App for building dimensions

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by djsound, May 27, 2014.

  1. djsound, May 27, 2014
    Last edited: May 27, 2014

    djsound macrumors 6502a

    djsound

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2006
    #1
    We have a business building steel structures of all different sizes (garages etc). Until now, we have just done hand drawings. (yes we are in the stone age) :) Do you guys know of a good app to do this on a mac? Thanks!
     
  2. cruisin macrumors 6502a

    cruisin

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2014
    Location:
    Canada
    #2
    Have you tried Sketchup?

    Sketchup is what I prefer for personal drawings. AutoCAD is the professional standard.
     
  3. dspilman macrumors newbie

    dspilman

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2013
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    #3
    Agree with the previous I post.

    Google sketchup is great for quick conceptual drawings.

    If your looking for more precise construction documents, Autodesk AutoCAD is the way to go. It's a very powerful program that would be more then what you need if you currently just do hand drawings. But the plus is that if you know how to draw by hand, you'll quickly be able to transfer that skill to the computer. I learned this while I was in Architecture School.
     
  4. djsound, May 27, 2014
    Last edited: May 27, 2014

    djsound thread starter macrumors 6502a

    djsound

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2006
    #4
    AutoCAD is only for windows?

    It needs dimensions on it....doesn't look like sketch up does that really. Maybe I am wrong though?
     
  5. cruisin macrumors 6502a

    cruisin

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2014
    Location:
    Canada
    #5
    AutoCAD for Mac

    There is a trial for Windows and OSX so it will run on both.

    AutoCAD

    Strangely, the Mac version is 1 year behind and also has fewer features: Comparison

    Sketchup has dimensions as I have used it before.
     
  6. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a

    jonbravo77

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2008
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    #6
    I use Vectorworks to do drawings for my industry. It's a big architectural drawing that can use DWGs. Not sure if this would work for you but worth a shot. Mac version is available, latest is 2014.
     
  7. LongSticks, May 27, 2014
    Last edited: May 27, 2014

    LongSticks macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2012
    Location:
    Kent, UK
    #7
    Another Option

    I'm a avid Autocad user in windows and have found the mac version really doesn't cut it.

    For drawing on Mac I use DraftSight....it's like using Autocad pre the ribbon toolbar.....but it's free and fast!

    http://www.3ds.com/products-services/draftsight/overview/

    Are you wanting to do 3D? If so what is your previous Cad experience like?, as it's never as easy as they make it seem in the movies! If your serious about 3d and steel work have a look at:
    http://www.tekla.com/uk/products/tekla-structures (windows)
    http://www.autodesk.co.uk/suites/building-design-suite/overview (Windows)

    Archicad will do steel frames in the Mac environment as well - http://archicad-talk.graphisoft.com...iew=next&sid=2fb4319c08c19d147b42ace86a159a8c

    All will give you layout drawings, which I guess is were you need to get too!

    Good luck!
     
  8. nicky0 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2011
    Location:
    England

Share This Page