Barb Dauria , Habitat for Humanity of Otsego County
Begin forwarded message:
> *From: *Barbara Dauria <dauria.b@... <mailto:dauria.b@...>>
> *Subject: **Inquiry for help*
> *Date: *July 11, 2013 4:28:20 PM EDT
> *To: *support@... <mailto:support@...>
> *Cc: *Bruce Ward <Bward3@... <mailto:Bward3@...>>
> *Bcc: *B Dauria <bdauria2@... <mailto:bdauria2@...>>
> We are a non-profit local chapter for Habitat for Humanity - would
> love some help and advice.
> On an old Mac Power PC 7100/66 our previous home designer (no longer
> with us) worked with MiniCad7 and produced our house designs. It
> appears he might have saved some of those designs on an Omega
> Bernoulli Mactransportables Mega 150 multi disk hard drive.
> The Bernoulli hard drive will boot up, and we have one "backup" disk
> which was left in the machine.
> The Mac PowerPC will not even boot up.
> We'd really like to be able to access these designs and be able to
> revise them for future homes.
> Since neither machine has USB ports, we will have some difficulty
> attempting to retrieve the documents.
> Obviously, the old MiniCAD 7 application will not run on any of our
> more current (System 10) macs; so we need to consider alternatives
> there as well.
> FIRST: If we can just get the designs in PDF format, to save and also
> print out, that's a first step, and would be good. Do you think you
> could do this for us? ________, and what price range might we be
> talking about? _________
> SECOND: If we could get the old designs saved in some format which we
> could then import into a drawing program and work on to change and
> revise ourselves, that would be better. I own Adobe Illustrator, and
> that could be a start for us. That would be better. (PDFs would import
> into Illustrator, but it would be much better if the documents could
> be manipulated rather than reproduced from a static illustration.)
> THIRD: If we could obtain the documents in a format which would
> transfer to a new (but not too expensive, nor complex) CAD design
> application, could that be done? _____ and what price range?______ and
> what format? _______
> We are reading that they might be saved out as dxf's or dwg's.
> Are those type documents readable by any new (inexpensive) CAD
> applications? _____
> Amy newer home design applications you'd suggest for us? _______
> SOME WE'VE READ ABOUT:
> ___ Inventor Fusion: iTunesApp Store
> ___ solidThinking: (Several apps available)
> ___ Via Cad: $99 2D/3D CAD
> ___ Sketchup: ($500 pro or Free for Standard) says it's easy to use
> ___ FreeCAD: (options are a little rough)
> ___ Any Other suggestions? __________________
> 3. Obviously, we are on a budget, and would appreciate any help you
> can give us at a reasonable rate.
> 4. If you cannot help us, but know some company or individual who
> might be able to, could you please refer them to us? _____
> QUESTIONS?: Call Barbara Dauria @ 607-437-0000 (HabitatOtsego.org
> We sincerely thank you for any help or advice you can give us.
> B Dauria