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Re: software to do drawings of houses, gardens, etc.





On 11/23/2017 05:06 PM, Emanuel Berg wrote:
Joe wrote:

What you won't be given is a dialog box with
X and Y size and coordinates, and invited to
edit them, it doesn't work that way.
That's how an object-oriented drawing program
would work.
Well, this is certainly a first that I'm an
OO guy by intuition, because yes, that is how
I would expect it to work. But that is drawing,
not CAD?

I wonder if I should get an OO drawing
application instead, and what would that be -
Dia?

Or perhaps learn CAD as that's more powerful in
the long run?

Learning CAD is a hard road, but a worthwhile one, I think, because it is so versatile.
Which one you learn will make some difference, depending on what you wind up
wanting to do with it. I learned some AutoCad 25 years ago, and I got pretty good
(but not expert) at it, and the advantages are that many other software and
hardware packages work with it. If you need to make PC boards, you can make
a negative directly (or almost directly) but you can also convert to professional pcb manufacture with available software, you can input the files to several other programs, and some other programs can produce files that AutoCad can directly
import, so you can add to the images. AutoCad is priced out of the consumer
market altogether, but DraftSight uses all (or almost?) all the same commands,
and will import and export in the same file protocols as AutoCad, so all the
advantages of AutoCad are there for you free for home use, or for a very reasonable price if you need to use it professionally. Then if for some reason you really need AutoCAd, you will have the skills to do so. Any CAD program has a steep learning curve, and I don't think the skills from one transfer all that easily to a different
one with different commands and methods of entry of parameters, so whatever
you pick out and learn is going to be the one you stick with. If you need interfacing with other software, then something compatible with AutoCad is what you need. If you can live with ONLY the CAD routine you learned, then it will not matter whether you use a Linux-specific program or not. I do not disparage the hard work some devs have put into Linux CAD routines, but I don't think that's the way to go if you're going to do some serious CAD work over the course of time.
Just my 2¢ worth.
--doug