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Old 04-28-2012, 09:56 AM
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As I prepare more and more I realize that it would be helpful to be able to document the plans that I am using to make things so that I can recreate them or share them with others. To that end, I am looking for an open source CAD program that is pretty simple to use. Any suggestions?
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:27 AM
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Try this one,,,, the learning curve isn't as steep.
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Originally Posted by Gator1 View Post
Try this one,,,, the learning curve isn't as steep.
I'm a fan of Sketchup for modeling as well. GIMP is an excellent replacement for Photoshop.
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+1 for google. If you can take a class in Autocad it will be worth it.
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if your looking for 2d go with draftsight, its not open source, but its free.

and its made by the same folks that make solidworks which is the leading 3d modeling software.

if 3d, go with sketchup
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DraftSight by Dasualt Systems is free and a auto cad clone from the makers of SolidWorks. I know because I use it when I get a Autocad file. I'm a Autocad/SolidWorks draftsman. I prefer SolidWorks of those but am now learning ProE so I know a great cad software when I see it and it is DraftSight.
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I am use KOMPAS (it's russian CAD) - met nothing the best. - its free version for home.

If You want - I can download it for you.
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This is a bit old, but programs are still good.

You can install Linux Mint, Mepis or Ubuntu right alongside windows...

Or check out
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Default Autodesk's New Apps

Autodesk has been releasing a bunch of new free to use software. If you are looking for a 3D Modelling program, Autodesk's 123D is an option. I haven't used it much, but I like it better than Google's Sketchup.
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I'm using an old 2D thing called Turbocad. It works for me, and I think I paid $20 for it back in 1997. Guess maybe I need to look at some of these newer softwares.
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Qcad, 2D, cross-platform, choice of open source or commercial versions:
Has a nice user interface.
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The free version of Draftsight will do 3D too.
I can't say that it was easy to learn, but it is very powerful.
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isnt autocad lite free? thats what I used to use.
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i started on autocad R14, then moved to 2000... i have not used it for years though

what do you plan on modeling??? floorplans?
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All drafting programs have a learning curve...Take a class!!!
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I am glad you asked this because now I have a place and reason to post a link to a site I found about a week ago. I was doing google searches for software that would help me with blue prints for a project I am working on and stumbled across this site. It really has nothing to do with the type of blue prints I need but it seemed very easy to use. It looks like the home plan software is free to use and they charge for the garden plan.

I better just post the links because I am starting to sound like I am selling something here but I assure you I am in no way affiliated with this site:
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