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    Layout software

    Hi my name is umar isma,il, I want to know the latest software for designing layout and other easiest ways of designing layouts and simple site plans

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    Anyone using Google Sketchup?

    I have the same question. Specifically, is anyone using Google Sketchup in conjunction with Google Earth?

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    For an accurate site layout use a survey base map and do everything in autocad or some other cad type program.
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    Hi please i want some to help me on the fastest way to design a layout.

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    Do you mean a site plan?

    I would recommend Sketchup or Illustrator.
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    Sketchup is for drawing cartoon site plans. It doesn't have the technical weight to do site planning where something is actually going to be built. Autocad is the universal industry standard and the only program that is considered acceptable among the various design disciplines.

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    Interesting to hear that as it was the recommended software for this:
    http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/cplan/resou...evelopment.pdf

    (scroll down to page 4 of document)

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    Quote Originally posted by smccutchan1 View post
    Sketchup is for drawing cartoon site plans. It doesn't have the technical weight to do site planning where something is actually going to be built. Autocad is the universal industry standard and the only program that is considered acceptable among the various design disciplines.
    True, but the original poster asked for an easy program. I agree AutoCAD is the industry standard, but it took me a good 1 1/2 years to really understand how to use it efficiently. If you are not dimensioning or need to worry about lineweights, Illustrator is also easy to understand, although it's much harder to edit curves and arcs. I disagree that Sketchup is used for "cartoon" site plans. Do you mean non-photorealistic? Lineweights can easily be adjusted with Layout or any number of plugins or rendering programs. It is a great tool for quickly setting up isometric drawings and rendering (by hand or another program).

    Revit is also easy to use. You can lay down a wall with lineweights, insert doors and windows with your mouse, although Revit doesn't have the same 3D orbiting technology or push/pull features like Sketchup. I found Revit to be more useful when drawing conceptual floorplans and elevations on the fly. It's a great tool for creating architectural pattern books. I imagine Revit could be used for simple site design as well, provided you don't have to worry about site grading.
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