At the London Model Engineering Exhibition, I met an engineer keen on taking on new 3D CAD projects.
His CV describes a degree level educated mechanical engineer, with extensive experience in the building of prototypes and electrical systems using several different CAD systems.
His contact details are below and I’m sure he would welcome enquires and be happy to forward his CV.
Most of the defaults that are standard in TurboCAD, such as the colour surround in PaperSpace, you probably don’t care about. However, others such as the text defaulting to Times New Roman are a bit annoying.
These defaults can be changed in TC Explorer, which can be found by following the path:
Tools – Customise – Pallets – TC Explorer
There’s a huge amount of ‘stuff’ here, most unintelligible to most of us, but it’s worth spending a few minutes looking through to see if there is anything obvious you’d like to change.
Copy In Place
This can be a useful tool that is not where you’d expect to find it. Below is where you can find it in Platinum versions 2018 and 2019 as well as Deluxe versions.
In Platinum versions it can also be found under SDK – Selection.
Select the object to copy first, then the tool.
New Mac Operating System
OS Catalina v10.15
TurboCAD Mac versions 11 will work with this operating system, however, there may be a warning message about the application not being able to be installed because it is not properly ‘notarized’. This can overcome by changing the security settings on the user’s machine.
First, open system preferences and security and privacy, then click on the general tab. Next open up the program and the error message will appear. Click okay on that and then look to the preferences. A message saying the program was blocked will appear with a button to open anyways.
If you have downloaded a trial version of the PC version and subsequently buy the full version you need to completely get rid of the trial. Just going through the usual Uninstall will not take the software off your computer.
To rid your computer of the trial, follow the link below.
TC Deactivator 64-bit http://downloads.imsidesign.com/TC2019/builds/License/deactivate_TC2019_x64.exe
TC Deactivator 32-bit http://downloads.imsidesign.com/TC2019/builds/License/deactivate_TC2019_x32.exe
Another new tutorial from Don Cheke. The link below has an introduction to the tutorial.
You can but the tutorial at Don’s site at the link below.
All Don’s tutorials are excellent.
Switching Tower Tutorial Video Series
Don Cheke has a new Architectural tutorial on the market. Don’s tutorials are excellent, he’s the man who taught me just about all I know about TurboCAD. Below I have copied Don’s description of his new tutorial. You can find tutorials for all sorts of projects on his site.
Within the tutorial the reader will be lead through each keystroke to produce all the switching tower components utilizing many of the TurboCAD Architectural tools. The reader will also learn how to insert standard lighting, will learn how to utilize render scene luminance and establish a render scene environment. The reader will learn how to render their model and save it in a high resolution image format.
Occasionaly customers have had trouble loading software, getting a message saying that there is not enough disk space, while there clearly is. Below are two solutions that have worked for a couple of my TC customers.
Firstly, 7 Zip is a free piece of software that I presume takes up less space loading TC. I have not had to try this, so unfortunatly can not give more detail, but an engineer who is not a techi type assures me that it is reasonaby simple to use.
Secondly and to quote – ‘I resolved it by manually extracting the files from the installer using WinRAR instead of just double clicking it and then running the setup file directly, did the trick, it seems to be an issue with the file size & windows 10’s default archive processing’.
When the DMG from either the DVD or download is launched, a window appears with the program Icon and an application folder. To properly install it, the customer must drag the program icon over to the application folder and let go. This copies the program into the application folder. However, you can double click on that Program icon in the window and the program will launch. In doing this though, the program is not installed, its simply running off the installer.
User Interface & Usability
1: Customizable Ribbon Configuration
TurboCAD 2019 (All versions)
Users now have the ability to fully customize the Ribbon Interface. You can now Add and Rename Tools, Groups and Tabs. In addition, Tabs may be hidden or renamed, and manually created XML Config files can be directly imported into TurboCAD. UI Themes are also fully supported in the Ribbon, Read More