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Old 09-13-2011, 09:30 AM   #1
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Looking for very simple CAD program (designing my home)


Hello.

I have been looking around for some time but never dared to ask; nonetheless, today I'll ask here.

I am building my own home with my hands, since lately I am getting a lot of free time. It takes a bit of work and imagination but it would also help to have a graphics application that I could use to visualize the things myself, and also to show what I have in mind to others.

I guess that I could use any CAD application to do this, but the real thing is that I am not into graphics design of any kind, I really don't want to have to learn something complex to do this.

I can do technical drawing, and I am not bad at doing drafts by hand, but I don't want to spend five months learning to use the software. So, the question is: does anyone know if there's a specific software for linux that will allow me to create simple rooms and apply tiles to them? (I don't require realistic images and I don't care about the furniture at all). Failing that, what extremely simple generic CAD software for linux do you know of?

Thanks for reading, and for your suggestions.
 
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:35 AM   #2
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You know what man, I remember installing a CAD program a while back that allowed me to create simple stuff like that..... Check the following link out - http://www.linuxcad.com/
I don't have my laptop yet, so sorry that I can't look right now.
 
Old 09-13-2011, 11:05 AM   #3
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I have not used Computer Aided Design software, yet from a quick look in the Ubuntu software centre I found qCAD and LibreCAD, which both have good reviews yet are only 2d, but may be something to look into.

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Old 09-13-2011, 11:32 AM   #4
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I have searched and have not found a 'free' 3D Cad program. A few of the 'free' will give you 3D and other goodies for a price. I never checked the cost because I needed it for opening some 2D files.
 
Old 09-13-2011, 12:50 PM   #5
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3D : gCAD3D.


http://www.tech-edv.co.at/05_LUnIx/8...inks/index.php


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Old 09-13-2011, 01:56 PM   #6
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Great minds think alike.... I was looking for that list before, but I couldn't find it. Thanks bro!
 
Old 09-13-2011, 01:58 PM   #7
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Thank you, people. I already knew some of these, but right now I can't make clear which ones I have reviewed already. I will check all your suggestions and report back. I was hoping (not holding my breath for it, though) that there would be something like "room arranger", which is for Windows only and allows you to do this kind of stuff easily (supposedly, since I haven't tried it anyway, I don't own any Windows box).
 
Old 09-14-2011, 03:27 AM   #8
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gCAD3D seems the most adequate one. I will have to learn some CAD if I finally decide to do this thing.
 
Old 09-14-2011, 09:29 PM   #9
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You might want to have a look at Sweethome3D
Which is a cross-platform Java home planner! I've used it before and it works well. From their website you can also get many extra 3D models for furniture, light fixtures etc.
 
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Old 09-15-2011, 02:35 AM   #10
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Thanks, I will definitely check it. I just found an ebuild for sweethome3d in an overlay for gentoo
 
Old 09-15-2011, 05:30 PM   #11
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This isn't open source, but is free:

http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsig...-cad-software/
 
Old 09-16-2011, 02:17 AM   #12
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I am still trying to compile sweethome3d. Some java packages that are required are failing to compile so I will need to do some debugging first on gentoo's bugzilla. But that's not for this thread.

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This isn't open source, but is free:

http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsig...-cad-software/
Thanks. I'll take a look but on a first sight I think it looks an overkill for my simple purposes.
 
Old 09-16-2011, 06:44 AM   #13
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So, finally, sweethome3d is working nicely. A bit intensive in cpu on the 3d view, but that was to be expected being a java app.

I have a question for glue: this nice application doesn't seem to bring incorporated a texture library or something, does it? I think I am going to have to research a bit, but for the biggest part, it seems to be straightforward enough to use. Thanks so much!
 
Old 09-16-2011, 06:47 PM   #14
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So, finally, sweethome3d is working nicely. A bit intensive in cpu on the 3d view, but that was to be expected being a java app.

I have a question for glue: this nice application doesn't seem to bring incorporated a texture library or something, does it? I think I am going to have to research a bit, but for the biggest part, it seems to be straightforward enough to use. Thanks so much!
I haven't used it much myself. I originally found it for a colleague of mine who wanted that type of software to plan some renovations.
There are a lot of downloadable extras available for it though from their website and other sites that they link to. As for it being cpu intensive, that is an unfortunate by-product of doing 3D graphics rendering in an interpreted language! (whatever were they thinking! ) I found it ran a bit faster and a lot smoother after I upgraded my ram btw.


P.S: it's 'Qlue', not 'Glue'
 
Old 09-17-2011, 01:28 AM   #15
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Sorry for the unintended name change.

I have been digging in their web page. Sure they have a lot of interesting links, and gimp with the resynthesizer plugin is coming in very handy to create the needed textures. The program is really simple to work with, just what I wanted.

Thanks!
 
  


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