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Old 02-02-2010, 05:29 PM   #1
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I've had experience with 3d modeling of objects using SolidWorks, but Solidworks isn't exactly designed for architectural 3d modeling. I wanted to find something that is better suited for floorplanning and remodeling, something so I can see the end result before doing it. Someone recommended Google Sketchup, and seeing some of the samples, I was amazed at what this free software can do. What are your experiences? Any other free/cheap software to recommend?

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I have not used Google Sketchup yet but here good things. I have used this for quite awhile and like it for basic things. Note however that while it is free, you have to pay $20 or something to be able to add labels and dimension lines. Still a pretty good deal. The user interface is nice. The learning curve is short.

http://www.cadsoft.com/prod_express.php

Freebyte might be worth looking over?

http://www.freebyte.com/cad/cad.htm#...ecturalsystems

I forget where, but I also saw that AutoCad, one of the oldest in the business, has some sort of a web based free drawing thing going on too. You might also search the open source comparison sites to see what might be available.

http://www.osalt.com/graphic-applications


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floorplanner.com is useful also. But I think you can only have 2 or three projects.
http://floorplanner.com/
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i like PunchPro myself.

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