Design Software?!?!

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by fire&rain, Jan 22, 2006.

  1. fire&rain

    fire&rain LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    Who is using what? I have been looking into getting RainCad and will probably make my decision in the next few days. I still have a few questions about most of the software especially the RainCad (this looks like the best I have seen yet).

    If anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate the input before I make the jump.

    Thanks again.

    Charlie Nieman
    Fire & Rain
  2. Tommyclarkwtx

    Tommyclarkwtx LawnSite Member
    from waco TX
    Messages: 15

    i use auto cad I love it
  3. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    I use Rain CAD. Learning curve but it does what it's supposed to.

    SONSCAPES LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    is raincad beginner friendly and how much is it? thanks
  5. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    It has tutorial exercises with it to teach the basics. The key to the whole thing is setting up your databases which is time consuming. I was up and running with it in a fairly short time but I already had the design background using drafting board. The one thing I didn't like was the materials takeoff part. I only use this part now to get overall pipe sizes/amounts and then I do the takeoff the old fashioned way by hand.

    I know they have a newer addition now but I haven't been able to push for the new program. Perhaps it's even easier than the model I have.

    I can't remember what the cost was because we got an educational discount from the company. Still, I believe it's under 1K.

    SONSCAPES LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    thank you! for the help

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