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  1. Does anyone have any tips or good general practices when starting a set of plans based on imported CAD drawings? My computer has all the horsepower it needs, but it has a hard time with real involved drawings from Auto Cad. Thanks!
  2. Hey, does anybody have any tips or suggestions for importing DWG files and starting a chief plan with them? My computer has all the horsepower it needs, but it has a hard time with real involved CAD drawings.
  3. This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks David!
  4. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good, affordable (dare I say, free?) PDF editor? I'm mostly looking for something that will allow printing to larger sheet sizes than normal. OCR and editing capabilities would also be quite helpful. Thanks! -Matt
  5. Thanks everyone! I had been under the impression that I had to be selling and marking up materials in addition to my plans in order to really make a decent living. Sounds like I can be comfortable with just the plans as my product.
  6. Thank you so much, David! That's great feedback. Do you provide take-offs for bidding/estimating or facilitate any of the permitting? Do you sell them any of the materials?
  7. I have been drafting and designing for design-build firms for the last 5 years. I'm used to the client signing a design retainer with a deposit for the design services, and then any time overages being made up for with margins on materials and labor during construction. I am now striking out on my own to design and draw plans as my own company for other contractors. I would seriously appreciate any feedback on how you more experienced freelancers structure your rates. Do you apply an hourly rate to drafting work that is already designed and a flat rate (like a design retainer) to work that