I mean like an autocad-ish program that can make basic drawings... Draftsite (Dassault) seems to work best for me (way better than autocad for basic use and it's free) But it's for mac and not irix...
This isn't that easy a problem, unfortunately. You'd think there would be a good, simple, clean CAD program by now. But I don't know of one .... If you run Windows, I'd scrounge up a copy of Cadkey 7 (DOS). It's wireframe but 3D, does all the good stuff - hidden line removal, automated view placement on a drawing, shaded rendering, nice to use. I have an antique parametric thing from Computervision that's pretty cool, too. Comes on two floppies, runs in DOS.
But the thing is, at least for me, keeping up with two or three different apps is just too much trouble. So I use Pro/E for everything, even stupid little honeydos like this :
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The Pro is kind of cumbersome for that but on the other hand, what you use all the time is what you're fast with.
Per your question, yes, dwg, dxf, iges, step, vrml, iv, obj, about a hundred other file formats. jpeg, even
Not to mention, an email client that works with both mobileme and the company-provided gmail account,
Now we're getting into "use Irix all the time" which is a different subject. That's really only worth doing if you like Irix and are too stubborn to let the obnoxious corporate imaginary-property types push you around.
Anyway, I don't know mobileme but Thunderturd works fine with gmail. One of these days I intend to transfer over to Ishmail - it's niftier but I have too many old mails to sort through
dealing with various random types of files (ms office etc) without half an hour of bitch work,
I be da bitch, homey ! Open Orifice reads in everything but docx. Even Word on Windows does not read that shit, when some foo sends me one of those turds I have to do an online conversion. Idjuts. Ted is kind of weird but not all that bad for rtf. I think I like it better than Open Orifice and Winnders can read/write rtf.
Normally the Assist makes me do the various textfile-to-pdf conversions because I can do it faster and better from Irix. She'll print to a ps file from wahetever she is using, then I ps2pdf over the network, right in her shared directory. That actually works better than creating a pdf from within Illustrator or PhotoShop. Somehow, the real pdf's are always bornked in some fashion. Typically the margins but if I want to make a multi-page pdf, it's easier and you have more control from a command line. The Adobe apps always mess things up.
USB support for the various network interfaces I need (CAN, RS485, various proprietary serial protocols) as well as the software for that.
Ja, for USB you are screwed. But I can do most everything usb-ish that I need from firewire, so it's not such a problem. CF and SD cards are actually faster on my firewire than the Windows USB.
Furflop, however .... sigh. Nekochan looks much nicer on Irix but a lot of places are screwed on an older browser. Luckily for me I don't like most of that crap
Oh. You wanted a drawing, not a model ? yes, can read and save as dwg, drw, tiff, etc. I can't really recommend Pro/E for basic drawings - whoever thought up their system was weird, but it does work.
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Oh wait ! Just found my claim to fame as a computer artiste. You can laugh if you want ... did this in Amazon Paint, which is more interesting than the ... errr ... end result itself, I'd imagine ...
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