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    Cabinet software

    I'm looking in to possibly purchasing computer software for designing/dimensioning kitchen cabinets. Does anybody have any experience or suggestions?

    Doug

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    Have you looked into Ecabinet's free software?

    I just loaded the new 5.0 version.

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    I've seen it and heard it's difficult to use. I was also told it's based on thermwood which is cnc. What do you think so far?

    Doug

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    It is difficult for me. But a good program.
    Yes. Based on cnc, but fully usuable without the cnc stuff

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    doug, most shops run cabinetvision.....tod
    [edit] link http://www.planitsolutions.com/us/cabinetvision/
    Last edited by tod evans; 11-17-2006 at 02:21 PM. Reason: add link
    [SIZE="1"] associated with several importers and manufacturers.[/SIZE]

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    eCabinet is based on a library you build based on your normal construction techniques. For example, if you want a 1.6 inch face frame, you build that into your first cabinet, and then build other cabinets based on that initial cabinet (so you only customize it once). They have a 3 day training class for a few hundred dollars to help you get started, if you get stuck. So a few hundred dollars, plus travel, to use free software, is stil a LOT cheaper than Cabinetware.

    When I looked at cabinetware, it provides a library of templates... if they have what you want, you are ahead, but if you have to customize the template, it is as hard (or harder) than eCabinet.

    I build custom furniture, not kitchen cabinets. The effort to design a Murphy Bed or a bunk bed or a folding table or a cigar humidor was too high... it seemed to be great for kitchen cabinets, but I haven't used it much since that isn't my focus.
    Charlie Plesums, Austin Texas
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    I was infomed by a fellow woodworker that he paid about $8,000 for his cabinetvision!!

    That's a big discrepency from e-cabinet(free) to cabinetvision($8,000)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Sinjem View Post
    I'm looking in to possibly purchasing computer software for designing/dimensioning kitchen cabinets. Does anybody have any experience or suggestions?

    Doug
    Hi Doug. Might wanna give this one a look. It is relative cheep and its got a very low learning curve and I like it for cakinets.
    http://cabinetplanner.com/
    Reg

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    Cabinet Planner looks like very interesting inexpensive software, but be sure to note the huge difference between it and the other two mentioned... both eCabinet and CabinetVision provide 3D rendering... you can offer clients a view of their kitchen from any angle. eCabinet (which I have used) even lets you select the wallpaper pattern, floor tile, and view out the windows.

    For my personal use, CabinetPlanner would be great, but clients have trouble visualizing designs, which is why I got involved in eCabinet and SketchUp (pictures but not plans and cutlists)
    Charlie Plesums, Austin Texas
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reg Mitchell View Post
    Hi Doug. Might wanna give this one a look. It is relative cheep and its got a very low learning curve and I like it for cakinets.
    http://cabinetplanner.com/
    Reg
    I will definately check it out. They have a free trial download for 10 uses.

    Doug

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