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Which software program are you using for floorplan sketches? MS Paint only does lines and I can't find where to insert dimensions. Google SketchUp is also recommended, but it isn't free. I'm looking for free and easy. Any suggestions??

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This has been discussed a few times, and the people who report having done these seem to all have had access to a CAD program. I doubt that any of them are free. I have avoided Scopes D-E-F.

Edited to Add: I could do this in PowerPoint, but it would be so time-consuming and painful that I know in advance that it would not be a good idea or time-effective. The same drawing tools are also available in Word and even Excel, but the pain element keeps going up.

Shopping Southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware above the canal, and southwestern NJ since 2008


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/01/2016 04:36PM by myst4au.
Wow. Maybe I should join the 21st century or something? I got a notebook with paper that has little squares on it (from the college bookstore); I just do the sketches by hand, 1 tiny square = 1 foot. Never had one declined. Do the "aerial view" that way, too. "Graph Paper", the cover says.

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Then what? You scan your sketch? I always assumed that I would have to start with that, and then use a program to get everything to scale.

Some Scopes require every room, every closet, etc. and seemed way too complex for me to want to undertake. Plus, in a multi-tenant building (I have seen some of those), you have to get every commercial tenant to let you in to make the observations and measurements?
@ceasesmith wrote:

Wow. Maybe I should join the 21st century or something? I got a notebook with paper that has little squares on it (from the college bookstore); I just do the sketches by hand, 1 tiny square = 1 foot. Never had one declined. Do the "aerial view" that way, too. "Graph Paper", the cover says.

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Shopping Southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware above the canal, and southwestern NJ since 2008
I did my sketch with Power Point and used shapes and added lines to do it, and saved it as a PDF then converted it to a JPG. I have Paint shop pro that is really great for converting PDFs. You can print it, and add dimensions then scan it and save it.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/01/2016 08:07PM by breestjon.
I have turned in a sketch, very neat and to scale, on plain paper, using 1st. pencil, then pen over it. And the dimensions are written clearly beside each line segment. It was accepted. Happy New Year to all, and I'm making resolutions about being a more efficient shopper, and turning all my reports in on time,without asking for extra time. Night Owl, at 4:40 pm.
I did a large dental office with 8 treatment rooms, multiple storage closets, several bathrooms, file rooms, etc. It took forever and required measurements of every single interior wall. It was horrible. But I did it on graph paper, took a picture with my cell phone, and it was accepted. What I don't understand is the office manager had blueprints done by an architectural firm that could have been provided. Official blueprints costing probably thousands versus graph paper done by hand by an old lady costing $70. Of course, I did provide lots and lots of pictures. Go figure. I also haven't done another one since. Pictures, yes. Measurements, no.
If you want to see them even more puzzled, put your painted miniatures on the squares before toy photograph it!
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