TurboCAD is a CAD software application optimized for use in two-dimensional and three-dimensional drafting and design. The application runs on Microsoft Windows and Mac operating systems. Mac and Windows versions of the software are built on two different code bases, so they are not directly comparable. Windows Versions There are two TurboCAD versions for Windows - the Pro Basic and Platinum editions. The Pro Basic edition contains general drafting tools for rendering 2D and 3D models. It also has additional tools for 3D mechanical and architectural design. The program comes with an easy-to-navigate interface and a modeling structure that's easy to use. The Basic edition can create TC Surface objects, ACIS Solids, and Surface Meshes. Platinum has all of Pro Basic's capabilities and tools. The main difference between the two editions is that Pro Basic has a limited toolset, while Platinum has access to all of the tools. For users who only need the 2D functionality, the TurboCAD Designer software is far less expensive than other TurboCAD releases. And for more casual hobbyist users, there's a less expensive Deluxe 2D/3D version available for purchase. This version has a significantly more limited toolkit than the Pro Basic edition, however. Mac Versions Two main TurboCAD programs have been released for Mac. TurboCAD Mac Pro has both 2D and 3D tools, and the interface is optimized for 3D modeling. Meanwhile, TurboCAD Mac Standard is optimized only for 2D drafting. It should be noted that neither of the TurboCAD for Mac releases work with the most recently released Mac operating system High Sierra. There's no word yet on when a working version will be released for the High Sierra OS.
- D drafting
- D modeling
- Architectural mode
- Mechanical simulation
- Home and landscaping mode
- Graphic utilities
- Customizable tool palettes
- Comprehensive online support
- Multiple software releases accommodate a variety of price ranges and needs
- Combined 2D and 3D drafting tools and modeling capabilities
- Easily navigated interface
- Numerous custom tool palettes
- The PDF manual covers all TurboCAD software releases except TurboCAD Deluxe
- Rendering is not high quality enough to seem "lifelike"
- There's a learning curve to achieving the best performance
- The program doesn't work on the latest version of Mac, the High Sierra operating system
I may be a little prejudice I've been using it for years. I couldn't afford AutoCAD. But I've been real happy with it says I bought it and upgrades through the years. Hey if I can learn that most anybody can learn it I'm 65 years old.
I can do pretty much everything I need with TurboCad Mac Deluxe. But the application does not have the stability and performance level you might expect from modern software. Things will simply stop working (e.g. it stops recognizing keyboard shortcuts) or hang for a very long time, or produce inconsistent results (e.g.different methods of displaying a dimension may product different results). Frequent saving is essential, and restarting the application always brings back lost functionality. Vendor support ranges from vague to non-existant. The saving grace is the price, much less than most alternatives.