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Forum topic by toolman946 posted 05-07-2009 09:42 AM 1250 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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toolman946

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05-07-2009 09:42 AM

I’ve recently downloaded a trial version of “Cabinet Planner” but haven’t had much time to play with it. It seems like a very basic program and before I begin investing too much time learning how to use it, I’d be grateful for any opinions from fellow Lumberjocks. The trial version is limited. Is it worth the $69.95 USD asking price?

Cheers.

michael


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#1 posted 05-07-2009 03:44 PM

It has been my experience that specialized software is often overpriced (except Sketchup).

Ask yourself how often will it be used and will your needs out grow the capabilities. $70 will buy some nice tools.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 05-07-2009 05:46 PM

I haven’t seen that program, but if you’re willing to put a little time into it you can do much more with Sketchup than a specific cabinet program.

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#3 posted 05-07-2009 05:49 PM

There is also e cabinets it’s free

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#4 posted 05-07-2009 10:11 PM

Jim,
Do you like the e cabinets software, have you had good luck with it ?

-- Don S.E. OK

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#5 posted 05-08-2009 03:29 AM

I have used ecabinet software. It works pretty good for free software, but is limited in the presentation area. My primary cabinet program is KCDW. However, it costs $4000. Cabinet design software is excellent at one thing, designing cabinets. You can easily layout any style cabinet and doors by dragging, dropping, and stretching. Adding crown molding or switching between frame or frameless construction is just a mouse click away. With the higher cost packages, such as KCDW, you can model in floors, walls, lighting, and create a 3D room that can be rotated and viewed by a potential client. You can then press a button and create a cut list, or a client price is that information is loaded in the system.

You cannot free form design or create chairs, candle holders, etc. I’ve seen a lot of neat designs by people using sketchup. I find sketchup confusing and too time consuming for cabinet design.

To answer toolman’s original question, no I have not seen this one. I would spend a few hours running the demo and if you like it, buy it. To me the most important feature in a cabinet design package is the ability to generate a cutlist. I take my cutlist out on the shop floor, nail it to the wall, and start cutting and checking off each line as I go. When I get to the bottom of the list, it is time to assemble cabinets.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design changes....www.dgmwoodworks.com

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