Discussion in 'AutoCAD' started by Robert Allen, Nov 24, 2003.

  1. Robert Allen

    Robert Allen Guest

    Pardon the interruption, but I think I have a pointy object labled
    "Autodesk" in my backside, and I need some help :). I stupidly bought
    "Autosketch 8" to do some basic plans for some furniture I am building,
    since it was cheaper than Autocad and (I thought) simpler. After buying it
    and installing it I find that a) what documentation it has is near usless,
    b) there are no aftermarket books on it that I can find in print, c) it's
    not even close to being 'easy to use' in as-shipped form. I can't find a
    newsgroup for it, I can't find books for it, and right now I can't even
    figure out how to create a rectangle of a specified size (91" x 29").

    Are there any newsgroups or books for Autosketch, or is it truly a piece of
    trash for which I Autodesk has stolen $110 from me for?

    FYI, a) yes I'm peeved - there's no excuse to charge that much for software
    and give no useful documentation for the market niche it's aimed at, b) no,
    I'm not a newbie computer user (unix hack, website hack, etc.), and I've
    even had a year of Drafting instruction years ago in high school. Yes I've
    RTFM'd the online help.

    If I can't get some pointers to help resources I'm going to go buy Turbocad
    (no way I'd buy another Autodesk product).

    Any pointers/help would be appreciated.


    Robert Allen, Nov 24, 2003
  2. Robert Allen

    CW Guest

    I don't know of any documentation on Autosketch. There may be some somewhere
    but I have never seen it. If you are thinking of going with Turbocad (I
    personally recommend it), you might want to download their free version. It
    is Turbocad Version 4 Professional, It was the last version they 2D only
    version they released. It is at least as capable as Autosketch and comes
    with a PDF users manual. In addition, there is a very active users forum
    that is a lot of help. Go here:
    to download. You have to fill out a form but they do not spam you. If you
    have any questions, feel free to email me.
    CW, Nov 24, 2003
  3. At the news server you can find a newsgroup
    Here in Germany I know two books about AutoSketch. I'm sure you will
    find also a book in english language (or whatever you need).
    - Start the rectang command from the universal tool bar
    - pick the first point
    - type R, this will activate the input window for relative coordinates
    - in the X-field type 91, in the Y-field type 29
    - Accept

    Jürgen Palme, Nov 24, 2003
  4. Robert Allen

    Leon Guest

    Hey CW...
    Do you know??? If AutoCAD LT 2000 will work on WIN XP Pro? I found out
    that I have to upgrade to ACAD LT 2004 before Jan 15 2004 or I have to pay
    Full price. I am planing to get a new computer with the XP pro OS in the
    next few months but do not want to have to up grade to 2004 if I don't have
    to. Of coarse Autodesk said 2000 would not work on an XP machine. I'm
    thinking of installing on my sons XP just to see if it will or will not
    work. I had to up grade to the program before I have a computer to run it
    on but I also would hate to pay full price if I wait base the middle of

    Leon, Dec 3, 2003
  5. Robert Allen

    CW Guest

    Yes, it will run fine on XP. The oldest version I have installed on XP was
    2000i but the difference between that and 2000 is of virtually no
    consequence. I addition, XP has a compatibility feature that can be set to
    emulate prior versions of Windows. I have no doubt that R-14 would run on
    CW, Dec 3, 2003
  6. Robert Allen

    Leon Guest

    Thanks CW, I'll see you back at the wreck... and I'll test my version on my
    sons XP and see if I fare as well..
    Leon, Dec 4, 2003
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