View Full Version : software layout tool for different setups
12-15-2009, 07:01 PM
I find myself either going through a lot of paper with different drafts of drawings or using the flowchart tools in office draw programs to create setup layouts. I would like a tool where I can create objects for my different pieces of equipment complete with I/O, where I drag and drop, add cables as connectors to specific inputs from specific outputs and when done, know that I have enough channels and basically have an inventory list for a given gig. My system is quite flexible now and it seems every time I use it, I have a different setup. Ideally, I could lay out the physical space so I know my cable runs are long enough too.
12-16-2009, 05:30 PM
It sounds like Google Sketchup would fit your needs, plus it's free.
12-17-2009, 09:00 PM
thanks ken. that will work. I can create and save objects in 3d even. I was thinking 2d, but this opens more possibilities. I can copy the image of an amp's or mixer's back panel for instance and use it to "connect" and take "pictures" for setup purposes.
12-19-2009, 01:35 PM
It is a great program. One of these days when I have some time I want to really learn all the features of it. Right now I am mostly using Qcad which is a 2d cad program that runs on linux. I just laid out a new kitchen for my house in it. If you use linux or are willing to do a dual boot give it a try as well.
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