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    ReMark: Thanks for your input! I sure hope that's all it will take! I'm skiddish about going forward with purchasing a new-to-me PC with XP or 2000 installed, without knowing for sure that I'll be able to use this old version of AutoCAD!

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    You do the registration on line and get back a serial code, I am pretty sure a 2005 version will get a question from Autodesk.

    As has already been suggested have a look at the alternatives for around $500 US you have an up to date version of software running on current hardware like 64bit. Drafsight, Bricscad, Intellicad, karelcad to mention a few.

    The other thing to consider is that Autocad can now be obtained on a month by month renatl and your guaranteed the latest version.
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    I would skip trying to use 2005. It is no longer supported by AutoDesk. Any OS that will run it is not longer supported, so it would be inadvisable to connect it to the internet. I would go with one of the free or lower cost alternatives.
    Drafting is a breeze.

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    RobDraw, thanks for your input! Do the examples of drafting software that have been supplied to me, i.e. Drafsight, Bricscad, Intellicad, and karelcad, work the same as AutoCAD? I was trained on AutoCAD basics 10 years ago and haven't learned any other drafting programs/methods since then. Would I be able to easily transition from working with AutoCAD to one of these other programs? If yes, which one would be most like AutoCAD for me to draw with?

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    The programs I mentioned, Draftsight and Bricscad, are identical to Autocad. In fact, they are typically referred to as Autocad clones. Draftsight has a free version, but it's more like Autocad LT. It has no 3D and you can't run lisp routines. They do have a Pro version, but I have not tried it out.

    If I had to stop using Autocad, I would go with Bricscad. They have a trial version. You should download it and give it a try.
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    I'm not sure I would use the term "identical" as some command names may vary from what you are used to with AutoCAD. Draftsight users may also download, for free, the 199 page "Getting Started Guide" in PDF format from the Dassault Systemes website. Draftsight is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions so you could buy a brand new (i.e. - fully up-to-date) computer and have no problem running the program. Yes, there is that downside re: no lisp. I think you already mentioned that your line of work did not require 3D.

    If I were to go with one of the low-cost AutoCAD clones it would be Bricscad as it has a very good reputation. There are three versions (Classic, Pro & Platinum) ranging in price from $550 to $1020 U.S. All three support the use of lisp. The classic version is primarily 2D. The Pro version gets you 3D. Click on the link below to see a comparison of Bricscad and AutoCAD.

    https://www.bricsys.com/en_INTL/bricscad/editions/
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    Quote Originally Posted by skilled4u View Post
    Would I be able to easily transition from working with AutoCAD to one of these other programs? If yes, which one would be most like AutoCAD for me to draw with?
    I guess that would depend on how you use CAD. The best way to find out is to get a free trial and try them out. At 30 days each, that's a lot of free CAD.

    Personally, for 2D I would go with the free version of Draftsight.
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    Cad64: Awesome news for me - thank you much for all your help!

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    ReMark: Thanks again. I must say I'm not thrilled about a 199 pg. guide document that only "gets me started"! I just don't have the time to learn a completely new software system, thus I'm looking for something that pretty much mimics AutoCAD 2005! I could, however, deal with it if it's only a matter of some command name differences.
    Another important factor for me is whether or not the company has excellent English speaking customer service, and how long they support their product. Do you know that information about Draftsight and Bricscad?
    Thanks much for all your help. I will definitely check into both products -- thanks for the easy link info!

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