WinFIG is a CAD software tool that provides users with a familiar workspace and intuitive tools for creating drawings using arcs, polygons, splines, ellipses, and more.
Quick setup and familiar GUI
Installing the app is a fast and easy task. As previously mentioned, the interface is user-friendly and resembles similar CAD products. However, WinFIG does not put too much emphasis on visual appeal.
Rich toolbox with configuration settings
The toolbox lets users create circles and ellipses by specifying the radius or diameter, splines or closed splines by setting the control points, along with interpolated or closed interpolated splines, in addition to rectangulars, polygons, polylines and arcs.
It is also possible to add text, arrow heads, pictures from files, together with tangents and normals to shapes, flip or rotate objects in the drawing, and so on. Each shape comes with its own set of attributes which can be later configured. For example, it is possible to adjust the depth, line width, line style and colors (among others) for rectangulars.
Create smart links between objects
Any mistakes can be undone and later redone. What's more, the app includes a feature that automatically looks for possible connections between objects to create smart links. Users may view a color palette, modify grid and metrics options (e.g. zoom and scaling, rules), as well as view object libraries. Projects can be exported to a wide array of file types, including Bitmap, Gerber, Metafile, PDF, EPS and SVG.
Evaluation and conclusion
The application has a good response time and minimal impact on CPU and RAM. We have not come across any unpleasant surprises throughout our evaluation, since it did not freeze, crash or pop up error messages. All in all, WinFIG comes packed with some handy features for creating CAD drawings.
Compose drawings using ellipses, circles, polygons, splines, arcs, arrows, images, text objects
Draw solid, dashed or dotted lines with miter, round or beveled joins
Use colors and patterns
Manipulate your drawings by moving, stretching, flipping, aligning
Create compound objects
Arrange objects in different layers to control the order in which they overlap
Use grid and magnet and constraints for geometry (e.g. to create LaTeX compatible lines only)
Export to box, CGM, EMF, epic, ge, GIF, IBMGL, dxf, JPEG, LaTeX, map, MetaFont, MetaPost, PCX, PDF, pic, pictex, PNG, (Encapsulated)PostScript, ppm, pstex, PSTricks, shape, sld, SVG, tk and others
Smart links to support diagram techniques, i.e. for creating connections between nodes.
Allow users to customize their keyboard shortcuts in the ‘Preferences’ dialog.
A new option for setting the scaling factor of the user interface. This is helpful if you are using a 4k monitor and the user interface is too small. This option actually sets the QT_SCALE_FACTOR variable that is also mentioned in the FAQs.
Updated Qt version to 5.12.0.
The Mac OS version now comes as a DMG file.
Remember magnification that was set in the ‘Export dialog’ for subsequent exports and also store it in the FIG file.