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#83586 - 02/08/03 06:00 AM Electrical Designer's License .. Specifications
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Electrical designer's use the NEC and specifications to develop their plans for electrical installations, and also use CAD programs.

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#83587 - 02/13/03 02:35 AM Re: Electrical Designer's License .. Specifications
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Does anyone have any suggestions as to which CAD program works the best?

Scott35??
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#83588 - 02/13/03 06:06 AM Re: Electrical Designer's License .. Specifications
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I personally like AutoCAD, BUT, that is because I have modified/personalized it tremendously. As far as AutoCAD electrical package (available as an add on to Architectural Desktop) I found the package to expensive for no benefits and those I have checked with have given it mixed reviews at best.

I would recommend looking at your needs. Are you heavily into design or is this just showing a few devices in a residence? Then talk to others doing the similar work.

The only things I would personaly recommend in design software is that it work, be easy to learn, and be customizable (if you have to do things this sort of thing often), so with a little training you can make it work like you think it ought to. You may also consider do you need drawing compatibility with something else.

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#83589 - 02/13/03 11:48 AM Re: Electrical Designer's License .. Specifications
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Thanks for the good advice.

I am really looking for some software that I can use to add slides to my seminars where I may want to show some plans, and a "laundry list" and images or drawings of the equipment.

I guess the better word is details.

I came from the school using a pencil and paper and developed the entire plan on a drafting table.

Sepia and that smell whew it was terrible!!
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#83590 - 02/13/03 03:43 PM Re: Electrical Designer's License .. Specifications
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Joe:
There are a few "cheap" CAD programs floating around, and they have "some" electrical and electronics symbols in the "libraries"

"Key CAD" is one
"Design CAD" is another.
The above are <$100.00
There may be a demo version at the websites.

AutoCAD also has a lower priced version.

If you need/want further info, let me know. (E-mail direct or post here)
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#83591 - 02/13/03 04:00 PM Re: Electrical Designer's License .. Specifications
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Joe,

Larry Smith does NEC seminars in the mid-west and has animated powerpoint slides that sounds exactly like what you are describing.

You could email him and ask him how he produces his slides. His addy is; training@electricode.com

FWIW if anyone is looking for code classes Larry Smith puts on the best ones I've experienced. He is always interesting and the time goes by very fast.

GJ

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#83592 - 02/13/03 08:13 PM Re: Electrical Designer's License .. Specifications
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Designcad has a thirty day free trial.Purchase price is $160 for download or $180 for cd rom. http://www.upperspace.com/Default.asp?
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#83593 - 02/14/03 05:11 AM Re: Electrical Designer's License .. Specifications
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I am really looking for some software that I can use to add slides to my seminars


Joe,
I would highly recommend the use of a SmartBoard for any kind of technical presentation. I've used one for over five years, and would be lost without it now.

It is an interactive whiteboard that connects to your desktop or laptop computer, and becomes, in effect, like a second monitor.
It can be wall mounted or on a portable stand, and is used with an LCD projector.
The screen is touch-sensitive, which permits you to operate any application that is on the computer by touching the screen with your finger or any pointer. That includes the internet (your web browser).

You can also mark over, or highlight, your presentation slides, draw diagrams, make notations, and either erase or save the mark-ups.

Use the bundled software, SmartNotebook to create your presentation, or use the software of your choice.

For more information http://www.smarttech.com/products/smartboard/index.asp



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#83594 - 02/14/03 12:44 PM Re: Electrical Designer's License .. Specifications
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Thanks to all for the good advice!

I travel the USA, so the SmartBoard would be difficult for me to carry along.

If I was based in one place, that sure looks like the way to go.

I have enough experience using the PC, and in developing my Power Point shows that I can use and add clips and sound and images, etc.

Yes, Larry Smith is a class act and we met a few years ago. His material looks great and I am sure he does an excellent job.

With my collection of over 30,000 digital images I am sometimes overwhelmed with material, and now with 60 gigs on a new laptop I am trying to put them in their proper places.

I will be in Mason, OHIO next week -- anyone from that area?

Let me know and we can have a beer or two, right Redsy!!
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#83595 - 02/14/03 01:11 PM Re: Electrical Designer's License .. Specifications
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Joe,

You might want to also consider using Flash animations. They can be used with lcd projectors, etc., Animated could show current flow, change of state, even fires and explosions, with sychronized sound. You can import diagrams, photos, etc. You can pause, and even step through in slo-mo, and frame by frame. Makes for a much better show than Powerpoint. Learning the animation program takes some time, but the end product might be worth it.

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