Oren wrote <<By the time I hit the AutoCAD learning
curve, I could just as well use a drafting board, T-
squares and some tools to design a pool pump system.
I never plan to build a space ship using AutoCAD :)>>
Life can be made easier in many ways, by investing in a
learning curve. I am thankful that I learned drafting the
old way, with drafting boards, T-squares, triangles,
protractors, etc., then drafting machines, and finally
life became *enormously* easier and neater and more
accurate with CAD. Same for many modern instruments and
machines. AutoCAD even helps me with photography. Sure,
it takes time to learn, and you never stop learning it.
But if you do much drafting at all, that learning pays
I suggest starting with AutoCAD LT. It can do
everything that a T-square and triangles and protractor
etc. can do, and it is much less expensive and easier to
learn. If you use it much at all, it will grow on you.
If the pool pump system is the *only* thing that you
ever will design, then probably best to stay with the
T-square etc. But if you want to go at all beyond that,
then go for AutoCAD LT.