TurboCAD Expert 2018

TurboCAD Expert 2018

TurboCAD Expert 2018

Advanced 2D/3D CAD Software

TurboCAD Expert is for experienced 2D/3D CAD users. Get hundreds of drawing tools, an optional AutoCAD®-like 2D drafting interface with command line and dynamic input cursor, 3D modeling tools, photorealistic rendering, and extensive file support. Design, modify, present, and document in an integrated fashion.

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Overview

Affordable 2D/3D CAD for Experienced Users

TurboCAD Expert 2018 is for experienced 2D/3D CAD users already familiar with AutoCAD® or AutoCAD® LT looking for a powerful alternative. It includes all of the 2D drafting, 3D surface modeling, photorealistic rendering, and extensive file support of TurboCAD Expert 2018. TurboCAD Expert 2018 also includes an AutoCAD®2018-like 2D drafting interface option with command line and dynamic input cursor that simplifies the transition from AutoCAD®2018. Plus, additional professional features are included in TurboCAD Expert 2018 to enhance productivity and interoperability.

Key Features & Benefits

  • Complete 2D/3D Design Tools for drafting, modeling, modifying, dimensioning and annotation.
  • Easy to Learn and Use with set up wizards, context-sensitive help, snaps, alignment aids, and handle-based editing.
  • AutoCAD®2018-like 2D drafting interface option with command line and dynamic input cursor that simplifies the transition from AutoCAD®2018.
  • More professional 2D drafting & editing tools like 2D Geometric and Dimension Constraints
  • Surface Modeling Tools like 2D/3D Booleans, extrude, revolve, sweeps, & more.
  • Architectural Design Tools including parametric architectural objects, sections and elevations, house builder wizard, schedule tool, and more.
  • Photorealistic Rendering, materials, and lighting to create powerful presentations.
  • Internal Database and Custom Data, External Database Connectivity, and Point Cloud Support
  • Expanded File Sharing Options including AutoCAD®2018 .DWG & .DXF, SketchUp .SKP, .STL for 3D Printing, & more!

Key Features

Powerful UI & Performance

TurboCAD Expert 2018 is for experienced 2D/3D CAD users already familiar with AutoCAD®2018 or AutoCAD®2018 LT looking for a powerful alternative. It includes all of the 2D drafting, 3D surface modeling, photorealistic rendering, and extensive file support of TurboCAD Expert 2018. TurboCAD Expert 2018 also includes an AutoCAD®2018-like 2D drafting interface option with command line and dynamic input cursor that simplifies the transition from AutoCAD®2018. Plus, additional professional features are included in TurboCAD Expert 2018 to enhance productivity and interoperability.
TurboCAD
 
 

Design Director

Organize, access, and explore design alternatives.  The Design Director Palette provides advanced controls for Layers, Layer Filters, creating Layer Sets, setting and saving Work Planes, controlling Named Views, and more to streamline work and enhance productivity.   Read More about the Design Director
 

2D Design and Editing

TurboCAD® is rich in professional 2D/3D design tools and drawing aids that speed design.  Create views and viewports of any size and shape. Access extensive paper space and printing options.  Multi-select drawing tool, dimension tools, and more.   Read More about 2D Design in TurboCAD®
 
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3D Surface Modeling

TurboCAD® includes a complete set of 3D surface modeling and editing tools making it ideal for both single part and small assembly mechanical designs. Read More about 3D Surface Modeling in TurboCAD®
 

TurboCAD Architectural Design 

Architectural & GIS

TurboCAD® includes an integrated suite of architectural tools that accelerate productivity in design and drafting, or in the documentation of existing compatible architectural models. The architectural objects are AutoCAD®2018 Architecture (ACA) compatible so that .DWG models with ACA extensions may be read, modified, and documented as needed.  Read More about TurboCAD® Architectural Tools

 

Photorealistic Rendering & Visualization

TurboCAD Expert 2018 includes the LightWorks drawing and rendering engine to speed design work and create stunning presentations. Render management of materials, luminances, environments, advanced render styles and more help users create truly photorealistic presentations of their design.  Read more about TurboCAD® Visualization Features

 TurboCAD<sup>®</sup> Photorealistic Rendering
 
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Interoperability / File Support

TurboCAD® makes it easy to maintain your intellectual property investment and share your work. TurboCAD Expert supports export of 3D models to 3D .PDF which can be viewed interactively with Acrobat Reader. Plus, users can open, insert, or embed up to 35 file formats and export up to 28, including .DWG, .DXF (from R14 through 2018 including AutoCAD®2018 Architecture extensions), .SKP (SketchUp™, to version 2015), .3DM (Rhinoceros®5), .3DS (Autodesk® 3ds Max®), IGES, STEP, .OBJ, COLLADA (.DAE – export); and many more. Read More about TurboCAD File Support
 
 

External References (Xrefs)

All of the file formats that may be opened and imported, except bitmap images, may be used as an external reference (Xref). TurboCAD® offers Xref clipping for dozens of file formats and binding of Xrefs, which can then be exploded and edited. Xref layers are also easy to manage, including with layer filters. Read More about external references
 

New Features

 USABILITY AND INTERFACE

New Interface Options:

TubroCAD 2018 boasts a new variety of excellent user interfaces including a new RIBBON INTERFACE similar to that found in Microsoft Word and the latest versions of AutoCAD. It also features an updated CADCourse INTERFACE with accelerated keyboard shortcuts for all the commands. Further for traditional users the older CLASSIC INTERFACES type are included so that no matter which interface you prefer you will feel comfortable with the new program. Various types of THEMES are supplied giving you the choice of how you want to interface to appear. At the start of the program a pop-up dialog will appear allowing you to easily choose your preference.
 Select by Entity Type Update
3d poit measure 

Keyboard Shortcuts:

Two, Three, Four or Five 5 Key Keyboard Shortcuts

This brilliant new feature is set to revolutionize the way people use TurboCAD! Similar to the functionality found in other products such as Generic CAD or AutoCAD, the user now has the ability to set up keyboard shortcuts that consist of either two or more keystrokes to quickly invoke any TurboCAD command. These keystrokes are sequential and do not need to be a keyboard combination.

The sequence of keys is initially invoked by pressing and releasing the Control (Ctrl) key and then a set of subsequent keys to invoke the specific command. This effectively allows the user to keep the left hand on the keyboard in the right hand on the mouse massively boosting productivity.

Isolate and Hide Objects:

This terrific new feature allows you to take a complex drawing and to quickly reduce its complexity by allowing you to select certain entities and to isolate them independent of layers or groups. In this way you can focus on the entities that you’re wishing to edit while avoiding overlapping or otherwise complicated entities. In addition to isolating certain objects you also have the choice of hiding additional objects so that you can focus only on the entities that are important during the editing procedure. When complete you can simply hit the Unhide option and the drawing will return to its previous state.
 Extents size property
Search Option for UI Features 

Search Option for Locating UI Features

This excellent new feature allows you to quickly search for particular commands within the customize dialog allowing you to quickly identify either the command itself or its keyboard shortcut. This will greatly enhance productivity as you can easily customize your interface to suit your own needs by dragging the icon onto a familiar toolbar or to create a new customized keyboard shortcut that you will remember. You can type a word in the search field to cycle through the commands and materials. Buttons next to the input field highlight the previous or next suitable item. A search history is stored in a drop-down list allowing you to quickly search for that item again in subsequent. A search combo box is used is in materials, luminance, environment and advance rendering style.

Deletion of Construction and Constraints Layer

Previously, these layers could not be deleted once Construction Lines or Constraints were added to a TurboCAD drawing. Now you can delete Construction layer and Constraints layer by selecting them in the Layer palette.
 Deletion of Constrution and Constraints Layer

2D DRAFTING AND EDITNG

PDF Underlay to object 

PDF Underlay Improvement

The PDF Underlay tool allows you to insert a page of a PDF file into your drawing to use as reference or tracing layer. To use properly as a tracing layer, the file must be a vector PDF, rather than a bit-mapped PDF. AS a vector file, you will be able to snap to the endpoints and midpoints of lines in the PDF underlay.
Underlays consist of two parts: the underlay style and the underlay insertion. Before inserting an underlay you must first create an Underlay style, which is done through the Underlay Manager, found in the Tools menu of the Default interface, and in the Format menu of the Ribbon interface A new tool "PDF underlay to Objects" has been implemented. It gives the ability to convert an Underlay into an editable object.
In addition to importing a PDF Underlay as an Object, 2D Vector PDFs can now be directly imported as a vector file into TurboCAD. 

Snap Between Two Points

Snap between two points that once chosen allows you to snap to the middle of two subsequent points, saving the effort of snapping to the center of a two-point construction circle, and then deleting the circle afterwards.
 Select by Entity Type Update
Thick Profile tool 

Thick Profile tool

Applying thick profile tool with defined width and corners type options to groups of entities of lines/polylines/circles/arcs on plane. It automatically calculates thicken profiles according to width defined for original entities. It results in set of polylines, set of connected polylines (these two options are for TurboCAD versions withour ACIS), region or set of sheet ACIS entities (those two are for  Pro version)

Flatten Tool

Use the Flatten tool for 3D polylines and 3D splines to make them flat on the work plane. This command zeros out any Z values for the defining points of these entity types allowing them to be used in a 2D environment.
 Flatten Tool
Trim by Entity 

Trim by Entity

This interesting new command allows trimming of multiple entities by using a single 2D close profile as the cutting edge. All objects within the defined profile are trimmed and removed. This allows you to avoid having to select multiple objects to trim to just one cutting edge.


Pick Point Hatch Improvement

The pick point Hatch tool now has the ability to forgive small errors in design in that if a boundary line is not 100% closed you can specify an error margin distance so that the hatch command will automatically fill in the difference. This “error margin distance” is adjustable in the “Gap” value in the inspector bar and will greatly speed up hatching procedures as 100% accuracy in regard to closed curves or polylines is now optional.
 Relative Angle Fields

3D DRAWING, MODELING, AND EDITING

Quick Pull for surfaces 

Quick Pull for surfaces

Use the Quick Pull tool to pull or push a closed 2D area of a 3D object (TC Surface) by extruding.


Improved Coordinate Measure tool to include 3D

In earlier versions of TurboCAD, the Measure Coordinates of the Point tool could only measure the X and Y values as it functioned like a 2-D tool fixed on the active workplace. Now, the measure coordinates tool behaves more like a 3D tool in that will show the 3D coordinate of the World coordinate system independent of the active user coordinate system.
 3d poit measure
New 2D Create option 

New 2D Create option

New option for "Create 2D" has been added for 3D polyline, 3D Spline tools. When you switch on this option, and polyline(spline) is flat then a 2D object is created instead of 3D.


ARCHITECTURAL

Relative Angle Fields 

Relative Angle Fields for Wall and polyline update

While drawing walls or polylines, you can now choose to enter an Angle (which is absolute in relation to the world coordinates) or a Relative Angle which is the angle from the immediately previous segment (arc or line).


"Add Roof by Walls" Tool Improvement

Previously, you could create only one roof object. But now there is the possibility to create more than one roof.
 Add Roof By Wall

RENDERING & VISUALIZATION

Lightworks 9.1 SP5

The LightWorks rendering engine is now once again included in TurboCAD and will no longer be an optional plug-in. TurboCAD 2018 includes LightWorks 9.1 SP5, which includes the following improvements:

Environments

Scaled Image (Foreground/Background)
 Environment

Sky

Type: User Defined Sky
 Sky
Render Styles 

Render Styles

Enchancements like "Lights only" for Lens flares, ability to minimize/maximize radius of Bounce and Gather, modify the intensity of Final Gather Controller for blurred shades, and Soft Pencil sketching are introduced in Render Styles.

Status Bar Memory Display Update

Once the Rendering mode for a selected object is initiated; the TurboCAD status bar now displays the respective memory usage along with the processing time.
 Status Bar Memory Display Update

FILE SUPPORT / INTEROPERABILITY:

File Sharing with AutoCAD® 2018 : Updated DWG and .DXF file import and export

3MF Export Support: TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2018 now supports export of the 3MF file type used in Manufacturing.

3DS Filter Improvements

Issues of lost materials and lost texture coordinates are now fixed. 

OTHER:

Image Manager Improvement 

Audit System

A new “Audit” item has been added to the Filters menu of the Selection Info Palette . This Audit System enables you to highlight ‘bad’ objects in Selection Info palette, turn on/off audit conditions and change their parameters, generate audit report for one or more objects, filter ‘bad’ objects in Selection Info palette, send notifications (about a ‘bad’ object) to Event Viewer palette.

Extents Size Property

The Extents Size parameter has been added to the Selection Info Palette properties. Extents Size parameter works with groups, blocks and insertions. You can now use the ‘Extents size’ property to select entity according to size valuation. Select objects that you think are big or small, or an object in any range you want. The Extents Size update provides you with additional flexibility so that you can use this parameter for various needs and for analyzing possibly corrupted “wrong” entities.
 Extents size property
Image Manager Improvement 

Image Manager Improvement

You can now select Multiple files from Open Dialog box when importing pictures in the Image Manager palette.

New Zoom Diagnostic Message

A new message has been added. It appears when the user tries to zoom in or zoom out beyond the maximum zoom factor or limit.
 New Zoom Diagnostic Message
OK and Cancel Buttons 

OK and Cancel Buttons Added to Insert Fraction Dialog Box

Improved usability by the addition of OK and Cancel buttons in the dialog box of the Insert Fraction in the Text Editor palette.

Select by Entity Type Update

Now Circle/Ellipse item of previous TC versions is separated into two cases: Circle and Ellipse. The same is for Circular and Elliptical arcs. Previous versions could not select Circles or Arcs separately.
 Select by Entity Type Update

System Requirements

TurboCAD Expert is delivered in a 64-bit version to take full advantage of your hardware’s available computer memory to load, process, and render CAD files. A 32-bit version is also available if required by your hardware.

CPU Type

1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

64-bit System Requirements:

Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8* 64-bit, Windows 7 (64-bit), Vista (64-bit) - 8 GB RAM.

32-bit System Requirements:

Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8*, Windows 7 - 4GB RAM.

*TurboCAD® is designed for desktops or laptops that meet the indicated system requirements. Windows RT technology for use on tablets is not supported.

Recommended:

Your experience with TurboCAD Expert will be greatly enhanced with a newer generation, higher speed CPU, and 8+ GB RAM

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