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Before college and hence before I had access to student subscriptions of heavy-duty CAD programs, I tinkered around with this one...

The tools are kinda basic, but you can do alot of neat conceptual-type modeling, complete with the ability to put decals on your model and everything
Nothing specific, mostly mechanical or similar designs. Not architectural. I just have a bunch of ideas in my head that I would like to work on in a design platform.

Actually Google sketch pad isn't that bad.
If it's mecahnical engineering I'd suggest staying away from AutoCrap or any of its free clones - disgusting piece of software :)
There may still be something called MegaCAD kicking about, that was good.
I'll see what I have on my system over the next couple of days and post again.
ProE, SolidWorks.... if you want work with Solid models

AutoCad is fine in 2d.... blows chunks in 3d
ProE and SolidWorks seconded.
I'm of the opposite opinion on AutoCad products. I despise 2D but Bentley's 3D stuff was nice.
I like that VBA is in Acad , and it is widely used. Most any CC will have courses in it

Same can be said for Solidworks, but classes are nowhere near as plentiful as Acad

ProE forget it, maybe at a few Uni. , otherwise it's $$ for training and it is not the most user friendly of softwares, but there are some good support forums.. which are generally faster than getting a response from PTC.

I know what you mean 2d vs 3d... one gets a little spoiled after you take the 3d plunge.

I used to hate ProE at first, coming off Acad, now it's kind of the other way around, though I feel that Acad's detailing is still better.

XchangeWorks was a freebie that would allow translation to acad, but it came with a mini version of SolidWorks... don't know if it's still available
Autodesk's Inventor is what our school puts us through pretty heavily, which sucks cause I can't name another company that uses it (anyone know?). Awesome program though, very intuitive for a solid modeler I think. If you can get yourself a copy, it'd be a nice way to start with solid modeling.
The firm I used to work for switched to Inventor.
And put in more system fault calls in a four month period than they'd had in TWO YEARS with the previous CAD software :)
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