There are some consumer level deck/patio programs out there. I think
they are more for creating a conceptual drawing rather than actual design.
For higher level maybe AutoCad or Solidworks with architectural add-on
modules. I work with those but in the industrial and aerospace industry.
As someone suggested, some of the Punch software packages comes with a deck
designer but I think that it is more to show the outcome rather than design
the plans. Lowe's and HS will do this for you for free and they also create
a material list so that is another option. I had software that was intended
for exactly this purpose but I for the life of me can't find it now. I did
have a rather steep learning curve and I find it easier no to design decks
in my head and draw them out if I need to get a permit so what exactly do
you want to design and how do you think the software will help you?
If at first you don't succeed, you're not cut out for skydiving
The cheaper version of Punch! ($30?) Does the best job for making plans and
diagrams, also cost analyst.
The more expensive ones is just for someone without a clue to take to a
builder to say "here is the house I want built."
It's not an issue of zoning, permits, etc. I wanted a software
program so I could take a design that I have already drawn out on
paper, input it and try to get a better idea of what it would look
like. To see if the layout is what the wife and I want BEFORE I start
spending money on materials.
I have absolutely no interest in buying a $300+ software app to use it
He said $30 not $300.
Perhaps a library.
Or, go to homo depot and have them do it for ya. Just give them the
measurements and don't stoop over.
Or, buy the damn software and we all can borrow it. <BFG>
Yes, he did say 30 not 300, however, if you look at the prices of most
of the other software apps out there that can do this type of work
they are all well over 30 bucks.
You buy it, send it to me, than I'll share it out for everyone!
On Fri, 15 Jun 2007 10:41:57 -0700, azwiley1 wrote:
search sorceforge.net its a open source repository, open source meaning
that the software is completely free under the GNU/Open Source license
i did a quick search for Design in the sourceforge.net website and came
back with several thousand hits, some CAD and other types of design
software. some were not what you were looking for as they were C++
computer language design software but there are tons of other stuff that
may or may not fit what you are looking for. i suggest if you want
something that wont cost you a penny to do what your looking for you take
a look at what sourceforge has to offer. but be aware that it is a Linux
dominated site some software will not have a windows version available.
On Fri, 15 Jun 2007 13:29:11 -0700, azwiley1 wrote:
as i said its a linux majority site, most of us geeks in the linux
community visit it quite often. most windows users are totally unaware of
the open source license or community.
if you find a linux native software (that doesnt have a windows version)
that looks like it would work for you email me directly and i'll send you
the information on cygwin (thats a linux emulator for windows)
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