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To CAD or not to CAD

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by tonyGub, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. GreenLight

    GreenLight LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 466

    To be quite honest, that Drafix software looks top notch for the landscaping field. With a price tag of $1400.00 it must be good because most landscape based software can't pull off a $100.00 price tag unless it's considered "professional designer worthy", you definitely see a bunch of crappy stuff out there that is really meant to sucker in a homeowner who is trying to build his dreamscape with a bunch of simulated stuff..

    I honestly can't speak for others though, because I have no idea. To be honest I use cad only because that is what was taught when I was in college for landscape design and that was 10 years ago. (honestly though, Cad is not terribly user friendly for strictly landscape design in my opinion and that is why I integrated it with another program).

    That drafix software looks really good, im impressed by the presentation. For all I know that could be the highest rated and most popular landscape software there is, it's quite possible im just a dinosaur using outdated technology. My general opinion is, it's not rocket science, if you find a program that you are comfortable with and has a professional final product then you are a step ahead of a lot of people.
  2. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,112

    I use the RainCad suite. It has a Design CAD platform it is based on. It is also compatable with standard Autocad and Autocad Lt. programs in a DWG drawing format. It is mildly technical and has a bit of a learning curb, but I like it because I can put out professional quality line drawings so, engineers, architects and other designers can import directly into their CAD software and incorporate into their design packages also.
  3. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,102

    This is an interesting and timely topic (for me). I am just in the process of choosing a CAD program to bring into my business. I have arranged some training with a local Architect who is willing to walk me through the basics and get me started. I am a bit overwhelmed by the cost of AutoCAD LT 2009 at over $1300 USD.

    I have found a product called TurboCAD Deluxe 15 by Imsisoft. It appears to have all of the functionality and compatibility we would need for our work, at a fraction of the AutoCAD price. Keeping in mind that I am not interested in creating basemap layers but rather working with drawings that are already prepared by others and simply adding lighting systems to them.

    Does anyone have any experience with TurboCAD from Imsisoft?
  4. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,112

    That is the program I use. It is the platform I use to run (or used to run) Rain Cad with. I use the TurboCAD almost exclusively now without the Rain CAD part of it. It will do everything you want it to do and then some. They have some online tutorials that will get you up to speed fairly quickly. There is a lot of functionality with the program and it renders very professional results. What I like about it alot is the fact that you can import drawings from architects and create additional drawing layers right on the same drawing. You can turn their layers off so you can clean the clutter so to speak and you don't have to go out and measure all the buildings and hardscape if the architect has already done that for you. It is an amazingly powerful program for the price.
  5. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,102

    Thanks for the info Tim. I am purchasing it online right now based on your recommendation.

    Have a great day.
  6. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,112

    Good deal, you won't be disapointed.
  7. trailboss

    trailboss LawnSite Member
    Posts: 204

    I use Drafix Pro Landscape and really find it helpful. I can usually get a plot plan from the homeowner or builder and import that file into my software to save a good bit of time.
  8. bmwsmity

    bmwsmity LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Ohio
    Posts: 276

    you can use a plotter with TurboCad, right? most plotters say they're for AutoCad...not sure if there's a difference???
  9. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,102

    Yes, TurboCAD will print to a plotter or a printer.
  10. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,112

    Yep and Yep.

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