Question: Claris Cad 2.0v.3 - Advice
I have been using and still am using Claris Cad since 1997 as a patent illustrator. I am working on a 1.5 Ghz PowerPC G4 with MAC OS X version 10.3.9. It has been working very nicely. Unfortunately, I cannot go beyond 10.3.9 as I need the Claris CAD drawings to print to pdf and it wont on anything over 10.3.9. I would stay on 10.3.9 forever but I am starting to have problem "seeing" things on Firefox, can't update my browser, can't use a new MAC, etc. So, I am finally being forced to leave the best illustration software ever. I have been saving Claris Cad drawings to pdf and then bring them into Adobe Illustrator (I can manipulate them there and save them as .ai files), but when it comes to hatching...Illustrator is terrible compared to Claris Cad's hatching capabilities. I downloaded Autocad Lt for the MAC... I am getting my money back as that software program just ...terrible...can't figure out how to even make an arrowhead out of a line and the constant floating x-y coordinates were driving me crazy. So two questions: (1) is there anyone out there that has figured out how to print to pdf in Claris CAD on a OS 10.4+; or (2) what is the next best software next to Claris Cad? I did like that $25.00 iDraw, but it has no hatching capabilities and no distribution in the align area. If it did, I think I would just opt out with that! I had read that Claris CAD ended over a patent dispute and it is correct! Over that stupid command i function (snaps the cursor to a point where the lines crossed)...why they gave up an entire program over that?? I had always thought that some reverse computer engineer genius would come by and start up Claris CAD again and just leave that feature out. I would be willing to pay for a usable Claris CAD software that runs on the new MACs.
PowerBook G4 (15-inch 1.5/1.33 GHz), Mac OS X (10.3.x)