Sketchup is deceptive in its simple look and makes you feel like its a
slick modeling program and nothing more. I didn't really start
getting it until I had spent 6 hours with the program. The little
program Designcad has a whole toolbar devoted to selecting a wide range
of snap functions. Sketchup accomplishes the same thing without having
to have a toolbar or menu - its built-in to the way the program works
when you draw. Want to snap to a mid point? Just move your pointer
past the midpoint of a line and it says "Aha, you must be wanting to
turn on snap-to-midpoint function". Want to draw perpendicular to the
Y-axis? No need to turn on ortho mode. Just draw the line and kind of
move it around until the line turns green and you are on the Y-axis.
Want to dimension? Just click the dimension button than drag out a
dimension from a part of the drawing where you need a dimension and
position it where its most visible (or least obtrusive).
Yeah, I kind of like it, but Designcad is getting more interesting as I
learn more about it.
By the way, I sure respect liking the program you've learned and with
which you are comfortable. Years ago, I remember having long
discussions about the superiority of Wordperfect over Word. Then all
the word processing programs got so good, that it didn't matter any
I think this could be a religious war, but we won't let it be because
we are more interested in building things. :-)
You might want to look at "Solid Edge" if into modelling. It has
comprehensive tutorials. However, this and other suggested software
is WAY overboard for non-trained draftsmen wo want to do simple
woodworking design ...unless writing the book. Most is just Tim the
Toolman grunting. Try DeltaCad for most purposes.
I was cleaning out one of those O' Sullivan entertainment centers
yesterday. It has doors on the bottom that slide open. I have been
using it has a bookshelf for all my computer software and books. And I
found Autodesks Autosketch Ver. 2.0 and a copy of Generic Cadd Ver.
1.1. Both in 5 1/4" disk format.
Are there still any 5 1/4" floppy drives around? Would like to see if
they still work.
I'm a proponent of DeltaCad. It is quite intuitive and easy to use. You
can go to www.deltacad.con and download a 30 day trial version to see if you
like before you pop for the big $39.95 to purchase it!
I am AutoCAD trained and find it bulky, overpriced and far from
intuitive. Who needs 6 ways to draw a line?
3D modelling is cumbersome and to get any rendering
performance/shaders/textures/ray tracing you have to buy this and buy
that, video cards yadda yadda.
To this day, I have NO idea where the hell the reputation came from.
I use Vectorworks. (aka MiniCAD...Mini as in "smaller than a MainFrame")
Available for PC or Mac, it exports/imports in all the important file
formats like .dwg, .dxf.
Full blown 3D, NURBS, the works.
Me too. I was formally trained for 2 years on paper with a t -square and
triangles. While I only use AutoCAD LT now and have never had any CAD
training in the 20 years of using CAD programs I have appreciated having the
shortcuts and options that help me use what I learned when drawing by hand.
I think many people that never learned on paper missed out on a lot of the
fundimentals of drafting and do not fully appreciate the advantages that
You like AutoCAD, I like Vectorworks. We are both happy.
Vectorworks Architect with a 64-bit (900MHz bus) G-5 Mac
for the price of AutoCAD...ohhkay..lemme think about that...
OOPS..thought about it....
Beta WAS better than VHS, you know....*ducking*
[If you're looking for a CAD program that's 3d-oriented, easy to use, and
extremely powerful, with a ton of features you may never use but which are
good to have just in case, try Rhino. If you need solids, parametrics, and
mechanical-design functions, look into Inovate from Ironcad. I've got both
programs at a steep discount from list prices.]
I am just asking, Does anyone use Linux?
I found this site for a woodworking CAD program:
I have not read any posts on this thread using CAD on a Linux OS. Due to
the nature of the beast, I would have thought any BSD derivatives like
Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD and so forth would be ideal for CAD, vector graphics,
CAD/CAM, etc. Yes, I know there would be sharing and presentation problems
for commercial use, but not for most of the users in the newsgroup.
But what the hey, if it works on Linux, with windowsX can Mac OS be far
Solidworks. Oh, wait you want cheap. Nevermind.
Solidworks 2005 now comes with an executable that appears to look just
like Autocad except it's not Autocad.
Still, you want cheap. Sorry, I can't help, I use Autocad and
I use TurboCAD. It has been highly rated in several reviews of CAD
software in woodworking magazines over the years. Best thing is that
it is available free as TurboCAD LE Learning Edition at
As with most CAD programs, it takes some time and effort to learn. It
does nice drawings once you learn it.
Mr Fixit eh
proposed a theory
......and in reply I say!:
remove ns from my header address to reply via email
Pencil and paper?
Seriously, be careful. It's easy to let the CAD take over from just
getting on with the job.
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