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File Interop

TurboCAD® Pro includes support for dozens of CAD and graphics file formats, making it an excellent part of almost all the most common workflows between partners, contractors, and others. Open, import, or embed up to 35 file formats and export up to 28, including .DWG, .DXF, .SKP (Google SketchUp™), .3DM (Rhinoceros®), .3DS (Autodesk® 3ds Max®), IGES, STEP, .OBJ, COLLADA (.DAE), and .2CD (DoubleCAD™); vector formats include .SVG and a newly updated .EPS; raster formats include .BMP, .GIF, .JPG, .PNG, .TIF, and more. TurboCAD 18 now reads and writes .DWG and .DXF files from R14 through 2011, including AutoCAD® Architecture extensions, and Google SketchUp™ files up to version 8.

Click here to see a PDF of compatible file formats.

This broad range of file formats helps to maintain your intellectual property investment supporting older files, models, and parts. It also makes it easy to access parts from vendors or posted on model exchange sites like the Google™ 3D Warehouse. Additionally, you can export models to sites like Google Earth (via Collada .DAE support)..

When saving to COLLADA, there is a Setup option to Save Blocks and Layers. If the application that imports the .DAE file supports COLLADA Instancing (i.e. SketchUp), then block definitions will be maintained. If exporting blocks is selected, then the exporter first turns the entire model into a block, which will also convert all architectural objects into blocks as well. This makes it a great way to bring AutoCAD® Architecture based .DWG files into SketchUp, or to kick-start any SketchUp project by creating the basic architectural geometry quickly and precisely by using TurboCAD parametric architectural tools, such as the walls, windows, doors, and stairs.

Batch File Converter

TurboCAD Pro also includes a powerful Batch File Converter utility. With this utility you may select files of one type and convert them to any of the file formats we support for saving. This includes converting a dozen .DWG files to .png, or converting .2CD to .DXF 2003 format files – all in one step.

Database Connect

TurboCAD supports setting up a data link to a data source (ODBC database, Excel, CSV, SQL, Access, Oracle, and more) on either your local machine or company network. Since the data source remains outside of TurboCAD, the drawing file size is not affected which maintains performance.

Reference data in a TurboCAD table as well as data associated to objects. The CAD file automatically updates with changes to the external database. This improves bill of material handling, real time pricing, and more.

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