Sweet Home 3D

Posted on January 30, 2018. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , |

Neowin has free home layout software called Sweet Home 3D.

“Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design application that helps you place your furniture on a house 2D plan, with a 3D preview. Sweet Home 3D is aimed at people who want to design their interior quickly, whether they are moving or they just want to redesign their existing home. Numerous visual guides help you draw the plan of your home and layout furniture. You may draw the walls of your rooms upon the image of an existing plan, and then, drag and drop furniture onto the plan from a catalog organized by categories. Each change in the 2D plan is simultaneously updated in the 3D view, to show you a realistic rendering of your layout.”

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LibreCAD, 2D-CAD

Posted on June 4, 2014. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , |

LibreCAD, 2D-CAD is a free, open source CAD drafting program.

Neowin has a post recommending it.

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AutoCAD WS – Android Apps on Google Play

Posted on April 21, 2013. Filed under: Android, Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , |

AutoCAD WS is an Android App on Google Play.

Like any app, it may or may not work well on your device.  Use at your own risk and CHECK THE REVIEWS first — apps may be changed after being included in the store so later updates include malware.

“AutoCAD WS enables you view, edit, and share AutoCAD® drawings with anyone, anywhere using your mobile device. Annotate and revise drawings in the office, in the field, or in a meeting. Work on designs without an internet connection, and easily open DWG, DWF, and DXF™ files directly from email. Simplify design creation, review, and approval using powerful, built-in social design collaboration tools. Unleash the power of AutoCAD design beyond the desktop with AutoCAD WS.”

Handy for keeping your AutoCAD work in a portable format on your phone/tablet.

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DoubleCAD XT free CAD program

Posted on March 24, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , |

The big advantage of DoubleCAD XT (aside from being free for the basic program) is that “Not only can you open and view .DWG files, but you can edit them as well. It comes with a full complement of drawing tools: line, arc, and circle, multiline, and bezier curves and more. Yet at the same time, it has a much smaller footprint than the high priced spread.”

Recommended by FreeDownloadaDay.

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FreeCAD drafting

Posted on June 22, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , |

FreeCAD is an open source freeware “CAD/CAE, based on OpenCasCade, QT and Python. It features some key concepts like Macro recording, Workbenches, ability to run as a server and dynamically loadable Application extensions and is designed to be platform independent.”

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ProjectDragonfly to Design 3D Floor Plans

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on ProjectDragonfly: Design 3D Floor Plans Online.

ProjectDragonfly is a new 3D floor plan designing tool that lets you design and plan your rooms online. The application has lots of features and provides with drag & drop visual editor which makes floor planning very easy. You can quickly build rooms in different shapes, adjust size, add/remove walls, doors, windows, and fill rooms with furniture. All added items can be easily moved around and rotated as you like.”

Pretty nice way to plan without a steep learning curve.

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Alternative graphics programs

Posted on November 13, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Windows Paint program is nice, but very limited and only does a few formats. To convert formats or create or edit something more complex, consider some of these.

  • Google SketchUp is a 3-D drawing program. Freeware. Very powerful but easy program for art, floor or building plans, furniture builders, mechanics, and others.
  • Picasa freeware from Google to organize your digital images. A free digital organizer with limited editing capabilities.
  • GIMP is the Gnu Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.
  • Paint.NET “Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Server 2003. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. It started development at Washington State University as an undergraduate senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple tool for photo and image editing. The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#, with a small amount of C++ for setup and shell-integration related functionality.”
  • poster forge is freeware to create posters using your own art, for inspirational/motivational/demotivational, “wanted”, movie/film posters.
  • Gliffy online freeware to diagram, flowchart – much like Microsoft Visio. Recommended by Lifehacker.
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