I absolutely love Visio and have been using it for about 25 years. Itís a drawing / drafting program but I might hesitate to call it CAD, and though I tried AutoCAD some time back, it wasnít intuitive to me. I spend hours with Visio working out every detail of what Iím going to build, it has layering, color, gradations, patterns; you can add dimensions and predefined shapes and templates, but it doesnít really do anything for you. Thereís no real 3D, it doesnít build cut lists, but it makes damn good drawings.
I can show my wife exactly what something will look like when itís done, and I only half joke that I know when Iím done with a project when it looks like the drawing (I actually designed our house with it ... and it looks like the drawing
). With my latest project ďLa CredenzaĒ I made something well beyond my skills, but having the drawings and pictures of all the detail required was there to aid me along the way. I could always check a dimension or location, and if I hit a snag (canít think of everything), I can sit down and work it out.
However I had a career in IT and Iím very comfortable at a computer, I enjoy making the drawings as much as any part of the project (and much more than some). I used Visio at work to design computer networks and it helped me convince my mangers to give me the budgets I needed for hardware and software every year. I build things because I need them and want them to be a certain way, my brain needs the detail of a drawing for me to make it right, maybe itís a handicap. Anyway I have friends who scribble on a board and make something beautiful, and some in between, no right or wrong just how we are.
You can see a lot of my Visio drawings in The Credenza thread, itís actually in use now but the project continues, I need to post some updates. Hereís the final drawing of the entire wall the Credenza sits on, I know Iím not done because the shelf above isnít there yetónor will it have that Ďobject de artí dodad, some things I let my wife have a hand in. https://www.routerforums.com/show-n-...-credenza.html