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autocad dummy

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07-27-2012 06:33 AM

I want to teach myself to use the latest autCAD to design my own home and want the very latest most updated program.  I will be going to school for architecture ion a few years and want to start to play with this now. Which version will allow me to design the most modern and creative homes and what might it cost me? What is the best place to buy it? 

 

Anyone know?

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Re: autocad dummy

07-27-2012 06:42 AM in reply to: sandpattern

oh and another dummy question, where will I find a better result in using these programs, PC or MAC? 

 

I am going to guess these questions are adressed more than once in this forum. Sorry for the redundancy. 

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07-27-2012 07:45 AM in reply to: sandpattern

I would suggest starting with SketchUp (formerly Google; now Trimble).   The basic SketchUp is a free download, and the Pro version is very inexpensive.   The number of products (objects, materials, fixtures) in the 3D warehouse for SketchUp is enormous--something that is sorely lacking in the ACA world.   There is also a 3rd party rendering software, Shaderlight, that allows you to produce easy, beautiful renderings--much easier and faster and sadly, better, than you can ever do in ACA.   

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Re: autocad dummy

07-27-2012 01:38 PM in reply to: sandpattern

wow, if those are comparable , why pay $5000 for autoCAD program . 

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07-27-2012 03:06 PM in reply to: sandpattern

AutoCAD and AutoCAD Architecture are workhorses for producing construction drawings, and they have many capabilities that SketchUp does not have.     If you pursue a career in Architecture, you will definitely have classes in AutoCAD, and when you're a student, you can purchase a very inexpensive student license.  In the meantime, you can have a lot of fun with a product like SketchUp designing your virtual house! 

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07-27-2012 03:12 PM in reply to: sandpattern

Why pay $5000... its up to you. AutoCAD is still the leader for creating construction documents and BIM. I've yet to find a job posting in my area requiring SketchUp experience. To get a set of construction documents out of SketchUp requires the Pro version ($495). I've yet to see a finished product from Pro, just pretty pictures, but we'll see if they can grow in market share against AutoCAD LT $1200 list price, $861 on Amazon!

 

For you, since you just want to get your feet wet with a CAD platform, I would recommend using an Educational version of one of the AutoCAD products you will need to know in your career (ACA, Revit, ACAD, LT). I would recommend either ACA or Revit since you want to model your home. You won't have to pay $5k, EDU licenses are free.

 

Here is a link to the Autodesk Educational Community:

http://students.autodesk.com/?nd=community_faq/

 

~ Mary


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07-27-2012 03:21 PM in reply to: KathyMoffa

KathyMoffa wrote:

 The number of products (objects, materials, fixtures) in the 3D warehouse for SketchUp is enormous--something that is sorely lacking in the ACA world.  


There's now an App for that!  ~ Mary

http://apps.exchange.autodesk.com/ACD/Detail/Index?id=appstore.exchange.autodesk.com%3asketchupimpor...


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07-27-2012 03:26 PM in reply to: MarySeufert

Thanks Mary.  I'll give that a try when I finally get around to installing 2013 (which is currently on my "dread" list).

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07-27-2012 03:31 PM in reply to: KathyMoffa

I dread it too!


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