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MandyShelde

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OK, (Hi nice to meet you all :) I give....what sketch program are the majority of you using...Im training on 5 different ones...and I always go back to..dhsketch..yep dos baby...its not the greatest, but some of the others are not cuttin it...
QA..which one is 'really' the best...go for it...let me hear it all.

Thanks for the heads up.

Mandy :roll:
 

Jo Ann Meyer Stratton

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My vote is for Apex. If you buy directly from Apex for one person, it is about $100. With that program you can sketch improvements and you can also use it to sketch legal descriptions, which you can print out and there is both the square footage and the acreage. Really comes in handy for odd shaped lots or parcels. The best feature of Apex is its free form. Odd shaped property and/or you just want to check of the improvement is square--do the sketch in free form first. With free form you can draw a line at the top of the screen first for example, go any place else on the screen and draw another line. For example, you know looking at the house that the front door was exactly on the opposite side of that bay window in the house with all the angles. But the sketch in the field didn't quite line up. With the free form you can draw the wall of the front door, then draw the back wall with the bay window that is parallel and then figure out the other angles were to connect.
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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I have both Apex and WinSketch that comes with Alamode's Athena version. I am still using WinSketch because I haven't taken the time to learn Apex yet.

Different appraisers will tell you different things about sketches. Fannie Mae says "exterior dimensions" are adequate and interior walls, doors, and windows are not necessary unless there is "functional obsolscence". I try to keep sketches as simple as possible. Some appraisers go over board on drawings, which is their option, but this can be very time consuming!
 

Tim Hicks (Texas)

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Mike, Apex is far superior to Winsketch. In my opinion. Of course, I have used Apex for 12 years, so I am biased. Because I have used it for so long, interior sketching is not time consuming to me.
 

Jo Ann Meyer Stratton

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I have to jump back in and agree with Tim. I have used Apex since 1987 and drawing the interior walls, etc is very quick and easy--not time consuming at all. It also helps me remember the house while I am writing up the report.
 

Tim Hicks (Texas)

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Interior sketching is not that time consuming. Now, participating in this forum is time consuming. I am sure being a "moderator" even more. Your job is what you make of it. How much you put into it is a personal choice. If some of us aspire to put out more than required of us, then that is just a feather in our caps. Nothing more, but it makes us feel better.
 

Farm Gal

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Mandy:

I am another vote for APEX. Once you get a few basics under your belt it is pretty fast and intuitive, but also has the capability (with instructions in hand) to do very complex homes with odd angles and round turrets 8O and etc.

I did try Winsketch, but it does not seem as handy..

Hang on this for a while OR go ahead and post to the genreal forum to get more opinions, youre not limited to the newbie forum jsut because you aren't a frequent poster!

You may want to rephrase yoru question if interested in a wider response set: "other than APex and winsketch..." :wink:
 

graindart

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I used Winsketch for about a year, with Alamode. When Alamode was changing to Apex about a year ago, I also made the switch. In general I like Apex a lot more, however there are 1 or 2 things that Winsketch was better at. Only used those 2 programs and Apex is my choice.
 

KD247

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Having never used any other sketch program, I'm biased, but...

DCSketch seems to be the only program out there that lets you easily add, delete, move, and resize walls at any time. It also allows you to define, name, rename, and copy areas at any time during the sketching process.

Am I wrong?
 

Tim The Enchanter

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DCSketch seems to be the only program out there that lets you easily add, delete, move, and resize walls at any time.

I used to use DCSketch, and that was easy. With Apex, it's difficult to do those things. Or maybe I just need to learn a better way. But I find moving a wall or corner over to make the drawing square off after the sketch is closed is tricky.
 
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