Originally Posted by crystalcabot
yeah but autocad cost money right?
I think I am going to have to go through the tutorial which I really dont want at all.
The download feature in google sketch is just awesome.
It really depends on how in depth you want to go with the plans. If you like renderings to help you visualize, SketchUp may be the way to go. However, the level of technical detail can sometimes be cumbersome with this program
If you're simply laying down linework than a trial version of AutoCAD would probably suffice. You've got a time constraint of 30 days or something though, so this may work against you if you're not familiar with the program. Renderings in AutoCAD are a little more difficult to optimize.
If money is an issue you could always find keygens on torrent websites to "help reduce the cost", however that requires some loose morals regarding software piracy.
Final thoughts: SketchUp is free. While it's difficult to start using for some. It's one of the best free design software packages out there right now.
Just my $0.02 as a drafter.