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#1 Hugh Walter


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Posted 11 September 2020 - 12:22 AM

Hi, I've just downloaded NanoCAD as what I hope is the free version (I'm unemployed and a bit skint!), but invented a company because they asked me for one!

I was trained on Autodesk AutoCAD to level3-3D on AutoCAD 7, 11 & 12, with a quick look at 2013. Got the certificates, and showed some promise in 3D (very pleased with my Dalek!), but haven't really used it since 2013.

I probably won't start playing with NanoCAD until tomorrow (it's now 01:00hrs here), but would really appreciate any hints and tips from those who may have similar histories and experiences on the similarities and or pitfalls between the two software programs?

I notice I seem to have downloaded a .dwg version, so am assuming I'll be able to use or open and edit my old collage work and fun stuff, and intend to use Nano' to produce 2D logo-graphics of old companies for my Blogs, although I will play with other things!

Anyway, if anything strikes you as something I might benefit from hearing, please . . . your hints and tips!

I'll try to work through the other forum posts over the next few days and will hopefully pick some stuff up there too.


#2 pguimber

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Posted 11 September 2020 - 06:46 AM

Hello and welcome
Nanocad 5 = Autocad LT (ACLT)
So don't change your habits and you will be fine.

Some minor limitations compared to ACLT (I work with ACLT 13) but nothing problematic.
In 3D same variable (ucsfollow) and limits (3dface, line, polylines).

I recommend working with keyboard shortcuts to stay similar in workflow with ACLT.
For easier 3D, use Sketchup Make v17 + PconPlanner (free) to be able to transform the files (skp <=> dwg) and with SHAPE from Bricscad (free) for 3D type AC Full.

Voili voilĂ  ! (in french)


#3 Hugh Walter


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Posted 20 September 2020 - 11:51 PM

Thanks Patrick, I've not used ACLT, but with no horrors highlighted, i suspect I'll get the hang of it!

As it happens I've only opened it once and had a quick play (taking advantage of this Indian Summer to get the garden sorted!), but it all seems pretty familiar, although I will find a few tutorials to help with the odd thing.


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