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I'm looking for a tool that will allow me to create isometric and flattened designs. I'm looking for an application that allows designing of engineering projects for wood working.

I've spent a lot of money looking for an app but most are tools for sketching and artwork orientated.

Some features I'm really looking for are:

  • Easy to use
  • Isometric and flat views for same design to be shown
  • Vector based design, allowing me to resize, move objects individually
  • Measurement and scale support, allowing me to specify a scale and then size elements based on that scale (in metric notation)
  • Layers support would be preferred to allow measurements to be supplied on a separate layer

I don't want an overly complex tool, I just want a nice tool to do the job of creating designs alleviating the need for me to use pencil and paper.

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you should list the one you tested, the one you don't like, and the one you know that are close to want you are searching for. –  Rabskatran Jul 23 '12 at 11:52
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If you haven't already, check out Google Sketchup. I don't think its on iOS yet, but it is lovely in its simplicity, short learning curve and flexibility. There are tons of YouTube clips showing off features and tutorials.

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iDesk seems to fit into your criteria. It is a cool iPad app that is more toward diagrams and vector graphics than sketching. It has a very nice interface, too. It has a killer feature that is when you draw a shape (circle, triangle,...) it recognizes it and changes it to the vector form.

Update: I recently found iDraw which blew me away with its abilities in vector graphics. Some even describe it as the illustrator on iOS. You might wanna give it a try.

iDraw: http://www.indeeo.com/idraw

iDesk: http://www.tentouchapps.com/idesk

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Thanks for your answer, Flom Enol! Can you please add a link to the software you mention in your answer? It is always helpful to add a link to help the OP to find the right software. Thank you. –  daviesgeek Jul 23 '12 at 3:27
    
Answer edited. Thanks @daviesgeek for mentioning to add the links. –  Mahm00d Jul 23 '12 at 10:51
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Hexagon from DAZ 3D works well for me, and is simple enough that after an hour I could do some fun things.

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Thanks for your answer, Everett! Can you please add a link to the software you mention in your answer? It is always helpful to add a link to help the OP to find the right software. Thank you. –  daviesgeek Jul 23 '12 at 3:27
    
daz3d.com/products/hexagon Bad news is that it's free on Mac and Windows. At least it was when I got it. –  Everett Jul 23 '12 at 3:33
    
Can you edit that link and information into your post? Thanks! –  daviesgeek Jul 23 '12 at 3:34
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