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#1 posted 02-12-2017 01:48 AM

JAY Made,

Since you asked whether anyone uses something other than SketchUp, I thought I would chime in.

I use TurboCad Professional Platinum Version 21 (about $400). I learned TurboCad a few years before SketchUp was introduced, and since it meets my needs, I have stayed with TurboCad.

Since I am only familiar with SketchUp from their tutorial demo videos, I cannot compare the TurboCad to SkecthUp. I can say that TurboCad Pro has yet to fail to draw whatever I wanted to draw, no matter the complexity. It includes an integrate database feature which I have never used. But if setup properly perhaps it could be coaxed into generating a cut list and maybe even calculate board foot quantities. It does have a plywood cut diagram feature which I do not use. My approach is to create an Excel spread sheet for my cut list and place sheets of plywood and arrange plywood parts on a separate TurboCad layer. These methods ensure that I double check my drawings and dimensions and get a good last look at the design.

TurboCad Pro Platinum is expensive to purchase but buying the prior version from CadandGraphics (http://www.cadandgraphics.com/?gclid=CLGezse2idICFY-1wAodvvwHPw) saves some money. IMIS Design also offers TurboCad Deluxe, which offers fewer features for a lot less money. But the database feature may not be available in this $100 version. There is a steep learning curve with either TurboCad version. I am not sure how the TurboCad learning curve compares to that of SketchUp.

Since there seems to be a lot of SketchUp users on LJ and it is free or inexpensive, SketchUp might be the better choice for you. TurboCad does offer trial versions for a limited number of days for free if you want to check it out (https://www.turbocad.com/content/free-trials). TurboCad comes with a 1000+ page manual and on-line help when the purchased from CadandGraphics.


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