Intellicad Problem

I have had an absolutely horrible problem with this company. First off, I had used their "free" evaluation program for several years and it did everything I wanted. Then my hard drive crashed and I lost all my programs. I downloaded the new version and was off and running, but then the new (never mentioned until it happened) evaluation period ran out. After a lot of soul searching, I forked over the $149 , downloaded it and tried to install it. It wouldn't run. Same "evaluation period expired error". To make a long story short, after four frustrating days of trying to get something resembling support from them, I gave up and have contacted my bank to cancel the payment.
What I'm interested in is finding an alternative. I use it strictly for furniture and other woodworking projects, so I don't need all the bells and whistles of Autocad, but I want a smoothly functioning program that resembles it as much as possible. Recommendations would be appreciated.
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stuff for years -- not furniture. It has a good rep as an Autocad "knock-off". And, at a recent local computer show I got a copy of TurboCAD 10 deluxe for $40. Also, check e-bay. TurboCAD 9.2 might be good enough for you - especially if you are doing 2D - and it is a bit cheaper. HTH. Igor
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Turbocad is not even close to an "Autocad knockoff". About the only simularity is that they both are cad programs. If you decide to go for Turbocad, avoid anything newer than version 8. Version 9 has accuracy problems and version 10 is so bug ridden it has convinced me to switch software. I have been using Turbocad Pro for about 7 years. No more.
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CW -- VERY interesting. I have also been using TC8 for maybe 2 1/2 years (used v3 foe some years before that) for very basic stuff - mostly for cleaning up hidden line images created by another program and then turning them into patent application drawings. I just bought TC 9.2 Deluxe at a computer show for $40, mostly to try the 3D. (I've been using a 1996 vintage 3D ap.) In the box was TC 10, but with instructions for 9.2. And there was a note of sorts saying that 10 was provided at no extra cost, or some such. Did seem strange. Your comment about the accuracy problem with v9 might explain that.
I am disappointed in that the pictures and the text indicate that TC deluxe can generate 3D images with shadows but from the instructions it seems that maybe that requires Pro -- have not installed it yet to see for myself.
My comment about TC being an AutoCAD knock-off was based only on what I have read -- never have seen real AutoCAD.
Anyway, have you used TC 10 Pro to do any 3D creations? I'm looking for something for simple consumer product development (not for engineering, just design). Also, what are you switching to? And why not just stick with TC8? -- Igor

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As the originator of this thread, I wanted to thank everyone for the helpful ideas and support. Seems like the level of civility on this ng has improved since I was last here. I was really surprised to learn about the history of Intellicad and that it is sold by different vendors at widely different prices. FWIW, Cadopia has agreed to refund my payment. In the process they told me that their standard for answering email service requests is 48 hours, which I find unacceptable. At that rate, I might have gotten up and running in about a month, if I was lucky.
I went to CMS and downloaded another demo, which is now fully functional and I am back in business. They provide a notice each time you open the program to let you know how long before the evaluation period ends (total is 30 days). Cadopia didn't spell out what the evaluation period was, and since I had their old version that never expired, the shutdown came as a big surpprise. CMS sells the standard version for $52, which is very reasonable for that program. It is especially favorable in light of Cadopia selling it for $149. Still much cheaper than Autocad, but certainly a heftier expenditure than I wanted to make. It does everything I need a cad program to do, so, assuming my experience with them continues favorable, I'll buy it from CMS.
In my fairly casual forays around the cad market, the thing I've learned is that it is a big nuisance to learn a new cad program, particularly since they seem to delight in doing everything just a bit differently. I learned initially on Autocad, so I appreciate the similarities of Intellicad at a small fraction of the cost of Autocad, even the LT version. I've never tried Autosketch, so I can't comment on it.
Again, thanks for all the help. The copy of the old version one participant sent me never did arrive, but at $52 for a registered latest version, I don't feel the need to struggle. If anything comes up in my encounter with CMS that alters my initial favorable impressions, I'll pass it on.
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I've been a CMS customer for about a year. They are a bit slower than some companies to get out updates but they do get them. They will send you an email with a link to get any pertinent info or upgrades. I have been quite satisfied with Intellicad and, CMS, unlike some cad companies, seems to value there customers. BTW, Bricscad wants $250.00 for the standard version. Also, check out alt.cad.intellicad. A rather helpful bunch.

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You getting version 10 really doesn't surprise me. IMSI has been sending people emails offering it at a very low price. It would appear they are trying to dump it as it is about time for them to come out with another version. I have never used Deluxe so really couldn't say for sure but, as it is just a light version of pro, hope for the best. Some claim to have no problem with it but the majority seems to be having everything from irritating bugs to crashes rendering it virtually unusable. I'm somewhere in between. I can use it but not with great confidence. Frequent sequential saves and backups are the norm. You are not the first to express disappointment in the implied capabilities and reality. They have been doing this lately. It borders on misrepresentation. 3D renderings with lights and shadows are indeed a Pro only feature. The accuracy problems in version 9 were only in 3D and were quite small, to small to be significant for a great many users. Those of us that had higher accuracy requirements were not able to use the program without a great deal of checking. After version 8, they changed the way dimensions work. They added the ability to suppress leading and trailing zeros. That was a good thing and the suppression of leading zeros was something I had been pushing for for some time. The downside is that, in so doing, they made it so that if you didn't have the right settings, the dimensions could be off by several decimal places or several inches, depending on the units you were using. Watch for it. The commercial reviews that you read often compare Turbocad to AutoCAD as that is an application that many are familiar with. The operation of the program is quite different though and going from one to the other is not easy. I had used Turbocad for some years before ever using AutoCAD. Circumstances dictated that I use AutoCAD daily for about a year. At fist, I found it rather frustrating adapting to the differences. The saving grace was the command line. As I new what I wanted to do but didn't know the interface, I got in the habit of typing most of my commands. Now, I rather prefer AutoCAD for 2D work but for 3D, Turbocad is far, far superior. Turbocad would be a great program if they would get the bugs fixed which leads me to why I am switching to Rhino. For as long as I have been using Turbocad, I always found it somewhat lacking. Nothing major that I could not work around and, as each new version was better than the last, I thought it worthwhile to stay with it. Things seem to have changed though. The last two versions have been a disappointment, not only due to bugs but things that used to work are often broken in the next release. As a change to software that would equal or exceed the performance of Turbocad was going to cost me in the area of $1000.00, it was not a decision to be taken lightly. Most of what I do is 3D or starts out that way. For work, machined parts and for home, woodworking projects. Things go much smoother and with less surprises if it is built and assembled on the computer first. For your uses of product design, Turbocad is an excellent program for that if you can get around the bugs. Under the present circumstances, I can get along just fine with Turbocad such as it is but things may change, as it has in the past, and I need software that is actively being developed and supported by a reputable company. As it stands right now, the future of Turbocad as a viable product is in question and the company will not communicate at all. I am no longer willing to put up with the uncertainty.

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2D ...DeltaCad ...very intuitive. Excellent program. May be also time-limited now.
3D ...Solid Edge. Great tutorials. Downloadable version works last time I tried; not all features until purchased, but enough.
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On Thu, 04 Nov 2004 18:49:15 -0500, Guess who
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But only costs $40 last time I looked.

Don't know the price from looking at the solidedge site, but I get the impression this is not aiomed at the "average joe" wanting draw a few pictures???
AH! Here we go: http://cadence.advanstar.com/newsletter/mcad/0899_1.html
"To begin, Solid Edge Origin is a free program, available to anyone who registers over the Web. It is basically the Drafting module of Solid Edge and allows users to import 2D DXF, DWG, DGN and IGES files. 3D models can be created and viewed, but not savedonly printed. The idea is to introduce the user to the basics of 3D parametric modeling and how to get 2D drawings from a 3D model. It includes several tutorials for assistance and there is also support available over the Web. Solid Edge Origin3D is the next step up, as this $495 program allows the 3D model to be saved.
A new, more flexible pricing structure was also announced. For $1,995, users can purchase the Solid Edge Base package for machine design. For sheet metal and assembly design there are now separate modules for $1,995 each. All three can be purchased for $4,995. For users needing tubing, the XpressRoute package is $1,495, or it can be added to the $4,995 bundle for only $1,000. "
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BTW. If you want a PC-based "pencil and paper" with full accuracy but all of the simplicity of that medium, then I second Deltacad.
It's the only drafting programme I can walk away from for a week or two or more, and then simply come back and start drawing again. I use it all the time as a jotter. Not 3d, as said. ***************************************************** Have you noticed that people always run from what they _need_ toward what they want?????
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John B wrote:

There is no "this company" for Intellicad. It was a Visio product that Microsoft spun off to a consortium when they bought out Visio. The consortium makes it available at a flat fee to their members who then market it. There are a number of sources, including CADopia, Bricsnet, CMS, and others. CMS charges 52 bucks for Intellicad Standard--if you paid $150 then you must have gotten it from one of the other sources.
Now, as for your "evaluation period expired", when you paid you should have been given a registration number that you need to plug in.

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a CAD user, I have it because I just want to learn it. the full version is $599.xx but you can have the free one. Superb GUI too.
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autocad LT?
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The Sept 2004 edition of American Woodworker magazine has an article entitled "CAD for Woodworkers". It is a review of about a dozen products including side-by-side comparisons. Two stand out: QuickCAD 8 ($50) and TurboCAD Deluxe v10 ($150). I'd start with an article like this. The magazine sells back issues and individual article reprints.
--Billy

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On Fri, 5 Nov 2004 10:16:10 -0500, "Billy Smith"
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http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?siteID 3112&id'52576
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http://search.ebay.com/turbocad_W0QQsojsZ1QQfromZR40
And, TurboCad 9.2 Deluxe or even a lesser one might work well enough, especially for 2D. IIRC, at the TurboCad.com site there is a link that says what is in the current version that is new since version 9.2
If you do want the latest version, here is TC 10.2 Deluxe for $78, including shipping: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category771&itemq12188405&rd=1
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Intellicad is not one company. Long story but what I would do if I wee you is go to a different company and buy theirs. By the price you quoted, I would guess that you're dealing with Cadopia. Try CMS. They are much cheaper. I have been using their software with little problem for over a year. They are not the same so someone else's trial will not effect it.

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