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Michael Murphy

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#1 posted 03-20-2010 08:19 PM

A quick look at Chef Architect’s site shows that it can do alot of different things but I could not see anywhere where it said you could get a parts/material list for the cabinets you can design with it. You want to be careful that the one you get (and spend your time learning) is going to do what you want and not a bunch or unnecessary extras.

Cabinet Planner on the other hand sounds like they offer a free trial and is quite a bit more specialized in that it doesn’t do decks and landscaping and exteriors and all that. (
If what you are doing is trying to design and build casework, then it would be more likely the way to go.

My shop built several kitchens a year and did not have a software program to cutlist and build from. I used a cad program to draw with but that was it. After going to work for Cabnetware I could see how I could have saved days if not weeks of time on each kitchen’s design, layout and cutlist process. If I was to start it up again I would definitely be using a program to do the Layout, estimating and cutlisting.

But I am older and smarter now.


-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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