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aardvarkash10 14th May 2008 10:46 AM

drawing freeware???
 
Hi all - can anyone recommend some low level CAD drawing software for designing speaker boxes? I've looked at a couple but they seem either too complex and bloatware-ish, or aimed at wannbe interior designers. Recommendations please...

AndrewT 14th May 2008 11:06 AM

vectorworks.
but it's not free.

Bob Brines 14th May 2008 02:17 PM

If you are not familiar with CAD, ANY CAD program is going to have a steep learning curve. I am happy with TurboCAD, but it's not free either.

Bob

MJL21193 14th May 2008 02:30 PM

Sketchup is pretty good and fairly easy to learn. Lots of tutorials and ready made models available.
Free too.

gurley123 14th May 2008 02:40 PM

I second google sketch-up. I'm having a ball with it.

Just for fun you can also download Inkscape and Gimp and draw cool pictures. Not very usefull for designing cabs, but I like them. They are kinda like a freeware Illustrator and Photoshop.

Harderror 14th May 2008 03:20 PM

I used Sketchup to create all my SPQR designs thus far, I can vouch for it's accuracy and ease of use.

Tom

EEatKSU 14th May 2008 08:01 PM

Google sketchup is fairly easy to learn, and free.

Ron E 15th May 2008 02:53 AM

ProgeCAD has a free version called ProgeCAD Smart or something like that. It is free and not very crippled, if you want a 2D package. ProgeCAD is a clone of AutoCAD, and shares a near identical user interface.

For a 3D package, Sketchup is the way to go, although you can do wireframe/surface modeling in ProgeCAD.

planet10 15th May 2008 05:05 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by Ron E
ProgeCAD is a clone of AutoCAD, and shares a near identical user interface.
That would be a good reason to put it at the bottom of the short-list.

Sketch-up is very good for what it does, it is kind of awkward for doing dimensionally accurate drawings. I usually start with a simplified set of the 2D shapes imported in from VectorWorks (a 1st class CAD program, and cheap for what it does, but certainly not free)

dave

Floric 15th May 2008 08:46 AM

For 2D drawings and constructions I use qcad. In my opinion a good program. It is available for Linux and for windows and there is a community edition licensed under the GPL which can be easily compiled under Linux (with a little effort on Windows too). For the Professional edition they charge 24.

Best regards


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