TurboCAD Professional 2021 is for experienced 2D/3D CAD users already familiar with AutoCAD® or AutoCAD® LT looking for a powerful alternative. It includes all of the 2D drafting, 3D surface modeling, photorealistic rendering, and extensive file support of TurboCAD Professional 2021.
TurboCAD Professional also includes an AutoCAD®2020-like 2D drafting interface option with command line and dynamic input cursor that simplifies the transition from AutoCAD®2021.
Plus, additional professional features are included in TurboCAD Professional 2021 to enhance productivity and interoperability.
Powerful UI & Performance
If you’re new to TurboCAD Pro Platinum, features like the fully customizable interface, including an optional AutoCAD®-like 2D drafting interface, can help you get started. Save more time with handle based editing and a GPU accelerated drawing engine. Even collecting and assembling all external resources and entities attached to a drawing for distribution is simple with ePack. Plus, TurboCAD is 64-bit compatible to manage even the largest CAD files.
Organize, access, and explore design alternatives. The Design Director Palette provides advanced controls for Layers, Layer Filters, creating Layer Sets, setting and saving Work Planes, controlling Named Views, and more to streamline work and enhance productivity.
2D Design and Editing
TurboCAD is rich in professional 2D/3D design tools and drawing aids that speed design. Create views and viewports of any size and shape. Access extensive paper space and printing options. Multi-select drawing tool, dimension tools, and more.
3D Surface Modeling
TurboCAD includes a complete set of 3D surface modeling and editing tools making it ideal for both single part and small assembly mechanical designs.
Architectural & GIS
TurboCAD includes an integrated suite of architectural tools that accelerate productivity in design and drafting, or in the documentation of existing compatible architectural models. The architectural objects are AutoCAD® Architecture (ACA) compatible so that .DWG models with ACA extensions may be read, modified, and documented as needed.
Photorealistic Rendering & Visualization
TurboCAD Pro Platinum includes lightworks to speed design work and create stunning presentations. Render management of materials, luminances, environments, advanced render styles and more help users create truly photorealistic presentations of their design.
Interoperability / File Support
TurboCAD makes it easy to maintain your intellectual property investment and share your work. TurboCAD Pro supports export of 3D models to 3D .PDF which can be viewed interactively with Acrobat Reader. Plus, users can open, insert, or embed up to 35 file formats and export up to 28, including .DWG, .DXF (from R14 through 2017 including AutoCAD® Architecture extensions), .SKP (SketchUp™, to version 2015), .3DM (Rhinoceros®), .3DS (Autodesk® 3ds Max®), IGES, STEP, .OBJ, COLLADA (.DAE – export); and many more.
External References (Xrefs)
All of the file formats that may be opened and imported, except bitmap images, may be used as an external reference (Xref). TurboCAD offers Xref clipping for dozens of file formats and binding of Xrefs, which can then be exploded and edited. Xref layers are also easy to manage, including with layer filters.
Performance, User Interface & Usability
1. Find Control in Custom Ribbon Page
The Find feature allows users to search or find Command/Group/Pop-ups/Tabs in the Ribbon tree.
2. Interactive Startup Splash Screen
Splash Screen has been added as a Startup Screen when Launching TurboCAD for a better interactive user interface. The interactive screen displays recently created files and ability to open/create new file via Create tab, allows user to learn about TurboCAD basics, including new feature videos, via Learn tab, and get access to the latest information about TurboCAD, via News tab.
3. Snap Improvement: Highlight Hit Graphic
This feature highlights edges for snaps when you move a 3D object or connect two, 3D objects together. This option has been added to both the Drawing Aids window and the related settings have been added to the Program Setup/Preferences dialog box as Visual Effect Settings, selected – Visual Effect Settings.
4. Resize Previews in Blocks Palette
A new slider has been added to the Blocks Palette which allows the user to resize previews of blocks within the Blocks Palette.
5. Mouse Wheel Support within the Blocks Palette
Using the mouse wheel, the user can now scroll through block previews within the Blocks Palette.
6. Currently Available On
A new feature has been added to the Commands section in the Customize menu, which allows the user to see the position of a particular command available in the menu, UIs and toolbars.
7. Find Block in Blocks Palette
A new search bar has been added to the Blocks Palette which allows user to find a block by its name in the Blocks Palette.
8. Viewport Hidden Line Performance Improvement
A new option “Use Hidden Line Cache” has been added to the cache section of the Viewport properties window. If this is turned on, Paper Space viewport processing (redraw, move, zoom) becomes significant faster for large drawings.
2D Drafting and Editing
1. Automatic Updating of Xrefs
When using a file with Xrefs, if any of those external files are updated, then TurboCAD now asks if you want to regenerate the file with the updated Xref.
2. Leader Dimension Improvements
Leader dimensions in DWG files are now displayed correctly with TC2021.
3. Load/Unload Xrefs
A New option “Status”, with two values: “Loaded” and “Unloaded” has been added to the Edit Xrefs dialog box. When a referenced drawing (Xref) is Unloaded from the current drawing, the drawing opens much faster and uses less memory.
When the Xref definition is unloaded from the drawing file, the internal pointer to the referenced drawing remains. You can therefore restore all the information by Loading the Xref. In order to maximize the performance of TurboCAD, it is recommended that you Unload any referenced files if they are not needed in the current drawing session but may be used later for printing/plotting.
4. Edit Selected Block command
Now user can edit the selected block directly within the TurboCAD drawing without having to select the Edit Content option from the Blocks Palette. This can be done by simply selecting the block and clicking “Edit Selected Block”, now added to the menu.
The Architectural Grid is a new tool that makes it easy to align other architectural objects in the drawing, such as walls and columns. Users can also import rectangular grids from DWG drawings and can change the properties of the grid and bubble representation, via the Selection Info palette.
Rendering and Visualization
1. Visualize Render Mode
A new render mode “Visualize” has been added to the TurboCAD 2021. Visualize supports several device modes: OpenGLES2, OpenGL and GDI, out of which OpenGLES2 is the most advanced and the most productive device mode.
a. Visualize Hidden Line and Draft Render Mode
'Visualize’ Rendering Type with both Hidden Line and Draft Render (including ‘Gouraud Shaded’ and ‘Flat Shaded’) modes has been added to ‘Camera PropertiesRendering’ page.
Visualize Wireframe vs Hidden Line vs Draft Render:
b. Visualize Import LightWorks® and RedSDK materials
The Visualize rendering technology includes the ability to import materials contained in TurboCAD files that have been rendered either by LightWorks or RedSDK. The Visualize renderer does not currently include its own native materials for TurboCAD. Currently, Visualize rendering supports color, texture, transparency map and bump maps, these parameters can be imported from LightWorks or RedSDK materials.
c. Visualize Anti-Aliasing
The Visualize renderer supports two types of Anti-Aliasing: Line Smoothing and Fast Approximation Anti-Aliasing (FXAA).
d. Visualize Ambient Occlusion
An Ambient Occlusion option is included in Visualize. Options for these are set in the Drawing Setup dialog box, and include the following parameters: Loops, Focus, Power, Blur Radius, Blur Power.
e. Visualize Lighting
Lighting options are included in Visualize. Options for this are set in Drawing Setup dialog box, and include the following parameters: Default Presets, Intensity. This could get enabled with OpenGLES2 device type.
f. Visualize Support images with alpha transparency
Support of images with alpha transparency is included in Visualize. When the Opaque Background option is disabled (it is enabled by default), it makes all pixels of a certain color transparent (100% transparency). In Visualize mode, the transparency of each pixel corresponds to the alpha transparency value for the given pixel, specified in the alpha channel.
g. Visualize Settings
Visualize Settings have been added to the Program Setup window.
1. Updated DWG and DXF support
Updated Read and Write support of DWG and DXF files.
2. Publish to PDF
Publish to PDF Combine functionality of 2D and 3D PDF filters have been integrated into a single tool “Publish to PDF”, which has been added to the File menu.
3. STL Import Performance Boost
STL file import performance has been boosted up to 10 times.
4. SKP filter updated
TurboCAD now supports Import and Export of the SketchUp 2021 file format.
|Tools & Features|
UI & PERFORMANCE
|Automatic updating of Xrefs|
|Interactive Startup Splash Screen|
|Mouse wheel support within the Blocks Palette|
|Find position of a Command in the UI|
|Audit System - locate 'bad' or out-of-rage objects based upon user criterion|
|AutoCAD®-like 2D Drafting Interface Options|
|Command Line with Dynamic Input Cursor|
|Easy, Handle-Based Editing|
|ePack with New Intelligent File Send||-|
|PDF Underlay Tool|
|Windows 64-bit and 32-bit Compatible Versions|
|Design Director - for object property management|
2D DRAFTING & EDITING
|Direct Editing of Blocks in Drawing|
|2D Drawing, Editing and Modifying|
|Advanced Drawing Tools (Gear, Surface Tolerance, Text along Curve)||-|
|Drafting and Detailing Palette - create associative sections and cut planes||-|
|2D Geometric and Dimension Constraints||-|
|Associative Arrays and Pattern Tools|
|Auto Tools (for Scaling, Sizing, Positioning, Rotating, and Movement)|
|Bezier and Fair Curves|
|Centerline and Center Mark|
|Hatch Pattern Creator & Gradient Fills|
|Smart and Quick Dimension Tools|
|Relative Angle Field|
3D DRAWING, MODELING, & EDITING
|3D Solid and Surface mapping tools||-|
|3D Surface Primitives|
|3D Booleans - Add, Subtract, Intersection|
|3D Splines and Polylines|
|Mirror Copy Tool for 3D Objects|
|3D Slice by Facet||-|
|Advanced Blending Functionality||-|
|3D Patterns from Compound Profiles||-|
SOLID MODELING & ADVANCED MECHANICAL DESIGN
|Part Tree/History Tree||-|
|ACIS® Solid Modeling||-|
|Law Tools - Curve from Law; Surface with Laws; Offset with Law; Warp Entity by Law||-|
|Sheet Metal Tools (bend and unbend, flange, gusset and rib)||-|
|Smooth Surface Meshes (SMesh)||-|
|Tweak Face and Revolve Face||-|
|Twisted Extrude, Extrude to Face Tools||-|
ADVANCED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN & GIS
|House Builder Wizard|
|Simple BIM via IFC Support||Import Only|
|Self-Trimming and Self-Aligning Blocks|
|Geolocation of Drawings, Compass Rose|
|Schedule Tool and Wizard|
|Architectural Sections and Elevations (3D-to-2D documentation)|
|Intelligent (Parametric) Attribute-rich, Architectural Objects||Limited||Full|
|- Walls (Self-Healing; Straight, Curved; Block Insert)|
|- Windows & Doors|
|- Slabs (Floor and Roof Slabs, now with openings)|
|- Compound Wall Definitions / Multi-Component Walls||-|
|- Muntins - for Windows & Doors||-|
PHOTOREALISTIC RENDERING AND VISUALIZATION
|Visualize Hidden Line Render Mode|
|Visualize Rendering and Lighting|
|Visualize Import Lightworks and RedSDK materials|
|Visualize Ambient Occlusion|
|Visualize Support images with alpha transparency|
|3D Photorealistic Rendering|
|Customizable Luminances and Material Libraries|
|Caustics for Sun Lights|
|Customizable Environments Library|
|Luminance of Objects, Shadow Casting, Anti-aliasing|
|OpenGL & Hidden Line Rendering|
|Shared Shader Sets - support of legacy drawings|
|Volumetric Rendering Effects|
|Geo-located Sun & Physical Sky Lighting|
|UV Mapping - now includes SMesh Objects||-|
|Dynamic Cutaway Plane||-|
PHOTOREALISTIC RENDERING AND VISUALIZATION
|Blocks, Block Editor and Xref Support|
|Symbols, Part Library|
|Table Styles with Property Set Definitions|
|Internal Database and Custom Data; External Database Connectivity|
|Parametric Parts Editor for 2D and 3D parts creation and management||-|
|Programmable SDK & Ruby Scripting (Compatible with SketchUp Ruby Scripts)||-|
|Progress meter for Interop Filters||-|
|Part Names from Interop||-|
|Export VDA file format||-|
|Export CATIA file format||-|
|3D Printer Support via .STL Import and Export|
|AutoCAD (DXF, DWG, and DWF) File Compatibility|
|Import and Open File Formats||25||41|
|Export, Save As, and Publish File Formats||27||34|
|Enhanced SketchUp File (SKP) Import - geometry, views, materials, components|
|TAP File Import - Import TurboApp files from mobile devices|
|Export of Coordinate Data|
|Adobe 3D PDF (.U3D and .PRC) Export||U3D only|
|Open and Save 3DM (Rhino), OBJ, SHX (save only) , STP files||OBJ, SHX only|
|Google Earth (KML and KMZ) File Support|
|Terrain Data (XYZ) File Import and Export Support|
|Point Cloud Support (PCD, PCG, XYZ, ASC)|
|File Conversion Tool with Batch File Conversion||-|
|Open and Save ASAT, SAT,IGS, STP mechanical drawings||-|
|Network License Support|
|Point Cloud Triangulation|
|Subset Point Cloud|
|Platform||Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10|
64-bit System Requirements
32-bit System Requirements:
*TurboCAD is designed for desktops or laptops that meet the indicated system requirements. Windows RT technology used on some tablets is not supported.