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This may be a very newbie question, but I need to draw many profiles/diagrams that would be something like this:

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I images I need to make would usually be simpler than that, but I need to have a 45° angle view, like the isometric (iso) view in sketch up.

What software should I use to achieve this? What software do people use for this? I love SketchUp, but the lines always look so bad when you export to 2D. I've used LayOut 3, but I'm not sure that's the correct software for the job.

Thanks in advance.

Edit: Does anybody know specifically in which software such an image was created with?

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SketchUp Pro has much more robust output options. Maybe look into that. –  DA01 Nov 19 '12 at 20:19
    
Rhinoceros is excellent for drawing 2d, it has a make2d feature for converting 3d to 2d with bunch of different views and you can also save the files to .ai. It's not exactly cheap though. rhino3d.com -- Here's a video of the make2d and saving to .ai.. youtube.com/… –  Joonas Nov 20 '12 at 12:17
    
Thank you guys, i'll take a look at that. –  guisasso Nov 20 '12 at 14:30
    
@Johannes Thanks for editing, as a level 1 user i couldn't add the photo to the question. –  guisasso Nov 20 '12 at 19:21

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AutoCad has a series of specialized CAD software, including AutoCAD Architecture:http://usa.autodesk.com/autocad-architecture/

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Thanks, but i don't really need anything that precise, or complicated. This is mostly for mock ups of what our company can do. Thank you though. –  guisasso Nov 20 '12 at 14:32

If you're on a Mac, here's a good list of CAD apps that would fit the bill.

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Thanks, i guess is should've stated that i'm not on a mac –  guisasso Nov 20 '12 at 19:09

For very simple 2D CAD-style drawing like this, you could use a vector drawing app such an Illustrator or Inkscape.

I am not recommending this for CAD in general or indeed anything more complex than the example; more if this was a one off job and you already had these tools to hand.

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You are correct, i don't really need anything too complex, this is mostly for mockups, but i also would like to display these in the company's website, so they have to look good. I'm taking a look at illustrator, i think that might do the job. –  guisasso Nov 20 '12 at 14:33
    
are you drawing from scratch? Are these more marketing-centric rather than engineering-centric? If the answers are 'yes' than Illustrator (or other illustration software such an Inkscape) might be ideal as they will offer a much more robust range of styling options. –  DA01 Nov 20 '12 at 18:23
    
Precisely. I would like to show the types of products we can do on our website, perhaps a catalog for download. But all of our work is custom, hence no need for absolute precision –  guisasso Nov 20 '12 at 19:09

Based on your updated question with an example photo, the answer is: CAD software.

Which one? It's impossible to say, but nearly all CAD software can handle that.

The big one in the industry is Autodesk's AutoCAD. It's also one of the most expensive options and will involve quite a bit of gearing up to learn it.

But there are dozen's of other options out there. You're going to have to shop around to find what you want for the budget you have.

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You could easily use any vector drawing app to create such images - Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, Xara Extreme.

While a CAD app will work as well, I see no direct CAD features required in your posted sample.

Since you may already have one of the vector apps... I'd just use that.

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Autosketch 10 will do the job nicely and be much more straight forward to use than Autocad. Sadly, it's now owned by Autocad, so you'll have to go on their website and fight your way past their attempts to sell you Autocad in order to access it.

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You mean autodesk? –  joojaa Nov 1 at 10:04

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