CAD for MAC
I am looking for a 2D cad program for home shop drawings to use on my Mac Book. The closer to free the better. Any other Mac users out there ?
I haven't used any of these but it looks like a good place to start.
I use a program called Viacad 2d/3d. Costs about $100 and is worth it.
A few months ago I bought Cadintosh over the net from Germany, they have an English version, $25 I think.
Can't really give a report on it as I only played with it briefly before other things took my attention.
Rhino for Mac
The native version I've been running on the Mac does a good job. So too does the Windows version running in a VMWare Fusion powered virtual machine. There's nothing cheap about it, though, but you get 3D.
qCAD for 2D...
Cheap, good, free demo download.
For less than $100 I bought TurboCAD Delux 2d/3d v4.0. Now all I gotta do is learn to use it...
As previously mentioned take a look at these:
Not knowing what you intend to draw, you should be up and drawing using the 2d version within a day or two. However for the money I would get the 2d3d version.
Last edited by Michael Hall; 08-13-2008 at 01:38 PM.
I switched to Cadintosh when TurboCad bailed out of the Mac market some years ago and quit answering support questions for the Mac version. TurboCad is back but Cadintosh is shareware and the support is terrific. The developer, Thorsten Lemke, personally answered several of my support questions promptly, and send an updated version within several days of my report of a bug. The interface is a little different from the mainstream products but it works for me and the price is more than right.
When I switched over to a Mac earlier this year, I went with Turbocad v4 pro. It's definitely got some bugs, but I have been able to what I need to. I save often, and have only had one file become completely corrupted. They are supposed to be working on a maintenance release that will fix lots of things.
What I found really strange about the Mac cad market, is that Ashlar-Vellum, Turbocad, and Viacad, all look very similar but are priced all over the place. You can use tutorials from any one of the packages on any of the others.
I tried pretty much all of the demo versions. I think that either turbocad v4, or viacad 2d/3d at around $100 is tough to beat. Ashlar-Vellum is priced more for the professional. Not being a professional, it's hard for me to see why their products are worth the upcharge. I'm sure they are, just not to me.