Compare TurboCAD 2023 Features
|UI & PERFORMANCE|
|Audit System - locate 'bad' or out-of-rage objects based upon user criterion||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|AutoCAD®-like 2D Drafting Interface Options||✔||✔||-||-|
|Find CommandGroupPop-upsTabs in ribbon tree||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Interactive Startup: Splash Sreen||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Currently Available On: allows find all position of the command||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Progress meter for Interop Filters||✔||-||-||-|
|Command Line with Dynamic Input Cursor||✔||✔||-||-|
|Easy, Handle-Based Editing||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Command Line - 4K monitors and dark theme support||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Text Dragger - Ability to use degree, plus/minus, diamenter signs at text typing||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|ePack with Intelligent File Send||✔||-||-||-|
|Design Director - for object property management||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Customize Ribbon Configuration||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Named View Enhancements||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Reset All Button in UI Theme Dialog Box||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Ribbon UI Theme Support||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Ribbon Large/Small icons, available space icon sizing||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Repeat Last Command||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Snaps: Highlight Hit Graphic improvement||✔||✔||✔||-|
|UI Scale Slider in "Customize" Dialog Box and 4K monitor support||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Undo Manager Pallete||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|TurboCAD Content Server Palette||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Search option for Program Setup and Drawing Setup||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Highlight selection is blocked if only one object is selected||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Toggle Selection Highlighting||✔||✔||✔||-|
|2D DRAFTING & EDITING|
|Block and Group Editing Indicator Bar||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Edit Selected Block||✔||✔||-||-|
|2D Drawing, Editing and Modifying||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Drafting Palette Layer Sets||✔||✔||-||-|
|Advanced Drawing Tools (Gear, Surface Tolerance, Text along Curve)||✔||-||-||-|
|Drafting Palette Performance Improvements||✔||-||-||-|
|Generate Weight Report||✔||-||-||-|
|Best Fit Circle||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Best Fit Line||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Openings Modifier Automatic Calculation||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Auto Numbering Feature||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Drafting and Detailing Palette - create associative sections and cut planes||✔||-||-||-|
|2D Geometric and Dimension Constraints||✔||-||-||-|
|Associative Arrays and Pattern Tools||✔||✔||-||-|
|Pattern improvements - ability to apply solid operations to all pattern elements simultaneously||✔||-||-||-|
|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||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Highlight End Points||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Remove Overlapping Entities Tool||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Select by Similar - Select objects with shared or similar properties||✔||✔||-||-|
|Select by Block - Select blocks in the drawing||✔||-||-||-|
|Resize previews in Block palette||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Trace Tools - Trace By Point and Trace By Rectangle incorporated to 64-bit||✔||✔||✔||-|
|FlatShot (PHLV5, tcHidden)||✔||✔||-||-|
|3D DRAWING, MODELING, & EDITING|
|3D Surface Primitives||✔||✔||✔||-|
|3D Booleans - Add, Subtract, Intersection||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Select Feature or Defeature Part||✔||-||-||-|
|Facet Editor: Copy, Delete Faces||✔||-||-||-|
|Facet Editor Enhancememnt: Work in Multiple Windows||✔||-||-||-|
|3D Splines and Polylines||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Advanced Blending Functionality||✔||-||-||-|
|3D Patterns from Compound Profiles||✔||-||-||-|
|Mirror Copy Tool for 3D Objects||✔||✔||✔||-|
|3D Slice by Facet||✔||-||-||-|
|ACIS® Faceter Surface Tolerance||✔||-||-||-|
|3D Print Repair Tool||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Cutting plane In Visualize render mode||✔||-||-||-|
|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||Limited||-|
|Intelligent (Parametric) Attribute-rich, Architectural Objects*|
|Walls (Self-Healing; Straight, Curved; Block Insert)||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Compound Wall Definitions / Multi-Component Walls||✔||-||-||-|
|Windows & Doors||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Muntins - for Windows & Doors||✔||-||-||-|
|Slabs (Floor and Roof Slabs, now with openings)||✔||✔||-||-|
|Schedule Tool and Wizard||✔||✔||-|
|Architectural Sections and Elevations (3D-to-2D documentation)||✔||✔||-||-|
|Architectural Grid - AEC Grid||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Self-Trimming and Self-Aligning Blocks||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Geolocation of Drawings, Compass Rose||✔||✔||✔||-|
|AEC Radial Grid||✔||✔||-||-|
|AEC Grid Improvement - "Keep label value"||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Roof improvement: different overhangs for each side of the roof or a portion||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Wall/window/door tools improvement: "Anchor to AEC Grid"||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|PHOTOREALISTIC RENDERING AND VISUALIZATION|
|3D Photorealistic Rendering||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Customizable Luminances and Material Libraries||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Multithreaded faceting for render||✔||-||-||-|
|Visualize Hidden Line and Draft Rendering and Lighting||✔||✔||✔||-|
|TurboLux Photorealistic Physical Based Rendering, Lighting and Material Support||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Customizable Environments Library||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Luminance of Objects, Shadow Casting, Anti-aliasing||✔||✔||✔||-|
|OpenGL & Hidden Line Rendering||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Dynamic Cutaway Plane||✔||-||-||-|
|Geo-located Sun & Physical Sky Lighting||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Option to turn on/off assignment of materials to Face with color||✔||-||-||-|
|DATABASE AND PROGRAMMATIC SUPPORT CONTENT|
|Show Block insertion tree||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Blocks, Block Editor||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|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)||✔||-||-||-|
|Symbols, Part Library||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Table Styles with Property Set Definitions||✔||✔||-||-|
|Adobe 3D PDF (.U3D and .PRC) Export||✔||U3D only||-||-|
|3D Printer Support via .STL Import and Export||✔||✔||✔||-|
|AutoCAD (DXF, DWG, and DWF) File Compatibility||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Import and Open File Formats||54||25||22||15|
|Export of Coordinate Data||✔||✔||-||-|
|Export, Save As, and Publish File Formats||34||27||23||16|
|Enhanced SketchUp File (SKP) Import - geometry, views, materials, components||✔||✔||✔||-|
|File Conversion Tool with Batch File Conversion||✔||-||-||-|
|Open and Save ASAT, SAT,IGS, STP mechanical drawings||✔||-||-||-|
|Open and Save 3DM (Rhino), OBJ, SHX (save only) , STP files||✔||OBJ, SHX only||-||-|
|TAP File Import - Import TurboApp files from mobile devices||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Google Earth (KML and KMZ) File Support||✔||✔||-||-|
|Terrain Data (XYZ) File Import and Export Support||✔||✔||-||-|
|Point Cloud Support (PCD, PCG, XYZ, ASC)||✔||✔||-||-|
|SAT/SAB/IGES/STEP - Support for Interop Face Color||✔||-||-||-|
|FBX Filter - Textures and Materials support||✔||✔||✔||-|
|STL File Import and Export with 3D Print Check||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Spatial InterOp (Catia V4/V5/V6, Inventor, NX 5, Parasolid, Pro/E/Creo, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, VDA-FS)||✔||-||-||-|
|Publish to PDF||✔||✔||✔||-|
|Export filters: VDA and CATIA||✔||-||-||-|
|Support R2022 Interop from Spatial||✔||-||-||-|
|Point Cloud Triangulation||✔||✔||-||-|
|Subset Point Cloud||✔||✔||-||-|
|Network License Support||✔||✔||✔||-|
OVERVIEW OF TURBOCAD 2023 NEW FEATURES
PERFORMANCE, USER INTERFACE & USABILITY
UPDATE THUMBNAILS IN BLOCKS PALETTEA new option “Update Thumbnails” has been added to the local menu of the blocks in the blocks palette. Blocks Thumbnails can be updated in terms of rendering and views. All views list and rendering types with rendering modes are available in the Update Thumbnail dialog box.
LIBRARY PALETTE – UPDATE THUMBNAIL DIALOGUpdate Thumbnail dialog in the Library Palette has been improved. Previously, the dialog used to open in classic UI despite of being in default UI. Now, the Update Thumbnail dialog opens up in default UI.
BLOCKS PALETTE – BLOCK INSERTION PARAMETERSBlock insertion parameters have been improved in TurboCAD 2023. Now user can define the blocks insertion parameters before inserting the blocks into the drawing. The parameters include rotation and scaling along X, Y, and Z axis.
BLOCKS PALETTE – BLOCK PREVIEWBlock Preview option has been added to the Blocks Palette options. Now user can preview the block without inserting it into the drawing. Blocks can be previewed in all views and render modes.
LIBRARY PALETTE – PREVIEW RENDER MODESNew preview render modes have been added to the symbol preview dialog for library palette in TurboCAD 2023. Now, it is possible to preview symbols in different render modes in Library Palette.
TOOLS PALETTE – RESIZING ICONS WHEN CHANGING TOOLBAR ICON SIZEIcon sizes in Tools palette can now be resized when scaling the toolbar icon sizes in Customize window.
STYLE MANAGER PALETTE – SEARCH OPTION ADDEDA new Search bar has been added to the Style Manager Palette, which allows user to find the various options contained in the properties. The search bar makes it easy for the users to search for different options available in the palette rather than finding them manually.
SELECTION INFORMATION PALETTE – SEARCH OPTION ADDEDA new Search bar has been added to the Selection Information Palette, which allows user to find the various options contained in the properties. The search bar makes it easy for the users to search for different options available in the palette rather than finding them manually.
TC EXPLORER PALETTE – SELECTED LAYOUT SELECTION IMPROVEMENT IN DEFAULT UIA new improvement in the selected layout dialog box has been added to the default UI. Radio buttons have been added to the Layout and Visibility sections of the TC Explorer Options dialog box. Previously, the selection of the layouts was not clear in the Default UI.
SAVE/LOAD ENGINE AND SCENE PREFERENCESTC2023 has made it easy for the users to copy TurboLux and Visualize settings from one computer to another. Ability to save and load render engine and scene preferences to/from a text file has been added to this version. This allows the user to edit the settings manually in the text editor.
2D DRAFTING AND ANNOTATION
FIND AND REPLACE TEXTA new Tool “Find and Replace Text” has been added to the Edit menu. User can find a specific text in the drawing and replace it with another word with one click. With a wide number of advanced search and text options, user can search for the specific text easily and replace it with less effort.
AUTOMATIC CALLOUTSA new tool “Automatic Callouts” has been added to the Dimension menu in TurboCAD 2023. The purpose of this tool is to automatically add callouts (leader dimensions) to the drawing in just a few clicks. These callouts can be arranged in circular formation or along a polyline. After callouts are generated, a BOM table is created with callout details.
HIDDEN LINE REMOVAL FOR BLOCK INSERTIONA new option “Remove Hidden Line” has been added to the Block insertion properties. On enabling this property, the removal of the hidden rows is applied to the block content. Two other properties, “Show Invisible Lines” and “Show Intersections”, become available on activating “Remove Hidden Line”.
JOIN POLYLINE TOOLA new local menu item “Unmatched connections” has been added to the Join Polyline tool. This tool provides an ability to join polylines that do not have exact connections i.e., the ends of the adjacent polylines either have an intersection or a gap between them. On enabling the option, the maximum distance between the polylines in the Tolerance field need to be defined for connection.
3D DESIGN AND MODELING
EXPLODED VIEWA new menu item “Exploded View” has been added to the Format menu. This tool creates exploded view for a layout. User is able to pull apart the component along defined axes, X, Y and Z. In case of two axes, then the exploded view will be created along a plane, whereas, in case of 3 axes defined, the exploded view will be created in a 3D space. As a result, a block of the view is created in the blocks palette.
EXPLODED VIEW – VISUALIZE RENDER SUPPORTExploded View is now supported in Visualize Render. The exploded view can now be rendered in Visualize Render mode.
RENDERING AND VISUALIZATION
UNIFICATION OF OPTION NAMES FOR ALL TYPES OF RENDERSThe names of the menu items for all types of renders in 'Program Setup' and 'Drawing Setup' have been updated to the correct names. In Program Setup, 'Visualize Preferences...' has been updated to 'Visualize Engine...'. In Drawing Setup, 'RedSDK...' has been updated to 'RedSDK Scene...', and 'Visualize...' has been renamed to 'Visualize Scene...'.
SHOW AND EDIT LUMINANCE/MATERIALS/ENVIRONMENTS WITH NON-ACTIVE PROVIDERS
|TurboCAD 2023 has updated Luminance, Materials, and Environments Palette for showing and editing their relevant attributes with non-relevant providers. Following new menu items have been added to the palettes:|
LIGHTWORKS PLUGINTurboCAD 2023 now supports LightWorks plugin as an additional render mode option. LightWorks is activated using the IDRM via Install Shield custom action. The LightWorks Plug-in for TurboCAD Deluxe enhances the program’s lighting, luminance, and photorealistic rendering capabilities for more robust, high-powered renders. This plug-in integrates directly with the TurboCAD material editor and Design Director.
LIGHTWORKS 9.3 SP7 VERSIONTurboCAD supports updated version of LightWoks Author 9.3 SP7.
LIGHTWORKS RESOURCE PACKTurboCAD 2023 LightWorks plugin supports Resource Pack. These are the additional resources (images, maps etc.) that the user can optionally install on their computer.
VISUALIZE SDK (V24.2) UPDATEUpdated the version of ODA Visualize SDK to v24.2.
STATIC LINKING WITH VISUALIZE SDK LIBRARYTurboCAD 2023 uses static linking with Visualize. Static linking provides faster loading and unloading of Visualize. Older TurboCAD versions used dynamic linking with Visualize, which required more than 60 separate files (modules) to be loaded for Visualize to work. This slowed down the start of the render.
|Whereas static linking requires only one file to work, the size of which is two times smaller than with dynamic linking. Reducing the number of required modules and their size speeds up the loading of Visualize by several times.|
MATERIALS DATABASEA couple of new changes have been made to the Visualize materials database. Visualize root category and Visualize Material Settings have been added to the Render Manager. 743 new materials have been added to the materials database. Additionally, visualize render has been added to the render list in graphic Properties/Materials page.
USE VISUALIZE MATERIALSA new option “Use Visualize Materials” has been added to the Visualize Engine dialog. If this option is switched on, the Visualize materials will be used in Visualize Draft render mode. If Visualize materials is not assigned to an object, then the color of the object will be used. If this option is disabled, then the color of the graph will be used, or if options “Use LightWorks Materials”, “Use RedSDK Materials” or “Use TurboLux Materials” are switched on, then appropriate materials will be used.
USE TURBOLUX MATERIALSA new option “Use TurboLux Materials” has been added to the Material Options in Visualize Engine dialog. If this option is switched on, the TurboLux materials will be used in Visualize Draft render mode. Visualize materials support parameters like color, transparency value, texture map, transparency map, bump map, which can be imported from TurboLux materials.
TURBOLUX, REDSDK, AND LIGHTWORKS MATERIALS TO VISUALIZE MATERIALS CONVERTERA converter for converting TurboLux, RedSDK, and LightWorks materials to Visualize materials has been added to TurboCAD 2023. “Porting Options” dialog has been added to TCW 'OpenSetup' dialog. All parameters related to render attribute converter have been moved to ‘Porting Options’ dialog. New section ‘Porting materials to Visualize’ added to ‘Porting Options’ dialog.
LUMINANCE SUPPORT & “USE LUMINANCE” OPTIONThree types of visualize light shaders have been added to TurboCAD 2023, i.e., point, spot and directional.
|New option “Use Luminance” has been added to “Visualize Scene” property page. When this option is turned on, it enables using the drawing luminance.|
ENVIRONMENTS SUPPORTFour types of environment shaders have been added to Visualize in TurboCAD 2023. i.e., Plain, Image, Environment Map, and Gradient. Visualize root category has been added to the Render Manager.
|Visualize Environment library with 7 categories and 66 environments has been added to the new version. Visualize environments settings have been added to the Advanced Options in Render Manager. Also, Visualize Render has been added to the Render Scene Environment page in Drawing Setup.|
|Visualize environments support gradient shader. A gradient background is a blend of 3 different colors, bottom, middle, and top colors. Environment map shader is supported in Visualize now. An environment background is a type of background with a raster image on a static background and material reflections in a graphics scene.|
ADD MATERIAL LIBRARYBrick
|- 10 materials|
|- Category: Brick|
|- Render engines: TurboLux, Visualize|
|- Model units: mm|
|- ReadMe file: Brick_Read_me.txt|
|- TurboLux Metal|
|- 36 materials|
|- Category: Metal|
|- Render engines: TurboLux|
|- Model units: mm|
|- Default Colors|
|- 66 materials|
|- Category: Matte Colors|
|- Render engines: Visualize|
|Model units: In|
LIGHT SUPPORT – NEW OPTIONSSupport for regular light sources has been added to TurboCAD 2023. The light types include Distant Light, Spot Light, and Point Light. New option “Use Lights” has been added to the “Visualize Scene” property page. This enables using drawing lights when switched on.
|New light property page, “Visualize specific” has been added to the light properties dialog.|
|New option “Shadow” has been added to the Camera Properties dialog. This option, when checked, enables shadow in the view.|
NEW VISUAL STYLESNew visualize visual styles, “Realistic”, “Gouraud”, “Sketchy”, and “Shaded” have been added to the render modes in the Camera Properties dialog box. Realistic visual style is for the most realistic rendering including lighting and shadows. Gouraud and Shaded are with the middle lighting quality, whereas, Sketchy is used to extend geometry edges during rendering.
ROOF – NEW TYPE OF CUT EDGE: HORIZONTALNew roof cut edge type, Horizontal, has been added to the roof properties page.
MULTI-LEVEL ROOF (GAMBREL ROOF)New roof properties have been added to TurboCAD 2023. Now, every roof is a Gambrel roof with roof levels. Roof level has two properties, “Angle” and “Height”. User can edit levels, angle, and height. Gambrel roof properties can be accessed from properties page and selection Information palette.
ABILITY TO CONTROL DRAWING UNITS WHEN OPENING A DWG/DXF FILETurboCAD 2023 now has an ability to control units when opening a AutoCAD file. Previously, TurboCAD did not understand the original scale of the drawing and used to assume units in English|Architectural with a strange scale. As a solution, a new option “Use plot units as drawing units” has been added to the dwg/dxf import setup dialog.
AUTOCAD 2023 SUPPORTODA has been updated to 23.8 version in TurboCAD 2023.
Number of Computers/Users1 Computer
License DurationOne Time Purchase
Delivery MethodInstant Download
Compatible Operating SystemsWindows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11
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