GizmoLab's Design Intuition 1.3 is a design tool, particularly for
woodworkers, that offers 2D and 3D views, with items drawn in one view
immediately available in all views. Recent changes include repeaters for
laying out repeating objects, new Smart Objects, and more. Design
Intuition is $134.97 for Mac OS X 10.2.6 and up.
"The measure of a man is what he will do
I've used the generic, open-source cad software QCad a few times for
my woodworking projects. It's just 2D and the interface leaves a
little to be desired, but if you figure out all the controls it does a
decent job. It's available for OSX, as well as Windows and Linux.
The most recent version is pay-ware, but there is a perfectly
reasonable older version that can be had for free from sourceforge:
And with *FREE* stuff, you get what someone wants to give you, which is
not necessarily what you want or may need. In many cases what you get
can be lacking in usability, and features.
I'm sure that if you compare your OS stuff to the App I posted, you'd be
better off paying for something.
I'd even bet that you didn't look at the link and just went to OS land
with your free stuff.
"The measure of a man is what he will do while expecting that he will get nothing in
Many, but not all or even most. Open-source software is some of the
best options out there, almost in every category.
That's a blanket statement that is rarely justified.
Why the attitude, Jim? Threatened by open source as a concept, perhaps?
Dismissing open source as "junk because it's free" (which seems to
be your point) is simplistic at best, and usually wrong.
I develop commercial and shareware software myself, so I have a good
idea how much work it takes to make a good software package. I'm
continually impressed with the level of effort people expend on
open-source projects, that they create with huge amounts of their own
time and then give away to anyone who asks. You are right that a lot
of the free stuff out there is a little lacking, and sometimes it
seems like the developers quit before the program is really finished
or polished. That said, there are definately exceptions to that rule
that I use on a daily basis (linux kernel, apache, perl, GNU
utilities, latex, graphviz, etc.) which are equal to or superior than
their commercial counterparts. If anything, they tend to have more
features than commercial software (and this can be a bad thing), if
only because any random person can add their favorite thing without
going through committee.
I did follow your link, however. Design Intuition actually looks
quite nice, and I'm glad to see something like that available for the
Mac. I just wish I could afford it. I'm certain it is better than
QCad, but as a WW woodworker I can't justify spending that kind of
money. I use QCad because I haven't found anything better within my
extremely limited price range.
I'm assuming the FreeBSD version is the one that works best on OS X.
I seem to recall that is what the kernal is built upon. Please
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You should be able to just download, uncompress, untar, and build it from
the source, which I would think would be OS-agnostic?
email me if you run into problems, I could use a CAD program and
I'd be happy to send you my install notes once I do it.
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