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    Seeking design program with real world scaling

    Hello, I apologize for my noob style question.
    I am seeking a design program that is not too difficult to pick up. That also has real world scaling, such as inches and centimeters etc.
    I intend to use it for garden design, it does not matter if it was designed for that purpose.
    I have no cad experience so something with plenty of tutorials, or that is not to complex to use would suffice.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, I do not like to use wine or pay for things as for now I am poor.
    Thanks

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    Re: Seeking design program with real world scaling

    Are you looking for 2D drawing program or 3D?

    I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT A QUANTAL QUETZAL IS...BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE PRETZEL AND I LIKE PRETZEL

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    Re: Seeking design program with real world scaling

    I have Sketchup running in a virtual install of Windows XP. It does real world dimensions, metric or imperial.
    I think it used to run in wine but you say that you don't want it, it's a shame because Sketchup would be ideal for garden design.
    Last edited by coldraven; November 13th, 2012 at 03:03 PM. Reason: Typo

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    Re: Seeking design program with real world scaling

    You can run Google Sketchup in Wine and it's working 100%. I have tested it and everything works out of the box.

    However if you are looking for 2D drawing program I would go with Draft Sight which is free and very similar to AutoCad.

    Regards.
    Last edited by GreatDanton; November 18th, 2012 at 06:04 PM.

    I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT A QUANTAL QUETZAL IS...BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE PRETZEL AND I LIKE PRETZEL

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    Re: Seeking design program with real world scaling

    Well I will look at sketchup, I have just installed wine for something else.
    I am having some teething problems though, I may come back to this thread soon. Thankyou for your replies

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    Re: Seeking design program with real world scaling

    Re: Sketchup
    If you go to the 3D warehouse you can see many examples like this one:
    http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehou...2a&prevstart=0
    Click on the 3D button and you can rotate the image.

    Try out the tutorials - start by downloading the model from here:
    http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehou...74&prevstart=0

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    Re: Seeking design program with real world scaling

    I tried installing sketchup under wine.
    It came up with an error saying I require at least windows service pack two, where would I find this, or is it wiser to open another newbie thread as its more wine specific?

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    Re: Seeking design program with real world scaling

    Why not just use inkscape?

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    Re: Seeking design program with real world scaling

    When my only tool is Gimp, all my problems look like bitmap images...

    So, I once did the floor map of an apartment in Gimp, with layers for all the furniture, and used the required print definition so that I could measure things directly on the picture (Gimp gave me cm which I converted to meters...).

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    Re: Seeking design program with real world scaling

    Quote Originally Posted by Hylas de Niall View Post
    Why not just use inkscape?
    Seconded. Inkscape is hands down the best vector graphics program for Linux. IIRC, it has real-world measurements, too.

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