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Dividers and Ruler 1.0 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Dividers and Ruler 1.0

Dividers and Ruler 1.0 - Draw with dividers, ruler, protractor, pencil and rubber on the screen as you would do it on a sheet of paper.
User rating: 530 (50%) 524 (50%) 86 comments

Dividers and Ruler 1.0 was available as a giveaway on June 13, 2009!

Today Giveaway of the Day
free today
The most comprehensive image converter ever!

Draw with dividers, ruler, protractor, pencil and rubber on the screen as you would do it on a sheet of paper. You see a real ruler on the screen which you can move and rotate. You can then draw along the ruler. If you want to make constructions on the computer this is the easiest way.

System Requirements:

Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 64bit


CAD-KAS Kassler Computersoftware GbR



File Size:

695 KB



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Hey # 14. You would probably complain if they were going to hang you with a used rope. Go away if you don't appreciate what GAOTD is doing for you.

Reply   |   Comment by Wes  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#80,82 and many more:

This program can be obtained much cheaper in Europe: € 19.90 is the
price in Germany.

Reply   |   Comment by master yoda  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I am sorry to report that I was unable to install the software. Even though I downloaded the ware when abut 15 mts was left over, and download took hardly 2 mts, when I tried to run the Setup program, it returned with "Failed to connect. Please try again later ..". I kept retrying till now, almost 30 mts past the time, but all I got was the same message.

I am not sure what went wrong with GOTD website, as during this interval, I was able to browse other sites, and when I pinged the "giveawayoftheday.com" I got replies without any misses!!!

Strange !!!

Reply   |   Comment by Jagath  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I design and plan labyrinths. This is going to be a cool tool !!

Reply   |   Comment by John of Celtic Ways  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installs on Vista SP1. Export allows saving as a .bmp file which is a good interchange format.

Reply   |   Comment by Richard E. Byrd  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

When I tried to run it I got a German error message, even after I checked to make sure it was set to English. I couldn't do anything with it so I just uninstalled it. It's a trash program written by an amateur programmer who's hoping to get as much money for this cheaply tossed out junk as a professional program would charge.

Reply   |   Comment by Patrick McNamara  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Zirkel und Lineal Divides by Zero and Fails to Find Windows RPC Server

If Dividers and Ruler 1.0 is a typical example of the quality of coding by the developers at CAD-KAS, I suggest avoiding all CAD-KAS software.

I am deleting this program (which is not worth the Giveaway of the Day "price" of free, but is certainly not worth $79 USD).

First of all, some of the error message dialog boxes are in German (e.g., Zirkel und Lineal instead of Dividers and Ruler). The localization database needs some work.

Second of all, any compiler's debugger will catch divide-by-zero errors: Dividers and Ruler 1.0 displayed a divide-by-zero error as soon as I launched it.

Finally, I have a cascade of Zirkel und Lineal dialog boxes, each with the same "RPC server is unavailable" error. (I triple-checked Services.msc, enabled every RPC component (in addition to the RPC service that Windows requires, which is a major security flaw by the way), and rebooted, but to no avail.

I thank Giveaway of the Day for your service, but I am deleting Dividers and Ruler 1.0. The divide-by-zero error, which one learns to avoid in an introductory computer programming courses, is enough reason for me to remove this, or any, program.

Several comments have referred to free, open-source programs. There are free, open-source programs for Windows that are full CAD software application, which offer much more than Dividers and Ruler 1.0, as well as open-source applications that offer the basic functionality of Dividers and Ruler (but without the problems that I hope CAD-KAS will correct, which would be a better use of resources than bashing competitors on their home page).

Reply   |   Comment by DavidMD  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

I wasn't going to comment because most of what I have to say has been said already but I had to add my opinion to the rest.

The price of $79 is crazy :!: This is a very basic drawing software that is missing some key features that would only make it marginal at best. :( The developers are only out for the quick buck and this one isn't worth it. :!: (yes, I know it is free today but I am letting the developers know that if I were looking for this type of software I would not purchase it because they are way off base on their normal price)

Reply   |   Comment by HOSS  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Hi kickapoodle, you might want to try the latest version of Geogebra, which has a spreadsheet view and a bar chart command, at least. On the comparison to today's offering, I'm simply saying that, as far as math teaching is concerned, Geogebra can do everything that this program does, as a small fraction of its capabilities.

Reply   |   Comment by Glen  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

CAD program? If you want a free professional CAD program and are a student you can get Vectorworks 2009 for free.

Reply   |   Comment by marek  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

janetb #65

You are correct it's .bmp (my mistake) However .bmp and .gif are both universally accepted by most graphics programs that a personal user might have. A .zir extension only would have been almost useless for most of us.

As for some of the free “alternatives”, I have GeoGebra, a great program for algebra or geometry, but try to draw a bar graph or pie chart. There is no comparing GeoGebra with todays offering so it's not really an alternative.

Reply   |   Comment by Kickapoodle  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

@Anidem, #66: "zer zeit ist kein Standard-Drucker gewahlt"
means: "There is no default printer selected at the moment."

Reply   |   Comment by Hans Gretl  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Sorry for double posting, but further testing of today's offering helped me discover some major issues a software costing $79 should not have (maybe posting them here will help the developers):
The dimension of the ruler, protractor and dividers can't be modified (i.e. the ruler always have 570 mm);The ruler, protractor and dividers don't repaint when the rubber is used;The background of the drawing area is always white;Curves are not considered objects (can't be moved and modified), only lines and rubber;Rubber instead of deleting existing objects adds a lot of white cicles in front of the existing lines and curves, but under the text;Text is always in front in the object order, but doesn't repaint either when the rubber is used;Text clipping for italic fonts is smaller than needed;Lines objects can't be edited;Using pencil creates a very large amount of lines;There is no UNDONE for operations;Total lack of features like object grouping, ordering and snapping; lack of antialiasing and exporting to more raster (only bitmap is supported) and vector formats; lack of the precision in many operations; lack of layers;
I have to give it a thumb down.

Reply   |   Comment by xunrage  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

To the complainers: If you want more developers to upload their software onto GOTD, actually use the site like it's meant to be used, and give a decent review to help them improve. But no, you'd rather whine about how there used to be decent software but now there isn't because of people like you.

Like others have said, it would be better if it had a more helpful help file. It also needs a lot more features if they want to sell it at $79. For example, if you could drag the tools out and actually use them in other programs, such as, say, Paint, it would definitely be more useful.

Right now it doesn't have many uses, and the interface is awfully inconvenient. More improvements should be made.

Reply   |   Comment by Lucifer  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

# 24
The price of software is relevant, eventhough we get it for free today, because if we like it, we are supposed to recommend it to others (the vendors are counting on the fact that those people don't download it for free the same day).
I am very happy to recommend a good program for a reasonable price to others; and some GAOTD's are really great. Sorry, I feel today's is heavily over-priced (and I know very few people to whom this program would be helpful).

Reply   |   Comment by Steppevos  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I did not dowload yet but if anyone is wanting a nice free 2D CAD program simply look at DoubleCAD XT. XT is basically an AutoCAD LT clone. As a pro user of AutoCAD 2010 I found XT very capable.

Reply   |   Comment by f700es  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Unique software utility. Nice! Thank you GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Tommy  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Today giveaway is somewhat portable I think. Indeed it is a very basic application, but good for personal use. One thing about it bothers me: it doesn't support antialiasing when exporing to bitmap. According to developers site, the company has a lot of experience in printing software and when i was printing to PDF file using PrimoPDF (free printer software available at http://www.primopdf.com/), the resulting pdf was antialiased. Then you can import the pdf in Inkscape (free available at http://www.inkscape.org/) and save the picture as SVG. At that point you have a vector format for your drawing.

Reply   |   Comment by xunrage  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

@38 hydro
"Rubber" is English for eraser.

Reply   |   Comment by giv_meabreak  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

This is a wonderful tool! Thank you GOTD!

It is great to have more varied software lately, instead of the media-heavy offerings some months.

I have often wondered why there is not some tool such as this integrated in the super bloated operating systems we have nowadays. I will be using this at least once a week, and believe me, I've downloaded MANY programs from GOTD that are sitting here waiting to be used more than once a year!

Thanks again.

Reply   |   Comment by CousinMike8  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

More cons than pros for me I'm afraid.

Installed, registered and ran fine
Lightweight, doesn't use much for recourses

It's awkward to use.
• There is no right click context menus.
• There is no undo.
• It's very very basic, too basic to really be of any use.

There is no way this is worth the $79 asking price.

I've un-installed it.

Reply   |   Comment by Tina  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

zer zeit ist kein Standard-Drucker gewahlt

This is what I got trying to run this in win2k. I am not a language expert but I think this states something like "There is no time or standard printer".

No uninstall.


Reply   |   Comment by Anidem  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Kickapoodle #21

HOW DID YOU EXPORT TO .GIF??? My ONLY Export option is .bmp.....(Just as my ONLY save option is.zir)....

Reply   |   Comment by janetb  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Sorry, my bad HTML. Should be:


Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Maybe of use for quick little "one off" pictures, but far more useful and versatile are freeware CAD programs like:


Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Save the download!! As one who's used Bentley Microstation since '82, AND, even, the backs of envelopes (lifelong), to produce all manner of architectural wonders, I know to tell you this.

Its UNintuitive, UNdocumented, poorly-GUI'ed,...

...if CAD-KAS paid YOU $80 to install and use, you'd be obliged to return them their payment. Capice?

The "best" CAD?...draw your design using #2 pencil, scan to .bmp, insert in some DTP-program to dimension/note/print as .pdf, and that should get you from concept to reality asap. Even that's waaayyy better than this!

An embarrassment to any worthwhile programmer in 2009, and GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Antonio  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

#29: I would imagine the reason the English language version is so much more expensive than the German (from their webpage: "Lizenz bestellen (Rechnung) für 19,99 EUR" (Deutsch) vs "Price of the full version: $79" ) is translation costs. This is a German software house, not an American or British one.

I've noticed some interesting things about their website. When you click on the UK language button, you get prices in Dollars, not Pounds. Don't they actually expect to do business with the British?

When you choose Español or Français, you get the pretty useless statements "Hay más de 50 programas disponibles en inglés." or "Nous avons plus de 50 logiciels en anglais!". If I was Spanish or French why the heck would I care that fifty of these German programs have been translated to English? At least the Español & Français language choices are provided the correct currency.

Speaking of prices (the subject of many comments), in the world of CAD-CAM, it is very much a case of "whatever the market will bear" - there, $79 USD is cheap. In fact, they could possibly be hurting themselves, as in that market such a low price makes it looks like CAD-KAS Kassler doesn't think this product is worth very much.

Finally, and most importantly, Like #18, I am concerned about the "awards" labels I see on the website. While they are not live links, if you look at their properties, they do belong to the the software sites described (freesharewarecenter.com, softtester.com, & etc). The problem I see is that if you actually go to those sites and search, you see that while D&R appears in them, it isn't actually rated - so where are these awards coming from?

Enough commenting - Thanks to GAotD for giving us these opportunities, but no thanks for today's product.

Reply   |   Comment by ColonialBoy  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

A few general comments:

To all those who don’t see the point of people commenting on the price being high, because we get it for free:

The developers who offer their products here for free want to know what people feel about its price. It may help them fix it at a suitable level. And giving such, and of course other, info to developers is the main motivation for them to make these free offers.

To software developers:

1 If a user of a simple tool even has to consult instructions, the software can almost be considered non-user-friendly. Much thinking should be invested by the developer to make the tool intuitive and self-explanatory.
Of course, the help file should always be there, just in case some users need it.
In this connection, please note that some people can’t even figure out how to draw a straight line and also can’t find a help file!

2 There are almost always freeware alternatives that do the job. These are often mentioned in the comments. To compete with them, premium software has to do more, or accomplish it in a more user-friendly fashion. This does not always seem to be the case, and the present tool is probably an example.

3 Many users, including myself, justifiably prefer portable apps. They don’t burden the computer making it slower, don’t cause instability and can be removed without leaving junk behind. Now, I don’t know how one can register a portable program and get a key for it as GAoD, but I’m sure there is a way and it’s worth trying.

To those who mention alternative freeware:

This is a most useful comment, not only for users who may prefer it or have problems installing (or re-installing after expiry of offer) the offered tool, but also to software developers who have to make their products better.

Reply   |   Comment by tomcat  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

A freeware alternative for those of you who want to use this for the purpose of mathematics in the classroom:


Geogebra, though, does MUCH, MUCH more than this extremely limited program. It's almost a bit odd saying that this is a freeware alternative.

Reply   |   Comment by Glen  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Installs and works very quick, under both Windows 7 RC as well as Windows XP SP3. You do not need CAD skills - this is elementary School Geometry stuff, that is very well designed and easy to use!

A price of nearly $80 is steep... I could get my kid a real Staedler or Rotring Geometry Box for a fraction of that money!

As far as the software is concerned, my Thumbs Up, but the price is a major disappointment!

Reply   |   Comment by WellOiledPC  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

#24 I see a Dividers and Rulers 1 entry in Vista Programs and features window and it cleary has the Unistall/Change option on it.

I would find it more valuable if I could have used it as a tool to overlay the more acomplished graphics editing programs with a movable ruler, protractor and dividers. While it is impressive they have squeeze what they have into such a small executable, it's not enough to waste time learning to make it produce something useful only to have the output that would undoubtably need to have to be re-touched and completed in a real graphics/editing package to be restricted to using a single layer BMP raster format.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is a joke. CAD-KAS' PDF editor is terrible, it trashes graphics and fonts, and this title is no better. This software is a solution looking for a problem as you can download Google SketchUp totally for free (www.sketchup.com) and it will accomplish what this title will x 1000. There are also any number of free Visio replacements available for technical drawing. Two big thumbs' down.
- Ricardo aka "blue rabbit"

Reply   |   Comment by Richard Hempstington  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Sure would be more useful if it were developed as a plug-in for Photoshop, Illustrator, or CorelDraw. Although those programs are the industry leaders, they all lack the ease of use this program offers for basic perspective drawing. Heck if I were the author of this program I'd approach Adobe or Corel with an offer.

Reply   |   Comment by freeme  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

My first post after downloading a lot of GiveAwayoftheDays. The program says what says it will. So can ripe it up like most people do and lose track of the purpose of this site as a few others with a logical mind have done anyway.

If developers do read this I would highly recommend an UNDO feature similar to paint. Very time consuming to have to use the eraser when you could do a Ctrl + Z and poof the line or object is gone.

Reply   |   Comment by Solarstar  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Cute little program that'll take a few to figure out. Installed w/ no prob. May come in handy for web design. BUT firwall popped up and warned the program was trying to access Outlook Express??? Maybe a firewall conflict, but after install and activation, block it.

Reply   |   Comment by Alt Brown  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

It can be hard to take everyday skills & transfer them to a computer -- look at how popular the Wii is, with controllers & accessories mimicking things you'd use in real life. In a similar way Dividers & Ruler tries to make it easier going from pen & paper to PC screen. Problem is, most all of the things you'd use a pencil & drawing tools for are already done much, much better, by dozens of apps that don't play pretend.

It's not that the developer doesn't know what CAD or drawing software looks like, or how is used -- take a look around the rest of the site... Dividers & Rulers simply tries to help folks used to drawing on paper make the transition. While I'm no teacher, I don't think it's especially well suited for teaching kids -- schools use calculators & PCs instead of slide rules, because the point is to teach students to do something well, rather than give lessons in how the teacher used to do it.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

I tried it... it went in really fast and self-registered I think (XP3). I probably lack the CAD skills to use this intuitively, but it really did not seem to do that much for me. It may be a nice tool for a draftsman.

Uninstall was as clean and easy as the install.

Thanks for the chance, tho!

Reply   |   Comment by GeeDeePee  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Way overpriced for what this program delivers. By the way, any program that I would purchase for $80, I expect to have an embedded help function and at least a PDF format manual. I currently use a screen capture program that has a built in Protractor and Ruler tool among many other tools. It is called "PicPick" and it is freeware.

You can get it here:

Reply   |   Comment by Rfine  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

I have been using GAOTD for at least a year now and at first most of the downloads were useful such as the wondershare music converter and the WinX DVD Author (my first downloads from GAOTD).

I agree with unhackmee (comment 14) no offense to GAOTD but all it's been for ages was video converters and network stuff with the occasional useful item such as the Paragon Drive Copy personal.

Even if it is free i am afraid i am also going to pass on this download today.

Yours Sincerely,

Think about it first

Reply   |   Comment by Think about it first  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

#1, do you seriously think the price of a piece of software should have anything to do with its file size? Games would cost thousands!

And #12, the slight difference is attributable to GAOTD using a different compression method (e.g., ZIP vs. RAR) than the authors on their own site and doesn't mean anything is missing.

Reply   |   Comment by Matthew  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I cannot see this as being particularly useful for anything. After I erased part of the ruler and protractor I thought it was a bit silly. No uninstall either. This is the first bad review I have given over two years.

Reply   |   Comment by EllieB  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

To Zone Alarm Users

Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 did not flag me when I went to the developer's site. Might be a Zone Alarm issue.

Reply   |   Comment by Cindy  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

When giveaways wander into the land of drafting and design, then I wake up and take a look. However; I won't try this freebie because it offers nothing that cannot be done better and with absolute precision elsewhere for free.
For those of you who need a professional quality tool that can draw anything you can imagine with dead-on accuracy, try the free DoubleCad by Imsi. Imsi is the TurboCAD company that rivals AutoDesk.
DoubleCAD is not simple and does require some learning, but it is tops in freeware for those wanting the "real deal" in quality drafting software.
If 3D is your thing, then try Google's SketchUp, also free. It is simply the best for those project that require three dimension. Really cool when you can "walk" around and look at your creation or take a tour through the dream house you created and filled with all sorts of furnishing, thousands of which are also free from Google's 3D warehouse.

Reply   |   Comment by iagman  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

seems to me (with that filesize), that i could probably have an identical program coded in C++, possibly even VB, within hours...And seriously? $80, for drawing lines?? How do they expect this to sell?

whatever happened to the actual good giveaways?

Reply   |   Comment by Mango  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Sorry for my affirmation.If use ctrl when make lines,arc,circle with instruments on the desktop are in zig-zag but when you print your creatios ,lines are perfects.Soo is not only for childrens and is a good software .Thank.

Reply   |   Comment by Ignat Titus  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

No help file, no documentation and, apparently, no keyboard shortcuts. No tool tips. It's not worth the time or effort to evaluate this crudely-executed program.

To its credit, the uninstall routine worked flawlessly. I give that part of the implementation five stars.

Reply   |   Comment by Tom  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

For #1: Just think - for quite a few years this program was way too big for the desktop PC! Nice program. Thanks GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Klem Grimbone  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

With the negative comments, I am not even going to try this. For $79, you can get Xara Xtreme which is a top-notch drawing program; drawing lines, angles, circles, arcs are accomplished easily. For a free program, try Page Plus.

Reply   |   Comment by Splash  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Nice program, my son enjoys it a lot.

Reply   |   Comment by Tom Parker  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

This lets you "draw with rubber on the screen", but it don't make sense to me.

Reply   |   Comment by hydro  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
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