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    Are there any good "CAD" Computer Aid Design apps for Ipad which supports plan drawing? If so which would you suggest?
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    I still haven't found any I'm completely happy with. I've been hoping for one to do good as built plans so I can quit carrying my netbook to enter them. Nothing as of yet, though.

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    The App Store shows an online system from AutoDesk which says you can open files locally AFTER you have uploaded them to a free online account. I would assume you have to have a valid AutoCAD license to register. There is also something called iDesign that looks interesting. Anyone tried that?

    Back in the day a CAD desktop might have 4 megabytes of RAM, and people were able to do actual work on such a machine, but that was when the average PC had less than 1 megabyte (640k) of RAM.

    According to the iPadGuide website:
    All models of the first generation iPad have 256 MB of RAM (random access memory). This is the same amount of memory found in the iPhone 3GS.

    The RAM inside of the iPad is not removable or upgradeable. Apple has increased the amount of RAM in the iPhone 4 to 512 MB.

    So other than the fact that todays CAD files tend to be pretty large and for decent performance you want to load the whole file into memory the only limiting factor would seem to be the market for such a thing.

    I connected via Jump Desktop to a terminal server at work and loaded AutoCAD 2009 in that session and it loads fine, but I can't imagine doing any real work on a 1024x768 screen.
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    For what it's worth, I was running AutoCAD 2008 full version here at home before I got out of the industry a couple months ago and my computer has a dual core 1.9Ghz processor and 2G of RAM and it still lagged in certain areas while drawing. Especially bad were the larger files. I don't see any way an iPad could handle it at all.

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    The body of the message should read:
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    Quote Originally Posted by chowdown View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jkhonea View Post
    I still haven't found any I'm completely happy with.
    This is something you hear over and over from people trying to use the iPad for tasks it was never intended to perform.

    Those people are like a woman who likes a man 75% and thinks she will be able to change him after she marries him.
    Why don't you come back to this conversation when you're done speaking out of your butt. You don't know or understand the minor extent of the program or app I am proposing. But please, tell me everything I don't know. At no point did I say a full CAD suite for the iPad. I'm quite aware that won't work, thank you. What I said, when you catch up on comphension, is an app to do simple as built drawings that can be dimensioned. If you took the time to actually look at what is available instead of running your mouth, you would see there are several CAD apps that are very close to doing what I am talking about and already dimension. This would actually be simpler than those apps. But I guess you already knew that, too, didn't you?

    The reason the app as I described hasn't been done is because there are very few CAD programs that work in the style I am referring to. Beyond that, it's only the younger architects that are starting to embrace computers and technology. Many older architects still resist it at every chance, so many developers are leery of designing narrow focus apps that may not make a lot of money.

    And by the way, my degree is a masters in information technology focusing on technology project management. I am quite aware of the capabilities of the iPad. As I am with the Mac, Windows, Android.

    But please, revel me agin with your vast knowledge of what I don't know about technological capabilities and limitations of hardware. I wait on baited breath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbelt View Post
    Are there any good "CAD" Computer Aid Design apps for Ipad which supports plan drawing? If so which would you suggest?
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    Have you tried the CADTouch r3 -it is fairly basic but you should check it out...

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    Thanks however the ratings and reviews for both applications are poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkhonea View Post
    Beyond that, it's only the younger architects that are starting to embrace computers and technology. Many older architects still resist it at every chance, so many developers are leery of designing narrow focus apps that may not make a lot of money.
    I have grown to despise all architects over the years, and it's one of the reasons I've decided to get out of that industry and on a new career path. The older ones are too set in their ways to accept change and the newer ones can't draw worth a crap. I've seen so many rookie, first year drafting school mistakes in the drawing I've dealt with in recent years it's ridiculous. I've often found myself wondering how these guys even get permits to build. Of course, it would help if the permit office would actually take the time to look through the drawings, but that's a different story.

    The more I think about it though, the iPad would be a wonderful tool for showing off drawings and updating them on the job site. Unfortunately, as I mentioned before, the processor is way underpowered and the RAM is completely insufficient. If the iPad came with desktop hardware specs and a 17" screen size (or even 15") I believe a lot of architects and designers would embrace it. But even if you could make an app, the drawings themselves that are created on a computer are quite often monstrous in size. Mine basic drawings ranged from 3-5MB and my more complicated ones often ranged from 20-50MB in size. Imagine pulling one of those babies up on an iPad in its current configuration.

    I can see its usefulness with the current choice of apps though, but it seems to me like it would be limited to very basic drawings with very basic dimensions that would border on useless. For a quick field sketch of a room addition on a floor plan it would be wonderful, especially if there was a way to send that back to the office while you're in the field where it can be imported into a master CAD drawing and automatically converted into a line drawing for you.

    I'd stick to a laptop for any CAD applications where you need any real meat.

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    I have been supplying Mac solutions for Archicad users in Queensland Australia since 1990 I would not be surprised if GRAPHISOFT will come up with an app to integrate with Archicad maybe for presentations. I agree with the above comments about lack of ram etc however in saying that maybe basic 2d drawing apps may come along after ipad2 is released
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