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Desperately seeking Shareware (cad/design?)

Posted on 1997-11-07
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I'm looking for a very basic programme that would allow me to input a simple 2D design (for food 'nugget' shapes) - I design food. I then need to be able to calculate the area of the shape (in order to then calculate the volume) and resize by percentage up/down.

Maybe some simple 2D design for packaging or children's maths programme would do.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Please e-mail me at this address: steveparry@enterprise.net

Thankyou,

Steve Parry
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MichelF earned 200 total points
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Hi, Steve!

What about a *complex* program that does what you want?

Try ClarisCad!  It will give you all you want with no effort:  
- with the Polygon tool, you can design any shape you want;  
- you can easily re-shape it also, since it's a CAD program;
- the "Info" window gives you the area directly (even for complex shapes), without any manipulation whatsoever;
- better:  just leave the "Info" window open and play with your shape at will;  you'll see the new area immediately, after each change you make;
- it has a "Scale..." capability that allows you to scale, by %,  uniformly (keeping the proportions, in other words) or to scale differently in the horizontal or vertical dimensions, like stretching and squeezing!

I've just tried ClarisCad 2.0v3 on my Mac 6500/225, with OS 8 and it seems to work flawlessly!  (I know it was working on a IIci with 7.1.1, 'cause that's what I had before the 6500...)

It's an old program.  Claris no longer supports it (hasn't for
*years*!) but it still works!  You should be able to buy a used copy for very little money!  It's overkill for what you need, but who cares if it does the job, eh?

For your information, in looking for a solution to your problem, I also tried out these other programs which I have:  KeyCAD™ 1.5, MacConcept 3.7, CADintosh PD 2.6(US), MacDraw II 1.1 and MacDraw Pro 1.5v1.  None of them does what you need.

Does this answer your question?

P.S.  You're not into *pasta* shapes, are you?  Look at the article on page 240 of Forbes magazine, Oct. 20!
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