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Discussion in 'General Computing' started by Bill PKS, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. Bill PKS
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    Bill PKS Junior Member

    What's the latest scuttlebutt on Mac OSX design programs?

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    http://community.irhino3d.com/ is interesting:
     
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    Thanks,
    But of Course, and as is usually my luck ,, I use 10.4.
    In other THreads I see that FREEship seems to be the SW
    of most folks on Boat Design Net.
    I have heard there are some programs that allow running
    some Windows or Lunix based SW on a Mac.
    Do you have any knowledge of that.
    Thanks
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  4. ludesign
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    ludesign Senior Member

    TouchCAD is not a freeware, but it runs natively on both Mac OSX 10.3-10.6 (it is also Universal Binary so it runs on PPC and Intel Macs), as well as on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

    http://www.touchcad.com

    If you like to see a presentation of what it can do, I suggest that you have a look at the 20 minute movie called "Why TouchCAD for Marine Design", found here: http://www.touchcad.com/tc3trainMarin.html

    Some examples of boats being 100% modeled in TouchCAD. Some images where rendered externally.
     

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  5. Bill PKS
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    ludesign,

    From a quick look, it looks good.

    There appears to be some relation to Vectorworks.
    I have Vectorworks for A&E work, but never could use it.
    Since I have never been able to see thru a 2x4, I like to design to the face of framing rather than CL, and Vectorworks would always snap back to CL.
    I would expect it would be simpler (from a construction standpoint ) to construct a one-off boat the same way>>> Design to Face of Framing , and then specify a finish thickness ( which would be necessary for Hyrdo Calcs.)

    I'll look carefully at TOUCH Cad.
    Thanks
    Bill PKS
     

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    ludesign Senior Member

    There is no special relationship or connection to Vectorworks, and TouchCAD is a completely stand alone program. Vectorworks is however by far the biggest player on the general CAD scene for the Mac. I think nearly half of the some 500,000 users are on Mac. Vectorworks is a really good program, based on Siemens Parasolids 3D engine, but like most stock CAD programs, it is not particularly well suited for hull fairing and boat design.
     
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