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11-05-2019 10:05 PM

I tried working with FreeCAD about a year ago and after a short time got away from it for some reason. I recently re-installed it (in Linux) and have been working with some tutorials. My question has to do with the FreeCAD community forum. I have registered a user name and password and provided my email address but, as yet, I have not received the email activation that is needed to do anything on the site. You can’t even contact an administrator without a working login. Anyone else have this issue and, if so, how did you fix it?


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#1 posted 11-08-2019 09:09 AM

Hi bilyo,

I saw your posting here just some minutes ago. Until know, I had no account in the forum on https://forum.freecadweb.org.
So I have registered, got my activation-link via email instantly and could activate my account without any problem.

Could a spam filter (locally or at your provider) cause the problem?

Anything else, I can do to help you?

Best regards from Germany

Uwe

Btw: until now, I can’t call me a real FreeCad-user, but I am on my way trying to get there.

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#2 posted 11-08-2019 06:29 PM

Thanks for the reply. I’m not a big CAD user but, I thought I would give it a try. In part, I’m interested because it runs on Linux and I don’t like switching to Windows to run Sketchup. Also, they say that it is easier to make changes/corrections after the model is done or in progress.

I’m glad that you were able to get registered so easily. I tried again to have the notification resent and checked in spam. Still nothing. I may try to register again with a new name. However, sometimes that doesn’t work if you use the same email address.

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#3 posted 11-08-2019 06:58 PM

I am also running Linux, and, just like you, didn’t always want to switch back to Windows to run Sketchup.

I tried FreeCAD and it is very good, very sophisticated. However, it has a much bigger learning curve than Sketchup in my opinion. What’s so great about Sketchup is, that you can at any time move your model around, look at anything, and “attack” whatever you want to change/add etc. In FreeCAD you really have to think hard about every step, and work in one of the three planes. Ultimately you can build more sophisticated things, but it requires patience and skill.

What I have done now is install VirtualBox, and run Windows “in a box” with Sketchup. That way I can still switch back to Linux at any time. I just set the virtual box Windows onto another screen, put it in full-screen mode, and move back to the previous Linux screen when I want to go back to Linux. Works like a charm… maybe not quite a smoothly as if it was a “pure” Windows install, but definitely usable. Maybe you want to give that a try.

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#4 posted 11-08-2019 08:32 PM

DrTebl,
I do run Sketchup in Windows on a virtual machine. Virtualbox has not worked well for me because the latest free version of Sketchup demands a higher version of OpenGL than VB apparently supports (I don’t have a dedicated graphics card). It does work well with VMWare, however. I would be happier without having to put up with Windows. Also, how many people have an extra copy of Windows lying around?

I’m not an expert with either Sketchup or FreeCAD. So, I need to be careful about my uninformed comments. However, I am scratching my head over your comment about “moving your model around” with Freecad. In the few tutorials I have gone through, I have not found that to be the case. In fact, I have found that you can orbit the model around as easily as in sketchup anytime you are not “editing” one of the surfaces. I think it is no different than learning to use any other tool. Until you get familiar with the process, techniques and adjustments, you need to think hard about each step of its use. Expert comparisons between Sketchup and FreeCAD I have read indicate that one major difference is that as a model gets more complex, Sketchup has problems with revisions. I have experience this where the model goes crazy after deleting or changing something I shouldn’t.

I’ll continue learning FreeCAD for a while to see if it serves my needs. I certainly like that it is both free and runs directly in Linux. One other neat aspect is that the download is an appimage that does not need to be installed into the Linux OS. You download it, change permissions, and run it. It has all the dependencies that it needs self contained.

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#5 posted 11-09-2019 05:48 AM

I forgot to mention… I am running an older version of SketchUp. The updates drove me crazy, I could not open one file on another computer anymore because of yet another update etc. So I just stopped at version 8. That’s old, I know… but works just good enough for me.

Regarding “moving around”, I meant not just the moving itself, but the fact that you can so easily just pull and push things around, move to another corner, do that again, duplicate items and so on.

I have only touched FreeCAD a little bit, so I am no expert on it. Maybe once I would get some skill, it would be as easy as SketchUp.

Please don’t think I want to discourage you to use FreeCAD. I would use it exclusively if I hadn’t so many designs in SketchUp already (including my whole apartment, actually). Time is of the essence.. and so for now, I am sticking with what I know.
Eventually however, I will try to switch to FreeCAD. Because of the reasons you mentioned, and also because there are certain operations you can do in FreeCAD that make a lot more sense, and others that just don’t exist in SketchUp, at least that is from what I have seen so far.

So FreeCAD all the way—go for it. If you still cannot register for the forum, try another email address. Some forums have false-positives for certain email addresses, I have experienced that myself. Just keep trying… I am sure it will be worth it. There is hardly any project I start these days without drawing it on the computer first. It helps greatly to see what’s possible, what’s missing etc. You surely know what I mean :)

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#6 posted 11-09-2019 08:43 AM

Good luck with your quest using a CAD program. I am a AutoCAD user and I hate the changes they from one version to the next. They do enough so you can’t do something that was easy always a new learning curve.

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#7 posted 11-09-2019 12:19 PM

Maybe it’s more of a habit, but it’s not easy for me to switch from Sketchup to FreeCad too. I used Sketchup via Wine with Linux (Windows is no and never will be an option for me!) for a few years and that went quite well. FreeCad has a learning curve, yes, but it’s worth it. It is really a great program, even if it’s different and the workflow is different. It also offers other and new possibilities, e,g, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pITOzeqJ0Y
And meanwhile you can find many good tutorials as well, like the one in my link

@bilyo In the past, I had this problem once or twice on other websites too. Never knew why.

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#8 posted 11-09-2019 08:15 PM



Hi bilyo,

I saw your posting here just some minutes ago. Until know, I had no account in the forum on https://forum.freecadweb.org.
So I have registered, got my activation-link via email instantly and could activate my account without any problem.

Could a spam filter (locally or at your provider) cause the problem?

Anything else, I can do to help you?

Best regards from Germany

Uwe

Btw: until now, I can t call me a real FreeCad-user, but I am on my way trying to get there.

- muesli


muesli,
I sent you a pm.

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