CamSketchpad

David Stark / Zarkonnen
2007-06-01 11:44
A modern recreation of Ivan Sutherland's seminal Sketchpad program. It's a 2D drawing / CAD program with support for geometrical constraints and the inclusion of instances referencing other drawings.

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Screenshot It was written as a group project for the Cambridge University computer science undergraduate course by a team of seven people: Tom Botterill, Matthew Brown, Tom Craig, Easlyn Kirupairajah, Amit Sarna, Andrew Smee and myself.

Most of my work was on the constraint satisfaction algorithm, which took perhaps 200 hours of staring at error gradient maps, and imbued me with an enormous respect for Sutherland, whose version of Sketchpad performed as well on '60s hardware as ours does on modern computers.

CamSketchpad is far from being as complete and efficient as the original Sketchpad, but it does have all the necessary components in a rudimentary form, and is finished enough to be usable. So we've decided to release it as open source under the BSD licence, so we or others are free to tinker with it and improve its algorithms and user interface.