Link Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:15 pm Post subject:
I've always sight lines with a simple 2D drawing app like Illustrator because I've know it since the beginning of time and it takes me like 10 minutes to sketch something up in plan and elevation separately. There's an open source alternative called Inkscape that might also work well.
For 3D, I love SketchUp, and I've been using it for years. The free version is more than adequate, whatever time you spend learning the basics enough to figure your angles, you can use on future projects. I've used SketchUp to design everything from the theater to a deck, furniture, and a custom handrail I built in my last house.
No comment on Visio. I don't use it and never have. I know it's powerful, but it always looked like a giant pain in the ass to me. I also don't like time-limited trials since I'd no doubt put it aside, then not got back to it until after the trial expired.
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