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03-19-2014 04:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question software cad mac apple drafting layout plans design resource computer

I’m looking to find a decent but inexpensive (free) 2D CAD program for the Mac that I can use to layout and print plans. I want to be able to have certain features like “snap to point” and easily find the centers of objects, but I also want to be able to add dimensions, etc. You know… what you’d expect from a basic CAD program.

Anyone have any suggestions on (cheap/free) native Mac CAD software?

Thanks!

-- Christopher - Virgina


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#1 posted 03-19-2014 04:16 PM

Have you considered Sketchup?

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#2 posted 03-19-2014 04:25 PM

I should look into it more closely. I was under the impression that it’s a 3D tool. (I’m used to the OLD AutoCAD days of the early ‘90s.)

I see that there’s a Sketchup Pro for $500. I’m assuming that the basic version is free?

-- Christopher - Virgina

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#3 posted 03-19-2014 04:30 PM

If you set your camera to point directly at one plane (the ground, the X/Y axis plane, etc, or choose Camera->Standard Views), and then change your camera to “Parallel”, you should get a 2D mode. I put off learning sketchup until about a month ago, and I’m kicking myself for not using it sooner. Adding dimensions is insanely easy, as is finding centers, etc. And its free, ya can’t beat that.

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#4 posted 03-19-2014 04:41 PM

That’s perfect! I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks!

I sound like such a newbie with this stuff, but I’ve found some of these tools are great, but as soon as you want to save anything or print they want you to buy the upgrade.

I assume that I can print from Sketchup?

-- Christopher - Virgina

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#5 posted 03-19-2014 06:16 PM

Dunno, I’ve never tried. I’d be surprised if you couldn’t.

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#6 posted 03-19-2014 06:26 PM

Yes you can print from sketchup. It should do everything you want once you learn it.

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#7 posted 03-19-2014 06:34 PM

I use sketchup on a Mac. Take advantage of the fact that they offer a very powerful free version in hopes that it will entice professional users to lay down $599.00 for the supercharged version. I doubt you’ll want for anything in the free version.

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