... CAD programs are nothing more than glorified drawing boards, making our lifes a lot easier the most time, but when they make our lifes hard, they can transform them into full and utter misery. Pen and paper, you immediately get a result. But its a muuuuch longer way from your brain to your hands that controls your input device and then brings your thoughts into the world of drawing, and then it sometimes feels like an even longer way until you have a printed result.
Nonetheless, love DoubleCad and Turbocad.
Well, I must say that I'd much rather work with a CAD program than with paper, pencil, sanding blocks, those dust bag things, T-squares, plastic angles, compass, scale, and all the rest of the stuff we were using back then.
With a CAD program, it's much easier to 'erase' and/or start over with a clean 'sheet'.
But you're right, when a CAD program doesn't do what we expect or doesn't do what we think it should, it can definitely make life harder. And sometimes it's not as easy finding the needed tool as it was in the old days.
I've tried out a LOT of free CAD programs over the last few years. (Trying out free software is sort of a hobby ... or addiction ... of mine.) Some of the free CAD programs out there are not too bad, but some of them are just not ready for prime time at all, in my opinion.
My 30-day trial period of DoubleCAD Pro expired a few days ago so I've been able to check out the free version to make a comparison. I must say that DoubleCAD free is the best free CAD software I've tried so far. And it's also got one of the best manuals, even though it's not totally up to date. A CAD program with this many features absolutely MUST have a good, comprehensive manual as far as I'm concerned.
So the developers of this great CAD software deserve a hearty round of applause.