drawing software?

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drawing software?

Postby gavin » Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:58 am

I have some ideas to share about bowl-lathe design & dimensions. :)

I don't have a CAD program, and I do have Word.

What SPECIFIC suggestions have folk for how I can make simple drawings (with dimensions) using Word or some other commonly-available Microsoft program?
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Postby HughSpencer » Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:10 pm

Why are you tying your hands behind your back?
Go to Sourceforge and look for a drawing package that sounds like it will do what you want and download it. Its Free!
Start with Inkscape as it seems quite popular.
If you want to get into leaflet design take a look at Scribus.

If you are submitting stuff for printing you will need to save the output to a suitable format. N.B. JPEG is not a good choice for line drawings as it can't encode sharp transitions well. BMP is better as it is a literal encoding of the dots on the screen. Use winzip to compress BMP for transmission. Zipping JPEG is a waste of time it won't shrink the file size.
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