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Old 01-05-2010, 02:14 PM   #1
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Hello;
I've been researching BIM software and would like to get input from people that have working experience with RECENT versions of both programs. I'm aware of other threats on this issue but most of them date several years back so I deem them no longer accurate. I would like to hear pros and cons for both from people that have either worked with or done an extensive evaluation of both packages. Your input is much appreciated.

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I use Chief Architect ALL THE TIME, and I know Cadsoft is a simple water down version, download the free trial on Chief and your be drawing your house in minutes..!! Its soooo easy.

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This statement about the watered down version is not true.

Envisioneer and Chief both have pros and cons but both are fully functional programs. I have used both programs extensively and finally chose Envisioneer because of its roofing capabilites and ease of use. Working drawings and superior as well and the material takeoff is beyond comparison. Chief did have better visuals but I needed production work and found Envisioneer better at the nuts and bolts.
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Hey Marc, you may have some luck on this chief forum, lot's of helpful folks. Don't know if anyone will have the recent experience you desire, but lots of folks on the forum have used (and still continue to use) software other than Chief.

http://www.chieftalk.com/index.php
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Marc may have moved to Costa Rica by now, but I'm grateful for the link.

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Damn, Jeff got me postin' on a y.o. thread.
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I am a designer and as envisioneer is quick and easy for a quick view it has many limitations.
It has many issues with graphic card drivers.
If you have a problem they dont seem to know you exist.
Depending on what u want to do I think stay away from envisioneer unless its cheap.

Revit LT is half the price and just as quick but not the show.
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Since this thread just won't die, here's what all the real design pro's are using these days...end of story.

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Does that etch a sketch program do construction drawings? How about ray tracing?
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It does it all Mark. You just speak into it and it takes care of everything.

The two knobs on the front are for volume control and brightness.

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