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What is TurboCAD?

TurboCAD Pro Platinum is a professional 2D/3D CAD application that offers a great collection of 2D/3D design tools to design, modify, present, and document in an integrated fashion. An optional AutoCAD®-like 2D drafting interface with command line and dynamic input cursor helps professionals already familiar with AutoCAD easily get up to speed. Advanced technology —a powerful drafting palette, D-Cubed constraints, and ACIS® engine—enhance productivity. Advanced architectural and mechanical design tools add even greater flexibility and control, while superior LightWorks® rendering controls produce powerful presentations. Plus TurboCAD Pro Platinum is programmable and supports over 40 file formats including .DWG, .DXF, .SKP, 3D .PDF, and .STL for 3D printing. • Time Saving Features – 64-Bit Compatible Version, GPU-accelerated Drawing Engine, Multi-threading Support, Progressive, Ray-traced Rendering, New Redsdk 3.3 Rendering Engine, AutoCAD 2D work-alike mode, and more! • Precision Drafting & Detailing – A large selection of 2D and 3D tools, snaps modification, and drawing aids, powerful drafting palette, history tree with editor, advanced layer controls, PDF underlay, a full range of dimension types and styles, tables, text, viewports and more! • Powerful Architectural Tools – House wizard, self-healing walls & self aligning blocks, AutoCAD® Architecture (ACA) compatible architectural objects (parametric), section, elevation, and terrain tools, styles & style manager! • Robust Mechanical Tools – New ACIS® R24 engine, 3D solid and surface design and modification tools, geometric and dimensional constraints, assembly tools, a powerful parametric parts manager, and more! • Rendering & Visualization – Choose from wireframe, hidden line, or high quality photorealistic rendering with material editor as well as artistic render styles. Both a Lightworks and Redsdk engines are available with a universal manager.  • Outstanding File Compatibility – Open, import, or embed up to 35 file formats and export up to 28, including newly updated AutoCAD® 2013 .DWG, Adobe 3D .PDF, and many others making it an excellent companion product.

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Czech, German, English, French, Japanese, Polish, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified)
Product Description

TurboCAD is a feature-rich solution perfect for CAD users involved in documenting the design workflow.

How do you position yourself against your competitors?

We see TurboCAD Pro Platinum as a broad-spectrum CAD title which is equally appealing to professional AEC CAD users, as well as to professionals in the Mechanical CAD design space.  Accordingly, our primary competitor is AutoCAD and we position our selves against them by offering more functionality at a less expensive price, AND doing this with a UI that is can be set up to be very AutoCAD-like – Command Line, Intelligent Cursor, similar menu structure, and of course complete DWG, DXF and DWF file compatibility.


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TurboCAD
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Year Founded
1983
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Novato, CA
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Mechanical Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It's extremely simple and easy to draw and scale, Drawing and 3D modelling is at finger tips and it's very affordable compared to other softwares Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Though the tools are very easy once you get familiar with it, It can't be learned by trial and error. It requires an expert guidance or atleast YouTube classes. And rendering takes a lot of time so you have to have the best workstation in market Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you have lot of patience to master this, Then it's worth all the efforts Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

2D drawing and modelling for CNC machine, I have designed various fixtures and tools with this software for direct manufacturing Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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OEM Product Designer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

If your main job is doing 2D drawings then you can't go wrong with this software. You don't need expensive hardware to run this. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Does okay 3d simple drawings but there is better software out there that handles 3d imaging better. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Can do what autocad can do without breaking the bank. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CA
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It is simple machine to use hence not complicated .

It save it hence it does not require much time to use . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

it is expensive to buy and maintain .

It require more experts people to use it . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is very nice to use it . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Raising money to buy and to maintain that machine .

Employing more experience work to operate. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

There are so many different videos or programs to help a beginner go through and learn everything. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The different features can be very difficult to understand if you aren't familiar with CAD drawings. There aren't any explanations of different buttons without calling or finding a video. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Even if you don't know what exactly you are doing there are plenty of support options to use. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this to help draw up building schematics that would otherwise take forever in another program. It saves a lot of time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

pasting in documents and spreadsheets and easy editing Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

cost. updates are now over $300. too much Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

none Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AE
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

TurboCAD Deluxe is excellent 2D/3D CAD software that appeals to a wide range of people. While CAD software is quite complex and always requires a learning curve, this software has tools that make learning much easier. With time-saving features like a command line and macros you can work much more efficiently. While the software and corresponding help manual aren't without flaws, the shortcomings are minimal. The TurboCAD knowledge base and video tutorials are more than sufficient, Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The PDF manual covers all versions of TurboCAD software, but doesn’t provide comprehensive help for people using the deluxe edition. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We solved ease of use, some other CAD softwares are clunky and outdated. With this CAD we are able to work efficiently and projects are produced in a more timely manner. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Regional Landscape Designer
Facilities Services
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I became a designer prior to the proliferation of CAD programs and hand sketched everything. TurboCad was my first introduction to using CAD programs in 2006, and, after looking at other programs that had more features, I have always decided to stick with TurboCad. I don't have a need for a lot of 'bells and whistles', and, I need a quick turn-around time to get the designs in my customers' hands.

The libraries that are included are quite substantial, so, it can be used for many different applications. I mainly use the plant libraries, as I do landscape design, but, have used a few of the other libraries for different purposes.

I also like that I can do layers on the page, and, with a few clicks, be able to differentiate between the different aspects of the drawings. I have only needed to import AutoCad once, and it was effective. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

When I want to save the document as a PDF some of the items are shrunk a bit, and, it puts the drawing on the 2nd page of the PDF document, leaving a blank page in front of it. To avoid this, I print out the page on my oversized printer and scan the document to create a true PDF. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is a good sturdy product, with good technical support. The price point is very good, as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Because I do work for several branches in different cities, I am not always able to be on-site when a landscape installation is be done, and, our crews can rely on the scaled drawings without me. Design time efficiency is my biggest benefit. It is much quicker to do a scaled CAD drawing than to create a scaled 'hand' drawing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Highway Engineer
Government Administration
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

TurboCad has been a valuable tool for me. I work with a limited budget and do not spend much time at the drafting board. TurboCad has been a very capable program meeting the needs that I have. I am not using the most current version, but I am not using all the capabilities in the version I am using. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I have had some difficulty when saving files in DWG format. The proprietary AutoCAD format has frozen the program a couple of times. I have saved my work in the TurboCad format and been able to continue. I have used TurboCad since version 3 and have a couple of files from that version that I have not been able to open. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used TurboCad for plan preparation and for calculating lengths and areas. TurboCad has allowed me to prepare plans and modify plans with confidence in the drawings. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Director of Operations
Consumer Goods
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

TurboCad is relatively easy to use and remember compared to more complex software packages such as AutoCAD or SolidWorks. It is also priced such that an individual can easily afford it. I have used AutoCAD for many years in the past and found it hard to work with unless you used it every day to stay current. TurboCAD is much easier to use and I do not need a longer relearning process after no using it for a few weeks or months. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

TurboCAD could provide better documentation and training videos, especially for covering the more advanced features. Like any CAD tool it takes some time to learn, but TurboCAD could make it much easier if they put more effort into there training material. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Like any good CAD product it will take some time to learn, but it is affordable and capable of doing most projects. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

TurboCAD is a good general purpose drawing tool. I use it for office, manufacturing, and warehouse floor plans, building wiring schematics, and for mechanical part design. I have also used it for creating assembly drawings of low to medium complexity projects with good success. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Production Control Manager
Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Ease of use. Most of the tools are easily accessible and can be used with relative ease as well. The tool pallets can be customized, so that helps a great deal. Also, the manual was extremely thorough.

I like that this product is relatively inexpensive compared to other programs of the same caliber. I appreciate that TurboCAD keeps that up.

I also like the file conversion tools. This helped me out when pulling different files from the web for manipulation.

The 3-D rendering is perfect! I have had no major issues with how the images look after rendering. I can only see this getting better, especially with 3-D printing! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The 3-D modeling seemed to be sluggish even with what the system requirements were suggested to be. I would recommend settings that will allow the program to perform as it was meant to be. Not give a minimum system requirement.

It's not widely used in the industry as much as AutoCAD is used and is a bit of a challenge when I did try to find employment using solely TurboCAD.

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Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would get this product because it can do a lot of what other more expensive programs can do with minimal costs. They are always improving and I see them doing great things! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This was used as a personal program for learning and developing products to be used on a 3-D printer one day. It was also used for architectural applications as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Sales Associate
Retail
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

TurboCAD is very user friendly in my past experience. I like the simplistic approach TurboCAD takes towards its user interface as opposed to AutoCAD. Tools and commands are easy to use and funtionality is efficient. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I've experienced problems with the program freezing and crashing, especially while working in a project for an extend period of time. Like any CAD program, be sure to save often. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you're looking for a rather inexpensive program for a small business, as a hobbyist, or as a beginner to learn the basic ins and outs of CAD drafting, this is a great option. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used this product mostly for 2D layouts and wiring diagrams. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Application Engineer
Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

This program has all the basic drawing and modeling features for a relatively inexpensive price. It definitely gets the job done epically if you don't have access to more powerful programs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The menus are hard to understand, and its harder to find what you are looking for epically if you are used to using AutoCAD type products. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Its pretty powerful for the price, has more capabilities than the free programs available. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used this at home to make quick sketches when doing consulting work. It works great if you need something quick. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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