What CAD program do you use, and why?
In a thread about spans and strength, Piffin mentioned he uses Turbo CAD, and another CAD program.
I’m in the market to get up to speed in the CAD world. I see certain advantages, such as the ability to draw in layers, make easy revisions, post drawings on this site without having to hack something together in Word (!) and better appearing drawings for submission to officials.
Downsides in my mind are the need to have the processing power and the appropriate printers and plotters, etc., the time required to get up to any kind of speed with it, and the generally “dry” and artless appearance of the final product.
I guess I’m a bit of a traditionalist….there’s nothing like a well drawn plan or elevation by a great draftsman! Which I’m not! And don’t have the time to become. But I will still use pencil and paper to sketch conceptually and creatively to explore ideas and concepts.
So, I desire a progam that is reasonably priced (I’m a one man band…) straightforward in it’s usage, (is there such a thing as easy to learn??), universally accepted and supported for ease of updating and file sharing, and a nice finished appearance. I know I can’t have it all! My platform is a Dell 4500 with 6 month old brains. So whatever I get can’t need a Silicon Graphics work station and a $20K/yr lease!
I plan to use it for plans and elevations, and cabinet drawings.
Thanks in advance for your time and thoughts.
Edited 11/28/2002 1:29:41 PM ET by LATEAPEX911