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Old 03-06-2017, 06:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Construction/building apps?

I figured this is the most traveled and diverse site I know so there is bound to be some sort of help!I have a new SurfacePro4 to use as a work computer for my family's small construction company (I just went on terminal leave adter 14 1/2 yrs in the USMC!). The real surprise is I can use a tablet for more than just p4x4 and porn...weird.....anyway,I have been scrounging for a user friendly application to assist with a project and havent had any real luck. We are currently gutting and repurposing a farm house to become our office space. Every nonstructural wall is out and now we are in the redesign stage, this is where the app comes in. I am hoping for one where I can enter dimensions or scaled graphing type drawing work with (like doing it on graphpaper but more accurate) in order to find the proper layout for new walls, interior design etc. I am willing to pay for the applications that will suit the needs but haven't had luck finding anything, I know they're out there but I just am not looking in the right places. Thanks
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Autodesk has a cad website and app, I believe. I used it a bit but I believe they either made it a paid deal or changed it somewhat. I don't recall exactly. Autodesk 360 maybe?
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Old 03-06-2017, 07:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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second Plangrid. We use it for all our construction drawings.
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Autodesk has a cad website and app, I believe. I used it a bit but I believe they either made it a paid deal or changed it somewhat. I don't recall exactly. Autodesk 360 maybe?
Fusion 360 is available to view on tablet, phone, etc. Not sure if you can draw, as Ive only tried that on the desktop.


Just look for CAD programs and see what you like. From my experience you'll have to actually draw in multiple programs before you can get a feel for them and figure out what you like. I enjoy simple AutoCAD, but I've been trying to transition to fusion in order to try some CNC stuff. It's a pain in the ass knowing one and trying to change after 10 years.
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Adobe Illustrator is what I use, but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone else.



It works great for the tradeshow stuff I do, but if I were drawing just houses, I'd use something different.
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Those are both awesome programs but you can't really draft with them, can you? I use the shit out of Bluebeam but it's really for document markup and such.
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Those are both awesome programs but you can't really draft with them, can you? I use the shit out of Bluebeam but it's really for document markup and such.
Yes to Bluebeam and plangrid as well. Use them a bunch (work for big commercial GC). Plangrid can get pricey though depending on how many documents you want to store in their system. Bluebeam would be the best.

I agree..."drafting" with either of them isn't their strong suit but it can be done. They work better for uploading drawings and being able to dimension off of them and mark them up. You can do some drafting with them...would bet it would be sufficient for the OP's use. If not...agree...go with autocad's app.
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Thanks guys... I downloaded the free trials for a couple of these and will hopefully be able to screw around with it a bit tomorrow.... I have zero experience with anysort of cad shit and really anything along these lines so this may get interesting!
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If you're starting out from zero go through the tutorials. Then you'll at least have an idea where to go for what tools, hell even knowing the tools that exist to make your life easier.

I had to take a college class on AutoCAD. I actually wouldn't recommend classes because the learning rates are so wildly different you'll most likely be frustrated or bored as hell in class.
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I use bluebeam for work. Bosch has a tablet app that works with their bluetooth LDMs to sketch a room with laser measurements. It only works on android/ipads if I remember correctly. I use the shit out of their "measure and document" program. You take a picture, draw a line with your finger then shoot the measurement. It sends the measurement to the device and overlays it on the pic. Really fast for recording cable paths, mounting info, etc (I do wireless/rf stuff).

I use draftsight for my 2d cad work and Fusion 360 for my 3d work.
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I forgot about this thread..i fucked around with a couple apps..theyre smarter than me and a lot of options wouldn't work on my surface pro4 so I moved on and have been just using the measure tool on Google maps and hand measuring.... the farm house has been on hold lately and that was what sparked the inquiry.... I will check out those last two soon and see if my little brain can comprehend!

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Autodesk Homestyler and the Home Renovator are the apps which can come in handy for your purpose. Both of them are easy to navigate so there won't be any difficulties. Here is the site where you can look for some other applications, they have a lot of different reviews.
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Bluebeam is the tits when it comes to dealing with pdfs for a construction environment.

Plangrid is great for housing and keeping your construction plans updated, and at hand any where any time.

Since you asked, I'd throw in Draft Sight. Free CAD program that drafts in DWG so it's readable by folks with the real CAD. I've used it to sketch up all sorts of scaled stuff from kitchens to entire floor plans. Takes a little getting used to if you've never used CAD before, but it's not hard.
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Since you asked, I'd throw in Draft Sight. Free CAD program that drafts in DWG so it's readable by folks with the real CAD. I've used it to sketch up all sorts of scaled stuff from kitchens to entire floor plans. Takes a little getting used to if you've never used CAD before, but it's not hard.
FYI

DraftSight 2019 represents a major software upgrade. To address the most asked-for capabilities and functionality from our users, DraftSight 2019 provides new powerful features and robust 3D capabilities, along with more product choices and flexibility. We are also investing in other technologies including an upcoming cloud-based version of DraftSight and more.

As a result - IMPORTANT:

DraftSight 2019 for Windows® is offered in paid versions only.
Once you download and install DraftSight 2019 (free 30-day trial or purchased version), you will no longer be able to redownload or access any previous free version of DraftSight (2018 or earlier).
All free versions of DraftSight (2018 or earlier) will cease to run after 12/31/2019.
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Looks like I don't download the new version.
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DraftSight 2019 represents a major software upgrade. To address the most asked-for capabilities and functionality from our users, DraftSight 2019 provides new powerful features and robust 3D capabilities, along with more product choices and flexibility. We are also investing in other technologies including an upcoming cloud-based version of DraftSight and more.



As a result - IMPORTANT:



DraftSight 2019 for Windows is offered in paid versions only.

Once you download and install DraftSight 2019 (free 30-day trial or purchased version), you will no longer be able to redownload or access any previous free version of DraftSight (2018 or earlier).

All free versions of DraftSight (2018 or earlier) will cease to run after 12/31/2019.
Looks like work is finally going to have to pay something. We've been skirting the commercial rule since we don't create anything in it, just use it to format files for import into other software

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