I would like a (cheap!) package that lets me draw walls, doors, window,
etc. Separate layers for electrical, data & cable, sewers and fresh
water pipes are desirable. Automatic dimensioning is a great feature.
I used to have "3D Home Architect" but I installed a "version 6"
published by a different company and it wiped out the original version.
So, I plan to reenter everything into a more stable program. AutoCAD
would be nice but it's too expensive. Suggestions?
If you have only basic needs, Floorplan 3D, also from IMSI (same as
TurboCAD) is an optimized and stripped down version of TurboCAD for just
floorplan work. It does nice 3D renders of your designs and is <$50. If
you buy the real TurboCAD it usually includes Floorplan 3D.
I have TurboCAD pro and still use FP3D for my home floorplan work since
it's faster for that than the full CAD package, particularly for
generating nice 3D views. FP3D's render engine takes location, time of
day and time of year into account for sunlight BTW.
I take it back. DeltaCAD can draq lines, rectangles and circles, etc.
But PowerPoint or Paint can do that. I need something that knows
about walls, closets, doors, windows, rooves, furniture, etc and
selectable layers. DeltaCAD does insert dimensions, however.
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