WHAT IS NEW IN TurboCAD
PRO PLATINIUM V.20
MORE REALISTIC RENDERS
New UV Mapping
TurboCAD Pro Platinum users can now project 2D
images onto 3D objects.
UV mapping stands for the technique used to "wrap" a 2D image
texture onto a 3D mesh. "U" and "V" are the name of the axes of
a plane, since "X", "Y" and "Z" are used for the coordinates in
the 3D space. For example: increasing your "V" on a sphere might
move you along a longitude line (north or south), while
increasing your "U" might move you along a line of latitude (east
A 3D model is in fact composed from a number of faces and
vertices in space, while a material is a 2D image. UV mapping
bridges the gap between 2D and 3D, telling TurboCAD how to
"squash" and "slice" the 3D model onto a flat plane, without
UV Mapping is especially powerful when working to create
realistic organic shapes, from creating product comps or
designing detailed characters for animation.
New Redsdk v3 Rendering Engine
The RedSDK engine, which takes advantage of GPU-based
graphics cards for faster design navigation, has been upgraded
to new v3.
10 times faster rendering speed when moving
New “Show object while dragging” in RedSDK
Draft and Hidden Line mode
Smoother “Show object while dragging” in
RedSDK Wireframe mode
Rapid Update after object rotation and move
Faster Undo/Redo after object rotation and
Manipulate "heavy" bodies in real-time in
all RedSDK modes (wireframe, hidden line, draft
MORE POWERFUL DRAFTING & DETAILING
New Associative Arrays - Pattern
Tools Updates & Improvements
TurboCAD pattern tools have been greatly
expanded opening a range of new design possibilities. Now users
can rapidly create parametric 3D patterns from a wide variety of
New Patterns from
- Use the 2D elements of patterns for 3D object creation via
New Hole Operations
- Pattern points defined by 2D patterns can be used for 3D hole
New Entity Marks
Create custom marks to track, or count, objects
and add information using Property Sets and Multi-View blocks.
Property Set Definitions- Create custom
information for objects, and derive custom information from
Multi-View Blocks – Define composites of
blocks that can vary their appearance depending upon the
New Protractor Tool
TurboCAD now allows you to place a virtual
protractor on your drawing to more easily create construction
lines in 2D and 3D. The Protractor Tool is able to work in many
modes simultaneously with a powerful dynamic display.
New Stellated Polygon Tool
Create star-shaped polygon objects in two
clicks! Just as quickly adjust properties including:
Stellated as wave (for rounded stellated
Radius fillet external (works when stellated
as wave option is ON)
Radius fillet internal
Angle of rotation
Thickness (when working with ACIS 3D
Improved Associative Viewport Dimensions - Add
dimensions to an object through a viewport in paperspace and the
dimensions will update if the model changes.
New Drafting Object Reference Point - Manually redefine
the reference points of drafting objects so you can adapt to
changes in the model.
New Dimension Function - Linear and angular dimension
tools now allow users to specify a fixed length for line
extensions and the value for that length.
ADVANCED MECHANICAL DESIGN & 3D MODELING
New Editing Tools for Smooth Surface
Mesh 3D Modeling
Last year, a toolbox of Smooth Surface
Mesh (smesh) 3D modeling and editing tools were added to
TurboCAD Pro Platinum for easier creation of organic shapes. New
version 20 enhances these capabilities with two new tools for
rapid editing of smesh objects.
New Split Face Smesh Editing Tool allows for
quick division of a smesh face so you can more precisely
define the area you want to modify. Simply select the smesh
face want to split, and then click the locations on the edge
of the face where you want the split to start and end. The
smesh face is split along the boundary you specified and
surrounding faces are adjusted along the new faces.
New Extrude Face Smesh Editing Tool lets
users quickly extrude a smesh face along an extrusion path.
New Gear Contour Tool
TurboCAD Pro takes its new Stellated
Polygon Tool one step further with the new Gear Contour Tool.
This tool quickly creates gear shaped objects and aligns gear
objects. Adjustment properties include:
Updated ACIS 3D Modeling Engine
R23 update continues to advance performance and
flexibility in TurboCAD 20.
New Selector Option for 3D Booleans
For added flexibility, use one of the new super
selector modes (Rectangular, Window Polygon, Crossing Polygon or
Fence) to easily select multiple objects for 3D Boolean
operations (3D add, 3D Subtract, and 3D Slice).
New 3D .PDF filter
Export 3D models to .PDF. The 3D object
can then be interactively visualized by Acrobat Reader (since
Improved AutoCAD 2013 (DWG) filter
Updated file filter offers a range of continued
enhancements for working with the latest AutoCAD® and AutoCAD LT
2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 files to maximize your workflow.
New/Improved Collada (DAE) filter
An entirely revamped Collada filter with greater
export and import accuracy and performance. This interchange
file format offers many uses, including the ability to drag and
drop a COLLADA file on top of the virtual Earth in Google® Earth
New Export Coordinate Data
Users can now derive point data from the
geometry in models and drawings and export the data in a
standard CSV format.
New AutoCAD LT work-a-like mode
Now TurboCAD Pro users can easily switch
between a tradition TurboCAD UI and the more modern TurboCAD LTE
UI, which allows users familiar with AutoCAD LT to work in a
similar environment including dynamic input and a command line.
New Print Window
Enter coordinate values, or use a new pointing
device to specify opposite corners of an area you wish to print.
It’s a simply way to quickly print just the part of a design you
wan to print.
New Super Selector Modes
The drag mode selector has been greatly enhanced
with 3 new drag modes, and one new menu item that encapsulates
the old selector modes offering more precise control over object
selection for faster, easier modification of your drawing.
New Rectangle Selector Mode is a
bidirectional selector. It replaces the drag modes
previously know as “Window Rectangular Mode” and “Crossing
New Window Polygon Selector Mode only
selects objects which are completely inside a closed polygon.
Objects outside or partially outside the polygon will not be
New Crossing Polygon Selector Mode allows
you to select those objects which are crossing or completely
within a closed polygon.
New Fence Selector Mode selects only those
objects which are touched by the open polygon or “fence”
created while in this mode.
New Previous Selection Function
This function was added to the selector dragger
allowing users to quickly jump back to the last selection with
which there was a modification, and restore the selection.
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WHAT IS NEW IN TurboCAD
PRO PLATINIUM V.19
New 64-Bit Version
New 64-Bit Version of TurboCAD addresses up to
32GB of memory, compared to 2GB on the 32-bit platform, so
RAM-intensive processes are much quicker. Load, process, and
render much larger CAD files. The 32-bit version is still
available if it’s required by your hardware.
Updated Design Engines
Update your design technology
with the updated ACIS® v22 solid modeling engine, plus
LightWorks® v8.3 and Redsdk v3 rendering engines.
MORE POWERFUL TOOLS
Surface Mesh 3D Modeling Tools
Now you can use
existing 3D modeling tools like the Box and Sphere tool to
create a smooth surface mesh. Users can set values to specify
the tessellation, or resolution, of the resulting smooth mesh.
This new form of 3D object creation allows for easier and more
rapid creation of organic shapes. There are also a number of
editing tools for greater control over a 3D model.
NEW Smoothness Setting
setting allows users to control the smoothness level on a smooth
NEW Smooth Surface Mesh Moving
tool allows users to move the edges and faces of smooth meshes.
NEW Smooth Surface Mesh Crease
Pick an edge
between contiguous faces and create a crease or sharp edge in a
NEW Smooth Surface Mesh Refine
selected face or faces to create higher local resolution for
NEW Smooth Surface Mesh Merge
contiguous faces into a single face.
NEW Smooth Surface Mesh Extrude
Use this tool
to extrude the face of a smooth mesh.
New/Improved 1stPricing Palette
Back by popular
demand, the 1stPricing Palette has returned, so architectural
symbols can be added to the TurboCAD drawing and then an online,
real-time price quote can be obtained through the 1stPricing
palette. This latest version now includes support for parametric
windows, doors, and skylights.
Improved Standard Modify Tools
modify tools, such as Trim, Split, and Meet 2 Lines, will now
work with walls.
Assign longitude and longitude to
a point in your drawing – useful for surveyors and civil
engineers for location of drawing elements.
New Compass Rose
rose icon can now be placed in your design to displays north
We’ve completely updated program
icons and menu colors to a more contemporary look. But you’re
not locked in. If you’re happy with the ways things are, we’ve
included the option to return to our classic UI.
NEW ePack File Packaging
Use the new ePack file packaging
feature to collect all associated files, fonts, and Xrefs into a
common folder for easy distribution.
NEW Page Layout Wizard
New wizard makes for rapid
creation of 2D layouts from an existing 3D model. Two modes are
provided to facilitate optimum results for either Architectural
or Mechanical models. Layout preferences can be saved for later
NEW Draw by Layer PLUS
This new setting allows users to
apply general property changes to all tool presets. Once
activated, when changes are made to the properties (Layer, Pen,
and Brush) of a selected tool, those changes are applied to all
NEW “Keep Center of Extents”
selector mode option
New selector mode option scales
around the center point of an object making changes symmetric.
NEW Drawing Compare
Instantly identify the difference
between two CAD drawings, raster images, or PDF files from
dozens of different applications. Now included with TurboCAD
Pro, this utility lets you simply select two drawings and
perform a visual comparison of the two. Compare differences in
3D files, as well as 2D, in a variety of ways. Select “Zoom to
Differences” to quickly spot updates, or use the toggle feature
to locate changes. Once you’ve identified them, there are
options to switch from one image to the other, to show only the
differences, or to have the differences blink, quickly
highlighting where changes have been made. You can even create
an animated .gif of the differences in the two files in order to
share these with others.
New Drafting Object Options
Two new drafting object options
are now available. The “Curve Segments Amount” is a memory
saving option that defines the number of segments between
adjacent control points and applies to all of the curves inside
of the drafting object. New “Don’t Show Hidden Lines” option
allows users to show/hide all hidden lines of Drafting Objects,
for more predictable behavior as invisible Hidden Lines will not
interact with SNAPs
Improved Drafting Palette Option
Use ACIS references to save
memory when creating a drafting object.
Improved Join Polyline
Join polyline sow supports the
ability to join arcs, bulge polylines and 3D polylines with
EASIER RENDERING AND
Upgraded LightWorks Rendering
The powerful LightWorks®
photorealistic and artistic rendering engine has been updated to
version 8.3. Some of the enhancements include new styles and
shader, as well as HTML documentation.
NEW Material Editor
New Material Editor has
streamlined material location, selection, application, and
editing. Its ease of use applies to luminance, environments, and
render styles, since it’s completely integrated into one common
universal editor for LightWorks®.
Redsdk Rendering Engine
The Redsdk engine from Redway 3D,
which takes advantage of GPU-based graphics cards for faster
design navigation, has been upgraded to new version 3. Now
rendering can be isolated to selected objects in a drawing,
instead of all objects in Model Space, saving time.
Specifically, if at the time of switching to the RedSDK Draft or
Hidden Line render mode, there are selected items in the
drawing, then the rendering will be applied only to those
selected objects. Redsdk is also now the default draw mode
instead of OpenGL.
NEW GPU-Accelerated Drawing
Performance in Quality Render
The updated Redsdk engine is now
supported in Quality Render mode, as well as Wireframe, Hidden
Line, and Draft Render modes. Speed drawing performance up to 60
times faster! Background rendering has also been implemented.
NEW Hatch Pattern Creator
Now included with TurboCAD Pro,
this tool provides an easy and fast way of creating repeating
patterns to be used as Brush Patterns in your designs. Create
custom hatch patterns by symbol and by sample. Using the tool
you can also select existing patterns, adding several together,
accumulating patterns and creating more complex designs. As you
create new patterns, save them to the Brush Style Table and they
will be available for repeated use.
IMPROVED DWG/DXF Filters
Updated filers offer a range of
continued enhancements for working with the latest AutoCAD® and
AutoCAD LT 2010 / 2011 / 2012 files.
NEW/ IMPROVED DGN (MicroStation)
The DGN file filter for working
with MicroStation has been completely re-written to open and
save DGN files through v8.
NEW 3D Print Option
New print option allows you to
output your 3D solid model directly to the Axon software used
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