Top 5 CAD Software for Furniture Designing
In order to select the top 5 CAD software for designing furniture, it is necessary to use the criteria mentioned in the introductory section of this article. When available, user comments and ratings are used to assign weights to criteria that are used to compare software packages. Functionality is an essential feature. If the software lacks essential features for designing furniture, then it should be eliminated from consideration. Because functionality is essential, it is assigned a weight of 10, on a 0 – 10 scale. Closely related to functionality is rendering and customization. Software which is feature rich and customizable earns a weight of 8, and software which is neither feature rich nor customizable earns a weight of 1. When 2D software is capable of 3D rendering, it should earn a weight of 4 or 5. 3D capability, because it enables the designer to visualize object in isometric and oblique views, is assigned a weight of 8. 2D capability without 3D rendering is assigned a weight of 4. Ease of use is an important feature. User reviews and comments provide the information required in order to assign weights for ease of use. Easy-to-use software earns a weight of 7, and difficult-to-use software earns a weight of 2. Closely related to ease of use is the learning curve. An easy learning curve earns a weight of 7, and a steep learning curve earns a weight of 2. The ability to support CAD file formats is an important feature. A bitmap or raster based software should support the most popular formats such as .png, .jpg, .tiff, .pgm, .pcx and other bitmap formats. Vector based software should support the most popular formats such as .cdr (CorelDraw®), .ai (Adobe® Illustrator), .gem (GEM metafiles), OpenGEX, IGES, U3D and other vector formats. Software which supports many formats earns a weight of 5, and software which supports minimal formats earns a weight of 2..