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 Post subject: Design software
PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:23 pm 
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Hey guys
What do y’all use for design software? I’m looking for something to help me print out templates for peg heads / heel covers and such.
Don’t really need a cad ... just something vector based with nodes I can pull and stretch and such:)
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 Post subject: Re: Design software
PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:45 pm 
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PC or Mac?


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 Post subject: Re: Design software
PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:19 pm 
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Barry Daniels wrote:
PC or Mac?

Either ..
desktop pc
Laptop mac


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 Post subject: Re: Design software
PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:44 pm 
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I use a mac program called EazyDraw. It seems to be pretty good and the price is right.



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 Post subject: Re: Design software
PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:25 am 
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For vector based drawings Inkscape is most people’s go to. It is free, about as full featured as Illustrator, and works with Mac/Widows/Linux.

Oh... did I mention it’s free?


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 Post subject: Design software
PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:44 pm 
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I’ve been using a program called Autodesk Graphic for a few years now. It’s vector-based and more intuitive for me than Illustrator (which I also use for other things, FWIW)


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 Post subject: Re: Design software
PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:02 am 
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I’ve been using McNeel’s Rhinoceros for 20 years. It’s a 3-d design program, so probably more robust than you need, but it’s an amazing program. It’s not cheap, but you can download a fully-functional trial version and you get 30 saves to get your feet wet. Years ago, after I left academia and my old version no longer worked on my new computers, I downloaded the trial versions on three different computers (using three different emails), and got 90 saves. That lasted me a long time as many drawings were one-offs and I’d just print it out then not save. Eventually I switched to Mac, so when they finally came out with a Mac version, I bit the bullet and paid the $500.


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 Post subject: Re: Design software
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rlrhett wrote:
For vector based drawings Inkscape is most people’s go to. It is free, about as full featured as Illustrator, and works with Mac/Widows/Linux.

Oh... did I mention it’s free?

Yep, Inkscape is great. It does take some fiddling around to learn all the path editing functions though. Try clicking and click-dragging on nodes, handles, and lines while holding Ctrl, Alt, or Shift until you figure out what each one does.

But most of the time I just use a pencil and paper, and scissors/x-acto knife to cut out templates.


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 Post subject: Re: Design software
PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:10 pm 
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Jay De Rocher did a presentation on G-Thang at one of our local luthier group meetings a while back. I was pretty impressed with its capabilities and the price is right. I personally use Highdesign, Rhino for Mac, and Vcarve for my needs.

Whoops.. Here's the link:https://www.liutaiomottola.com/formulae/gthang.htm


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