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#1 posted 12-01-2012 03:06 AM

I have been using cad software for many years now but I have yet to find something that is simple enough yet specific to our trade/hobby. Currently I am using Cobalt which I like for it’s ease of use but recently I discovered a new player in the market, Sketchlist 3D.

It was claiming to be geared towards woodworkers/cabinetmakers. I downloaded the trial and I liked the approach it was taking. It is not perfect by any measure, but the things that I do like is that it deals with boards not lines. Another, and this is a big one for me, is it has an integrated cut list. Currently I would do the draft in Graphite then go to Cut List Plus and punch in all the board dimensions which opens all kinds of possibility in making a mistake in dimension or grain orientation, and it’s just plain old tedious. Some of the other neat features that are included are all sort of joinery (dados, rabbets, tenons, etc) as well as contour edges. These need a bit more work in my opinion because tweaking the settings is not very intuitive.

I am not a big fan of the way it does the actual shop drawings (rendered with materials not wire frame) but the developer has informed me that they are working on it. In general it needs more information on how to use certain features (there are many tutorial videos on the website but I manage to find a thing it won’t do or I don’t know how to get it to). No curved boards (yet), not that I need that every day but I do have those projects every once in a while. All in all it looks promising if the developer continues working on it and polishing it.

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