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June 13, 2014 - 3:07 pm
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Hi Wayne,

You asked about activating Polyboard. Actually, you can continue to use the trial/demo/free version indefinitely.

The key difference between this version and one of the paid versions is the ability to extract your manufacturing documents…cutting lists, plans and so on.

Businesses that are running many project prefer to buy the software so they can do this seamlessly.

If you buy Polyboard, we give you an activation code to enter into the free version.

However, to get everything you need with the free version you can buy use our CabinetFile service in conjunction with Premium Support which is a very cheap and simple way to do the same.

We’ve actually just added a note on the Polyboard download page to explain this, so thank you for the prompt.



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June 13, 2014 - 9:08 am
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Hi Wayne,

You seem to have a lot on your plate to learn!

ProgeCad is a good cheap replacement for AutoCad  and has some neat 3D and render functions, but like AutoCad  it’s very good at 2D but not so good (that is easy to use) in 3D.

If you don’t already know AutoCad  ProgeCad can be very arduous in 3D.

I have found that one of the best simple and cost effective solutions for wood workers is Polyboard with a good 2D program and SketchUp.

With Polyboard a good 2D program is all you need to set up complicated projects easily and a free 2D program like Draftsight works very well and is easily enough.

For quick 3D presentations SketchUp is much faster and more versatile than ProgeCad . The only problem being that to import the DXF files into SketchUp you’ll need the full version.

The full version costs $450 so not very expensive and if you do a lot of presentation very good value for money.

There are a few free ways (legal and illegal) to get DXF into SketchUp but they are more painful and time consuming, so if you are a pro where time is money I would suggest that you buy a full version.

If you are a professional starting out in software for wood working, and unless you have a good reason to do otherwise my suggestion would be to forget ProgeCad to start with at least and learn well Polyboard, this will cope with the vast majority of projects. Then use the free Draftsight in 2D  to set up more complex projects in Polyboard and finally to learn SketchUp to get more sophisticated 3D presentations.

Using Polyboard with these 2 programs is a very powerful mix and should enable you to set up just about any wood working project. 

You can download the free versions of Draftsight and SketchUp the software download page here:…..raftsight/

And don’t forget that you can get free 3D DXF models of your Polyboard projects with your Wood Designer Premium Support subscription.

You can use these directly in Draftsight to get working plans if you want.

If you want to play around with your model in the free version of SketchUp I can also send you the SketchUp model too!

To activate Polyboard you’ll have to buy a full version, have a look at the software pages here:…..-software/

Otherwise you can use our CabinetFile service to get the manufacturing documents.

All the best,


mark nichols

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June 13, 2014 - 7:33 am
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Like the idea, Ness. We do make a lot of loft cabinets and this makes an easy way of visualising and designing them.

June 13, 2014 - 5:36 am
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Thank you so very much for the information.  I will play with the info and see if I can make it work.  I have downloaded the trial version of progecad and am trying to learn that as well.  There is a lot of information to wade through here. I do not have sketch up and would love to be able to draw the room in cad to get all of the accurate measurements.  So on to the steep learning curve I go.

By the way can you tell me how to get my polyboard out of the trial version. I have clicked on the help menu and went to activate it and I get a message saying I need a higher administrative level to do so.  ?????



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Hello Wayne,

Polyboard doesn’t let you make sloping roofs or walls but you can get around this by using a cabinet.

I have just shot this video that shows how to do this:

Click here to view

It’s also possible to use SketchUp to set up more complex interiors and import your Polyboard model into SketchUp using the free 3D DXF model that you get with your Wood Designer membership.

Here’s a video that shows how to use Polyboard with SketchUp:

Click here to view

To draw an AutoCad drawing you can use the free CAD program DraftSight that you can download from your members download area.

To get DXF into SketchUp in the video I use the 3DS export function of ProgeCad but if you don’t have ProgeCad, you’ll need either the full paid version of SketchUp or use the free trail version to convert the DXF into a SketchUp model and then open it in the free version of SketchUp.

I can show you how to do this if you want.

Hope this is helpful.

All the best,


June 11, 2014 - 10:49 pm
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I am currently trying to design some cabinetry for an attic room in a clients house.  The attic room is rectangular in shape with a knee wall on the sides.  So the ceiling goes from the knee wall to the peak at the angle of the roof.  How do I make this happen in project mode as this particular ceiling is neither in the vertical or horizontal plane?

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