I just downloaded BioDesign and gave it a try. My first impression is that it is extremely difficult to get started with. Iím impressed by the sample drawings that are included, but I really have respect for whoever created them. I canít seem to even create a surface after 30 minutes. And I find it difficult to ďvisualizeĒ the samples. Of course since it is a free version downloaded, I donít expect the author to spend the time necessary to make it accessible to beginners, so Iím not saying anything against the program, just that itís not something you can jump into.
I also downloaded Gregg Carlsonís Chine Hull Designer, and found this program very
easy to get started with. Of course I understand there are some projects that will go beyond the limits of what can be done in Hull Designer, but for what it does, it is very intuitive to use. I felt like I could start designing a small boat within a few minutes of installing the program.
Now to give the others a try
I should say that I sincerely appreciate the people who make these programs available. Everyone works differently and different projects take different tools, so it's good to have options available for those without big budgets.