I am mainly looking for a full blown cad program that does mainly
construction drawings. On the other hand, we do service our own website and
it would be nice to put color to the drawings. So to answer your question,
Is there a program that does both, but is mainly used for construction
drawings (wall panels, floor layouts, roof layouts, etc...)?
I don't need 3D, but I do need an easy to use, fast and inexpensive 2D
program. I use VisualCadd for all my structural drawings including
framing plans and details.
Check it out at http://www.tritools.com /
and for the users group http://www.visualcadd.org /
I have to admit I'm biased because I am VP of the VCadd Users Group, but
I happen to think this is a terrific, easy to learn, but very powerful
Just a question, Who is going to be doing the drawings?
Is there an engineer or architect who will be signing and sealing said
Or is this just to sketch-out some details for the guys in the field?
Just something to think about BEFORE you run into your friendly local
just my $0.02
You'll also want to check out Chief Architect . I was a reseller
in the early 90's and Chief Architect was the first commercial
CAD program in the entire industry to be 'object oriented' which
makes it incredibly easy to use.
The vendor ART has also licensed the software to Broderbund
who sells a consumer version called 3D Home Architect which
can be found on the shelves at CompUSA. The smarter residential
builders I used to sell to and support would put 3D Home Architect
into the hands of customers who could design or modify their floor
plans which were then finished for working drawings in the professional
version which was a clever way to 'build' a relationship with a
I also sold a good estimating program called WinEstimator 
which supports customization.
<%= Clinton Gallagher, "Twice the Results -- Half the Cost"
Architectural & e-Business Consulting -- Software Development
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