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Forum topic by Ray posted 11-02-2016 03:13 AM 721 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-02-2016 03:13 AM

I would like to find a program that would simply allow me to create 2 dimension drawing like I did many decades ago in high school drafting- Front, side, top, oblique, etc.

I have quite a bit of experience with graphic/printing page layout programs but nothing that I can use for small furniture, etc.

If I can find something simple that is free, I would be able to make an informed purchase later.

I have MAC OSX 10.10.5

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.



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#1 posted 11-02-2016 01:53 PM

Being on a Mac you’re going to have trouble finding a 2D drafting program. This might work it’s an AutoCAD clone that I think runs on a Mac.

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#2 posted 11-02-2016 02:24 PM

You can do sketchup in 2d view, I think.

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#3 posted 11-02-2016 03:16 PM

Being on a Mac you re going to have trouble finding a 2D drafting program. This might work it s an AutoCAD clone that I think runs on a Mac.

- mramseyISU

Yes it will run on a Mac, it is a very good program with all the basic features of AutoCAD.

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#4 posted 11-02-2016 03:58 PM

If you do a search on Google for “2d software free” you will find a number of them for both Apple and PC.

I do not use any software and just draft plans myself by hand. I figure the amount of time to learn a program is just too long for me

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#5 posted 11-02-2016 05:33 PM

I went to a drafting school 56 years ago and made drawings with pencil, ink and paper for the next 40+ years. I finally had to learn Autocad on my last job and although retired, I still use Autocad for all my shop projects, both large and small. I realize there is a long learning curve, but once learned, you will never go back to paper and pencil. The ease of drawing in perfect scale, making instant changes, printing has been a revolution in drawing presentation. No more squinting to read graduations on a scale; no erasing and burning a hole in the paper; no triangles to slip around; no limitation to the size of circles; no dimensional errors. With the type of work I do (large scale models), very precise dimensions are necessary. Designing on the computer, to me, is a project all by itself. I have the enjoyment of designing a project and the enjoyment of building the project and of course the enjoyment of admiring the finished project.

Of course, I have the advantage of being retired, so my time is all mine. Those of you who still work and have other obligations have limited time to learn something new.

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#6 posted 11-02-2016 05:58 PM

Sketchup works great in just 2D and once you get used to it you can jump into 3D if you want to. You can also look at Autodesk 360 for MAC. You should be able to get a free copy of it. There are many good how to videos for both on Youtube to get you started.

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#7 posted 11-02-2016 07:17 PM

Draftsite is an Autocad clone so if you only want 2D, go with that. Sketchup is okay for free but slow, frustrating, and limited compared to real cad. And I know people are going to feel obligated to defend it because it’s all they know but if you ever had the chance to use professional software you would understand.

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