Thu, Jun 2, 2005, 5:11am (EDT-1) firstname.lastname@example.org (Prometheus)
<snip> Of course, if I'm drawing up plans, I still use the old quad pad
and a ruler.
Plans? Plans? We don' need no steenkin' plans. LOL
For myself, a few measurements, maybe a rough sketch or two,
usually does. I seldom, if ever, make any sort of detailed sketch, for
my own projects - altho I do sometimes write notes, so I'll know what my
sketches mean, later. If I were making plans for someone else to use
(perish the thought, let'em find their own damn plan), I'd probably go
into more detail, but still freehand it. Making plans for sale, that
might be different. I don't know if I'd opt for a computer-type thingy
or not. More likely I'd just draft them out, and get copies made,
learned drafting in high school, and still remember how it goes.
Yeah, I know drafting would take longer, and all that, but as I
wouldn't be depending on selling plans for a living, that's what I'd
prefer. It's what I know how to do, it works, it's satisfying. And, I
wouldn't need to invest more than a few $ for whatever I need, as
opposed to probably dropping hundreds, maybe thousands, of $ for
computer stuff. Actually, I have been thinking about trying to sell a
plan or two, but I wouldn't need to buy any supplies to do that, so the
only extra cost involved would be the copying.
But, yeah, if I was depending on making a living drafting and
selling plans, I might well go with compuer stuff. It would depend on a
lot of variables, if that would be more cost effective than just plain
old drafting; but if it came to making a living from it, then that's an
option I would definitely be willing to consider. However, for now, a
pencil does it all.
Reality is not mandatory, it's just an option.