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    Free / Cheap D+T software

    Hi all,
    My Dad is in the process of setting up a small computer room at his school. They have a very limited budget for application software. So looking for suggestions for free/cheap D+T / office software so far have:

    Open Office
    The Gimp
    Scribus
    Serif's free stuff

    PCs will be running Windows XP, although will have no internet access.

    Suggestions greatfully appreciated

    Cheers
    Jona

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    For Design and Tech have a look at

    QCAD

    I used it to create

    C r e a t e - I n s p i r e

    Which we then cut out on our laser cutter here.

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    Our DT department use Google Sketchup quite a bit.

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    Westpoint bridge designer

    Lets you build and design bridges and then test them with loads

    scratch

    Animation / programming software

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    Hi Have a look at TechSoft Downloads at 2d design its not free but it appears to work well .

    Richard

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    Not a cad prog but paint.net is a very good free photoshop clone

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    numpty physics, keep 'em quiet in a wet break!

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    Google SketchUp is a great tool

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    Anim8or for 3d modelling is quite good, takes a bit of learning though, hardly ever crashes and runs on lower spec systems and its also got a small and active community around it so there are tutorials available for it.

    http://www.anim8or.com/main/index.html
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