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Somehow I believe to recall there does exist some ind of "draw paralel line" plugin for QGIS.

Could anyone please point me to - I cant find it :-/

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There is a big list at plugins.qgis.org/plugins/?per_page=170, but I'm not familiar with the tool that you are seeking. –  BradHards Dec 22 '12 at 0:14
    
very closely related: How to create a line in a given distance to an existing one? gis.stackexchange.com/questions/33494/… –  underdark Dec 22 '12 at 9:56

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It's in the Sextante tool box. See the accepted answer here: How to create a line in a given distance to an existing one?

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I think the plugin you are looking for is cadtools. You can download it using the plugin installer.

Once you have it installed it will create a new toolbar with all kinds of handy tools, with one being to create a parallel line.

First select the line using the button next to the one in the image. Then select the Create parallel line tool. enter image description here

It will ask you for a distance to offset from the line. You can even use negative numbers. enter image description here

The red dashed line is the new line which is offset 5m from the selected line. enter image description here

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THX, guess thats what I was looking for –  Chris Pallasch Dec 22 '12 at 12:16

Rather than a plugin, you might find it easier to select the original line and then copy and paste it. You can then move the new line around with it holding the direction, if you grab it in the middle.

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