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Old Aug 27, 2014, 09:54 AM
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Hi !

i use the old TurboCad LE freeware version since many times now but this old version is unfortunately not Windows 7 / Windows 8 capable and using it through the virtual machine "xp mode" in windows 7 is not very stable.

I had a try on an evaluation version of Turbo Cad 18 Pro version (windows 7 capable) but the graphic interface is not the same anymore because the software is now able to design in 3D. Much more complex GUI, i don't find the basic tools i used on the old 2D LT version, and so on...

So, please, I would like to know if it is possible to "back up" a file (i don't know which file) from the old LE version and to import this file in an uptodate Turbo cad version to replace the "modern" graphic interface by the "ancient one" ?

I know it was possible to do with Autocad so... might it is also possible with Turbocad ?

Thank you by advance for your great help !
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 12:36 PM
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Turbo CAD has been a 3D program for years. If you just want to design in 2D use Turbo CAD Designer.

It looks like they just released Designer V21. Designer V21 is Windows 7/8 compatible with 32, and 64 bit systems. I don't know if the earlier V20 version of designer was available in a 64 bit version, but V21 definitely is according to the specs on the IMSI website. You will like this part, Designer costs about $40.00, in the US.

Check out the IMSI website for Designer V21. I don't think there is a free trial version available, but I wasn't actually looking for one either.

KEn
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 05:06 PM
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Hi ken !

Thank you very much for your help !
I had a look on Turbocad designer screen captures.
It looks like a lot my old turbocad LE.
I will try to find a demo version and at seeing the less than 40 bucks price i will probably buy a licence.
Thank you one again !

Best regards
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 06:35 PM
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Check ebay for previous published versions of Designer. It is not unusual to find new copies of previous releases for around half price.

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Old Aug 27, 2014, 08:43 PM
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Mike,

He needs Windows 7/8 compatibility, and I believe he is running the 64 bit version. I don't believe that V20 was 64 bit compatible. I know earlier versions weren't.
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Thank you very much for MikeC !

Ken is right i needed a 64bits W7 / W8 compatible software.
Well, I finaly bought a TurboCad Designer 21 licence a few minutes ago.

IMSI propose a satisfied or cash back program so.... the risk is minimal

Thanks a lot for the help

Best regards

I will test it tonight !
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After you test it, let us know what you think of the program.
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Old Yesterday, 03:51 PM
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No problem !

I bought the Download version.
The serial number and activation code are received with the invoice with a link to a (time limited) download zone.

You can download both the X86 and X64 versions
I recommand to make at least one backup copy of the Software on a CD Rom

Installation :
Very easy - had absolutely no problem.

At start up, you have to choose between different Graphical user interfaces :

A modern one rather dark (That's good for the eyes) but with big and rather roughly draw icons - not my favourite... i don't like these rough icons.

I recommand to choose the "good old classic one" that can be easily customized.

You will be able to swap between a :

"Turbo Cad classic" GUI- grey/blue tones colors and better icons in my opinion.

"Default' GUI : Grey/black colors

"Custom themes" : here you will be able to choose between 8 themes for menus and tool bars and 9 themes for palettes.

As in many CAD software, if you take the time, you can customize near all the menus and tool bars of the software.

i had no problem to open the files created with my old TurboCad LE.

The sofware is able to open DXF and DWG files.
The use of pictures and / or objects as PDF documents and so on seems to have been nicely improved.

I still prefer the very old GUI of the Learning Edition but I think have now to start to design with this new software and may be to try to modify or create my own tools bars and menu.

To be continued...
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