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Forum topic by DonBoston posted 05-26-2014 08:50 PM 1622 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DonBoston

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05-26-2014 08:50 PM

Hey y’all, first post and I’m already asking questions :)

So, my wife bought me a nice android tablet last year for Christmas, and I figure it could possibly get some use out in the shop. I’m looking for a decent CAD program for it, and was wondering what everyone else is using.

I’ve been doing some sketching on paper, but y’all know how that goes…

What other apps are out there which are handy in the workshop?

Thanks in advanced.

-- Don Boston RECreations by Don http://recreationsbydon.com


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MT_Stringer

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#1 posted 05-26-2014 10:27 PM

I make my sketches on graph paper. No problem there. I don’t have the skill to learn Sketchup.
I use my samsung tab in the shop to play mp3s or browse YouTube for videos.

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#2 posted 05-27-2014 04:22 PM

I’m not aware of any CAD software that will work on an android. Cad programs need to have an operating system for them to work, like windows, XP, 8, 9, but I’m not a computer wiz, so this is a guess.

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Elizabeth

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#3 posted 05-27-2014 04:33 PM

Andriod is an operating system.

Don, good question – it hadn’t occurred to me to look for a CAD program for my Nexus. A quick look in the Google Plast store shows a few – if you are familiar with AutoCAD, there is a free AutoCAD 360 app but I haven’t used it myself. I used to use Pro/e as an engineering student but I don’t know if it’s been ported to Android.

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#4 posted 05-27-2014 05:25 PM

If you’re familiar with typical CAD software on a computer then I would anticipate that you would find mobile versions of CAD software simply an exercise in frustration and far and away from any sort of convenience.

The processors in mobile devices aren’t very well equipped for the task of a true CAD application, so instead you get dumbed down versions that work to a degree – but again if you’ve used other true drafting software I doubt you’d be using a tablet version for very long.

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#5 posted 05-27-2014 06:16 PM

AutoCAD 360 is a cloud based program. It works great for viewing, sharing and limited editing of CAD files, but I sure wouldn’t want to try and draw out a whole project on it. I haven’t even used the mobile version, just the desktop. It works best for someone who uses AutoCAD on their desktop computer and wants to be able to upload the file to view elsewhere.

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DonBoston

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#6 posted 05-27-2014 10:37 PM

Welp, it was a dream at least :)

I did find a couple in the Google Play store, but didn’t bother to download any yet until I heard back from folks here. I imagine that they will simply irritate me like mentioned above, but I guess I won’t know until I try.

If I find something of interest, I’ll post back here. :)

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#7 posted 05-28-2014 01:28 AM

I had hoped th Sketchup would have been made available on Android but now that Google no longer owns SU I don’t think it will ever be ported over .

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#8 posted 08-21-2016 12:32 AM

This topic is still in want of a real and up to date reply , does a CAD program exist for us woodworkers that runs on an android tablet ? Cost is not an issue , these days you can ‘buy’ a program only to have the company that issued it true around on you and say: “this is a yearly subscription” . I must be showing my age , did you ever have the hardware store call you up and say :” the tools you bought last year are now over-due back at the store !” A program is really just an other ‘tool in the box’ , not a subscription to be recalled and repurchased each year .
I’m running off the topic , is there a real cash and carry CAD for woodworking that works on an android tablet ??Aloha,Mark

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#9 posted 08-21-2016 01:02 AM

I just can’t imagine working on CAD without a mouse. Can a tablet use a mouse?
My “tablet” is a Nextbook running Windows 10, with a mouse.

I’ve run AutoCAD since 1984 till a couple years ago. Got laid off, and can’t afford AutoCAD.
DraftSight is a fair substitute on windows PCs, but don’t know if they make an Android package.
ProgeCAD is a great program. I like it better than AutoCAD.

Sketchup is great also.
This is a review recently in Cadalyst magazine

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Rick M

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#10 posted 08-21-2016 03:26 AM

CAD machines need a lot of horsepower. The only tablet-ish device I know that can run true cad software is MS Surface. We just went through this picking out a machine for my daughter who will be learning Autocad at college. She eventually went with an i7 laptop. There is sketching software for android but I know nothing about it.

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oldnovice

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#11 posted 08-21-2016 04:06 AM

I believe the first CAD actually planning for tablets in OnShape as it is cloud based.

Check their home page where they state “Onshape is the first and only full-cloud 3D CAD system that lets everyone on a design team simultaneously work together using a web browser, phone or tablet.”

However, I do not know how much has been developed towards that end.

They also claim total interoperability with other CAD applications.

My youngest son has been using it for about a year and he loves it while have only followed the tutorials.

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AlaskaGuy

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#12 posted 08-21-2016 04:30 AM

It sometime amazes me how many people do use “Google Search” for questions like this. Because if there is they are going to advertise it on the net. And guess what ” Google Search” finds that sort of stuff.

https://www.onshape.com/cad-blog/introducing-onshape-for-android

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oldnovice

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#13 posted 08-21-2016 06:06 AM

AlaskaGuy, not all the time!
I was looking for a 16” diameter tube form for cement so I Googled it and found it at Home Depot and Lowe’s.
So I printed out the page which had all the proper numbers; i.e. part number, item number, and SKU number and went off to Home Depot to the order desk.
I gave her the printout and she said, ”let me see if we have that in stock”
After a few minutes she said, ”I can’t seem to find it on our inventory”.
To make a long story short, what you see on the Internet store front is not necessarily in the actual store invetory computer. This applies to both Home Depot and Lowe’s!

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AlaskaGuy

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#14 posted 08-21-2016 07:06 AM

AlaskaGuy, not all the time!
I was looking for a 16” diameter tube form for cement so I Googled it and found it at Home Depot and Lowe s.
So I printed out the page which had all the proper numbers; i.e. part number, item number, and SKU number and went off to Home Depot to the order desk.
I gave her the printout and she said, ”let me see if we have that in stock”
After a few minutes she said, ”I can t seem to find it on our inventory”.
To make a long story short, what you see on the Internet store front is not necessarily in the actual store invetory computer. This applies to both Home Depot and Lowe s!

- oldnovice

Oh my mistake, I didn’t realize he had asked if there was a CAD program for Android in stock somewhere.

BTW The prudent thing to do is call Home Depot and make sure it’s in stock before you go. A least that’s what I do.
And how many people on LJ would know what’s in stock at your local store.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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kohalabeeman

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#15 posted 08-21-2016 09:02 AM

Mahalo for all your Great input !!
You all have given me a bunch of Leeds to follow up on.
I’ve had both SolidWorks and AutoCAD and they both worked good enough for my needs 20 years ago …But now its a new ball-game .

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