Originally Posted by Gary54
Is exactly the "Having worked with tons of AutoCAD users over the years, there's a kind of prevalent and twisted machismo attitude, that if a thing isn't difficult to do, if the work is actually enjoyable, it's not "real work" and therefore invalid. These are the types who scoffed at the "toy" Mac for years."
Quoted earlier which is utter nonsense. A programs ease of use translates into productivity, not a filter. How long does it take a given person to accomplish a given task in how many steps? I'm a builder. I actually build what I design. My customers need the job done. I don't need to spend more hours at the computer wrangling with an out of date dinosaur to complete a set of prints just to prove some sort of perverse macho nerdiness.
That was my quote.
Anyway, I'm a lapsed sculptor who came to CAD as a design builder, so I know where you're coming from. (I have next to zero math skills, so when I run out of toes, I'm fucked). I bought MiniCAD 2.0 back in early 1990 (became Vectorworks) for my Mac and taught myself how to use it.
I've worked on many a project as a designer or project manager and watched the hoops AutoCADets leap through to accomplish the simplest things... like dimension something. I'm talking from AutoCAD 11 to the current version. Even setting up a drawing or sketch to print was an exercise in misery. If it wasn't so damned inefficient, it would actually be quite hilarious.
These days in addition to designing (and even occasionally building) I teach Vectorworks and have trained quite a few AutoCAD refugees, who over-think every little thing. Once they get the ease, spontaneity and straightforwardness of the Mac and Vectorworks, it's as if they've been released from prison. A few never get it.
It amazes me that such a bestial kludge as AutoCAD/Windows could be considered "the standard". Thank whatever Gods there are that it's changing.