I use BikeCad Pro and it has features like you mention. In my opinion though, you can't fit with a computer or a spreadsheet. It's an organic process with trial and error, testing and changes.
PM sentWalt said:I just use excel to do design work. But I'm not a super visual person, and I have equipment that can easily be set up without a drawing - my excel spreadsheet just generates all the miter angles and lengths (as well as calculating about a billion other things). Don Ferris gave me a basic version of it years ago and I've modified it extensively since then. If you like puttering with trig (and you can deal with the annoying radian-default in Excel) then just write your own software.
Or email me and I'll send it to you.
A-Town212 said:I guess this is a two part question.... where the first was prompted by the first... but also important on it's own.
Anyone ever use BikeCAD Pro? Is it worth the $ over the free version?
have you ever tried ... http://sourceforge.net/projects/rattlecad/
I would not ever spend so much money for a program.
I did the first trial in a CAD-System. But over the years there will be a license fee.
So I did it myself ... voila ...
try it and give a response on usability ...