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#1 son is hooked on AutoCAD from secondary school courses. But I can't really afford US$3395 for a seat at home for him for hobby purposes. :)

Any recommendations? AutoCAD "similarity in approach" a plus. AutoCAD/DXF import & export almost a necessity, I would think. TurboCAD?

Lee

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check cadopia http://www.cadopia.com/products/...
cheap and even a free evalution version... but I haven't tried myself yet so maybe you could share your experience

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Hi,

Have you looked at QuickCad? I haven't used it personally, just seen it on the Shelves at Future Shop.

See: www.autodesk.com/quickcad and there are some reivews at Amazon. Seems people either hate it (apparently no help - but if your son already knows AutoCad...) or love it.

Perhaps you could get a pirated version as a trial...

-Colin

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Hi,

Is AutoCAD LT still available? It was still expensive a few years ago (around $500 I think) but better than the full version.

The only gripe about TurboCAD I have is that about twice a year (it seemed that often anyway) you were bombarded with upgrade offers.

Regards,
Steve

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Lee,

take a look at IntelliCad, www.intellicadms.com , it's said to be more AutoCad than AutoCad itself, natively 'understands' DWG and DXF, no need for ex- or importing. Don't be shocked by the relativley high prices, look for special pricing options, usually there are a few quite lower. Mine did cost me about 100$.

hth
-uwe

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I use ACAD daily and have my own seat. Yes it is very expensive. ACADLt is better than it ever has been but is still around $800. I demo'd Intellicad for a prospective employer last year and found it to be very capable and affordable. If your son is a student he should qualify for a students seat of ACAD if his school is affiliated. Something to think about. Also, try looking around for an older version of ACAD. ACAD2000 is still a fine product.

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Hi Lee,

If he is into 3D design, try Solid Edge 9 (latest version is 11). At my uni in Australia the "academic" version (i.e. everything but calculations and part management) sold for $9 (probably $7USD) on a CD. The company who makes it (Unigraphics I think) might have a similar deal wherever you live. I've attached a picture of a robot I designed and built last year so you can see for yourself what sort of things you can create. Your son could expect to take about a month's playing to be proficient enough to do something similar.

Cheers! Nathan

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We use Solid Edge here at work, current version is 15, which I just received last week. I would highly recommend it, if you are planning on doing 3D design. The full package cost us about 4K and we maintian a support contract for about 1500/yr, it's worth every penny since we don't pay any extra for updates (4 version updates over the past 2 years).

As mentioned above, you can probably get a copy on an educational discount, or find a back revved version for far less.

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Thanks, all. At first glance, the IntelliCAD $50 "starter" level seems like a winner for hobby/educational use. The upgrades to higher levels if neded are reasonable as well.

Lee

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Try PowerCad, another Autocad clone (www.givemepower.com). $500

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