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« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2005, 09:16:31 AM »
ADT or Revit would be the way to go. I'd say ADT, but that's because I've used it and that makes me biased to it. Just get Paul Aubin's book. You can catch PA at cadalyst forums or on his website, www.paulaubin.com

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« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2005, 09:18:41 AM »
What about 'SoftPlan' & 'Chief Architect'?
I haven't used them but from what I read they are dedicated to just housing designs.
And are more like ADT.
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« Reply #17 on: May 09, 2005, 09:38:39 AM »
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What about 'SoftPlan'...


Wow, that brings me back.  I used Softplan back in high school and I remember it being a very good program at that time.  It would be worth your while to look it up! :)

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« Reply #18 on: May 09, 2005, 10:38:21 AM »
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What about 'SoftPlan' & 'Chief Architect'?

My late uncle used to swear by Chief Architect. His problem was compatibility with clients who used AutoCAD.
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« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2005, 11:25:40 AM »
i think compatibility has been an issue with both programs.
But I think they both let you create intelligent drawings so you can extract
material list & the list are updated when you change a component.

They also claim to be able to create elevations, perspective, renderings,
sections etc from the plan view created.
The catch as i see it is the front end work of setting up the walls, doors,
windows etc to your specifications. Once done it saves a lot of time.
The catch is when you want to step outside the box with something the programmers
did not set it up to do. You will then fight the program to create your object.
Also if you want to use a new object like a different window, you will have to
create that object in detail for it to be a usable smart object.

That's just my take and not from real knowledge of the programs.
Perhaps someone has used one of them recently and can enlighten us.
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« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2005, 12:08:36 PM »
I recall my first CAD system with great fondness.

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« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2005, 12:54:25 PM »
Yes, you can send him off to Revit or Inventor or ADT or some other "vertcal" product, but he wil still remain ignorant of the depth of the tool he has in hands right now.

I've been using plain AutoCAD for over 20 years, and learn something new about it every day.  If your guy is just making colored lines with it, he's missed the boat entirely.

THIS is what plain AutoCAD can do with the right "CAD Monkey" at the helm.  If all he's getting is colored lines, the fault is NOT the tool, maybe he needs to look beyond "cad monkeys".

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« Reply #22 on: May 09, 2005, 01:05:02 PM »
Of course, that's why I sent the links to the books that would teach him how to use ADT. They're very good books and Paul is a really nice guy.

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« Reply #23 on: May 09, 2005, 10:35:54 PM »
I am new here so what i see on this site is scary enough not to ask questions.
I have been schooled by different pepole and now being schooled by drafting instructors and they say they are still learning new commands. is this a place you can ask question or is it better to go to a different site in the swamp?

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« Reply #24 on: May 09, 2005, 11:04:17 PM »
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... is this a place you can ask question or is it better to go to a different site in the swamp?

Ask away, just don't feed the gators. :)
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« Reply #25 on: May 09, 2005, 11:09:04 PM »
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I am new here so what i see on this site is scary enough not to ask questions.

Don't be scared. You're just seeing the passion some folks have for their craft. It's a good thing -- the folks that might scare you initially might be the very folks who can help you the most.

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« Reply #26 on: May 10, 2005, 09:09:47 AM »
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is this a place you can ask question or is it better to go to a different site in the swamp?


I am also new here and this crew is the best :D  :cheesy: - in just a few months they have helped me overcome at least 2 major issues
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« Reply #27 on: May 10, 2005, 11:53:01 AM »
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I am new here so what i see on this site is scary enough not to ask questions.
I have been schooled by different pepole and now being schooled by drafting instructors and they say they are still learning new commands. is this a place you can ask question or is it better to go to a different site in the swamp?
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« Reply #28 on: May 10, 2005, 01:10:23 PM »
I grant scndyr a 30 day moritorium on harassment . No one is allowed any zingers for the next 30 days. (After that, his big ole butt is fair game!!)

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« Reply #29 on: May 10, 2005, 01:17:35 PM »
It's frightening how often you use the word 'butt'. Freud would truly have a picnic with yours.
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