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    Default Suggestions for Simple Drawing Program

    Today, when I read a recent post by Byron Boucher regarding drawings of projects an old question came to mind. Currently, I use pencil, paper, ruler & template to make drawings of the simple projects I undertake. While I am amazed at the incredible displays produced by many here with 3D Cad programs and even 2D programs I must admit that I am either too lazy or too computer illiterate to learn the intricacies of these terrific tools. So, with that in mind can anyone suggest a simple, low cost, easy to use computer program that can be used in place of my current old school sketch methods. Basically I just want to be able to draw simple shapes and include dimensions so when I take the drawing to the shop I can work from it. The goal would be to have a neater drawing that I currently use with the ability to store it digitally and have it take no more time than I currently spend to draw using my old school methods. I have attempted to use the Paint program included with Windows but find it extremely lacking for what I have in mind.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    A program that was originally designed for the Amiga that runs on windoze and is intuitive and is easy to use is called "page stream". Although originally designed as a desk top editing program it is easy to draw with. You can demo it, go to grasshopperllc.com

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    I use AutoCAD but Sketchup isn't too bad for a free program...

    Here's a link for the download:

    http://sketchup.google.com/#utm_camp...hUp%20download

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    All I have now is google Sketchup.its fine. the price is right.

    wow firbikrhd1 has been a member a long time.

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    "Doublecad" is another freebie that you can download. It is designed to be a sort of Autocad LT clone.

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    I decided to give sketchup a try, and found this page of very simple explanations of how to use it and I found the video's effective enough to get me started playing and not frustrated.

    http://sketchup.google.com/training/...ew_to_gsu.html

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    back in the 90's i used to use a program called drafix to create 2d drawings as dxf files to cross load to cnc machinery. the program was later bought by autodesk and renamed autosketch. the current version is $250, but just a few months ago i bought the previous version from an ebay seller for $29 + $3 shipping. it works just as i remember and i find it easier to use than an autocad (or clone). it appears that there are still several for sale in the $30~ish range on ebay.

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    I use Delta Cad, $39.95 from this link:

    Delta Cad

    Relatively intuitive, even after not using it for quite some time I can pick it up a draw something. I've never been able to devote enough time to learn Autocad.

    Jeff

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    There is no such thing as a easy drawing program. It is a learned skill just like anything else including drawing with paper and pencil just takes a bit of reading.

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    I've been trying to learn ViaCAd. I have version 6 but there is a version 7 available for $79.00

    http://www.officedepot.com/a/product...Books-_-286668
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