[LINK] Sort of OT: the downside of the GUI...

Kim Holburn kim.holburn at gmail.com
Mon Oct 20 00:53:26 EST 2008

Couldn't you find a CAD program that could accept some kind of text- 
based input, XML for example?

On 2008/Oct/19, at 9:11 AM, Richard Chirgwin wrote:

> ...which in my current life as a Linux user looking at CAD is that in
> some apps, GUIs impose the wrong way of working on a person who thinks
> in text.
> Now, for a trained CAD person I'm sure that visual CAD is just the  
> bees'
> knees. For someone who thinks in text, it's a boring, slow and
> inaccurate process.
> Now, if I were merely asked to key in the dimensions of blocks (I'm
> interested in Timbercrete, Google it), the mortar thickness, the
> incremental benchmarks, the number of courses, the dimensions of  
> walls /
> doors / windows - then I could type the instructions in 30 minutes.  
> I'm
> a really fast typist ...
> Whereas crawling along with a mouse in a GUI-based CAD is just  
> painful.
> Is there such a thing as a text-mode designer in which I can skip the
> rendering until I'm ready?
> Cheers all,
> Richard C
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