Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Fizzy77, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. Fizzy77 macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2013
    Isle of Man
    Can anyone recommend a good (and relatively easy to use) CAD App. I'm mainly looking at using this for cabinet making etc.

  2. prisstratton macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2011
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    As you are no doubt aware professional CAD software can cost a fortune. I came from an AutoCad background using it for many years in the mining industry. I tried the software (in the link below) when I was in my "Linux Phase" and found that it worked quite well, especially considering that it is FREE. I have not tried this on my Mac, but I would suggest that you give it a try. All CAD packages have their own quirks and you really need to get familiar with the package before deciding that it is not for you. I could make this package work for me, but as I said, I came from a CAD background.

    Give it a try, hope it helps.
  3. phoenixsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
    I agree.....

    about AutoCAD maybe being overkill. But long time ago I stumble upon at least 3 kitchen or cabinet software for Mac. But is a pity I dont remember them o have a record. Try Google with "cabinet design software" or "kitchen design software". These software had templates and more design aides.....

  4. LongSticks macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2012
    Kent, UK

    Another free bee for you, which I have just started using on my OSX side - I use Autocad on Bootcamp mainly - is Draftsight by Dassult Systems. They are the plane manufacturer who I think own Solid works as well

    And it's free!!

    Obviously pick up the mac download. Like I said I am just starting with it, but it does the trick and is very similar to Autocad.

    Lastly and this may be a bit out the box, but have you looked at Google Sketch Up free 3d drafter. A much easier 3D package to use than the traditional CAD packages in 3D. Some great tutorials as well on You Tube.
  5. TMay macrumors 68000

    Dec 24, 2001
    Carson City, NV
    ViaCAD just added some basic joints to its V9 version. It's a 64 bit Mac OSX app:

    30 day trials are available. Wait for V9 until there is an upgrade or an upgrade offer with purchase of V8.

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