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My grampa needs a free program for floor plans and doing room layouts and the likes (and be able to print them of course), nothing fancy. Anyone know a good one? Needs to be able to run on Windows XP.
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Google SketchUp?
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Google SketchUp?
Isn't that for 3D modelling though?
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Pencil and paper. Honestly, it's not that hard. You can buy a scale at officemax/staples/whatever for $5.

If one is unable to do that, to be frank, autocad or any 'free' versions thereof aren't going to just do it for you.
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Pencil and paper. Honestly, it's not that hard. You can buy a scale at officemax/staples/whatever for $5.

If one is unable to do that, to be frank, autocad or any 'free' versions thereof aren't going to just do it for you.
Oh of course, it never occurred to us that he could tools that he's used his entire life, having spent most of his life in the construction industry! That's brilliant!

...he'd really like to use a computer for this one.
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You could try this... http://www.sweethome3d.com/index.jsp

Came from this link with a few others... http://www.freebyte.com/cad/cad.htm#...ecturalsystems
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Oh of course, it never occurred to us that he could tools that he's used his entire life, having spent most of his life in the construction industry! That's brilliant!

...he'd really like to use a computer for this one.
In that case, as previously stated, sketch up. It's free, and readily accessible to anyone with interwebs. Aside from that, just about anything you can think of for 'drawing' on the computer will do just fine, if you must stick with free that is.

Generally, someone who's been a career drafter/architect/eng./whatever, even if they never used cad, would not need to ask such a question.

Anyway, depends what his reasons are for wanting to do this. If he's just wanting to mess around w/ something that's fine. But tbqh, if he's wanting to start actually drafting w/ cad, he needs to just buck up and buy a copy of autocad. Screwing around w/ free this - free that will just be a waste of time & effort if that's the case. I've seen a lot of old school manual guys try to switch over, and trust me, trying to learn on an app. that's totally irrelevant to what's actually used in the workforce will only compound any difficulties he might have & be a total waste of time.
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Generally, someone who's been a career drafter/architect/eng./whatever, even if they never used cad, would not need to ask such a question.
Well he's a builder. He doesn't need "proper" commercial drafting program, right now all he needs to do is make a floor plan for an extension he's building. A simple drawing program that does a grid with measurements (that you can also print out) would probably suffice. I didn't get to ask him why exactly he wanted to use a computer, but he's not stupid (and isn't suffering from his age at all), so I'm assuming that he's got a fairly good reason.

Anyway, I'll get him to try sketch-up and see how it goes.
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