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After a bit of advice here....

Normally im drawing dive site maps with pencil (ok crayon) on a bit of paper and want to make the things a bit better and more accurate.

Im familiar with the site and have compass bearings from certain features to others and so on and a nice shoreline via google earth so that's accurate.
Normally in the UK i could draw this on graph paper and a protractor but since Egypt hasn't invented either of those yet im looking for another way to do it, ideally with a computer.

What im after is a programme where i can draw lines, actually put the features at the proper relative bearings from each other to get the layout correct and so on. Ive got access to the usual adobe, MS office suite and others but really no idea which to use or how to use it.

Any tips or ideas?
 

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Autocad.
 

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Daft though it might sound, powerpoint can do angles/set lengths and you already have it.
 

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No boat. Shore diving sites. Ive got all the bearings to/from the important stuff and a proper shoreline with scale etc. Im just looking for something to allow me to "draw" it
 

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That would be my choice or something similar (I use Smart Draw). Dead easy to use. It isnt an admiralty chart so all you need is something pictorial.

If you havent used Autocad before then dont bother. If you dont spend hours trying to teach yourself then it will end up looking crap. I use it and Sketchup all the time and neither would be my choice (and yeah Sketchup does distance and bearings and if you get fancy with Sandbox then you can even do a decent bottom terrain map in it). You can get a free demo of Autocad good for 30 days but I really wouldnt bother.

Personally, anything like that at work I usually hand draw, scan and make pretty with text or colour in Photoshop or Corel Draw. Done in a quarter of the time that doing the full thing electronically would take.

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Draftsight has a very similar interface to AutoCAD and is free.
Just downloaded it, remarkably similar. All seems to work the same as LT.
 

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Just downloaded draughtsite and think its great for free.....Just opened some autocad stuff in its and seems to be compatible.
 

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I think most people end up buying LT which is "only" £1500'ish.
'Most' home users download it from a Torrent site.

Luckily our firm has a global subscription to AutoDesk which covers all products, for around 4000 seats :) I hate to think what it costs.

As others have said, AutoCAD is not the tool to use. Although, I did my dive site map for my DM in AutoCAD as a 3D model so I could do sections and contour plots:)
 
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