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#1 posted 11-12-2012 04:10 PM

I think most folks on here use Sketchup; free software from Google.
I have not used it, but know it is 3D based and would therefore be more useful for making presentations than working drawings.

I have been working with Autocad since 1984 so my opinion might be a little jaded. I can do anything I want to with Autocad, but it is not an easy program to learn without instructions. It’s also very expensive, about $3000 per seat.

I have taught several co-workers to use it and it’s not that hard with a little hand holding to get you started. It’s just not intuitive like some programs.

There is a free 2D CAD program that works exactly like Autocad available from Solid Works called Draftsight, I think. I have it a home and it works great. That’s the way I would go, but, like I said, I may be Jaded.

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