I recently had cause to look at this new site Cadool for the CIAT central office, and was delighted that at last someone from our profession and UK based has managed to get a load, and I mean lots of manufacturers to put their standard details up onto a central site for easy download. Now there are a number of these sites about, I spoke of VectorDepot some time back and although there are a lot of details loaded, and they are Vectorworks, Cadool has them beat.and the others, by just sheer quantity and quality, Also with these sites I have always had some difficulty with, the software they use, it just does not match my mac, or they want to use add ons that I don’t particularly want to load, or the company IT dept does not like.
Cadool just loads, you have to register, bit this is painless, and once in, you have access to a really good library of UK style details from major manufacturers. No more searching round a manufacturers site looking for a particular detail, on different web sites, with different layouts. I did a simple search for Eaves and had half a dozen good details to choose from.
But as always I have requests for improvements, first is the obvious, can we have a Vectorworks download format, second 3D is important, perhaps a specification in text, video, lets have a collection, even if its from youtube., easy contact numbers for the manufacturer, skype links, or just email address.
I met Keith Redmond who designed and runs Cadool, and liked the plans I heard for expanding the site, he is currently looking for manufacturers in the USA and other markets to expand the drawing base, and will look into other drawing formats.
Overall I give this site a massive thumbs up, its slick, easy to use and has what I call class. Plus the CPD is vast, I can use it to lay a foundation on any subject, just by searching the site. And get this, it works on my iPad, ok I can’t see a way to download, but it show the site, it allows me to search and shows the details, plus I can select the details as jpg’s, not bad.
- Architectural Technologist – CIAT Youtube Videos (konstrukshon.com)
- Architectural Technologist – Archoncad updates website (konstrukshon.com)