I must purchase a new CAD program soon. I won't spend much money on it
simply because it will be used rarely I could spend a hundred or two on it.
The drawings would be fairly simple. I don't need 3D, but it would be nice.
Although some of the stuff I will be designing may look complicated, it all
breaks down to component parts. And the parts are all fairly simple and
straightforward in terms of design and construction. I just need to draw
the component parts for the fabricators. Most of this project will be made
from square tubing with assorted wood parts.
I have had extensive mechanical drawing experience in high school and
beyond. I have used a few CAD programs years ago. I used Generic Cad and
I had an old TurboCAD around here that would not work with XP. I understand
that IMSI was bought out and service/support has declined. That is what has
me concerned about both TurboCAD and DesignerCAD.
DesignerCAD looks good to me. I am just concerned about support, etc.
I bought a copy of CADpro and it sucked big time. A certain number of the
functions simply did not work at all. I contacted the manufacturer by e-mail
and nobody responded. After repeated attempts to contact them failed, I gave
up on them. It wasn't a bad program if it worked as advertised. But it
I guess this is the face of much software these days. Pitch a flawed
product and perform zero support functions. I wonder where they learned that
And if all else fails, there is always DeltaCAD. It looks kinda simple, but
it will work, I am sure. I was just hoping for a little more features and
maybe some 3D capabilities.
Any responses or suggestions would be most appreciated. I want to get the
program fairly soon. This will allow me to learn the software before I need
to produce the drawings.