New TurboCAD Pro 17 Gets Speedy Upgrade

NOVATO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Mar 24, 2010 -- IMSI ® /Design, the developer of the #1 best-selling CAD in retail, announced today that it has significantly increased the performance of its flagship products, TurboCAD ® Pro 17 and TurboCAD Pro Platinum 17.

"TurboCAD is now turbocharged," stated Bob Mayer, COO of IMSI/Design. "TurboCAD Pro 17 and Pro Platinum 17 now take advantage of GPU-based graphics cards and are lightning-fast when it comes to wireframe and 2D display. We're seeing performance increase up to 60x -- it's phenomenal."

TurboCAD Pro 17 and Pro Platinum 17 also contain dozens of new features and productivity improvements, including:

Improved Speed and Productivity


  • View wireframes up to 60 times faster. A new drawing engine takes advantage of GPU-based graphics cards so speed increases dramatically in wireframe and 2D mode. Larger files will pan, orbit, and zoom in and out smoothly.

  • Easier, more powerful layer management. Design Director simplifies layer management, and new layer filter support (.DWG compatible) lets you manage large, complex drawings with ease.

  • Fewer clicks. Double-click on text or M-text to enter edit mode. Edit blocks and groups in place.

  • Less setup. New and improved templates set tool default values to more commonly used settings. Paper spaces can be copied with all settings from one drawing to another.

  • Easily create 2D vector drawings from 3D models. Viewports can be exploded creating flat 2D views.

  • New possibilities are available with 3D patterns. Rapidly design mechanical parts with repetitive structures. Apply patterns to spheres and cylinders, radial patterns, 3D arrays, or patterns along a curve for shapes that couldn't easily be drawn before. Arrayed patterns such as ventilation holes, keypad designs, and more can also be designed and merged with other objects. (Platinum Edition.)

Robust Architectural Design


  • Floor plan design is faster than ever. An improved Wall tool now allows for definition of intelligent relationships between walls to link or not link, clean or remain separate, in any combination.

  • Create any style of door or window easily. ACA compatible Door and Window Muntins expand options for parametrically creating the exact object types for your design. (Platinum Edition.)

  • Create precise shapes for walls. A new bottom wall modifier gives you even greater control over the look and design of your structure's walls. (Platinum Edition.)

Add Specificity


  • Geometric Tolerances enable precision in communication. The completely rewritten tolerances tool provides specific instructions on production tolerances and is .DWG compatible.

  • Parametric Parts can be easily created. Drawn parts can be made into reusable parametric parts with a more robust part wizard. Parts may also be scripted using even more commands and mathematical functions than before.

  • Better communication with multi-leaders. One callout for multiple parts.

Greater Interoperability


  • Work with the latest AutoCAD® files. Added support for .DWG 2010.

  • Better Google™ SketchUp™ workflow. A significantly improved COLLADA (.DAE) export feature includes instances so that blocks and architectural objects will be read by SketchUp as components.

  • More powerful Xrefs. We've added Xref clipping for dozens of file formats and allow binding of Xrefs, which can then be exploded and edited. Xref layers are easier to manage, even with layer filters.

Availability and Pricing

TurboCAD Pro 17 is now available for $1,295.

TurboCAD Pro Platinum 17 is now available for $1,495. (For a limited time, receive Drawing Compare plug-in with Pro Platinum 17 purchase, a $125 value. Use it to compare a design and an 'as built' drawing to see where changes have been implemented. Innovative and invaluable.)

For more information or to upgrade, please visit or call IMSI/Design at 1.800.833.8082 (+1.415.483.8000).

About IMSI/Design

IMSI/Design is the global leader in retail CAD (Computer Aided Design). With over 15 million products sold since 1988, IMSI/Design products include the award-winning TurboCAD ®, DoubleCAD™, DesignCAD™, TurboFLOORPLAN™, and IDX ® Renditioner families of precision design applications. Please visit for more information.

© 2010 IMSI/Design, LLC. All rights reserved. TurboCAD and IMSI/Design are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of IMSI/Design, LLC. All other identifiable marks are the property of their respective owners.


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