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==How do I start BRL-CAD?==
== What is BRL-CAD? ==
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BRL-CAD is a suite of more that 400 tools and utilities.  The suite of applications are intentionally designed to perform a succinct task so that they can be chained together, scripted, and expanded upon in order to provide powerful flexibility.
  
BRL-CAD is a powerful cross-platform open source solid modeling system.
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That said, most users will be interested in using [[mged]] for editing geometry as a first step in getting started with BRL-CAD.  Documentation on mged can be found in the share directory where BRL-CAD was installed.  There is also extensive mged documentation available on the website under [[Documentation]].
 
 
See [http://brlcad.org/d/about here] for the longer version.
 
 
 
== What license is BRL-CAD distributed under? ==
 
 
 
BRL-CAD is a large system with various portions under different license but is predominantly distributed as a collective work under the v2.1 LGPL.  Most of our data files and documentation are provided under a modified BSD license or are in the public domain.  See our [http://brlcad.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/brlcad/brlcad/trunk/COPYING COPYING] file for more details.
 
 
 
== Where is the roadmap for BRL-CAD? ==
 
 
 
BRL-CAD is a large project with various development efforts that are heavily dependent upon how the community sustainably contributes, but these should help give an idea of where we're going:
 
 
 
* [http://brlcad.org/BRL-CAD_Priorities.png BRL-CAD Project Priorities]  <span style="font-size:0.75em;">(0.7MB [http://brlcad.org/BRL-CAD_Priorities.png PNG], 0.1MB [http://brlcad.org/BRL-CAD_Priorities.pdf PDF])</span>
 
* [http://brlcad.org/~sean/ideas.html BRL-CAD Project Ideas]
 
 
 
==How do I start BRL-CAD? ==
 
BRL-CAD is a suite of more than 400 tools and utilities.  The suite of applications are intentionally designed to perform a succinct task so that they can be chained together, scripted, and expanded upon in order to provide powerful flexibility.
 
 
 
That said, most users will be interested in using [[mged]] as a first step in getting started with BRL-CAD.  Documentation on mged can be found in the share directory where BRL-CAD was installed.  There is also extensive mged documentation available on the website under [[Documentation]].
 
  
 
If you're on Windows, there should be an icon for MGED in your start menu or on your desktop.  For any other platform, you should be able to run this in an X11 terminal:  '''/usr/brlcad/bin/mged'''
 
If you're on Windows, there should be an icon for MGED in your start menu or on your desktop.  For any other platform, you should be able to run this in an X11 terminal:  '''/usr/brlcad/bin/mged'''
 
== What does the "BRL" in BRL-CAD mean?==
 
 
The "BRL" in BRL-CAD comes from the project's origins at the '''Ballistic Research Laboratory'''.  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballistic_Research_Laboratory BRL] was later absorbed into the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in 1992 but BRL-CAD retained its original distinctive name and trademark heritage.
 
 
== How do you pronounce BRL-CAD? ==
 
 
BRL-CAD is correctly pronounced as "'''be are el cad'''".
 
 
Incorrect albeit perhaps humorous mispronunciations overheard include "burl cad", "burly cad", "brill cad", "brail cad", just "be are el" and other variations without the "cad" designation, and of course "brazilian real canadian dollars".
 
 
== How do you pronounce mged? ==
 
 
According to the earliest developers, as well as the current core development team, the pronunciation is "em ged" with a hard "g" as in "get."
 
 
== How should BRL-CAD be spelled? ==
 
 
The proper name of the project is "BRL-CAD", with specific importance to spell the name in uppercase and utilizing a hyphen for consistency and uniformity of name recognition.  The "BRL-CAD" name should be used for all materials that will be publicly displayed or published.
 
 
While it is acceptable to use the non-hyphenated and lowercase "brlcad" name for files and directories that refer to the package, e.g. brlcad-7.8.2.tar.gz will compile and install into the /usr/brlcad directory by default, the "BRL-CAD" name should be used as the official name of the project wherever possible unless technical limitations prohibit it.  Similarly, the source code may utilize variations on the name due to technical limitations, but they are considered private internal use.
 
 
Unacceptable variations of the project name for public documentation and articles include BRLCAD, BrlCAD, BrlCad, Brlcad, BRLcad, BrlCAD, Brl-CAD, Brl-Cad, Brl-cad, BrLcAd, etc.
 
 
== How can I check out the Archer prototype  (on Windows)? ==
 
 
* Install the Windows version BRL-CAD
 
* Start Archer
 
* Open an example geometry database file
 
** File -> Open
 
** Select one of the examples like "axis"
 
** Select "havoc" and wait until you see a drawing of three big axis  bars shown in the black window on the right
 
* Select "Raytrace" -> rt -> 512x512, then you can see the 3D model rendered
 
  
 
==How do I get a hard copy of what I'm looking at in MGED?==
 
==How do I get a hard copy of what I'm looking at in MGED?==
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Finally, there are a variety of renderers and lighting models available in BRL-CAD that are useful for various purposes.  The [[rt]] tool is the primary ray-tracer that is used for shaded view rendering.  The [[rtedge]] and [[rthide]] commands are used for hidden-line renderings similar to what you'd want for generating drafting documents.  [[rtwizard]] is a graphical 'wizard' tool that can be used to generate a variety of hybrid renderings.
 
Finally, there are a variety of renderers and lighting models available in BRL-CAD that are useful for various purposes.  The [[rt]] tool is the primary ray-tracer that is used for shaded view rendering.  The [[rtedge]] and [[rthide]] commands are used for hidden-line renderings similar to what you'd want for generating drafting documents.  [[rtwizard]] is a graphical 'wizard' tool that can be used to generate a variety of hybrid renderings.
 
== How can I fix the huge transparent yellow cursor when I run MGED? ==
 
This is a bug in the X11 client/server communication when you run MGED on a remote machine and display to a local display.  It's also unfortunately not something we can fix inside BRL-CAD.  There is, however, a pretty simple work-around that forces the application to load a local cursor.  Run this:
 
.id_0 config -cursor "xterm black"
 

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