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Discussion in 'General Forum' started by Chris, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. Chris

    Chris New Member

    Hi, I'm a 55 year old architectural consultant with 30 years experience in residential architectural design such as new houses, flats, nursing homes, extensions, loft conversions etc etc. I still draw the old fashioned way ie by hand with a drawing board! I would really like to learn CAD. what are the views on the best software, Autocad LT or Vectorworks? I can just about navigate myself around a computer but no real passion for it. What do you reckon would be the best? No need for 3D stuff. should I just stick with the drawing board? also, no interest in distance learning, would have to be 1 2 1. Thanks
  2. glebe digital

    glebe digital Member

    Before you spend any money, it's best to make sure it's the right direction for you.

    As such, downloading a copy of Draftsight is probably the way forward:
    DraftSight - Free* CAD software for your DWG files - Dassault Systèmes

    It's made by Dassault Systemes -makers of Catia & Solidworks- so you know this is a high quality product.
    It opens dwg files made in Autocad, so client continuity is not a problem. As a draftsman who transitioned from old skool to CAD to 3D pro, I think it has all the funcionality you will ever need.

    Suffice to say I think it rocks......good luck!
  3. clairelitt

    clairelitt New Member

    Hi Chris,

    I have worked with a few architects / design teams over the years and they seem to use autocad. AutoCAD lt is under £1000 so a cheaper option and still has all of the functions of a full cad it just doesn't do 3d. I would also make sure that they are compatible with other programmes - ie auto cad does dwg and dxf.

    I would suggest you ring around and ask what software people use. I have done this before, they seem quite helpful.

    I'm sure you would get to grips with it eventually, although colleges might run courses - if you are anywhere near Selby I'd teach you myself - for a small fee.

    Good luck! And well done for taking that step I would think there are not many folk out there who do it by hand. What you will find is that making amendments can be done with great ease!

  4. clairelitt

    clairelitt New Member

    Just noticed how old your post was! Hope you are getting on well!

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