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AutoCAD Freestyle [Old Version]

Platform : Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
3.7 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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  • AutoCAD Freestyle is easy-to-use, low-cost 2D drawing software ideal for creating plans and layouts.
  • An intuitive user interface, straightforward icons, and integrated and online learning tools make AutoCAD Freestyle easy to use.
  • Start designing right away with a library of pre-drawn, commonly used symbols, such as kitchen appliances, trees, and shrubs.
  • Easy-to-use tools let you draw and dimension accurate, detailed drawings, plans and layouts.
  • From remodeling plans and landscape design to electrical drawing and more, easily share your ideas with clients and colleagues.

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Product Description

Product Description

AutoCAD Freestyle is the simple design tool for smart ideas. It’s easy-to-use, low-cost 2D drawing software ideal for creating professional-looking drawings, layouts, and plans that you can share. No training required. It has a simple user interface, just the tools you need, and pre-drawn symbols to start drawing right away. Then you can share your drawings with nearly anyone, because AutoCAD Freestyle produces files in the same format used by AutoCAD, genuine DWG, in addition to high-quality PDF, DWF, JPEG, PNG, or BMP files for digital communication, archiving, and reuse.

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AutoCAD Freestyle is the simple design tool for smart ideas. It's easy-to-use, low-cost 2D drawing software ideal for creating professional-looking drawings, layouts, and plans that you can share. No training required. It has a simple user interface, just the tools you need, and pre-drawn symbols to start drawing right away. Then you can share your drawings with nearly anyone, because AutoCAD Freestyle produces files in the same format used by AutoCAD, genuine DWG, in addition to high-quality PDF, DWF, JPEG, PNG, or BMP files for digital communication, archiving, and reuse.

AutoCAD Freestyle

Easy-to-use, low-cost 2D drawing software ideal for creating professional-looking drawings, layouts, and plans that you can share. Click to enlarge.

AutoCAD Freestyle Save Dialog

Use AutoCAD Freestyle to deliver highly polished drawings to clients, architects, contractors, and other project partners.

AutoCAD Freestyle Drawing

Create accurate, detailed plans and layouts to scale with a simplified toolset for creating standard shapes, annotating your drawings, sketching, doodling, and inserting images and symbols.

AutoCAD Freestyle Layouts

Ideal for drawing garden and landscape designs, room addition and remodeling plans, electrical schematics, custom parts, and more.

AutoCAD Freestyle Libraries

Select from a library of pre-drawn, commonly used symbols, such as doors and windows.

The Simple Design Tool for Smart Ideas

Clearly Communicate Ideas
Use AutoCAD Freestyle to deliver highly polished drawings to clients, architects, contractors, and other project partners--it's better than a hand sketch any day. Share your drawings with nearly anyone, because AutoCAD Freestyle produces files in the same format used by AutoCAD: genuine DWG. You can also more efficiently create high-quality PDF, DWF, JPEG, PNG, or BMP files for digital communication, archiving, and reuse.

Get Started Quickly
It's exceptionally easy for people unfamiliar with CAD software to use AutoCAD Freestyle. Download it and start drawing right away--without any training. AutoCAD Freestyle has a simple user interface and just the tools you need to draw floor plans and layouts quickly and easily, all in one place. Check out the AutoCAD Freestyle community site to get productive faster, with support from video tutorials and user-submitted tips.

Leave No Room for Error
AutoCAD Freestyle lets you draw quickly without sacrificing quality. Create accurate, detailed plans and layouts to scale with a simplified toolset for creating standard shapes (lines, arc, circle rectangle), annotating your drawings (dimension, text, fills), sketching, doodling, and inserting images and symbols. The grid on your drawing surface helps you understand spatial dimensions, such as proportion and distance, to solve problems more easily. It's just like drawing on graph paper.

Don't Start from Scratch
When you use AutoCAD Freestyle, you don't have to reinvent the wheel. To save time, select from a library of pre-drawn, commonly used symbols--such as doors and windows--or insert and trace over a photograph. If you don't want to start from scratch, start with one of the sample drawings provided or download one from the AutoCAD Freestyle community site.

Built for You
AutoCAD Freestyle is ideal for drawing garden and landscape designs, room addition and remodeling plans, electrical schematics, custom parts, and more. Unlike other general drawing and office productivity software, AutoCAD Freestyle is purpose-built for creating plans and layouts. If you need simplified 2D drawing software you can use without training, AutoCAD Freestyle is for you.

Key Features

Simple User Interface
An intuitive user interface and straightforward icons make AutoCAD Freestyle easy to use.

No Training Required
Integrated and online learning tools teach you how to use AutoCAD Freestyle while you're drawing. The AutoCAD Freestyle community siteoffers additional resources to help you get productive faster, including video tutorials and user-submitted tips.

Real-World Dimensions
Create accurate, detailed drawings, plans, and layouts to scale.

Share Your Work
Print your design or share it digitally as a PDF, DWF, JPEG, PNG, or BMP file.

Only the Tools You Need
Start drawing right away with simple 2D drawing tools.

No Need to Start from Scratch
Insert a photograph and trace over it to communicate your design ideas.

Hundreds of Predrawn Symbols
Start designing right away with commonly used symbols, such as kitchen appliances, trees, and shrubs.

Create Files That CAD Professionals Use
Whether you want to view files created in AutoCAD software or share your ideas with CAD professionals, it's simple because AutoCAD Freestyle is AutoCAD compatible. It produces files in the same format used by AutoCAD--DWG--which is also one of the most widely used design formats.

Windows 7 Support
Use a touch-enabled device with support for Microsoft Windows 7 multi-touch functionality, including flicks.

What's New

Numeric Entry
Adjust the size of an object--line, rectangle, circle, or arc--by simply entering a measurement. It's much easier than dragging the object to an exact size.

Flip Objects
It's simpler to create symmetry. Make mirrored shapes by copying and then flipping objects vertically or horizontally.

Erase Using Windows Selection
Erase just a selected section of an object.

DWG Support
Open DWG files from AutoCAD software and other DWG-compatible applications.

Scale Multiple Objects
No more dragging individual objects of a complex drawing to adjust their size. Simply select all of the objects and drag to the desired size, or right-click on it and enter a percentage.

Predrawn Content
New symbols for trees, shrubs, stoves, and more help you draw faster than ever.

Rotation Grip
Gives you more control while rotating an object, and provides easier-to-read feedback.

DWG Roundtrip Mode Buttons
It's now easier to work with DWG files created in software other than AutoCAD Freestyle. New buttons allow you to toggle between the viewport mode and paper overlay mode so that you are always drawing to scale--even if your source DWG file is highly complex.


Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B003HCA7GA
  • Item model number: CZ0858
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 29, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,770 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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By WB Halper TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 24, 2010
Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Final Update - On February 1, 2011, I went to the Autodesk website to check for additional updates and found that FreeStyle had been withdrawn from sale. Customer support stopped April 1, 2011.

Update 10/7/2010 - The first product update was released a couple of weeks ago. The major change fixes the first item below...you can now create custom symbols and store them in the library. I'm still in the process of evaluating the release and will update this note after I've used it a bit more.

Original Review:
The designers of a package like AutoCAD FreeStyle face a classic challenge: It needs to be easy to use for a novice, with enough features to be useful, yet not so powerful that it will cannibalize sales of the high-end (and much more expensive) AutoCAD systems. After spending a couple of days using AutoCAD FreeStyle, I think the designers set the bar way too low. The interface is simple and easy to learn, but far too many features are missing for FreeStyle to be a competitive program. That's not to say that FreeStyle can't be used to produce usable drawings; it just could be much better if it included basic features that are in other systems. Let me go through some of the areas that stood out...

Symbol Library - A library is a collection of symbols that are created once and then used on multiple drawings. FreeStyle comes with a collection of prebuilt symbols that are sufficient to get started, however it's not a complete enough library for a lot of projects - when I attempted to draw my sprinkler system, I discovered that there are no sprinkler components listed. In most CAD systems, this problem is addressed by allowing the user to build custom symbols. Once they're added to the library, they can be repeatedly used in future drawings.
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For simple interior design projects, AutoCAD Freestyle is ideal. It's much more limited than a full 3D rendering program, but what it does it does well. Want to plan out a new living room lay-out or kitchen remodel? It's very easy to use this program to create floor plans and design layouts. It's also very easy to save projects and then tweak them to meet your needs. I've enjoyed using the program and found it to be intuitive and easy to use if not incredibly robust when it comes to features. If you're used to AutoCAD, you may not like this new 'light' version. It's similar to making the transition from CS5 down to Lightroom 2.5--there is plenty of similarity, but you'll find yourself looking for tools or options that just aren't there. For someone new to designing floor plans and the life, AutoCAD Freestyle is perfect. It makes getting a usable design as quick and painless as possible.

Is it worth the price? Unless you really enjoy using graphing paper and a straight edge, yes it's worth it, especially if you plan to do more than one design. It's a valuable tool for the do-it-yourself type, weather you're re-doing a bathroom or your backyard. Being able to save to .PDF files or .BMP files makes transforming your designs into 'digital blue-prints' easy--I sent mine to a printer to be produced on 11X17" paper and they turned out fantastic!
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AutoCAD Freestyle is a scaled-down consumer version of the much pricier AutoCAD program
that has become an industry standard for computer-based drafting. Freestyle produces files
in true DWG format, allowing one to easily share files with AutoCAD users. Files can also
be created in PDF, DWF, JPEG, PNG or BMP formats for plenty of flexibility. I ran AutoCAD
Freestyle on my Windows XP PC with no issues. There's no Mac capability on this version.

Freestyle is user-friendly; within a few minutes after installation, and without referring
to tutorials, I was creating drawings. By using the tutorials, tips & tricks and the Help
menu, most users will be able to create drawings to suit their needs. Along with the
standard toolbar, available windows include Symbol and Fill Libraries, Layers, My Settings
and the Help window. The AutoCAD Freestyle community site lets you download sample drawings
if you don't want to start from scratch.

AutoCAD Freestyle will be most useful to those in the construction, landscaping and
electrical trades. It produces documents that look far more professional than a simple
scrap-paper sketch. No special training is required, though it's obviously not for
people with little or no PC knowledge. At around $150.00, Freestyle is not exactly cheap
for consumer software, but it's FAR cheaper than standard AutoCAD, and it's likely that
many users won't need that version's deep capabilities. Freestyle emerges as a good
dollar value in its way.
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Here are the pluses:

1) It is intuitive. One can start it up and begin using it immediately even if one has never used a CAD program. The menus make sense and it is quite usable.

2) There are an awful lot prefab items that can be used. Instead of drawing in a sink with a bunch of curves, shapes and lines, one can simply insert any number of sink designs that are included with the software. This feature, of course, makes it very easy for the layman to redesign one's kitchen, living room, yard, bedroom, workshop, etc.

3) The help menus are quite useful. Apart from launching with the option of opening any number of instructive (but short) videos, there are many quick tips as one goes and the help section itself goes fairly in depth.

4) The software is not terribly taxing on the CPU, memory or disk space. The footprint is quite reasonable by today's standards.

5) One can export one's work to PDF format. What is more, the PDFs are text searchable, which makes them quite useful and easy to archive.

The minuses:

1) Unlike some more robust CAD programs, this one does not do 3D work.

2) The price is a little bit high, but not unreasonable if one is going to use it several times.

3) It would be nice if documents could be exported to a few other formats (MS Office, etc.)
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