I had one a few years back called DesignCad. Seems like it was around
$399 for the 2D version, the 3D version was a little more. It worked
pretty well and was fairly easy to use. It helps to have a digitizer
board to go with it but not absolutely necessary.
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It's now around $60-70US from Amazon. I am using it, but still
learning. it has some funnies. People keep telling me it's my fault. I
am not so sure. but in general it's a powerful and useful programme.
Leon, I was using QuickCad but they decided it was so similar to AutoSketch
they just combined the features and released version 9 and abandoned
It works well enough for my needs and it will also read AutoCad files. It
makes my job much easier.
I've been using TurboCAD for several years and I like it. Last time I
looked, it was available in several flavors ranging from free to a few
hundred bucks. I started with the free version and decided I liked it
and upgraded to one that was ~$60-70 IIRC and haven't needed anything
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I wasn't being facetious. Autocad is WAY over the edge for the
simpler needs of woodsmiths. Knowing more specific needs [2D, 3D,
modelling...] I'd give better directions.
...But forget it. This topic has run dry in any case.
Just incidentally, don't knock pencil and paper before oyu decide
"better". I used to teach construction drawing as well as math and
computer programming/applications, and have done and keep drawings
that are dead-accurate using simple drafting tools, as well as using
software [DeltaCad and Solid Edge for two.] Look up "the Carpenter's
Square" for a great book on layout, and then try to find the math
behind all of that. It's simple, and it works ...not the math, but
what it produced.
Try DesignCad. It has the power of AutoCad but costs less than $100.00.
it does 2d and 3d drawings. My wife has been using it for years doing
architectural drafting and I use it for shop projects and business site
Here is a link to their site:http://www.imsisoft.com /
I use an older version of TurbCAD (ver. 8.0 standard to be exact). I
picked it up 7 or 8 months ago for about $14 because it isn't the
latest and greatest version, but it's more than adequate for my
designs. It does 2D and 3D, auto-dimensioning and a whole lot more
that I haven't figured out yet. I got it because one of the woodworking
mags. recommended it and I decided that for $14 and since I was used to
drawing my plans by hand, even if I didn't like it I wasn't out much.
I hope that helps. Happy sawdust.
Well, if you've got three grand to spend then Ashlar-Vellum Cobalt is pretty
Intellicad is a fair AutoCAD clone for $50-175 depending on options--you can
give it a free try at
If you've never been trained on Autocad though plan to spend a while
<http://www.freecad.com/ has a list of free and/or inexpensive CAD products
one of which might suit your needs. You might want to go through them
before you buy anything.
If you can find someone with a copy, many years ago Cadkey put the
fully-functional DOS version of their product up on their Web site as a
Christmas present to their user community after the Windows product had
become established--if you can find someone who has the download it's still
a very, very capable 3D CAD program--I'd email you a copy if I hadn't lost
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I just found a 3d modeling package called SketchUp (www.sketchup.com). You
can download a full version that lets you use it for up to eight hours. It
seems to be really intuitive and easy to learn. There are demo videos on the
web site. I you have a high-speed internet connection, they'd be worth a
look. It does lighting, even seasonal lighting if you're doing architecture,
surface textures, and animations. It's around $450, I think. Give it a try
and see what you think.
FWIW, I down loaded this program to try out and went to the site for a quick
overview of the program. The speaker on the demo stressed that Sketchup IS
NOT a CAD program, which the OP is looking for. IIRC it is a design
The OP asked about CAD in the title and design in the text.
If you are looking to a software solution to aid in the
conceptualization of a design, then Sketchup is wonderful. Less good
if you are looking to use it as part of a CAD-CAM process.
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