>>I recently came across architect's plans for my house,
>and I was wondering what the simplest way would be
>to convey these to computer.
>>Is there a standard Unix or Linux format for house plans?
>>If so, what is the simplest way to pass from paper to computer
>given that I have no scanner
>(but do have a digital camera)?
>>All suggestions gratefully received.
>e-mail (<80k only): tim /at/ birdsnest.maths.tcd.ie
>tel: +353-86-2336090, +353-1-2842366
I have found that with hardcopy drawings larger than the scanner i have
access to (A4), photgraphing, then converting them from raster to vector,
saving as Drawing eXchange Format (dxf) then importing to you cad application.
depending on the accuracy you require, this method might be sufficient.
you will however need to "clean up" the drawing to compensate for errors
and irregularities in the raster to vector step.
alternatively, you might be able to import the raster image directly to the
cad application, then draught the plans from that.
either way, it is time consuming.
that brings me to the cad application:
I work in a Microsoft centric company. I have to use AutoCad; there is no
Linux version, there no apparant plans for a Linux version.
however, VariCAD (http://www.varicad.com/) looks useful.
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