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    Electrical graphics software

    Was just wondering where I can find a good graphics software like the one Mike Holt uses for his books etc. One that has electrical equipment pre-drawn like wires, load centers, outlet boxes etc. I do some technical writing but need a good software to be more proficient at it.

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    Mike Holt has a dedicated graphics person, Mike Culbreath. I don't know what he uses, but he is very good and has 30 years of experience.
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    Yes he does a wonderful job on mikes work. What I really need is Mike Culbreath! I may have to stick with scanned images of my own pen drawings. May I can resurrect my old CAD software I used for electronic components, it will let me be a little creative.

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    Mike C uses Corel Draw just as we do along with Phil Simmons, Charles Miller and most all other educators who create their own high end graphics.

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    *All code responses are based on the 2017 National Electrical Code[NEC]

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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterTheNEC View Post
    Mike C uses Corel Draw just as we do along with Phil Simmons, Charles Miller and most all other educators who create their own high end graphics.

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    Paul, is that software expensive?
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    Its about $500 hundred but there is a student version for about $200 but it is not as complete as the full version. Does have a learning curve but short cuts make it easier and they are plentiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterTheNEC View Post
    Its about $500 hundred but there is a student version for about $200 but it is not as complete as the full version. Does have a learning curve but short cuts make it easier and they are plentiful.
    Great thanks. I occasionally make up small graphics by hand for apprentices on the job but as you can imagine they're not very good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by infinity View Post
    Great thanks. I occasionally make up small graphics by hand for apprentices on the job but as you can imagine they're not very good.
    If you ever need a graphic on a specific topic just let me know. No charge fella, just give me a few days and if possible sketch up a concept you want or i can build it off the code reference sent.
    *All code responses are based on the 2017 National Electrical Code[NEC]

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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterTheNEC View Post
    If you ever need a graphic on a specific topic just let me know. No charge fella, just give me a few days and if possible sketch up a concept you want or i can build it off the code reference sent.
    Sounds good, thanks.
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    Free 15 day demo. I know none of the details. It is a corel company web page.

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    "Electricity is really just organized lightning." George Carlin


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