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nerida
Jul 18, 2009, 07:31 AM
I frequently use AutoCAD but would like to upgrade. Currently I use AutoCAD to draw 2D technical drawings for home modifications (eg bathrooms, ramps, lifts) which are used by tradesmen to carry out the required work. The problem I am having is that it is difficult for my elderly and disabled clients to visualise what the end product will look like from a 2D plan or basic elevation. Is there a MAC program which I can use to draw the 2D plan for my tradesmen and then transform the 2D into a 3D for my clients? Budget isn't an issue, willing to consider any program which readers may suggest.



TheMechanic
Jul 18, 2009, 09:46 AM
Never heard of any. I'm afraid you have to use something like Autodesk Revit under Windows.

Barnum
Jul 18, 2009, 10:03 AM
Have you considered using Google Sketchup?
http://sketchup.google.com/training/videos/expert_to_gsu.html

skunk
Jul 18, 2009, 10:26 AM
I would recommend SketchUp, too.

Dal123
Jul 27, 2009, 09:11 AM
Yes, there's one exactly what you want. I downloaded a trial version from apple. It was very complicated but specifically for architects that draw a 2D image then transform it into 3D.

Apple has a download tab, click on that then there are seperate sections on the left hand side, there is one called imaging or something like that (you'll be able to figure it out). Click on it, there's about ten or something pages, search through and you'll find it. Try it out and see if you like, Not sure if the trial period will be long enough, it's very complicated and will take time, manuals and training CD's to master, could be a good investment for your line of work though.:D