Nekochan Net

Official Chat Channel: #nekochan // irc.nekochan.net
It is currently Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:33 am

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]


Forum rules


Any posts concerning pirated software or offering to buy/sell/trade commercial software are subject to removal.



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 20 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:05 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Mar 14, 2003 6:22 am
Posts: 3102
Location: living in a linux-blunderland
looking for a simple to use 2D drawing program for drafting of floor plans and other simple physical scenarios.

for the moment, i'm drawing spec's for control room dimensions, a sound treatment components for my contractor to build. the studio roughs are finished.

to begin; blender is not appropriate for this, and too steep a learning curve google sketch is also a no to my liking.

basically looking for something akin to doing just drafting with ruler and pencil, but without getting the left hand smudge. ezdraw looked good.

_________________
:Skywriter:

DECUS Member 368596


Top
 Profile  
 
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:34 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Aug 21, 2007 10:12 pm
Posts: 2859
Location: Fantasyland
autocad? Exactly what you are looking for and not too hard to use.

Now in a mac version http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc ... d=15421056

_________________
"If no one comes from the future to stop you from doing it then how bad of a decision can it really be?"


Top
 Profile  
 
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:49 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:40 am
Posts: 158
Location: Albany, OR USA
I'm using ViaCAD http://www.punchcad.com/c-12-consumer-cad.aspx right now to draft up plans for an addition to our house. The 2D-only version is $40 and the 2D/3D version is $99. It's a surprisingly capable package. I have the 2D/3D one.

Punch!CAD also has a higher-end CAD called Shark http://www.punchcad.com/c-19-professional-cad.aspx.

Punch!'s other software site http://www.punchsoftware.com/ has several packages specifically for doing home design. I haven't used any of them so I can't comment on how well they work.

_________________
:Onyx2: 4x400MHz R12K Onyx2 IR2, 5GB RAM
:1600SW: :Indigo2IMP: R10K Indigo2 MaxIMPACT, 4 TRAMS, 768MB RAM, 2x9GB HD, CD-ROM, Phobos G160
Black Cardinal


Top
 Profile  
 
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:13 am 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jun 06, 2004 5:55 pm
Posts: 5219
Location: NC - USA
The original AutoSketch was an extremely simple, intuitive 2D Drawing program with a work flow much the same as one might use if working with a pencil and paper. Great for converting coordinate or triangulated measurements into a 2D scale diagram. AutoSketch was around quite a while, the early versions were DOS, and the later versions were an acquired <and significantly less intuitive> competitors product that was assimilated and renamed AutoSketch <around V5 or so>. AutoSketch 3.1 is/was the version I liked. The release of 3.1 was contemporary to Windows 3.1, but I used it without problem at least as far as XP.

_________________
***********************************************************************
Welcome to ARMLand - 0/0x0d00
running...(sherwood-root 0607201829)
* InfiniteReality/Reality Software, IRIX 6.5 Release *
***********************************************************************


Top
 Profile  
 
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:55 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Sep 29, 2005 9:39 am
Posts: 1038
Location: constant traveler [nyc/london/berlin]
i'm cutting basic set designs in illustrator sky (used to it, love vectors and seems like the only adobe product without an id crisis atm). dunno if you have/like it but there's some additional cad stuff via cadtools (don't need 'em, haven't tried 'em)

maria likes sketch up sometimes (but a sculptress is worse than a director, and female brain wiring is eh-oh-um, different!)

most scenographers i work with sometimes use vectorworks spotlight, other times use cool pencils+paper

and oh yes we both like sketchbook (iirc a reincarnation of recondas autosketch for the pc) when it rains and we're out of blank a4 :)


Top
 Profile  
 
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:20 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Mar 14, 2003 6:22 am
Posts: 3102
Location: living in a linux-blunderland
thanks guys. i'll give 'em a shot. hearken though, simplicity carries the day! else, i'll avail myself of the tried and true pencil and paper.

_________________
:Skywriter:

DECUS Member 368596


Top
 Profile  
 
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:27 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jul 27, 2005 2:26 pm
Posts: 88
I recently (well, yesterday) started using DraftSight from Dassault (free!) and it really is a compelling alternative to AutoCAD (LT).. A few of the idiosyncrasies that bugged me in ACAD were gone, and it's command-compatible so the transition is easy. Lack of anti-aliasing is a bit of a turn-off but then again, that's a bitch to set-up in ACAD anyway.

I'm with you on Autosketch, recondas - I found it on some floppies my uncle had left-over back when I was about 12 years old and found it supremely intuitive. To my mind, there is no 2D software so far that matches the feel and ease of those white lines on a blue background... I think it's time to go look for those floppies again.. DOSBox here I come!


Top
 Profile  
 
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:41 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:40 am
Posts: 158
Location: Albany, OR USA
For simplicity, there's always Xfig: http://www.xfig.org/ ;)

_________________
:Onyx2: 4x400MHz R12K Onyx2 IR2, 5GB RAM
:1600SW: :Indigo2IMP: R10K Indigo2 MaxIMPACT, 4 TRAMS, 768MB RAM, 2x9GB HD, CD-ROM, Phobos G160
Black Cardinal


Top
 Profile  
 
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:03 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Mar 14, 2003 6:22 am
Posts: 3102
Location: living in a linux-blunderland
BC, thanks but xfig is less than base bone - no bones :) i remember seeing it for the frist time back in the heavy mists of the past. Now; pencil, ruler, and paper for me.

_________________
:Skywriter:

DECUS Member 368596


Last edited by skywriter on Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:07 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:04 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Sep 25, 2007 2:00 am
Posts: 158
Location: Braunschweig (Germany)
Do you know Inkscape?

http://inkscape.org


Top
 Profile  
 
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:18 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Mar 14, 2003 6:22 am
Posts: 3102
Location: living in a linux-blunderland
inkscape and gimp hang on application launch. sometimes they finally come up, other times, they don't. if it worked it would probably fit the bill. but they don't.

forgot to mention OS X only.

_________________
:Skywriter:

DECUS Member 368596


Top
 Profile  
 
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:44 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jul 16, 2003 10:53 am
Posts: 169
Location: Mesilla, New Mexico
It may not suit your needs quite right, but I use omnigraffle for just about everything. I've used it to design the reconstruction of my house as well as the redesign of our websites.

Http://omnigroup.com

Geof

_________________
--
:O2000: :Fuel: :Octane: :Octane2: :O2: +MacPro +Sun Ultra 40 +G4 MDD +G4 Cube +G3 B&W +MacBook Air +iPad +Amiga 3000 +Amiga 2000 Toaster


Top
 Profile  
 
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:29 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Apr 19, 2004 4:25 pm
Posts: 2783
Location: Los Angeles, CA
DraftSight works well, and is free of charge

http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/ ... -software/


Top
 Profile  
 
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:14 pm 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 06, 2005 9:53 pm
Posts: 2946
Location: USA
Lots of options out there.

I don't think anything on the Mac ever really matched the ease-of-use of the old MacDraw. Check out Intaglio for a simple refresh of the oldskool flavor ($89). http://www.purgatorydesign.com/Intaglio/
EazyDraw also fits into the MacDraw skool, though its interface is a bit too candy colored for my taste ($95). http://www.eazydraw.com/

Lately, I've been using LineForm for quick and dirty drawings. It uses some quirky interface conventions, but once I bothered to skim through the documentation, I found it very easy to use. ~$80 at http://www.freeverse.com/mac/product/?id=6020

If you like something that feels a bit more like a CAD program, but is very inexpensive, check out CADintosh, around $30 (fully functional demo, too) from the folks who make GraphicConverter - http://lemkesoft.com/content/189/cadintosh.html

MacDraft is a bit more upscale at ~$300-350, but still worth a look, too. I spent a lot of time with an older version a few years back, and I really liked it. http://www.microspot.com/products/macdraft


Top
 Profile  
 
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:17 pm 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 06, 2005 9:53 pm
Posts: 2946
Location: USA
PS. I also like ratfink's suggestion regarding the Omni Group's stuff, including OmniGraffle. Omni is a longtime Mac developer, and their tools are reliable and sometimes quite innovative. iPad support, too!


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 20 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group