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http://cadovations.com/av_01%20Layout1%20(1).pdf

here is a link to an image of a CAD drawing.
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We used to use a product called VidCAD, which was an add-on to AutoCAD, to document broadcast studio plants. It produced drawings like this, but it was very expensive.
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Nothing you wouldn't be able to duplicate using photoshop or even gimp, with a bit of virtual elbow grease.

But it would not be easy or fast and at times mind numbingly tedious.
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Solidworks or almost any CAD program could do that. Any way to find out the native file type?
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I am not sure on the native file type. We only have the printed files..
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Maybe DTools? I use v.6 and do drawings like that for my clients. v.6 doesn't look exactly like the one you sent but its possible earlier versions did.

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I right clicked in the PDF document and went to "Properties". It says AutoCAD 2004.
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But autocad costs a bloody fortune. Using it for something like this is silly, IMO. I bet you could make a drawing like that in Microsoft Visio or if you have a Mac, you could use OmniGraffle. You could even try something more like a vector art program like InkScape or Illustrator.
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One reason to use something like AutoCAD for electrical diagrams is that the designer can place electrical and electronic components in the plans for the room/theater/whatever and have the system generate wiring diagrams.

Or if you're designing equipment racks you can automate your wiring diagrams. Many commercial A/V, electrical and automation products will have equipment drawings in popular CAD formats, too.
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But autocad costs a bloody fortune. Using it for something like this is silly, IMO. I bet you could make a drawing like that in Microsoft Visio or if you have a Mac, you could use OmniGraffle. You could even try something more like a vector art program like InkScape or Illustrator.

Not really, with DTools it's part of a workflow. There is a big database with all the products you use, their connections, pricing, etc. You build proposals for clients from that database. Then once project is approved you go into engineering. There is a plugin for AutoCAD and Visio from DTools, you drag products onto the drawing. You can create many views including rack elevation views, wiring diagrams, etc. You can print wire labels from DTools straight onto a desktop Brother label printer. Then when you come back to the system in a year or two you have a diagram showing how everything is wired up, all of your cables are labeled and it is easy to service. It's one of the things separating the boys from the men in terms when you are paying someone else to put your system together for you.

Here's another example, last page is the wiring diagram, this one created with DTools
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