a previous session-even if the BOOK has been
closed.
BOOK marks fit universal design standards; thus, a single BOOK mark can
be used in BOOKs by various manufacturers. Conversely, numerous BOOK marks
canbe used in a single BOOK if the user wants to store numerous views at
once. The number is limited only by the number of pages in the BOOK.
 
You can also make personal notes next to BOOK text entries with an optional programming tool, the Portable Erasable Nib Cheap Intercommunication Language Stylus (PENCILS).
Portable, durable, and affordable, the BOOK is being hailed as the entertainment wave of the future.  The BOOK's appeal seems so certain that thousands of content creators have committed to the platform. Look for a flood of new titles soon.


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