Currently, my desktop has icons for:
- Google Sketchup (v8)
- DoubleCAD XT
and a few others.
I also installed Intellicad 98 on the virtual XP element for Win7.
DoubleCad has possibilities, as does Intellicad, or even Inkscape. The rest just won't cut it. They're capable systems, I'm certain, but my Master (Mistress?) Builder has no desire to learn PERL, or Ruby, or ...
She just wants to draw things, have the system dimension 'em, then print 'em.
Several of the CAD products we examined had no drawing capability at all
- 'twas all language based. Some of the others had drawing/drafting capability, but the learning curve was steep beyond her measure of patience
. We haven't looked yet at Autodesk Homestyler, so that one's up in the air.
Funny, when I was playing around with Generic CAD a decade or so ago, I could draw what I wanted, dimension it, and be done with it. Or, could follow the text window and start writing
my drawings. But I had the option to do either - or both, mixed - and the learning curve was fairly shallow. In the decade that has passed, all the offerings have gotten significantly more sophisticated, to the point that you need an engineering/architectural degree just to deal with the terminology.
Actually, she's looking at DoubleCAD, Intellicad (I'll give it to her if she likes it, as it won't run on Win7 and is abominably slow on the XP VHD.), and Inkscape.
QCAD sounds pretty good - pre-built assemblies are excess baggage for what she wants, unless she builds 'em herself. We'll have to look into that one, as well.