Cabinet Software and Drafting Software A young shop owner wonders how to step up from a cabinet software package to a full-fledged drafting program, mostly in order to be able to modify architects' drawings. A long, informative discussion ensues about the relationship between drafting programs and cabinetmaking CNC software, and the rela ......
Is It Worth Learning CAD? This isn't one of those "which cabinet drawing app is best?" threads. This is a discussion of the difficulty of learning AutoCad, versus the relative ease of use but lesser flexibility of the cabinet-specific alternatives. June 4, 2012
Layout Printing Bottleneck Printing multiple layouts can choke a computer and plotter's capacity. Here, CAD users suggest workarounds involving the batch plot utility, lisp programming, and other sly tricks. May 16, 2005
CAD Precision Snafu A furnituremaker describes how a little imprecision in drawing corrections messed up his dimensions. (News flash — kids these days can fix your foul-ups. Film at 11.) April 19, 2011
Running eCabinets on a Mac A Mac can run eCabinets software within a virtual Windows machine, with the occasional hiccup. July 25, 2010
Scrubbing "Fingerprints" from a CAD File Once a "fingerprint" watermark finds its way into your CAD file folder, lots of drawings may get infected by the stamp. Here's help deleting that mess from your situation. February 19, 2011
Ghosts in the Machine Mysterious leftover objects created by text masking can stick around and contaminate CAD template files. May 16, 2005
Creating Submittal Drawings with Cabinet Vision This thread teaches about how to use Cabinet Vision to generate detailed submittal drawings, and includes a lively and somewhat contentious side debate concerning the appropriate format and level of detail for various business circumstances, with some comments about decorum. December 31, 2012
Computer Tweaks to Boost CAD Performance CAD puts heavy demands on a PC's processor, memory, display, and storage devices. Here are recommendations for hardware add-ons and software settings that can help keep your computer from bogging down. March 21, 2006
Ergonomics and Wrist Discomfort An advanced, ergonomic mouse and trackball might help relieve wrist pain, but other workspace tweaks may also be priorities. September 24, 2006
Finding Software for Design and Visualization It's hard to find one application that will quickly create design visualizations for a customer during a sales meeting, but also generate good designs suitable for construction in the shop. This thread offers some insight into software capabilities and some nice example drawings. December 28, 2010 ......
Outsourcing Drafting Work Contracting outside your company for CAD drawings creates a management challenge. Here's a discussion of how to handle the complications. December 14, 2009