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Autosketch 9 - Draw your dreams

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08.03.2008 (09.03.2008)

Advantages:
Helpful Auto wizard, wide range of tools, easy to get started

Disadvantages:
Difficult to create masterpieces, requires a lot of practise

Recommendable Yes:

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Instructions / Help

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ReliabilityGood

Range of extra features / functionsExcellent

Manufacturer SupportGood

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This CAD (Computer Aided Design) software package provides you with a complete set of CAD tools for creating great looking drawings. To begin with you are quickly taken through a set of very important tutorials, which get you started on the CAD journey. The interface is much like the one found on Microsoft's Windows XP, giving you a familiar environment in which to work your beginner's magic. (If you are already familiar with the Windows XP interface), if not you will have no trouble in getting used to the interface, as it is a simple yet sophisticated interface and is very user-friendly.

Content libraries on the AutoSketch 9 package like the well known ClipArt feature on most of Microsoft's Office applications, will provide you with the simple option of dragging and dropping the existing animations, text etc in the libraries. Thus making your CAD experience just a little bit simpler. The content libraries hold pre-drawn pictures and text which come in a DWG format, which ultimately means that you can seamlessly create and share industry standard drawings from the moment you get started. The DWG ("drawing") format is used for storing two and three dimensional design data and metadata (data about data).

AutoSketch 9 was a software package initially created for professionals in occupations such as architecture, engineering, contracting, illustrating and designing. Now, at the present time with the increasing popularity and demand of hands-on computer applications (like AutoSketch 9), more and more average consumers are involuntarily being transformed in to pure hobbyists of such programs. Not that there is anything wrong in having a hobby for using applications as a means of entertainment and to make use of spare time. Also it's programs like these which increase the creativity and imagination of eager students who want to go into occupations such as architecture, engineering and even illustrating.

The AutoSketch 9 software package has a quick start-up time making it very effective in what it does. You get a great range of features to help you on your way to becoming a master in whatever you decide upon doing. Whether it be drawing a building or a bathroom, AutoSketch 9 will provide you with the essential tools required to make your personal project look both outstanding and appealing to the eye.

Now, moving onto the range of features provided with the package. The Application Wizard provides you with a number of drawing types, to get you started on the right path. With the many types of objects you can possibly draw e.g. buildings, office layouts, or even mechanical parts, the Application wizard configures the drawing environment by setting drawing scale, units, and tool bars. In some cases it even starts the drawing. Giving you the basic foundations to get you started on your task.

You get a customizable environment in which to work in, giving you the opportunity to 1. Open as many windows as you want. 2. To customize your virtual workspace by turning on additional tool bars and creating your very own personal tool bars, giving you the option to prioritize tools in order for optimum efficiency. 3. To "dock" or "float" the tool bars, giving you the ability to resize the tool bars when in "float" mode. 4. To customize the grids in order to configure the drawing space to the drawing task. And finally 5. To create geometry by snapping to the user-defined construction guides. (You can turn the guides off and on to build on existing work).

The powerful drawing tools include Drawing and Editing tools. Which allow you to select, move and copy any given area of any given drawing. The Auto Array tool equally spaces a number of symbols or objects in a selected set. This basically means that if you have a number of symbols or objects which are just lying there in a random arrangement, you can use the Auto Array tool to put them in a systematic and more professional looking formation. Giving the selection a more professional look. Lastly the 3D-effect tool with the introduction of its name obviously gives a drawing a 3D-effect.

This software package was designed to integrate with the Window's XP user interface. A very minimal 300 Mhz of processing power is required to run the software. 128 MB of ram, 180 MB of free disk space (memory on your Hard-disk drive) and a reasonably sized screen (preferably a 800x600 VGA display) is required. Which means that this software will run on virtually any computer that has Windows XP as its OS (Operating System). Note! A CD-ROM drive is also required in order to install the software.

Overall I think that this software is brilliant for consumers who have an interest in CAD (computer aided design), existing consumers who are involved in occupations which involve CAD and students who in the future would want to have jobs in occupations which involve a lot of design on CAD programs. I would recommend this software package to potential buyers as it can prove to be very helpful in the future. Prices range from £168-£209. But if you look around a bit you might find better deals from lesser known companies, who may provide this software for a lower price. !Only buy from lesser known services and online shops if they give you the option of paying via Pay Pal.

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Expired-Account 16.04.2008 20:54

Not for me, but a well rounded review, very helpful

MALDIVEDIVER 30.03.2008 12:21

A great review- written in 'lay' mans terms so easy to understand. I was well into this programme until I read the price of it. I will have to shop around a bit- Cheers Mary

techno_man_37 08.03.2008 23:27

great review dont think id ever use it tho

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AutoSketch software provides a complete set of CAD tools for creating professional-quality precision drawings. Two-...

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MPN 00309-091408-9000, 00309-051408-9000
Category Creativity application
Subcategory Creativity - CAD

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Licence Type Complete package
Licence Qty 1 user
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