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Old 14th May 2008, 09:46 AM   #1
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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...
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Old 14th May 2008, 10:06 AM   #2
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vectorworks.
but it's not free.
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Old 14th May 2008, 01:17 PM   #3
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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.

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Old 14th May 2008, 01:30 PM   #4
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Sketchup is pretty good and fairly easy to learn. Lots of tutorials and ready made models available.
Free too.
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Old 14th May 2008, 01:40 PM   #5
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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.
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I used Sketchup to create all my SPQR designs thus far, I can vouch for it's accuracy and ease of use.

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Old 14th May 2008, 07:01 PM   #7
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Google sketchup is fairly easy to learn, and free.
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Old 15th May 2008, 01:53 AM   #8
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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.
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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)

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Old 15th May 2008, 07:46 AM   #10
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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.

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