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  • Skyhawk says:
    25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I tried most of the other CAD programs for Mac. I find ViaCAD best., April 8, 2013
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    Skyhawk (USA) –

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    This review is from: ViaCAD 2D/3D PC & MAC v8 (DVD-ROM)
    Let’s see, I’ve tried TurboCAD, CorelCAD, DeltaCAD, and AutoCAD.

    I would recommend that you purchase the software on disk, not a download.

    Let me explain why CAD software is sometimes tough. You have your “power users”, these are the men that use CAD software on a daily basis. They get very good at it. They are in regular communications with the software companies.

    They are looking for every shortcut and feature to lighten their workload. The software companies will often respond by adding additional capabilities. Perfect for the power user. But for the beginner they can get overwhelmed with all of the complicated commands and methods. ViaCAD does indeed have many of these power features, but yet, they have kept the software relatively easy to use for the beginner.

    ViaCAD will not do all the things that AutoCAD will do, (but most) but I find it far easier to use for an intermittent or beginning user. Personally, I find there’s too much emphasis for 3-D in most CAD programs. I’ve never needed it.

    Punch does a good job of teaching you how to use ViaCAD. You will find various tutorials and even videos included with the software. The best way to learn any CAD program is not with your big project you are anxious to get started on. Simply draw some basic shapes with a few holes in it and dimension that part. Become familiar with the software using something simple.

    When it comes to technical support, Punch has given me very good results. Others have stated they received no replies to their e-mails. My experience has been just the opposite. I have always gotten an answer within one business day.

    How this software could be improved:

    1) I often find myself wanting to reposition a line leaving one end “anchored”. I have never figured out how to do this. I simply delete the line, and redraw a new one.

    ANSWER FOUND: “Box Select” the end of the line you want to move. The other end will remain anchored.

    2) I’m old-fashioned, I want a printed manual.

    3) Speaking of printing, that’s my biggest complaint. The software includes various formats to export to, but not PDF !! Presently I have a design on my MacBook but I would like to convert to a PDF so I can e-mail it to a colleague. I have no way to do that right now. When I return home I can transfer the file to my Mac Pro and use the drivers there for my wide carriage printer. I’m sure there’s a way to do this on my MacBook but the answer eludes me.

    ANSWER FOUND: I discovered that if I make a custom paper size in “Page Setup” larger than what the printer can actually handle the PDF that is created is damaged.

    So, I tricked my Mac into installing a printer driver for a wide carriage printer (that I do not have). I do this by simply “making up” an IP address for the printer and proceeding with the installation. (I used an Epson Stylus Pro 9900 driver).

    4) It appears to me that their instructional videos are based on version 7. Yet version 8 is current. 99% of the information in the video is still accurate, but I have noticed some differences.

    So with the shortcomings above why do I still give the software 5 stars? The answer is simple. I’ve tried the others! Further, I suspect my complaints have solutions I’ve just not found them yet.

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  • A Reader says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    I’ve used AutoCAD professionally for a number of years and …, March 6, 2016
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    A Reader (USA) –

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    This review is from: ViaCAD 2D/3D PC & MAC v8 (DVD-ROM)
    I’ve used AutoCAD professionally for a number of years and got this to tinker with at home … maybe I’ve just used real CAD for too long. ViaCAD boasts all manner of advanced functions but even the most simple operations are painstaking. Takes 9 times as long to do something as it would in real CAD. BIG problem the O snaps simply aren’t accurate- you think you’re going to an endpoint for example, and then when a dimension doesn’t add up and you zoom in you find out you are off base. I’m going to trash this one and try a different CAD knockoff.
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  • M. Schlecht says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great CAD, December 13, 2014
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    M. Schlecht (ND USA) –
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    This review is from: ViaCAD 2D/3D PC & MAC v8 (DVD-ROM)
    This is a great product it’s not overly priced it’s a good product rather than expensive autocad especially for 3d printing like what I use this product for, simple home 3d printing.

    Good Things:
    1. Set Polygon Shapes
    2. Transparency of Objects ability to see through for easier viewing.
    3. 3D/2D conversion
    4. The ability to create multiple versions of same object centered around another object is a life saver.
    5. Add/Subtract between to objects to remove or merge objects.
    6. Grab points on objects showing colors (R,B,G) at the top matching the L,W,H. This best new thing.
    7. Face grab for pulling and stretching.
    8. Outputs Standards: DXF, STL

    Difficulties:
    1. Staying centered/focus on the objects I was working on as I was working. Zoom/pan was confusing.
    2. Splitting/Trim objects was difficult.
    3. Mirroring was difficult.
    4. Grouping almost pointless, I was continuously having to un-group / group objects to do even one simple edit also you can’t export STL any part grouped.
    5. Undo. Some cases after even one transition you loose your Undo or history. (merge,copy)
    6. Resizing. I put in a scale in some cases the object would resize but I couldn’t specify the size or undo after 2nd change.
    7. Face grab for pulling and stretching couldn’t be used in many instances I wanted a hole bigger it would only get smaller other times a shape wouldn’t work as I stretched it.
    8. Looking at objects directly face-on turned them white rather than the color they were.
    9. Twist feature was strange don’t understand what they intended this to be used for since non-intuitive.

    Missing: for my 3d Printer
    1. (Bolts/Screws) feature any screw feature.
    2. (Joints/Hinges) feature
    3. An air gap (space to join(joints/hinges/bolts/screws/doors).

    I think the joints were added in latest but doubtful it has air gap feature which everyone needs to slide two pieces together.

    Bugs:
    Also I was most aggravated when any copy of an object would loose my object dimensions and/or ability to set an object position on (X,Y,Z).
    Also if you tried to copy object with history, It had a little problems with Duplicating bugs, seems if you duplicate with history it start pushing stacks of objects in some cases even reappear much later after you actually deleted the object or group it would come back. Also I think some duplications,merges, resizing seemed bugged. Since I often lost my history. At some angles some objects would be clipped that should of been on the screen.

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