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9th September 2007, 11:47 PM
as i become lazy and run short of time on assingments, can anyone recomend a decent but low priced cad software package for mac? it would be a pitty if i had to keep a windows computer jsut for cad...

low price being deifned as $300 Max.

id like to steer clear of anything"for the home architect" and such as i would probly like to just keep using the same software untill im good enogh to pay someone to do it for me...

10th September 2007, 12:08 AM
Are you an architecture student?

It's normally good to specify what sort of CAD you're talking about, since there is CAD outside of the Architecture world! :)

10th September 2007, 12:09 AM
oh yeah. architecture student that i am.
but also furniture desinger, so somethign that is sutiable for both useses would be tops!

out of interest what other CAD is there?[pardon my ignorance, my brain checks out at 10pm]

10th September 2007, 01:10 AM

lots of CAD software :)

10th September 2007, 01:39 AM
Rhino is coming to OS X.



10th September 2007, 02:20 AM
Hey man,

I'm a product designer (ah, student, that is..) in Perth. You got any of your stuff online?

A good mate (and fantastic furniture designer) uses Sketchup. He uses it in Ubuntu, but it's available for OS X also. I haven't really gotten into it; I prefer to sketch, then use SolidWorks. Sketchup isn't an exact tool, but from what I can see it's a great 3d sketching app for knocking something together quickly..

Other than that all I could suggest is SolidWorks via Bootcamp. However the retail price is a bit inaccessible for miserly students..


10th September 2007, 07:30 AM
You should be able to find the student version of AutoCAD for under $300, but you'll have to run it under Bootcamp. None of the Mac packages I've looked at in the past have come close to the packages available for Windows.

It would be worth finding out what's commonly used in your field and getting familiar with that - should help when it comes to getting a job.

10th September 2007, 07:52 AM
None of the Mac packages I've looked at in the past have come close to the packages available for Windows.

Actually from what I understand there aren't very many programs available for the mac at all for any real work you want to do. They are just a toy. Why would anyone want to buy a Mac.

Now I think of it there is Archicad. And Vectorworks. But they aren't really very good.

Try this one. I've never used it though.


TurboCAD Deluxe 14

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10th September 2007, 09:28 AM
I am an industrial designer who has done some architectural drafting and lots of furniture design and production. I have been using Vectorworks< http://www.nemetschek.net/products/index.php >for design and drafting for more than 10 years (since Minicad 5) and a it's very good and professional program about to release it's 13th version.

It has good 2D/3D integration so you can design quickly and produce working drawings in the same file. I have done many projects in Vectorworks where I have my work incorporated into AutoCad jobs including Revit for big architectural jobs and Inventor for manufacturing. It always takes a bit of work to export cleanly between apps but VW does it much better than most.

Most of the cheap CAD packages aren't up to it when you use them professionally. Rhino is probably stronger for sculptural work but for most design for production VW is more useful.

The local distributor, Ozcad, has student versions for $275 but it may be worth waiting until the later in the week for the new version; < http://www.ozcad.com.au/education/student.html >.

10th September 2007, 01:21 PM
As a Student you should be able to get an education version of ArchiCad - which then you get discount on ful versions - www.graphisoft.com.