I have been looking thru some of the forum posts on this today…
i am a beginner at cad and have been banging away trying to design my new house which is on a farm with very few site restrictions or limitations…as a complete fail with pencil and paper and a frustrated amateur architect who has a love for Palladian proportions SU is just the most wondrous thing!!! How much fun is this stuff? However i am using my very old backhoe to start prepping a site which is on a rather steep (for the backhoe) site.
What I need? A cut and fill plug in that will run on Make (not pro). I want to make sure that I’m not digging more than I need and nevertheless want to make sure that i have a site that will accommodate my SU plan. Alas I am not a young student embarking on the exhilarating world of CAD rather a crusty old woodworker trying to build his house.
What have I discovered? Have been reading up on the terrific Cut and Fill (only for Pro users), Toposhaper (cannot figure out if this will give me what I want as I already have Google earthed the terrain and have created a topo map…thanks to the terrific YouTube videos on the subject) and Terrain Reshaper (cannot get my head around vortices, vortexes and whether this will only generate a cut (I am not really planning on doing much fill as I am using the soils for earth berms and gardens).
Are there other options out there that I have missed? I am sure that there must be …There must be masses of students doing this sort of stuff in their studies…
This will be the first plug in that I will use for SU.
Any thoughts will be appreciated.