Any one have link to FREE really FREE, Software for Apple

Discussion in 'Software' started by Victory 1, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. Victory 1
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    Victory 1 New Member

    Help needed from you software gurus out there.

    Yes, I use Apple computers and I would like to know if there is a truly FREE hull design program out there.

    I have OS X 10.6.8 not the latest on Apple OS, but relatively new. I just need to electronically design a

    Hawaiian outrigger canoe hull, rather that drawing it out on paper.

    I plan to do the first hull foam by using the core construction method.

    Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. rwatson
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    rwatson Senior Member

    Free and Apple are not synonymous.
     
  3. kvsgkvng
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    kvsgkvng Senior Member

    In my opinion if you would like using Apple, you may want to download any of variety of virtual machines software, install it on Apple and then install Windows on that virtual machine. After that you have a slew of free software running on you shiny Apple.

    Here one of more polished and completely free virtual machine software:

    https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Screenshots
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VirtualBox

    I used this one and it works well, supported and has lots info on the net if you have troubles.
     
  4. pdwiley
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    pdwiley Senior Member

    Hmmm. That explains why, as a software developer, the only program I've paid for is M$ Office 2011 and that only because I needed to reverse-engineer some (hack spit) VBA code.

    And, to pre-empt the obvious counter, no, there is no unlicensed software on my computer.

    But then I am an unreconstructed unix person and actually know how to use shells and CLI driven software.

    However I don't know offhand of a free CAD package that's any good. Here I'd install a virtual machine, a copy of Windows and whatever package needed.

    PDW
     
  5. Leo Lazauskas
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    Leo Lazauskas Senior Member

    But if you must buy Windows, don't you have to add that to the cost of the
    CAD program? That means it's not "FREE really FREE", which is what the OP
    wanted.
     
  6. daiquiri
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    daiquiri Engineering and Design

    LOL! :D Yes, it is somewhat funny to see someone buy a PC from possibly the priciest brand around, and then want to install a free software on it. :D

    Hey Victory, sorry for this little making fun of your request. Consider it a kind of "welcome to BD.net!" greeting. ;)

    Cheers
     
  7. daiquiri
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    daiquiri Engineering and Design

    victory1,

    Regarding your question, I have no clue. I am just a poor Windows PC user. Considering the Apple's snobbish software policies, I would be surprised to see there is a similar freeware around.

    What you can do is, imo, one of following solutions:

    1) Install a Windows emulator (like Wineskin: http://wineskin.urgesoftware.com/ti...on Mac OS X without needing Microsoft Windows) and use a freeware hull design software for Windows, like Freeship: http://www.hydronship.net/index.php?lang=en), or
    2) create a virtual Windows ambient with VM VirtualBox: https://www.virtualbox.org/ and run the Freeship in that ambient, or
    3) spend some $500 for a medium-to-decent Windows PC and use it for hull design. It is still less than a cost of many CAd software, and will allow you to use countless other freeware software for Win PC.

    Hope it helps. :)

    Cheers
     
  8. Victory 1
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    Victory 1 New Member

    Thanks everyone,

    I may just buy a MS OS based computer just for design ideas.

    I will also look into the virtual ideas too.
     
  9. Humberto
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    Humberto Junior Member

    Well, you may want to try jSDN. There is a Mac version, and you only need the free version. Check

    Http://www.jsdn.es

    Best,
     
  10. quequen
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    quequen Senior Member

    Gerris CFD is free (GPL licence) and works in OSX 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8 (even though it is Unix, Ubuntu native).
    Time domain Navier Stokes equations, free 3D surface effects, and more.
    Unfortunately, I don't have a Mac nor a Unix machine, perhaps someone could compile a binary version for Windows from the source code.

    http://gfs.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
    http://gfs.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Mac_OSX_Installation

    Example animation:
    http://gerris.dalembert.upmc.fr/gerris/examples/examples/ship/closeup.mpg

    [​IMG]
     
  11. El_Guero

    El_Guero Previous Member

    http://librecad.org/cms/home.html
     
  12. mselle
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    mselle Transportation Designer

    Autocad Alias Surface 2014

    Its a very powerfull CAD Software which is used by virtually all car manufacturers in the world. Except of some volumetric measurings (displacement) its use is not intented for boatbuilding. The trial is free for 30 days or if you are a mentor, like me, its free for unlimited time. Don't use it commercially!

    Mac rules! :)
     

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