Working as an illustrator and designer in architecture and publishing for more than 30 years has taught me a lot about drawing software.
One thing I have learned is that FREE software is as good and sometimes better than the expensive stuff!
So how do you choose which programs to use?
I've done that for you in my courses.
Would you like to learn how to draw accurate woodworking plans quickly and easily using a free professional CAD program? Well, take my CAD for Woodworkers course using DraftSight, a great professional level CAD program similar in commands and structure to AutoCAD.
Would you like to be able to design and draw your projects in 3D? I'm running a course now on Udemy, SketchUp for Woodworkers, for anyone (not just woodworkers) who wants to learn how to use SketchUp to draw smaller projects (ie not a house!)
See my Udemy courses ,SketchUp for Woodworkers and its companion course, CAD for Woodworkers.
Brief CV: I have worked on a wide range of magazine titles in the UK, US and Europe and currently illustrate 2 UK based craft titles, Furniture and Cabinetmaking and Woodworking Crafts, providing plans and 3D drawings as well as articles for both. I have illustrated more than 50 books on a wide variety of craft subjects, and have written extensively in craft magazines on the use of computer drawing techniques in furniture making and joinery.
I have a degree in Architecture, and run LineMine, a website that focuses on design drawing techniques and software.