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What's New in TurboCAD 2018

by Ralph Grabowski with Robert Berry 

It's been more than a year since I checked in with IMSI/Design. The company went through a change of ownership in the last couple of years, and so more programming and support is now being done in Pakistan, while sales, marketing and product management continues in the USA.

For nearly three decades, IMSI/Design has been producing a line of CAD software for desktop computers under the TurboCAD brand, and more recently for mobile devices. The mobile apps continue to be on iOS and Android, but because apps sell much better on iOS than on Android, the iOS versions offer more functions, such as field documentation.

After taking some time off as business development director of ITC and working for an architect, long-time employee Rob Berry is back at IMSI/Design. Earlier this month he showed me what's new in TurboCAD 2018, which is now shipping.
 

TurboCAD 2018 UI

TurboCAD has always provided a variety of interface themes. In  2018, TurboCAD adds the ribbon and then offers multiple ribbon layouts, such as a simplified one, the full one, and one named LTE that is similar to in layout to AutoCAD's ribbon. The ribbon can be customized to show the commands you tend to access a lot.

There is a new way to enter shortcut keys: tap Ctrl (do not hold down Ctrl) and then enter one or more keystrokes. TurboCAD has always had single-key commands, but now the Ctrl key distinguishes AutoCAD's aliases. So, for instance, tap Ctrl and then press X to explode a complex object with the AutoCAD alias. 

If you can't find a command, press Ctrl,F2 to bring up a dialog box with a search field. (See Figure 1.) Entering, for example, for the new "Trim By Entity" function in the search field returns the keyboard shortcut for the command name, TRE. 

Figure 1: Searching for keyboard shortcuts


Dragon voice recognition was added in 2017 and will be updated for 2018. It is not in the shipping product, and so it is available upon request.
 

Drawing and Editing

Adding basic commands and enhancing others is something drafters appreciate the most, and so that's what IMSI/Design did with TurboCAD 2018.

Trim by Entity (TRE) uses an entity as the trim boundary. I haven't seen this useful function in any other CAD program: anything inside the entity, such as a rectangle or a block, is trimmed. By moving the entity around, you keep on trimming other entities.

Other functions find their way into TurboCAD from other CAD programs. The midpoint mode snaps to the middle between two points, such as between two lines. The hatch command now ignores small gaps in hatch boundaries.

Layer sets, layer filters, and isolate/unisolate turn multiple layers on and off at once. These functions are useful when working on just a portion of a complex drawing, such as the flooring or the garage. Mr Berry showed how he was using this option in TurboCAD to help friends rebuild their partially damaged homes following last year's forest fires in California.

The thick profile command creates double offsets with user-specified corners, creating them from polylines or sheet ACIS objects. Flatten turns 3D polylines into 2D ones by getting rid of Z.

Quick Pull worked previously only with ACIS solid models, but now in 2018 it now works with non-ACIS 3D objects, such as surfaces.
 

Files and Rendering

Two releases ago, TurboCAD began importing IFC files, but with limited support. In 2018, it now imports over 40 classes, and a new BIM tool manages objects and their embedded information.

You can now snap to the end and mid points of imported PDF files, as well as edit the vectors and text. TurboCAD 2018 opens SketchUp (SKP) drawings, and is compatible with the DWG 2018 format. The program exports 3D models in 3MF format for 3D printing.

Lightworks returns as the default rendering software, as IMSI/Design finds it is the easiest renderer to use. Redway SDK continues as an optional add-on, because it is faster at rendering complex drawings.

A new add-on that Mr Berry was proud of is Furniture Maker ($199). It is for cabinet and furniture design and costing. It generates 3D rendered drawings for customer approval, and then outputs the design as cut lists for taking it to the saw.

The new functions I described here are available in some TurboCAD editions -- Pro Platinum (with ACIS modeler), Expert, Deluxe (the retail version), or Designer. See figure 2 and see turbocad.com/content/turbocad-2018-compare-key-features  for which functions are in which edition.

Figure 2: The four editions of TurboCAD 2018

Looking Ahead to 2019

As the 2018 release of TurboCAD emphasized regular design work, you can expect more 3D ACIS enhancements in 2019, as well as more functions in the area of 3D printing. Support for BIM and IFCs will also be expanded in future releases.

TurboCAD provides a lot of functions for its price range ($50 - $1,500). While it has its own user interface, the company has worked hard to include a UI option that provides AutoCAD-like commands. As Mr Berry said, the primary difference between Solidworks and TurboCAD is that Solidworks depends on the outmoded history tree, while TurboCAD does not. www.turbocad.com

TurboCAD 2018

AECCafe.com:

https://www10.aeccafe.com/blogs/aeccafevoice/2018/05/18/different-interfaces-for-different-folks-in-turbocad-2018/

Engineering.com:

https://www.engineering.com/DesignSoftware/DesignSoftwareArticles/ArticleID/16943/First-Look-TurboCAD-2018.aspx

TurboCAD 2017 Review

Pandia, May 26, 2017

http://www.pandia.com/product/turbocad.html

TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2017 with Surface and Solid Modeling

By Susan Smith, AECCafe, April 6, 2017

https://www10.aeccafe.com/blogs/aeccafevoice/2017/04/06/turbocad-pro-platinum-2017-with-surface-and-solid-modeling-available/

High-end CAD features have migrated to low-price CAD

By Ralph Grabowski, Graphic Speak, March 14, 2017

http://gfxspeak.com/2017/03/14/features-migrated-price/

TurboCAD listed among Top 10 CAD Brands Worldwide

Digital Journal Press Release, February 20, 2017

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3242375

TurboCAD in one of many tools that can be used to aid furniture restorations

By John P. Reid, Maine Antique Digest, June 8, 2016

https://www.maineantiquedigest.com/stories/computer-aided-design/5744

TurboCAD 2016 Pro and Platinum Go Wild on 3D

by Ralph Grabowski with Dave Taylor, upFront.eZine News Archives, March 7, 2016

http://www.upfrontezine.com/2016/03/turbocad-2016-pro-and-platinum-go-wild-on-3d.html

TurboFloorPlan Home & Landscape recognized for excellence in Home Design Software

By Staff, Top Ten Reviews, 2016

http://www.toptenreviews.com/software/home/best-home-design-software/turbofloorplan-home-landscape-pro-review/

TurboCAD 2016 enhances 3D mechanical design feature set

By Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, February 25, 2016

http://gfxspeak.com/2016/02/25/turbocad-2016-enhances-3d-mechanical-design-feature-set/

TurboCAD Deluxe Top Ten Review

By Rebecca Spear, Top Ten Reviews, February 10, 2016

http://www.toptenreviews.com/software/multimedia/best-cad-software/turbocad-deluxe-review/

DesignCAD 3D Max receives a Silver Award

By Rebecca Spear, Top Ten Reviews, February 10. 2016

http://www.toptenreviews.com/software/multimedia/best-cad-software/designcad-3d-max-review/

IMSI Design releases new TurboCAD Mac V9

By Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP, Jan 26, 2016

http://architosh.com/2016/01/mac-cad-news-imsi-design-releases-new-turbocad-mac-v9/

IMSI/Design intros new TurboCAD Mac PowerPack

By News Editor, architosh, August 7, 2015

http://architosh.com/2015/08/imsidesign-intros-new-turbocad-mac-powerpack/

Special Interview: IMSI/Design Talks About All Things TurboCAD

by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP, June 26, 2015

http://architosh.com/2015/06/special-interview-imsidesign-talks-about-all-things-turbocad/

Desktop Engineering Editor's Pick of the week: TurboCAD Pro and TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2015

By Anthony J. Lockwood, Editor at Large, Desktop Engineering, April 2015

http://www.deskeng.com/de/editors-pick-2015-releases-of-turbocad-pro-and-turbocad-pro-platinum-ship/

Susan Smith, Editor of AECCafe and GISCafe, spoke with Dave Taylor about the recent release of TurboCAD Pro 2015 and TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2015. 

By Susan Smith, Editor of AECCafe and GISCafei, March 2015
http://www10.aeccafe.com/blogs/aeccafevoice/2015/03/12/turbocad-pro-2015-and-turbocad-pro-platinum-2015-released/#more-1415


Ralph Grabowski, owner of upFront.eZine Publishing and host of the WorldCAD Access blog, took an in-depth look at TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2015.

By Ralph Grabowski, March 30, 2015

http://www.caddigest.com/exclusive/turbocad/033015_turbocad_pro_platinum_2015.htm

TurboCAD Mac Pro 8 achieves 4.5 out 5 stars from architosh

Review by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP, March 2015

http://architosh.com/2015/03/product-review-imsi-design-turbocad-mac-pro-8/

G2 | Crowd awards TurboCAD as HIGH PERFORMER!

Febbruary 20, 2015 https://www.g2crowd.com/products/turbocad/details

AECCafe identifies Design DesignCAD 3D MAX as low cost CAD option

http://www10.aeccafe.com/blogs/aeccafevoice/2014/05/23/more-low-cost-cad-options/

AECCafe identifies TurboCAD Deluxe as low cost CAD option

http://www10.aeccafe.com/blogs/aeccafevoice/2014/05/14/low-cost-cad-options/

AEC Exhibitor Highlights from Autodesk University 2013

A TurboSite Review by Lachmi Khemlani
http://www.aecbytes.com/feature/2014/AU2013_Exhibitors.html

Viewpoint: TurboCAD through the Years

By Roland Aldridge January 23, 2014
http://www.cadalyst.com/cadalyst/mcad-tech-news-356-18351

Product Review: IMSI Design’s TurboSite Pro 2 for iPad

By Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP, December 9, 2013
http://architosh.com/2013/12/product-review-imsi-designs-turbosite-pro-2-for-ipad/

AU: IMSI Design shows latest versions of TurboSite series at Autodesk University

By Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP, December 9, 2013
http://architosh.com/2013/12/au-imsi-design-shows-latest-versions-of-turbosite-series-at-autodesk-university/

2014 Best CAD Software Comparisons and Reviews

By TopTenReviews, December 2013
http://cad-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

The State of portableCAD in 2013

By Ralph Grabowski, November 26, 2013

http://www.upfrontezine.com/2013/11/the-state-of-portablecad-in-2013.html

TurboSite v1.3, Enterprise Edition, by IMSI/Design

By Steve Stafford, October 31, 2013
http://www.caddigest.com/exclusive/turbocad/103113_turbosite_v1.3_enterprise_edition.htm

TurboCAD R20 Review

By Jeffrey Heimgartner, October 10, 2013
http://www.caddigest.com/exclusive/turbocad/101013_turbocad_r20_review.htm

IMSI/Design plugs its mobileCAD data right into Autodesk software

By Ralph Grabowski, October 3, 2013
http://worldcadaccess.typepad.com/blog/2013/10/imsidesign-plugging-its-mobilecad-data-into-autodesk-software.html

TurboCAD LTE Pro 6 Available. Supports U3D and 3D PDF, along with AutoCAD and SketchUp.

By DE Editors, September 13, 2013
http://www.deskeng.com/articles/aabmgx.htm

WAN AWARDS 2013 Product of the Year Shortlist

(Includes TurboSite by IMSI/Design)
By Jim Davis, September 2, 2013
http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=23273&q=turbosite

What Software to Use When Operating a CNC Hot Wire Foam Cutting Machine?

By Sigal Barnea, August 27, 2013
http://foam.ezinemark.com/what-software-to-use-when-operating-a-cnc-hot-wire-foam-cutting-machine-7d3891717dce.html

Product Review: IMSI TurboCAD Mac Pro 7

By Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP, August 9, 2013
http://architosh.com/2013/08/product-review-imsi-turbocad-mac-pro-7/

Exhibitors at RTC: Looking at TurboSite 1.3

By Ralph Grabowski, July 11, 2013
http://worldcadaccess.typepad.com/blog/2013/07/exhibitors-at-rtc-looking-at-turbosite-13.html

IMSI/Design ups the ante with TurboSite to v1.3

By Ralph Grabowski, July 9, 2013
http://worldcadaccess.typepad.com/blog/2013/07/imsidesign-ups-turbosite-to-v13.html

TurboSite Draws a Crowd

By Roopinder Tara, July 8, 2013
http://cadinsider.typepad.com/my_weblog/2013/07/turbosite-draws-a-crowd.html

Future Vision: Google Glass and CAD From IMSI/Design

By Jeff Rowe, July 2, 2013
http://www10.mcadcafe.com/blogs/jeffrowe/2013/07/02/future-vision-google-glass-and-cad/

Perspectives on the 2013 AIA BEST OF SHOW awards

By Pete Evans AIA, June 28, 2013
http://architosh.com/2013/06/perspectives-on-the-2013-aia-best-of-show-awards/
Talking about the Winners
http://architosh.com/2013/06/perspectives-on-the-2013-aia-best-of-show-awards/2/

Architosh awards 2nd ‘BEST of SHOW’ awards for AIA National

(TurboSite Wins for Mobile)
By News Editor, June 25, 2013
http://architosh.com/2013/06/architosh-awards-2nd-best-of-show-awards-for-aia-national/

2013 AIA Convention Interview with Doug Cochran, CTO of IMSI Design

By Sanjay G , June 20-22, 2013
http://www10.aeccafe.com/video/IMSI-Design-Doug-Cochran-CTO/40484/media.html

First! IMSI/Design announces first CAD app for Google Glass(es)

By Ralph Grabowski, June 20, 2013
http://worldcadaccess.typepad.com/blog/2013/06/from-desktop-to-laptop-to-tablet-to-nothing-its-vapourware-at-this-point-but-imsidesign-will-have-its-turbosite-software-r.html

Softpedia Editor's Review for TurboCAD Deluxe

By Mihaela Citea, April 8, 2013
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Science-CAD/TurboCAD-Deluxe.shtml

IMSI/Design first to adapt CAD to finger-based tablets

By Ralph Grabowski, January 22, 2013
http://worldcadaccess.typepad.com/blog/2013/01/imsidesign-adapts-cad-to-the-tablet.html
IMSI TurboSite for iPad
By Shaun Bryant, December 10, 2012
http://www.caddigest.com/imsi-turbosite-for-ipad/

Autodesk University 2012 Interview with Bob Mayer, COO of IMSI Design

By Greg Haywood, November 27-29, 2012
http://www10.aeccafe.com/video/IMSI-Design-Bob-Mayer-Chief-Operating-Officer/37939/media.html

Software Review: IMSI/Design's TurboSite for iPad

Rakesh Rao, Cad Digest, November 21, 2012
http://www.caddigest.com/software-review-imsidesigns-turbosite-for-ipad/