For doing plots, I would recommend VectorWorks with Spotlight (the lighting side of it). They now have version 2009 out, I believe. After version 12.5 they changed the way the program is organized a bit, so I would get the 2008 version or 2009. There are a bunch of tutorials out for it, one of which is at: VectorWorks 2008 Tutorials for TheatreI've been a pretty old school designer for a long time now, and am trying to expand my horizons.
Does anyone have any recommendations for the best design software? and if so where I can find it? (is it downloadable or does it need to be purchased?)
If you are looking for free full versions of the software mentioned in this thread, you will have to figure that one out yourself. There are links provided for trial copies of Vectorworks and Lightwright in the thread. If you are a student you can get the Educational version of VW for free from their site by filling out a form.If its not to much trouble can anyone provide me to links of websites where I can download software for free?