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Susan Smith Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »
TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2017 with Surface and Solid Modeling Available
IMSI® Design announced the release of TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2017 recently, the company’s premium 2D drafting and 3D Surface and Solid modeling application for Windows desktop PCs. Dave Taylor of TurboCAD, demoed the product and some of its notable features, which actually number close to 50.
IMSI/Design has been around for 30 years or so, and continues to provide increasingly high-end upgrades to its software at affordable prices.
This latest release of TurboCAD Pro Platinum includes architectural and mechanical design new and upgraded features. Sheet metal design, rendering and new architectural features are part and parcel of the release, some of which are included here.
Among the new features are the following in specific categories:
Usability & Interface
New Intelligent File Send – E-pack functionality packages all related design content into one common folder that can be sent in a zip file or email to others who also have TurboCAD.
New Image Management Palette – This feature allows you to grab images and insert them into a drawing, you can set certain properties to the image in a simple drag-and-drop insertion.
New Table Editing / Attachable Data – This feature allows you to attach construction data in Excel directly and import it and build tables..
New Timestamp – The timestamp feature tracks how long a file was worked on, and records session time to total time, for creating billable hours. File metadata now includes Date of Creation, Date of Last Modification, Total File Editing Time, and Total Time of Last Session.
New Copying of Architectural Objects – This copy feature allows you to insert a set of windows or doors into a wall for greater productivity.
New Fit to Scale for Door and Window Custom Blocks – Finding which block you were looking for used to be tedious in past versions. Now you can click on the block and find properties, highlight the block you’ve selected and can change elements in Block Edit mode. It also has automatic fit to wall width scaling of custom door and window blocks inserted into walls.
Improved House Builder Wizard – In previous versions you could only build a one-story house. Now you can create a story, copy it onto a new workplane and create a second-story or multi-story house.
New Stair by Linework – Stairs can be created quickly with features added such as railing and landings, etc. You can also create custom staircases.
2D Drafting and Editing
Improved Multi-Text Editor – The new text editor palette allows you to add columns, character maps, numbered lists, bulleted lists, and multi-column support.
Improved Intelligent Scaling – You can create hatches, text, and dimensions that automatically scale to the current zoom level of the view.
3D Drawing, Modeling, and Editing (from company materials)
New Bend by Sketch – Bend single or multiple flanges off of a sheet body using a 2D polyline as the profile.
New Gusset – Easily add support structures to 3D models. Use the New Sheet Metal Gusset to insert a sheet metal gusset between two adjacent faces. New Solid Gusset can insert a Stiffening Rib between two adjacent faces.
Improved Law Tools Editor – Import and export Laws (Curve from Law; Surface with Laws; Offset with Law; Warp Entity by Law) from text files.
Improved NURBS Support – Guidelines for lofts can now be post-updated to modify the resulting loft. Now true NURB surfaces can be generated and edited in three axes.
New Unbend Options – New Get Bend Angles option to extract or insert bend angles as text when using the Unbend Sheet tool. New Unbend Along an Edge lets you selectively unbend elements of a sheet body along specified edges.
New & Improved SMESH Tools (Sub-D Modeling) – Sub-D modeling lets you create organic shapes like Blender and is faster than attempting the shapes in ASIS.
Photorealistic Rendering and Visualization (from company materials)
New Redsdk 4.2 Engine Migration – Improved photorealistic rendering with new shaders, more realistic materials, new expanded parameters to control anti-ailiasing, caustics for sun lighting, physical sky lighting, geo-located sun positioning, and volumetric effects.
New UV Mapping of SMESH Objects – UV mapping has been expanded to support SMESH objects.
File Support / Interoperability
In terms of file support and interoperability, improved AutoCAD (DXF, DWF and DWF) file compatibility and implementation of the latest Teigha engine are a part of the new release. Improved support for 3D PDF export, improved SketchUp file support, new Google Earth KMZ and KML file support, improved Point Cloud (PCD, PCG, XYZ, ASC) file support, with improved triangulation tool to adjust default parameter settings, and new mobile app support supporting import and view TurboApp files from mobile devices, are just some of the interoperability features offered in TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2017.
TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2017 is available for $1,499.99 USD for a full, permanent license, $499.99/year for an annual subscription.