Archive for the ‘MacDraft’ Category

Reports in MacDraft Pro

January 4, 2016

MacDraft Pro has some powerful reports that allow you to generate dynamic reports for your plans. You can set up the program to create a materials list. First, get organized. Look at your general ideas and notice how many things are duplicated. You might have several brick walls, or stepping stones. You can define walls with their associated studs, drywall, or panelling —whatever comprises you wall. You’ll go in and define that stepping stone, then lay down as many as you want, and your report will reflect the total number. Just remember to define each object the first time you use it, and then using it again gets in down for the total count.

The Truth about the System Requirements for MacDraft 6.0.6

January 26, 2013

I am planning to confuse you about this. So let’s see how smart you are.

The newest versions of MacDraft PE (6.0.6) and MacDraft Pro have some interesting system requirements. The INSTALLER requires Mac OSX 10.5. HOWEVER, the PROGRAM requires only Mac OSX 10.4.11.

OMG, so what does that really mean? It means that if you haven’t yet upgraded your MAC to OSX 10.5, you are not out of luck. (That OS 4 to 5 upgrade can, in many cases, require getting a whole new computer, which you may or may not want to do.) It means that you can run the newest 6.0.6 version of MacDraft, with a little TLC from us. It just takes a little tweaking and talking via email for us to make it work for you.

Here’s what to do if you’re champing at the bit to purchase 6.0.6 (and you are running Mac OSX 10.4.11) and want to try the demo (we recommend you do this first). Contact us via email (wisdomandinfoATtheliquidateherDOTcom) and tell us that you’re running 10.4.11 and that you need a special link to the MacDraft demo that will run on your computer.

We will dutifully respond with the links to Pro and PE demo versions 6.0.5 which have the installer which will work on 10.4.11.

Now I didn’t get my numbers wrong: we will send you links to the 6.0.5 demo which will be sooooo close to version 6.0.6 that you probably won’t be able to figure out the difference once you decide to purchase 6.0.6.

When you decide to purchase 6.0.6, follow the links here for the Mac Draft PRO CD version or for the MacDraft PRO downloaded version. Or for MacDraft PE CD version.  or the MacDraft PE downloaded version. Or go to our website to make your purchase.

You will receive the 6.0.6 version with your purchase and it will have the installer that requires OSX 10.5.  What to do? Contact us via email (wisdomandinfoATtheliquidateherDOTcom) and we will verify your purchase. Then we will email you a special download link for the full 6.0.6 version that does not have the installer and will work on 10.4.11. And you’re good to go.

I told you it would be confusing.

P.S. If you do have OSX 10.5, you can immediately download the current demos or make your purchase from our site. And you can ignore everything that you just read! (Sorry, that was awfully mean.)

Updated MacDraft Demo Download

December 9, 2012

Just in case you’re using version 10.8.x where the gatekeeper wasn’t letting the installer do the install thing, these demos have been fixed so you can install with joy and ease! So you are welcome to download again from here.

Have a look at our recent post for details of what’s in the new version.

 

New Version of MacDraft Released

December 5, 2012

Recently the newest version of MacDraft was released. The current version is 6.0.6.

As you likely know, version 6.0.5 added support for AutoCAD AC1024 (2010/2011/2012) DWG files, and improved functionality for reading DWG files. Renaming layers and renaming library objects is now easier with the Rename option in the drop down menus of the Layers and Library palettes.  Mac OSX Lion issues have been resolved and many other performance and stability changes have been made. Legacy issues from previous versions have also been addressed.

In addition, we now have a customized toolbar, a new layers palette, new library palette which now works with seamless integration with iPhoto. The new image menu gives you lots more control of your images, and much more.

You can download an update from here. On this page you’ll find free updates for each Microspot program in several combinations.  Be sure to update from the version you are using for the correct software. Each updater is different. Read the list carefully to locate your software, then read it carefully again to find the correct update.

 

How Unusual is your Ez-Architect Project?

September 22, 2012

Tell us how you are using Ez-Architect.

Are you a pro using it often for client projects?

Are you a do-it-yourselfer who plans and executes projects for your home or other location?

Do you do any unusual things with it, like design sets for theater productions, plays, videos etc.

We used it to design our set for The Perils of Cheryl. We came up with a brilliant scheme and it worked great. Watch the demo right here.

And tell us how you use Ez-Architect or MacDraft or MacInteriors, for that matter.

The more unusual, the more unusual……

MacDraft Professional, MacDraft PE version 6.05 now available

May 31, 2012

Minor updates and bug fixes comprise this iteration of both versions of MacDraft.

If you haven’t tried it yet, you can download a demo of each and use it for 14 days:

MacDraft Professional 14-day Trial

MacDraft PR 14-day Trial

Try these out and let us know how much you love them!

You’ll find all the info you need starting here.

How the Flood Created an Island, Part 4: The Kitchen is Bare

May 14, 2012

Here we go again.

Soon the restoration specialists removed all the lower cabinets and all the appliances from the kitchen. They moved the refrigerator into the dining room; the stove and the dishwasher went into a trailer outside along with the cabinets. They had to trash the formica counter tops (which didn’t make me sad when I learned this—new counter tops would be fun. But that’s only the beginning). Of course I had to remove everything from the cabinets first. The stuff went into giant boxes that got stored in one of our rooms. We set aside the essential stuff that we’d need for ongoing meals. The sink ended up in the garage.

I must say that one advantage of this process, was that it made me look at all the stuff I had stored in those cabinets that I never really used. So there was a kind of liberation that happened in the process as I made piles of things I’d never use again, never to put put back in the kitchen.

After everything was removed, they put in the drying equipment again. The kitchen really felt big without cabinets, and pretty useless, too.

Actually that isn’t drying equipment, it’s something to filter the smells from the particle board. This is actually the new subfloor.

Since the old floor had asbestos, we had to have those kinds of specialists in to remove, I think it was, 3 layers of flooring. More on that next time… along with the removal of the wallpaper, which is gone in the above photo (and I don’t mean computer wallpaper)…

Forgive me

April 21, 2012

I have been remiss. Not that I don’t love writing about Ez-Architect and MacDraft and MacInteriors, I have been doing something that I love even more. I admit it. Photography and Videography. Not that I can’t photo and video cool architecture. In fact I have. And I’ll share some of it with you.

I’ve been doing photos and videos for our upcoming DVD Microdrama. We have a model railroad (actually we have 2 railroads and a roller coaster, all n-scale), and we decided it was time to put live people on the railroad in a series of adventures that are still being edited. Yes, I’ll tell you when you can see them!

I have photographed some of the cool architecture on the layout, so I guess that counts for home design. It’s just that it was designed and built several years ago during layout construction.

Anyway, is it off topic or not? Who cares? I really wanted to write about it because I have been having so much fun. But I held myself back. Now, that’s really silly. Why not share, even if a bit off topic.

Railroad software really did help us design our layouts. So it’s not a totally obtuse stretch (if there is such a thing as an obtuse stretch) to consider it home design. After all, the layouts are in our home. And they were designed there, too.

(I promise, I’ll get back to the flood and the island before too long. I think it was bumming me out a bit to remember and write about that episode, even though the outcome was positive. The process was just was rough sometimes.)

So here’s some railroad architecture:

coal & lead mines

The Leadville Coal & Lead Mines

Off to the right is the Leadville lead mine, built from scratch by a very patient person. In the center is the abandoned coal mine, no longer operating. And though buildings don’t really operate on a layout, this one is clearly abandoned, with broken windows and decrepit parts.

Here’s another cool building:

Pat's Pastries Ice Cream

Pat’s Ice Cream & Pastries. Built by Yours Truly.

What’s also been fun is that when the editor finds out that he needs another or a different shot, I can run over to the layout and shoot it right away, photo or video. That part’s been delightful.

Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed the diversion.

Please tell me what you think. Do you like diversions? Or do you want me to focus focus focus only on Ez-Architect and other home design related things?

You Still have Time for that Summer Project

August 12, 2011

Summer isn’t over yet. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some help with some of those projects we keep putting off?

I just did a little remodeling project and used Ez-Architect. With a good plan to start with–it made the whole project go seamlessly. I didn’t add an extra room but you may want to build one. We even did some landscape improvements and plan to do more this summer.

I used Ez-Architect for my design plans for Windows. If you’re a Mac user (I’m not) you can use MacDraft  PE, or MacDraft Professional for floor plans and house plans. Or if you want to redesign your interior (on the Mac), its Interiors or Interiors Professional that will provide you with all the tools you need.

And for Landscaping, you’ll want to use a really fun program called Landscape Vision (Windows) where you can take photographs of your current “design” and then use the software to make changes. Easy and fun.

Read more about Landscape Vision here

Landscape Vision
home photo with Landscape Vision design

More about Ez-Architect here

Ez-Architect Solar Floor Plan
It’s easy to create a plan

and MacDraft and MacInteriors

MacDraft Professional Floor Plan

MacDraft Professional Floor Plan

So don’t delay any longer. You can make a gorgeous space, inside or out.

Interiors Professional Room Plan

Who doesn't want a place like this?


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