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I would argue that just about anyone will say that the original CAD
program that they originally learned/used first will be the easier and
better program.  This is usually because they got "comfortable" with it.

For me personally, I think that Microstation is the better and easier to
use program.  But, then that was what I used out of school and got
"comfortable" with it.  About 4 years into my career, I went to a company
that only used AutoBad (see my bias still shows).  I then learned AutoCad.
Did not take long and was not too painful, but never really liked it as
much as Microstation.  But, in reality, to me both are just tools.  I can
use either one (although I am a little rusty with both right now).

I will say that there are habits that you pick up with either one that
sometimes "mess with you" when you go to the other.  For me, after using
AutoCad for while, I will still hit the space bar (which in AutoCad can be
used rather than "enter" when typing in the commands on the commandline)
for awhile if I am in Microstation.


Adrian, MI

On Fri, 3 Dec 2004, Wesley Werner wrote:

> Jason,
>     I have never used PowerDraft. However, I have some limited
> experience with Bentley Redline and even more limited experience with
> MicroStation. As far as supporting .dwg and .dgn files, these programs
> are excellent. The one drafter in our office that does use MicroStation
> a lot was very impressed by how well it handles both formats. For
> awhile, we had to use Bentley Redline to open AutoCAD 2004 drawings
> because we were using an older version of AutoCAD, and Redline preformed
> well.
>     I would add one caution about Bentley products. They are quite
> different then AutoCAD. If you decide to buy PowerDraft I would strongly
> recommend that you take some training on how to use the program. Some of
> Microstation's features are very powerful, but they tend to be complex
> and not always as easy to use as AutoCAD. If you are familiar with
> AutoCAD, you will have to unlearn some habits and learn new ones. The
> drafter in our office that uses Microstation had used AutoCAD for years
> before he started using Microstation V8. He had a hard time learning it
> before we went to a class that demonstrated some of the techniques. He
> would tell you that AutoCAD is much simpler to use.
> Wesley C. Werner
> 	-----Original Message-----
> 	From: jwknospam(--nospam--at) [mailto:jwknospam(--nospam--at)]
> 	Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2004 6:06 PM
> 	To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> 	Subject: Bentley View
> 	For the one or two of you who care, my wife and I did decide to
> move to Chattanooga, TN, and I will starting my own consulting firm.
> The birth of my first son and the move will both occur in late
> winter/early spring of 2005.  I'll pass along information on the panic
> attack as it progresses.
> 	The purpose of this post is to inquire about drafting  programs.
> I've always used AutoCAD with few forays into MicroStation.  My new
> business will work with mostly DWG drawings with occasional DGN
> reference files.
> 	I was going to purchase AutoCAD 2005, but I'm now passingly
> interested in Bently "PowerDraft".  It appears to meet all the
> requirements I'll have, and claims to fully support DWG and DGN formats
> (to the point of being able to externally reference and display both DWG
> and DGN files in the same drawing).
> 	Does anyone know anything about PowerDraft?  How long has it
> been around?  I don't necessarily want to pay Bentley to be their guinea
> pig.  I assume I'll get a response from Bentley on pricing sometime
> tomorrow.
> 	Thanks in advance,
> 	-------
> 	Jason W. Kilgore
> 	Kansas City, Missouri

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