Posted by Gary on January 14, 2003 at 12:30:09:
In Reply to: Floor Plan Software posted by Neil MacMurchy on December 05, 2002 at 08:07:35:
What you've described is every CAD program on the market. Take your pick. If that's all you need, you can probably find a freeware CAD program on the internet (www.zdnet.com would be a good place to start)and, with a bit of learning, get some rudimentary drawings that will serve your purpose. The big problem, though, is going to be in plotting (or printing) them. All CAD software will draw and print to scale, but the problem is your output device (printer or plotter). If, for example, you've drawn a floor plan at 1/4" = 1'-0" and you attempt to print it from a standard desktop printer, your drawing will sized to fit an 8.5" x 11" sheet of printer paper, and, thus, will not be at 1/4" = 1'-0". This is where a plotter becomes a necessity, as it will allow you to print to scale. You probably can't afford a plotter or a large format inkjet printer, so the next best alternative is to take your drawing files (on a disk) to your local Kinko's or other reprographics shop and have them plot it for you. Try, if you can, to find a shop that specializes in plotting and reproducing drawings for architects and engineers. They will have the necessary hardware and software to handle the job. If you do get a freeware CAD program, make sure it can save a drawing as a DWG or DXF file. These are CAD standards that can be handled by most CAD software. Hope that helps.
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