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Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by JQLC, Oct 25, 2005.

  1. JQLC

    JQLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Was looking through an article for "Rain-Cad". Anyone use it? Is it worth the money ($1000.00) Thanks for the advice...
  2. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    I've been using Rain CAD for almost five years now. Love the program vs. the old style drafting I used to do but have no experience with other irrigation programs to compare it to. Takes a little while to set up and some things are tricky to learn but after the learning curve is done it's a great tool. I especially love the ease of keeping as-builts up to date. I also use it for generating zone maps of all our sites so when we have a problem we'll know approximately which controller and which zone is involved. I'm hoping to upgrade to their newest version later this year.
  3. Broker

    Broker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    we have it. You can pick up an older version on ebay for a few bucks and see if you like it before you drop the G down on the latest and greatest.
  4. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Do you guys have the new windows-based version or an older DOS-based one? Mine is the DOS-based one and I have to keep all the files to eight characters or less. Kind of a mess when you have quite a few files but I get by.
  5. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    One of the hardest things I ran into when setting up this program was getting the plans to print to scale on our plotter. We opted for an 18" x 24" maximum output large format printer and I noted that the actual prints were a little off scale. Tried adjusting several things (including margins) and finally corrected this by indicating initially on a new drawing in "page setup" that I was using a 17" x 22" sheet of paper instead of the actual size. Worked like a charm.

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