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Cheap way to get a CAD programme?

  1. Jan 9, 2009 #1
    Is there a cheap (or OS) CAD programme that one of you could recommend?
    If, indeed, such a thing exists. I can't really justify £1,300 for AutoCAD.

    I'm trying really hard not to resort to piracy (sort of a New Year's resolution).
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  3. Jan 9, 2009 #2

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    Google says " Results 1 - 10 of about 2,050,000 for open source cad. (0.19 seconds) ". Perhaps one of those will suit your needs, whatever they are.
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    http://www.progesoft.com/ or http://www.cadopia.com/ is about $200-$350 and is probably the best cheap autocad clones.
    They are based on the same intellicad CAD library with different front ends. They read/write Autocad and have the same Autocad commands

    In fact intellicad does a better job of reading DXF than Autocad - we use it to translate bad DXF files from some GIS apps

    This used to be the best round up of cheap/free cad
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  6. Jan 9, 2009 #5
    Thanks for trying to help. You did your best.

    I didn't really want to trawl through 2,050,000 pages. Rather, I was after some opinion on which was a good quality option by those who had used one.

    Thanks mgb_phys, TVP45
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