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Different Interfaces for Different Folks in TurboCAD 2018
May 18th, 2018 by Susan Smith
Robert Berry IMSI Design, spoke with AECCafe Voice about the newly released TurboCAD 2018 line of products, including Pro Platinum, Expert, Deluxe and Designer versions for Windows® desktop PCs.
“The main difference between our flagship product for $150, Deluxe that contains surface modeling and the Professional and Expert versions is that the latter versions contain the ACIS solid modeler,” said Berry. “That’s an expensive library and also our Expert version has an AutoCAD command line. That’s one of the things about this new version 2018. We have a different interface depending upon what type of user you are. This ribbon interface is for people who are familiar with ribbon interfaces like for Word. We also do have the ability to customize these things and change layout.”
IMSI is unusual in that it has a lot of interfaces and workspaces. The LT interface is the AutoCAD LT interface, and it can switch from the ribbon to the LT interface, and it will quickly change the layout. IMSI has the command line in the product, so you can draw lines and it has AutoCAD dynamic input in the Expert and Professional version.
Berry has been involved with TurboCAD for two decades, since he created the interface in South Africa. The CAD alias interface is part of the original product “It’s got all the commands in the CAD interface,” he said. “Choose any of the interfaces with your connection tools and drawing tools. On the right-hand side of the screen, what I really like is it has all the AutoCAD aliases in it. Look at keyboard shortcuts and CTRL BOX is going to run amok. With this technology, we don’t hold our control key down for short cuts, we press and release the control key and then we type in whatever the shortcut is. So, CTRL BOX starts drawing the box.
“If you want to go to the box, so CTRL B2 gets me to the b circle or C3 gets me drawing a 3-point circle. It’s very quick and it has a command line per se. at the bottom of the screen, hit CTRL RECT and then I’m drawing a rectangle. Or if I want to draw a poly line CTRL PL then I’m drawing one. Or I want to draw a single line CTRL SL.
With the single-entry keyboard element, if I want to snap to a circle I can just move to the center of the circle and press C. AutoCAD uses are familiar with typing in CEN for center. So, then I would come in here and press CTRL CEN and it is a single point snap and it will snap only to the center of a circle. Likewise, the V key, in TurboCAD language V is for vertex, but in AutoCAD language its CTRL END and then I can snap to the end of something.”
Every single command in the product has these shortcuts. All commands are come in AutoCAD aliases and they are also TurboCAD commands. They are available in all the TurboCAD variations.
The 2-key keyboard shortcuts that were available in GenericCAD are in TurboCAD now.
If you have a complicated drawing and want to work with an isolated object or hide parts of it, you can use CTRL H for hatch objects, and then end isolation when finished.
The ability to search for different elements, and commands such as the slide command where you can drag elements onto a toolbar are very useful.
Now there is the ability to use PDF as a trace player with improved ability, to set up a time delay, that allows you to choose page of PDF you want to bring in. It becomes a part of the drawing, a group of graphics that you can explode it and break it down into individual entities. It also allows editing and manipulation of PDF files far better than in the past. You can do multiple pages also.
The new Snap mode will allow a mid-point snap option that will allow you to snap between two points. A two-point snap command and will find the middle of it.
With the new 3D elements, you can turn them into 2D elements.
With the drafting palette, you can select 2D images. You can choose the 3D images and insert them into the drawing, so it’s very easy to create a top, left and side view, and selections line up and insert it as 2D elements into the drawing.
Berry said that when he was at AutoCAD, he was concerned about elements crossing in the Pinpoint Hatch feature. In TurboCAD 2018, the pinpoint hatch has been improved. “In some situations, you’ll have a gap, you measure the gap, and you can see gaps of 33-34 inches so you key in CTRL PPH. If I make gap bigger than what it is, now I click in the space and it will still find and do a pinpoint hatch in here and should automatically fill this up.”
Quicktool for surfaces in the past was only for the ACIS solid modeler. “Now, if you have a flat 2D sheet you can thicken it easily, make it into a 3D object, and can measure on 3D values as well,” said Berry.
All the primary features of IMSI TurboCAD 2018 are outlined in the following company materials:
Usability & Interface
2D Drafting and Editing
3D Drawing, Modeling, and Editing
Photorealistic Rendering and Visualization
File Support / Interoperability
Availability and Pricing
TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2017 is now available for $1,499.99 USD for a full, permanent license, $499.99/year for an annual subscription, TurboCAD Expert for $499.99, TurboCAD Deluxe for $149.99, and TurboCAD Designer for $49.99.
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