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Old 07-28-2012, 10:17 AM   #1
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I need a good program for construction plans..not floor plans, construction. Any recommendations?

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check out a company named Digital Canal. They produce an excellent software product named SolidBuilder. it is a 3d building modeling program that can product framing plans and even cut sheets for sheathing.

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OMG!
Gary, you have to be kidding recommending that program.

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softplan is a good program.
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OMG!
Gary, you have to be kidding recommending that program.

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why so?
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Over the years I've tried TurboCad, Autocad, Autocad's Architectural Desktop, Softplan, Vectorworks and SolidBuilder. Recently I've been playing around with Sketchup.

Of course I do go back to the days of a stylus and clay tablet ..... I was so happy when we got velum and graphite ....

Solidbuilder is based upon EaglePoint (worked with it back in the early to mid 90's) which in its day was one of the leading engineering softwares on the market. I've had good luck with it, a little bit of a learning curve coming from an engineering office using Autocad.

Andy, what flavor software do you prefer?
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I have SolidBuilder and even though I have to say that it has an exemplary cut-list and material list take-off that is about the best thing that it has.
It has an ungainly user interface, it works like a windows dos program, in order to move an object like a wall or a window I have to input the 'E' for example if I want to snap to the 'end' of said window or door or wall, then press enter, just too weird.
I find it difficult to make a design of a house for anything but the most simple of layouts, too difficult to make anything even slightly out of the ordinary.


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I started on AutoCAD release 13 then promptly went to 2001 LT.

I have SoidBuilder, Revit TurboCAD, Sketchup and Chief Architect, I definitely prefer Chief to anything else for my residential construction documents and design.

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Yes, the user interface isn't the greatest, but I have it, Digital Takeoff and BidBuilder. I like how all three are integrated. Building Blocks works great for doing quick layouts.

Took me some time to get used to using it, I had been using Autocad for about 10 years before I switched
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I started with Autocad 11 ......

Might have to give Chief a try, they keep sending me the free trial ..... always good to hear what others use
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The best rated still is Punch Software's home design plan software. http://www.punchsoftware.com/
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We use AutoCAD since release 11, Revit, and sketchup mainly.
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Autocad does everything....but you need the add-on's for it to be useful. I still use it for figureing out small details....

If money was not an object...SolidWorks.....

But any of the 'full featured' products are going to cost you....

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