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Apr 30, 2002, 07:57 AM
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Model Cad Anyone??

Anyone out there have and use ModelCad-any version? Looking to possibly buy it but would like to make sure it is stable and operates well over Win-98 platforms. I have some plans and ideas for projects, and a program like this would make my life easier and plans stage move quicker. Any info appreciated. D.M.
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Apr 30, 2002, 08:50 AM
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Before you purchase ModelCAD you may want to download a free copy of PowerCAD LT+ at and obtain a free Product Key with just a simple e-mail. The web site autmated task appears to be broken, but they'll send you one via e-mail too. Just browse the FAQ for how to obtain a product key for users behind a firewall and that will provide a form and address to mail your request.

It's a commercial CAD program, not shareware, or freeware (with the associated bugs) and is free to the first 1 million customers. I have a copy myself.

Apr 30, 2002, 09:47 AM
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I've used DesignCAD in various forms for years - it used to pop up in geek mags for around $99.00 and is a very capable program. My one dabble with ModelCAD showed it to be a dismal sawn-off version and definitely not worth the price.

If you can pick up a freeby CAD program - what Arther suggests sounds a good deal - you'd be better off than with MCAD. If you're a dabbler, the first cheapo program you find and learn will do you. I happened to buy a cheap and early DesignCAD years ago, learned it easily, and then never managed to get the hang of other cheapy or freeby programs that others swear by!

The first DCAD release for Windows was utter garbage, very unstable and some commands never worked - so watch out for bargain out of date programs. If it looks too good to be true - it probably is.
Apr 30, 2002, 02:51 PM
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I have no ideal just how well this will work, but I have just finished loading a dfx plan into it. Looked pretty good. You're experience may differ. Nonetheless, it's a freebee for both Windows and Unix/Linux platforms. You can check it out here.

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