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Not very long ago, I wrote a column on hand drafting, noting that for architects like myself who specialize in custom projects, CAD still was not very useful. Well, that was then, and now that I have AutoCad 12, I am finally convinced that it is feasible to draw up a custom residence on CAD. Rather than wait until I've used it for a year or two and can crow about all the neat things it does, a fresh account of my experience in learning how to use the system might be useful for readers who wonder whether CAD is a worthwhile investment. I became a CAD skeptic after having a very bad experience in 1983