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Michael Cannon

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Michael Cannon    107
Does anyone have a decent working knowledge of the CAD programs out there? I'm looking for one to do a business/office plan, and tried out a few but no winner yet.

TurboFloorPlan 3D Home/Landscape - Tried out the demo, v14, and it was very XP-ish with oddly configured controls (ie it was a pain to rotate objects). The program in general didn't seem very well thought out. The price report feature was the only thing I really liked.

The BHG Home Designer Suite 6.0 seemed better, more intuitive interface and controls, larger selection of objects. Still a home targeted product, didn't offer a whole lot for the more business side of things.

What have you guys used and what do you recommend? I know AutoCad is the big name and costs a pretty penny, so I'm looking for any worthwhile products that support business designs and layouts without having to design every object myself.

Thanks and happy coding :)

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gretty    273
All of the best "CAD"/Engineering Design applications have terrible interfaces but its what the engineers who use them want, they dont like change and having to learn how to use a new interface whenever a new version of the software is released.

I work for a company that distributes and writes Civil Engineering Expansions for [url="http://www.12d.com/aus/"]12d Model[/url] which in my biased opinion is the best, especially Civil Engineering Design, but cheaper alternatives are CivilCad, BricsCad(latest version has an ok interface). Autocads latest release has a newish interface also but not that cheap.

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Michael Cannon    107
Yeah I checked out AutoCad...needless to say, I won't be building the Coliseum. Aside from the fact that it targets professional civil engineers, I don't have the time/resources to learn the program and make a design in 30 days.

I am currently trying out Chief Architect X4. It seems to offer a decent balance of user friendliness and depth of features/program capabilities.

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szecs    2990
I may misunderstand the OP. Architecture or engineering? 2D or 3D?
There's a free/cheap alternative to AutoCAD, it's called ProgeCAD. I used it, it's buggy as hell, but usable if you save often. I know it's 2d, maybe it does 3D too, but 3D sucks hard in AutoCAD like software anyway. Edited by szecs

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SimonForsman    7642
You could take a look at QCAD , i found it to be really good for floorplans, the community edition is free (but comes in sourcecode form and i'm not sure if it even compiles as-is on Windows), the pro edition costs 32 euro and has a free trial version. (The free community edition lacks scripting support and some other advanced features but it doesn't sound like you need or want that anyway) Edited by SimonForsman

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RLS0812    3043
[quote name='shurcool' timestamp='1346985914' post='4977466']
Would SketchUp not work here?
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I love Sketchup for simple 3D models. Great for scale floor plans as well

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