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Old 04-28-2013, 02:10 PM   #1
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Does anyone know of a software package that allows you to design your framing?

I find that all out home design/cad software is way over bearing for my simple project.

I just want to be able to design 'cut sheets' and plans for simple walls.

I found one piece of software called Framing Pro but it refuses to run or install. I'm thinking its likely incompatible with Windows 7.

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do you mean software that will do layout drawings, or software that will perform structural calculations?

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do you mean software that will do layout drawings, or software that will perform structural calculations?
Just structural drawings. Thanks!
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no cheap software that I know of will design structural elements and provide layout drawings
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Doesn't need to be cheap, but I would like it to be easier than say an all out cad package like autodesk.

Just something for doing quick calculations or drawings.

Its very possible it doesn't exist, but I appreciate your response!
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the only one I'm aware of is produced by Digital Canal. It requires a couple of software packages from them. They can be found on the internet. I use their CAD software, but do not use their structural software.
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This topic came up awhile back and got some specific responses. I cannot remember the thread name but play with some possibilities in the search engine in the camel colored band toward the top of your screen. One was for software that did framing details and I remember the quest similar to yours. It was not a full blown CAD program like AutoCad.
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I spent a few minutes and am not sure I found what I remember but two possibilities for software that does framing details that popped up a time or two:

punchsoftware.com

chiefarchitect.com (premier edition was mentioned)

I could swear someone had posted a framing detail example from one of the packages not long ago. Good luck in your search.
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I spent a few minutes and am not sure I found what I remember but two possibilities for software that does framing details that popped up a time or two:

punchsoftware.com

chiefarchitect.com (premier edition was mentioned)

I could swear someone had posted a framing detail example from one of the packages not long ago. Good luck in your search.
Thanks! I'll check both out. Chief Architect Lite looks like the best solution. Its not cheap at $1500 bucks but they do have a demo I can download to determine if it suits my needs.
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Please post back as to how whatever you find works out as this does come up frequently.
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Does no one ever read the many posts about the fantastic free program, Google SketchUp?

Here is just a small sampling of some images of SketchUp drawings.

http://www.google.com/search?q=sketc...w=1330&bih=639
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Hello - I'm new here and just did a search to make sure everyone has Sketchup (free version at least). I've been using it for my 14x14 corner shed and so far everything has turned out exactly as drawn.

I did not make the drawing, just imported it from an online database. After learning how to do a few things within the program, I've been able to draw my entire property - pretty cool!

Anyway, I've read some posts on here that have helped me with some projects so it was time to register.

I'm willing to assist anyone with the program (via links to how-to videos and general information < <<that's how I learned) to get them started if they are motivated to learn.
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Sketchup is an excellent application. Plenty of online training videos and best of all it's free ....... I use it for making quick 3d models
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if you are wanting to use Sketchup for designing structures (walls, floors, roofs, etc.) I find this to be a helpful add-on. http://www.buildedge.com/
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I've got some AutoDesk products, Chief, and a few others. But since I seldom do any more submittals to Building Depts or design firms, (I'm retired), I hardly ever use anything except SketchUp. To me, it is just about perfect. And FAST!!!!

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