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TurboCAD Pro 2015 and TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2015 released
March 12th, 2015 by Susan Smith
Dave Taylor, product design manager at IMSI/Design, spoke with AECCafe Voice about the recent release of TurboCAD Pro 2015 and TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2015.
CEO Bob Mayer calls this “one of our most significant releases.” Dave Taylor said that the most significant feature addition is the Conceptual Selector.
“If I go back to the classic selector historically ever since we incorporated 3D in TurboCAD, we have used this style of selector,” said Taylor. “You see xyz handles on here for rotating, and one of the nicest things about TurboCAD is the yellow reference point in the inspector bar. In 2015 we’ve incorporated the Conceptual Selector that gives TurboCAD a more modern look and feel to its interface. This looks a lot like the selection tools for the new generation popular CAD applications.”
“The selection tool is the most frequently used tool in the application. If you select an object you’re going to edit, you will see the square boxes that will allow you to scale bi-directionally or in one direction or the other. The tool has all sorts of controls including the ability to rotate and for any type of precision move you need to do. You can always select the object and come down to the inspector bar and type a coordinate, etc.”
In TurboCAD 2015 the new selector tool is fully customizable. Users can determine what handles are displayed, whether there is a boundary box, lighting effects, etc.
Another new change is the RedSDK rendering engine as opposed to the old GDI engine used in past releases. RedSDK is a GPU driven display and rendering engine. This will also be a part of TurboCAD Deluxe 2015 when it is released and is now the default display engine technology for TurboCAD.
There are several TurboCAD models. Designer is 2D only, Deluxe is 2D and 3D, and Pro Basic, standard Pro and Pro Platinum. “Most people who make the jump between Deluxe and Pro end up going with the Pro Platinum because it has way more capabilities — first and foremost would be the Part Tree,” said Taylor.
“If I design a part and once I’ve applied a Boolean operation to it, instead of being individual objects it’s become a part. Part Tree allows me to go back to the history of my putting together my parts. I can make edits on the fly and automatically update the model. You’ll see the part automatically update. Anyone doing mechanical design will want this Part Tree. That’s the significant difference between Pro and Platinum.”
The hole tool allows the user to automatically put a hole in the design on the fly. This also becomes part of the part. The parameters of the hole can also be changed on the fly.
Expanded roof capabilities allow users to fully customize roofs.
Standard usability improvements include improved block and group editing which is the ability to snap to objects while you’re in lock edit mode.
Significant user interface changes , include the properties dialogs that have always been fixed size for typing text into. Now you can type an unlimited amount of text into this field.
Introduced last year, Simple BIM is an answer to those users who ask for a simpler form of BIM than Autodesk Revit. These users require some interaction with BIM, but not the whole complex building model. This year Simple BIM expands with the addition of import support of Industry Foundation Class (IFC) files.
“We termed it “Simple BIM” because it only applies to the key object types in our application as far as architectural goes, which are walls, doors, windows, and slabs, railings and stairs,” said Taylor. “Last year we introduced the ability to export BIM information out of TurboCAD, so you have the functionality to import end drawings.”
(List below from company materials):
TurboCAD Pro 2015 and TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2015 new and enhanced features include:
ARCHITECTURAL / SIMPLE BIM
PRODUCTIVITY AND USABILITY ENHANCEMENTS
RENDERING AND VISUALIZATION
DRAFTING AND DETAILING
Availability and Pricing
TurboCAD Pro 2015 is $1,495 and is now available. TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2015 is $1,695 and is now available. Annual Subscriptions also available.
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