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#30981 - 11/04/03 10:56 PM Cad program  
Ryan_J  Offline
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Does anyone know of any share-ware auto cad programs?
I just need something simple.
Thanks in advance.


Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City

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#30982 - 11/05/03 12:20 AM Re: Cad program  
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I used a simple DOS one called Draft Choice II,
Fom Trius software. It is shareware. Otherwise,
I generally use MSPaint.


#30983 - 11/07/03 01:57 AM Re: Cad program  
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Ryan_J;

I do not know of any Freeware CAD apps, and have only seen one CAD Shareware evaluation (back in 1995, so most likely it's very hard to find [Linked Image]...).

While not being a Freeware / Shareware app, the Turbosketch and Turbocad apps are inexpensive - $20 to $100.
They are useful, and have a "semi-tough" learning curve.

Visio is also useful for CAD work, but not sure of the price.

Last time I was at Fry's (Electronics), saw AutoSketch for like $99.95 on what I think was a full version.
AutoSketch is made by AutoDesk - the same people who make the well known application "AutoCAD". From what I have heard, it works well for many Electrical drawing tasks.

Scott35


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#30984 - 11/07/03 09:57 AM Re: Cad program  
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You could also look into Deltacad .They have a free demo version available and the program cost is $39.95.


Donnie

#30985 - 11/09/03 11:44 AM Re: Cad program  
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Donnie:

I downloaded DeltaCAD and was pleasantly surprised with it! Thank you.


Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City

#30986 - 11/09/03 02:56 PM Re: Cad program  
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For drawing electrical shemes I have no idea. Someone might have use for a 3-D CAD software. ProDesktop Express is freeware and sufficiently advanced to be used professionally. It's a bit slow and has a couple of bugs, so if you can't accept a software that hangs a couple of times a day, this isn't for you. Download here or check out www.ptc.com for more info.

If you want to go for the real thing, Pro/Engineer is "only" $6000, not including the components you need.


#30987 - 11/10/03 02:51 PM Re: Cad program  
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Ryan,
Your welcome!


Donnie

#30988 - 11/14/03 06:43 PM Re: Cad program  
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Hey Ryan;

How's the CAD application working out for you?

If works well, I'll add it to my "Suggestion List" [Linked Image]

BTW: What types of stuff are you drawing?
Also, how much "Power" do you need for drawings?

Scott35


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#30989 - 11/14/03 07:05 PM Re: Cad program  
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Hi Scott! I have enjoyed using DeltaCAD, but my needs are very limited. I have VERY little experiance with CAD, so anything that draws better than Microsoft paint makes me smile! I wish I could tell you more, but I don't have any basis for comparison. They have a free 45 day trial, and even at dial-up the download went quick. I think it was worth it.

I have just been drawing things like a service lateral conduit going to a CT, over to a disco and parrellel to an MDP. Pretty straight forward stuff.


Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City

#30990 - 11/18/03 01:01 AM Re: Cad program  
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Hi Ryan;

Glad the CAD app' works well for you!

Let me know the registration price, if you plan to keep it past the 45 evaluation period, and if the registration "De-Cripples" any functions in the application - or if they offer an upgraded / better version with registration.

I sure have a bunch of silly questions, huh?, but that's what happens when you decide to become an EE/PC Nerd/Electronics Nerd/Science Nerd/(fill-in appropriate nomeclature here).
...just being silly! [Linked Image]

Scott35

P.S.:
Quote

anything that draws better
than Microsoft paint makes me smile!


LOL!!! [Linked Image]

'Ya, MS Paint works OK for about 2 weeks, to do "Basic CAD-Like" work; but by the time that 15th day comes around, it is time for something else-ASAP!!! (MS Paint just becomes too frustrating and limited).


Scott " 35 " Thompson
Just Say NO To Green Eggs And Ham!

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