IMSI changed it's name to Broadcaster and went into the internet on demand
streaming business. Turbocad was bought buy IMSI ex employees backed by an
investment firm. Rather than someone buying the competion, this was a case
of sell it or can it. Broadcaster doesn't do software.
No kidding! I wasn't aware of that and I -thought- I looked, but
Any chance you can offer a link that might cover any of that off
or be a better starting point than I'm gettin gon Google right
The comments are mixing up the Pro and Deluxe versions. They are not the
same, so don't expect Pro capability in the Deluxe version. I'm sorry for
you who are having so much trouble with Deluxe v12, or is it Pro v12.1?. I
am not having problems with it and, while I do not rely on solid modeling or
constraints for my drawings, I do handle quite a few lines and figures each
day. Nothing malfunctions significantly for me. I would like more
capability, but compared with AutoCAD at the AutoCAD prices, this version of
TurboCAD is a real bargain, and I throw it around pretty well.
As far as I know, IMSI is still making and marketing TurboCAD. This has
been true for quite a while now. I certainly hope those of you who are
having problems are calling the help facility up there at IMSI. Every time
I have had occasion to do so I've received all the assistance I needed to
correct the problem. I will admit that I am relatively new to TurboCAD, but
not to CAD. I started with TurboCAD back 3 years ago when I purchased it
for $70 at a Staples store.
In my estimation, it was pretty cheap for the ability to draw, modify, and
store my cabinetry, furniture, and toy drawings.
Good point, there was ample opportunity for mixup, but for the
vast majority of the discussion, it wasn't relevant. Nothing I
mentioned in particular was Pro-specific. Early in the
discussions I gave my reasons for moving from the 7.1 Pro version
to the 12 Deluxe version. Mostly that I didn't need or use the
Pro added functionality any longer and about a $400 diff in
price<g> as I recall.
IOW the comments didn't really get mixed up because there was
almost no Pro/Deluxe specific discussion.
I did find it interesting that a lot of what used to be
Pro-specific in 7.1 had been moved to the Deluxe version, but
that's sort of beside the point, other than alloweing me to opt
for the cheaper Deluxe version. Other than ACIS & constraints
and a few other niceties, the Pro version added very little I
could be interested in.
You mention of the 12.1 was interesting, too. When I read the
details of the 12.1 update early on, it sounded like it also
included a lot of things the the Deluxe version should have had
I wondered whether Deluxe was based on 12.1 early on and
thus needed no update, or if it simply wan't worth it to them to
put the relevant changes into the Deluxe version. If that's the
case, they just haven't bothered to update Delusxe 12, and it
sounds from your comments that it might be, then that might
explain why I was so unhappy with 12 Deluxe. I looked and looked
but there was no 12.1 available for Deluxe; only the Pro version.
That sounds good, and makes all kinds of sense. I don't
believe anyone was telling you to jump overboard, or at least I
don't recall that. It's a rather complex and powerful program
and is bound to have people using subets which makes how good it
is a subjective thing. It sounds like you're in good shape for
I would like more
I have AutoCad experience, and a couple others also, and I think
you'd find it interesting how little difference there actually
is. The vast majority of the changes have been annoyance fixes
and collections of little things here and there that make
implementations a little easier and faster to do. Capability
wise however, there are actually few things AC can do that TC
can't do; they're just different.
Since you have Pro, you can prove a lot of that to yourself
simply by searching around and opening a few AC dwgs and watch to
see what the errors and limitations are. I think you'll be
pleasnatly surprised. Assuming of course that TC is still good
at doing that. It'll vary of course, based on the sets of
tools used and who uses them, but in genereal you'll find very
few AC files you can't open and manipulate just fine. In fact, I
do it often, or did up until a couple years ago, with version 7.1
Actually, my track record with IMSI/INTUIT et al support isn't
very pretty. The most helpful thing I got from any of my
contacts was along the lines of "Yeah, that's an annoying thing,
but here's how to work around it" sort of response. In other
words, they knew about the bugs and only wanted to let me know
how to workaround. One place offered me some scripts, but ...
well, I didn't need them.
Their support areas still need a lot of help, IMO, especially on
the email side.
I will admit that I am relatively new to TurboCAD, but
You are new then<g>. I've been with them since, I think it was,
version 3 and Generic CADD before that. Then came 5, 7, and
after that I'd pretty much quit watching. For me, 7 was
apparently the last reasonably consistantly stable version they
had. 8 9 and 10 I watched now and then and stayed away from. 11
looked good and I figured 12 should finally be a good number, but
in my case I was wrong. The went downhill from 11 to 12 by all
appearances. That's for MY purposes, not yours. It's always a
ymmv situation with something like TC apps.
Generic CADD was the cheapest; free! It was amazing what it
could do and seemed to have a great future!
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