Software’s licenses are a great expense for a professional and those who don’t have one, may incur in serious sanctions.

CAD ( Computer Aided Design) software are the main tool for architects and designers and the trend to opensource of recent years has led to a considerable number of free software that simulate the most popular tools for architects.

NanoCAD is a free software very similar to Autocad for interface and commands, very easy to use and download.

Click on View –> Toolbar to activate all toolbars

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The principal command are divided into two cathegories: Draw and Modify .  Once a command is selected , the software communicates  with user through Command line, with suggestions on steps to follow; moreover, if you wish to, is possible to type commands directly from keyboard on the command line.

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To customize keyboard shortcut click on Tools, Customize, Interface8

From this window you can select commands and assign customized keyboard shortcuts.

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To set units click on Format, Units

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From the bottom toolbar you can activate ORTHO and SNAP, that help us to draw with maximun accuracy. Right click on  OSNAP to select the snap you wish to activate.

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Click on Layer button to manage layers: as in Autocad you can add layers and assign color, line weight, line type, plot visibility etc..

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To attach a file click on Insert, Image from file (Note:  Only .jpg are supported so if you have a .pdf convert it to .jpg)

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From Layout insert a viewport to plot your drawing: View–> Viewport

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As any other skill, practice makes perfect!