IPVMU Certified | 06/18/15 04:30pm
Do you have access to a CAD software too, or is that part of what you're looking for?
IPVMU Certified | 06/18/15 04:34pm
I do have access to it though I haven't used it yet. Though that might me a more robust software for marking up drawings I appreciated the features of the IP Design Tool that were tailored to spec'ing cameras.
Brad, what specifically did you find lacking?
IPVMU Certified | 06/18/15 04:46pm
For example, when creating a floorplan from scratch it was difficult to edit things like door positions and openings. Often I would have to delete the object and try to create it again. Dragging things to the proper position was not very precise. I'm not writing it off completely as the pro version looks like it offers a lot more but based on the demo and somewhat lacking support documentation I thought I'd ask around before making the plunge and purchasing.
Pro Focus LLC | 06/18/15 06:32pm
We use the JVSG app that you tried. We also have the Pro version of 8. Honestly, it has come a long way over the last few years. If there is a better tool, I haven't used it.
Bottom line is you get out of it what you put in. You can spend a lot of time modeling every detail of your site, but is that needed to woo a client, or just your own fascination?
I wish someone would create a plugin for Visio that included the items from JVSG. Not smart enough to do it myself, but I would throw money at anyone that could do it well and keep it updated.
As for Visio, I use it almost weekly; not to the level you're looking for, but it provides a good general placement for the customer and our techs to better understand. It's easy to use and I can export to PDF or DWG without issue.
Saying that, never underestimate the power and cost/time savings that good CAD drawings gets you. When I have a large custom job, a complete set of precise drawings leads to less technician calls/questions, fewer punch list items, and an overall better experience for you and your customer. A little work on the front end saves you time later better spent selling and growing the business. Just my opinion.