A surprising CAD + music production domination in the news
FreeCAD Trails workbench for transportation engineering is getting momentum
New releases of GIMP, Scribus, FontForge, Synfig, Tahoma2D, LibreDWG, Giada, Ardour
Highlights: Blender Conference was online this year, new releases of BlenderBIM, Pitivi, Shotcut, Qtractor, new free/libre VST3 plugins for Linux, new features in Inkscape, Krita, FreeCAD, Dust3D.
So this is going to be an update that covers both recent and not so recent events.
darktable 3.0.0 release and beta release of MyPaint 2.0, major updates of Kdenlive and FlowBlade
Krita is getting support for PaintTool SAI files
Inkscape team releases new version of the vector graphics editor
HISE 2.0.0 lands to let anyone create sample-based virtual instruments
Stalled development of Natron gets prime-time attention
Inkscape starts exploring multithreaded canvas rendering
ArmorPaint got unlimited undo support and better FBX importer
New version of QGIS released with 3D and animation features
New major releases of Valentina and G’MIC are available
In an unimaginable turn of events, LibreDWG, the free/libre library for opening proprietary CAD files in the DWG file format, is becoming a stellar example of a FOSS project.
New version of FreeCAD features a great variety of improvements in many workbenches, as well as fancy new things like Occulus Rift support.
The FreeCAD team continues getting rid of the myth that there can be no usable open source CAD software. The newly released v0.13 includes massive improvements in almost every workbench.
There's a can of worms we opened this year: the unfortunate situation with support for DWG files in free CAD software via LibreDWG. We feel, by now it ought to be closed. We have the final answer from FSF.
In late January we posted an in-depth story that explained the lack of support for DWG files in free/open source CAD software. Now it's time for an update.
Having been asked recently about reasons for lack of DWG support in free software, we started digging and very nearly fell into a pitch black abyss.