Best Free or Low Cost Marine Design Software? (2008-2010)

Discussion in 'Software' started by Admin, Apr 8, 2008.

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Which free or low cost hull modeling program(s) do you use?

  1. Bearboat

    3 vote(s)
    1.7%
  2. BioDesign

    1 vote(s)
    0.6%
  3. BoatExpress

    4 vote(s)
    2.3%
  4. Carene

    1 vote(s)
    0.6%
  5. Carlson Design Hull Designer

    5 vote(s)
    2.9%
  6. Free!Ship

    58 vote(s)
    33.5%
  7. Free!Ship Plus

    40 vote(s)
    23.1%
  8. DELFTship free

    29 vote(s)
    16.8%
  9. HullCAO

    2 vote(s)
    1.2%
  10. Hull Form Free Version

    3 vote(s)
    1.7%
  11. PolyCAD

    3 vote(s)
    1.7%
  12. jSDN

    4 vote(s)
    2.3%
  13. Other (please post below)

    20 vote(s)
    11.6%
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  1. marshmat
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    marshmat Senior Member

    Good and useful trick, NoEyeDeer; I do the same thing on occasion. One change I'd suggest: Drawings of any kind shouldn't be saved as JPEGs. The JPEG algorithm is designed for continuous tone photographs and renderings, and tends to create ugly image artifacts near lines and in regions of solid colour. On drawings with lines and regions of solid colour, PNG images compress better and with much less damage to the picture.
     
  2. marshmat
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    marshmat Senior Member

    Perhaps it'll come... my impression of Martijn's modus operandi is that he won't include anything in his commercial code until he's thoroughly validated it for a broad range of possible cases. Now that Delftship's aimed pretty up-market, the consequences of a hard-to-catch bug could be ugly, so I wouldn't be surprised if he's treading carefully rather than cramming in every resistance method he can find.
     

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