TurboCAD Expert 2018 – Digital Download
Usability and Interface
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.
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.
This excellent new feature allows you to quickly search for particular commands within the customise dialog allowing you to quickly identify either the command itself or its keyboard shortcut. This will greatly enhance productivity as you can easily customise your interface to suit your own needs by dragging the icon onto a familiar toolbar or to create a new customised 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.
2D Drafting and Editing
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.
3D Drawing, Modeling and Editing
Use the Quick Pull tool to pull or push a closed 2D area of a 3D object (TC Surface) by extruding.
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.
Rendering & Visualisation
- Environments: Scaled Image (Foreground/Background)
- Sky: Type: User Defined Sky
- Render Styles: Enchancements like “Lights only” for Lens flares, ability to minimise/maximise 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.
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.
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.
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.
You can now select Multiple files from Open Dialog box when importing pictures in the Image Manager palette.
Improved usability by the addition of OK and Cancel buttons in the dialog box of the Insert Fraction in the Text Editor palette.
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.