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#7690 02/16/02 03:23 PM
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I know that we've discussed this in the past but the boss lost the notes that I gave him and we're looking for a CAD program again. The search engine only returned hits about Cadet heaters.

Our primary use for CAD will be documenting motor control circuits. Availability of the appropriate symbols would be a plus.

If I remember correctly there are a couple of good choices for around $100.

I'm interested in what low end CAD packages you're using and how you like them. We can't afford and don't need anything in the mid to high end CAD market.


#7691 02/16/02 10:12 PM
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Autodesk (makers of AtoCAD) make quick CAD. It's less than $100.00 and very powerful. Others had good suggestions in the post you refered to.

#7692 02/17/02 05:43 PM
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Here is a better link. It retails for $69.00 and is able to open and save in AutoCAD formats.,,179713-123112,00.html

#7693 02/18/02 02:34 PM
Joined: May 2001
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Haven't check myself, but you might try your local technical school or university bookstore for student versions. There is a student version of the Microsoft Office products which is much less than the version for the public, and I am told it does much the same.

#7694 02/19/02 08:49 AM
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I've suggested IMSI's TurboCad, which is a very user friendly program. About $80.
Will open & save in AutoCad formats (I have had some problems with x-refs, though).
It comes with an entire disc of symbols.
It only lacks a couple of features of the full blast AutoCad (like "fence").

#7695 02/19/02 02:14 PM
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Here are two simple CAD programs that are probably not up to what you need, but at least the price is right.

Alliance VLSI

[This message has been edited by rbiro (edited 02-19-2002).]

#7696 02/19/02 09:27 PM
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Posts: 507
Thanks for all the ideas!


Have you had any problems with TurboCAD ?

It was one of the programs on my short list until I read some posts on one of the CAD newgroups where people were complaining about compatibility and poor customer support.


#7697 02/20/02 08:47 AM
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I've never used their customer support system.
The only compatability problems I've encountered were once with the x-refs on someone else's plans, sent to me via e-mail, and as a compressed file.
If you are going to be generating all the drawings yourself, this shouldn't be an issue.
Maybe others have had problems that I haven't with compatability.

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