LibreCAD the only major free Computer Aided Design program

If you are looking for a free to download Computer Aided Design (CAD) program then you could have a look at LibreCAD, an application that will allow you to create relatively complex CAD projects free of charge. Available in both Mac and PC versions this lightweight application provides a range of tools to create 2D drawings. Users are likely to be people with an interested in industrial design.

On initial launch the display window shows the main work area with tools like Draw, Dimension, Layer, and Block visible. These tools and others can be opened from the easily accessible menu bar. The application has a flexible interface that will allow you to customize the work area and lay the desktop out in a style which suits the user. All of the main elements can be dragged and dropped where the user sees fit, or hidden and displayed as required.

In terms of operation, creating new projects is relatively straightforward. Basic elements like arcs, circles, and lines can be neatly dropped into place. These elements can be grouped into a single item as the model is constructed. There is a useful zoom operation which allows you to alter the distance and perspective of the project.

The software also comes with a helpful set of tabs that allow you to access the colour and size of the work area. There are built in grids and guides which can be used to assist with drawings and measurements. These do not come with a ‘snap-to’ feature which would be helpful in making precise adjustments.

The software comes equipped with an ‘Explode text into letters’ feature, which allows you to add word effects on your productions. It is also possible to freeze blocks and layers within projects as they are being developed. As with any free open source software there are some positive features to reflect on, and also a few points for improvement.

Any free CAD software is going to be compared with Google Sketchup. Although this is a neat little application it doesn’t have anything like the functionality, ease-of-use, adaptability or export capacity of sketchup. It is quite a practical piece of kit and can be used to manage complicated computer aided design projects.

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Teeworlds – the retro multiplayer shooter

You would be forgiven for making the assumption that Teeworlds is another online golfing game, given its name. In actual fact, teesworlds is a free multiplayer game that gives you the ability to go head-to-head with as many as 16 other players. Teeworlds offers a great level of variation via several game modes that include ‘team deathmatch’ and ‘capture the flag’. With the additional option to design your own maps, Teeworlds is a free game that promises a fair bit.

Upon playing the game, it is hard not to draw direct comparisons with Worms which, in itself was a latter-day version of Lemmings, and that’s without even mentioning Angry Birds. Teeworlds is great to play ‘straight out of the box’, with a level of intuitiveness that allows the user to throw his or herself straight in there. Once the general idea has been picked up, it then becomes possible to start thinking tactics, and strategy.

With a learning curve so small as to be pretty much flat, and no associated cost, it’s hard to find any valid reason against downloading Teeworlds – particularly given the amount of rainy lunch hours you’ve got coming your way. Give it a try. Even if it’s just half an hour you get out of it, it wouldn’t have cost you a penny.

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View DVD’s on your computer with this must have Windows-based DVD player

Back in the day, I remember that playing DVD’s on your Windows based PC wasn’t always cut and dry. While Windows media player could actually display the content, it didn’t by default, as it didn’t have the appropriate video codecs installed for it by default.  In order to do that on Windows XP and any version of Vista other than Vista Ultimate, you needed a third party DVD player installed.  That’s when I found and fell in love with WinDVD Pro. It’s one of the best soft DVD players available for your Windows PC.


WinDVD Pro is advanced 2D, 3D, AVCHD and Blu-ray player software. The newest version supports not only 3D playback technology, but 2D to 3D conversion, and HD upscaling. If you’re into the 3D experience, its conversion capabilities allow you to convert and enjoy your movies in full 3D definition.

2D to 3D conversion is supported for DVD-Video and standard and high-definition video files. WinDVD Pro provides you not only with support for Blu-ray 3D, NVIDIA 3D Vision Shutter Glasses and XpanD Polarized Glasses, it also includes anaglyph 3D glasses the box version of the software.


You can use WinDVD Pro to quickly search online video sites and find your favourite movies at the best prices with the new Corel FlixFinder. With it, you can browse videos by category, compare prices, and bookmark and select your favorites, all from its convenient search screen.

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