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Punch Viacad 2D/3D V7

Platform : Windows 7, Windows XP
3.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • More powerful features and tools than many CAD products on the market costing $100's more. For both the PC and the MAC!
  • Toggle between 2D and 3D, with one mouse click. Start in 2D, add 3D modeling, then click back to 2D to make edits as needed.
  • Simple, true 3D modeling using an ACIS engine to provide efficient layouts in 2D and 3D modeling with compatibility between various formats like AutoCAD, Sketch Up, DWG/DXF and more!
  • Explore modifications in 3D by using our "gripper" tool to simply grab and hold graphical handles and dragging to explore "what if" scenarios.
  • Over 80 minutes of practical training video tutorials. Step by step instruction teaches fundamentals and tips for 2D/3D tools.
  • More powerful features and tools than many CAD products on the market costing $100's more. For both the PC and the MAC!
  • Toggle between 2D and 3D, with one mouse click. Start in 2D, add 3D modeling, then click back to 2D to make edits as needed.
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Product Description

Product Description

With over 100 new features, ViaCAD 2D/3D v7 continues to provide intuitive 2D drafting and 3D modeling tools perfect for all types of design projects. For both Windows and MAC users, version 7 delivers enormous Punch! at a tremendous value.

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With over 100 new features, ViaCAD 2D/3D v7 continues to provide intuitive 2D drafting and 3D modeling tools perfect for all types of design projects. For both Windows and MAC users, version 7 delivers enormous Punch! at a tremendous value.

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  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
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  • ASIN: B003UA240Q
  • Item model number: 28803
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 2, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,325 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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If you are looking for a great CAD program for a very low price, you have found it. There is not a better value in CAD anywhere. Other consumer CAD programs such as DesignCAD and TurboCAD Deluxe do not even come close to the capability and ease of use that ViaCAD provides.

Don't be fooled by the sub-$100 price, ViaCAD 2D/3D Version 7 offers professional grade functionality with expert level capability. On top of that, it is the easiest to learn and use CAD program available. Much of the functionality mimics that of much more expensive programs such as SolidWorks and Inventor. The user interface, however, is so simple that your designs will come to life very quickly.

Where ViaCAD separates itself from other consumer grade CAD applications is that it is fully capable of doing more complex design work such as boat hulls and car bodies, which, for example, are not normally possible in TurboCAD Deluxe. It provides true solid modeling by utilizing the ACIS kernel and can import and export an amazing variety of file types.

Version 7 of ViaCAD has even more modeling functionality and rendering features than previous versions. Now, for example, you can render your model with very realistic textures that make your design look more like a photograph than a CAD drawing. There are also other numerous improvements to overall functionality that make the program even more capable and easy to use.

ViaCAD is not a perfect program, as none are. It does have occasional bugs, but there is a very good support network on the web and service packs are updated regularly.

I have been a CAD hobbyist for 15 years using a variety of programs such as AutoCAD, IntelliCAD, DesignCAD, TurboCAD, and SolidWorks. I also previously worked as a Sales Representative for SolidWorks. I've been a user of ViaCAD since Version 5.
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Read all the reviews & comments - they have already said it - it is almost too good to be true. I am now able to make complex
parts in a very user-friendly GUI quickly and intuitively. I have made parts in Solidworks, Alibre, Turbocad, DesignCad,Inventor and AutoCad 3D, and I can say this is absolutely the most user-friendly of them all. The folks at ViaCad seem to really care about us techies and have truly minimized our scream time with this top-notch product. The video tutorials are great and also include a written version. On top of that, a quick reference card is provided. I got this at the local officemax for $80. I export the solid model in a Step file into a $50 FEA softare called LISA (google it) and am able to get professional level stress analysis for $130. Insane! This is truly a "Solidworks Light" software, for those of us who can't justify the $4k. I don't get involved in assemblies, so this is all I need. Solong Solidworks!!
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I am not a CAD pro, but I have used various programs extensively over the years. In the old days, I used Generic CAD as long as it was available (great program, great price). I then switched to AutoCAD LT, which is a fine program but kept getting more and more expensive to upgrade. I have also used AutoSketch (NOT an effective CAD program, at least for the types of architectural and structural drawings that I need). In addition, I have used many of the DesignCAD programs and other "consumer" programs, and they all left me frustrated. A couple of years ago, I ran across ViaCAD, which I have found to be a very nice combination of price and performance. It has virtually all of the features, and the ease of use, of AutoCAD LT, for a fraction of the price. And it is much more robust than any of the consumer programs that I have tried.Overall, a good choice. And it is available for both PC and Mac.
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Based on this reviews that I read here, I purchased this program to do some 3-D modelling. So far, it's only been an exercise in frustration:
1) Despite following their registration process, every time I start the program I get a message that says "Invalid Serial Number/Authorization Code". I can re-register the program, but I still get the message.
2) Whenever I try to extrude a 2D shape into a 3D shape, I get a message box that says "Access violation" (but the extrusion _is_ performed -- however any further manipulation of that object will again lead to another "Access violation" error.
3) The program unexpectedly terminates on a semi-regular basis. (Save early and save often...)
4) The UI (in comparison to other software that I have used) is hard to find your way around (this of course, will improve through familiarity...assuming that the other problems don't cause me to throw the whole thing in the trash first.)

So far, customer support is minimal and slow.

Not recommended.
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Original Review from October 27, 2011:

I have been using ViaCAD since v6 and am currently using v7 (I am not an expert on CAD in general, though I have quite a bit of use of this program under my belt).

ViaCAD is really a case of you get what you pay for, but this is not to say it is not a good value. Considering the alternatives it has good value, however I have seen multiple problems and frustrating little quirks. I run it with Windows 7 and have seen it crash windows at regular intervals. Sometimes it goes into some death spiral which if I don't kill the process quickly enough will force me to reboot to get things back. This probably happens every 6-10 hours of using the app - therefore I save frequently and use the autosave as well. It has also crashed by just locking up ViaCAD. Now these crashes could be related to my PC, however I do not have problems with my other applications. More recently it told me all my files had been corrupted but that was resolved after I reloaded ViaCAD twice (the second time installing to a different drive fixed the issue - seemed that the uninstall did not remove something that was causing a problem).

The more minor yet equally frustrating problem is with closing objects. Say you want to extrude some 2D object you have drawn, and there are some micro gaps or non-planar curves. It will fail but may or may not clue you in to where the problem is. Non-planar stuff is easy to fix normally by just projecting the object to a plane, however the unclosed stuff can be a pain. I have seen a few times were it will show me where the curves need to be closed, but more often I end up going over the curves zoomed in to find the gap. The documentation is also vague in many instances, which makes google your best friend once again.
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