Q: - What is ShastaCAD?
A: - ShastaCAD is AutoCAD® based software designed specifically for pool design and construction. It was created by pool builders and designers to harness the power of AutoCAD, yet provide the user with an easy-to-use and simple-to-learn software program that can be used from the point of sale to construction completion.
Q: - Is ShastaCAD the same as AutoCAD?
A: - ShastaCAD is not the same as AutoCAD. AutoCAD was created for architects and engineers. ShastaCAD has merged AutoCAD's power to provide a total solution for the pool and spa industry with commands designed specifically for pool builders.
Q: - Can I create 3D renderings with ShastaCAD?
A: : - ShastaCAD does not create 3D renderings. However, there are complementary products that can add this functionality. Speak with a ShastaCAD representative for details.
Q: - If I already own a copy of AutoCAD, can I use ShastaCAD with it?
A: - At this time, ShastaCAD can not be incorporated into AutoCAD. ShastaCAD is a highly customized version of AutoCAD. There are several shortcuts and customized commands that could be programmed in AutoCAD, but it would be a very time consuming process.
Q: - What system requirements are needed to run ShastaCAD
A: - Intel® Pentium® II 500 or AMD K611 based on PC with 450 MHz or higher processor
Microsoft® Windows® XP (Home or Professional), Windows® 2000, or Windows NT® 4.0 (SP6a or later)
300MB free disk space
VGA display of 1024 x 768 or higher
Mouse or other Windows supported pointing device (wheel mouse recommended) CD-ROM drive (for installation only)
Sufficient swap space is also required to handle the installation of ShastaCAD and files the user wishes to save to the hard drive. Additional memory and/or a faster processor will improve performance.
Q: - Can I use existing hand drawings or plot plans in ShastaCAD?
A: - Yes. ShastaCAD allows the designer to insert scanned images or any other digital image one may have to the computer. Once inserted into ShastaCAD, the designer can scale the image appropriately and then design the property or pool from that initial drawing.
Q: - Why does ShastaCAD require training?
A: - Our goal is to be sure ShastaCAD users feel comfortable with the software and can get full use out of all the specialized features it offers. ShastaCAD offers both introductory and advanced classes depending on efficiency level. Customized training and training at a company location are also available. Call 888-418-8748 for more information or click here for training class information.
Q: - Is ShastaCAD available in stores or through Autodesk®?
A: - No. ShastaCAD is only available for directly from ShastaCAD.