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Old 11-25-2009, 05:57 PM   #41
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I'd like a simple (free or cheap!) program to do simple layout sheets ... simple framing plans and such. Something just to have a neatly done picture to leave with my guys in the field when we dont have a plan in hand. Can sketchup do this?
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Old 11-25-2009, 10:58 PM   #42
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Look up ProgeCAD it is an IntelliCAD based program and they (Progecad) have a free 2D version.

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I'd like a simple (free or cheap!) program to do simple layout sheets ... simple framing plans and such. Something just to have a neatly done picture to leave with my guys in the field when we dont have a plan in hand. Can sketchup do this?

Sketch up is great for conceptual designs if you're just wanting to show your guys what it's suppose to look like then yes, but if you want to show them how to put it together in a drawing then not really. Sketch is capable of doing that but it's much more involved to getting those results. The best part about it is that it's free and you can get decent renderings out of freeware.




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I would like something (preferably free) to view drawings that I have emailed to me. All I need to do is take-offs for square footages. I don't need to design/build....just need to view and calculate. I have had Blue Book Vu360 recommended.....yea? Nay?
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Is anyone using Sketchup and Affinity ???

Or Affinity with Revit ???

I use Chief Architect but they don't seem inclined to get into real BIM

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I like the Blue Book VU 360 program. You can make notes on the plans and get feed make from others.
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Magic:

thanks for the link, I will check it out as it looks interesting

but it doesn't have the functions that Affinity would in conjunction with
Sketchup or Revit

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I see you added your logo - last time I posted here, I was not sure that was you. How many posting do you follow? You are all over the place.

Great to see you offering so much of your time and talent.


Oh, & FOR THE MONEY - Go Green Team...!


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David:

I just joined here, nice forum

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Old 06-29-2010, 05:25 PM   #51
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We've had a lot of success doing our designs in sketchup for our clients, and exporting elevations to cad, and doing our plan sets in chief architect. AutoCad is great for line drawings, Chief is great for floor plans and Layouts.
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Hey Lew,

Yea that video had me going.

I have been working with Chief for many years and find that it is very versatile. But like anything, if you know how to use ALL the functions of the program, that is the best one to use.

Has anyone used DATACAD..? Or SoftPlan..?

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I've used DataCad for about 10 years now. It's a great program for construction drawings. If you want rendered drawings, you need to go elsewhere or export it into another program.

I've recently added HDPro9 to my arsenol, CAX3 cannot be too far off.
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So, just to put in my 2 cents worth, not that it really matters.

In the original post, the reference to SoftPlan wasn't very good.

I would disagree with the original post.

I have found it to be amazingly accurate and usefull. I don't use the 3d functions often, as I really don't need them. I have done several additions and full scale houses with version 12, having to learn it from using only AutoCad.

The learning curve can be long, unless you get there video tutorials, then it is only a couple of days to a couple of weeks.

Laying out a floorplan is easy, having accurate sections and elevations come from it is a bit harder and requires you to know exactly how the building goes together.
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A snip from dfletcher's post earlier, as re using a software package to do construction documents: " . . . and requires you to know exactly how the building goes together."

My comment is this. If one does not know exactly how the building goes together, one should not be drawing plans, whether with paper and pencil, or with inexpensive software, or full-featured expensive packages.

Just my thoughts. Others may have differing opinions.
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You are sooo correct, but, I have run into a few that didn't know how.
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Revit is definitely a different animal compared to AutoCAD. For starters no commandline which means no hot keys, but once you begin to really use Revit you almost don't need the hotkeys. I would highly suggest a one semester course at a community college, its way easier that way. Hey Framer, have you tried out Navisworks yet? You can import your Revit model and link your Microsoft Project Schedule to it to make a 3D video of the entire construction operation. Makes a great end of presentation video for clients. It is a little expensive though, $12,000 I think for a license. If you know anyone who has a .edu email you can get a free copy for like 3 years.
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I haven't seen it mentioned here, but I have been using Cycas for years. It is relatively simple to learn, and there is a free version to try out. The free version limits the size of printing, and puts a watermark on the printed drawings, but the full version is not even that expensive. It will do 3d. The full version will export to Pdf, DXF etc. and you can work with layers. It will automatically create door openings, windows, etc. and there are libraries of symbols like sinks, showers etc. and you can create and save your own symbols. It's definitely worth a try if your drawing needs are simple and you don't want to spend a lot of time learning a full CAD program.
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A snip from dfletcher's post earlier, as re using a software package to do construction documents: " . . . and requires you to know exactly how the building goes together."

My comment is this. If one does not know exactly how the building goes together, one should not be drawing plans, whether with paper and pencil, or with inexpensive software, or full-featured expensive packages.

Just my thoughts. Others may have differing opinions.
I agree. But there might be another side to this.

Not often, but occasionally, I have started from the basic 'concept' and worked backwards to get the "hands-on" technical assemblies worked out.

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