Complete Drafting and Detailing
TurboCAD® LTE v8 is a comprehensive 2D CAD package that offers an AutoCAD-like UI and command line, as well as all the features you look for in AutoCAD LT, at a fraction of the price.
More Than an AutoCAD Work-Alike
More than an AutoCAD LT work-alike, TurboCAD LTE provides many more powerful features, including:
Low Learning Curve
If you’re already familiar with AutoCAD LT, the keystrokes, command line, and interface in TurboCAD LTE Pro make it easy to jump right in. There’s no need to re-learn what you already know.
High CAD File Compatibility
TurboCAD LTE offers a superior workflow with AutoCAD, SketchUp, and many more CAD and graphic file formats.
AutoCAD-Like User Interface
If you are an AutoCAD user, there is no need to re-learn what you already know. Instead, TurboCAD LTE’s AutoCAD LT-like UI lets you concentrate on your design:
Complete 2D CAD Functionality
TurboCAD LTE offers a complete set of 2D drafting and detailing tools for drawing, modifying, and dimensioning. When used with snaps and drawing aids you will be able to quickly draft and document your designs.
The 64-bit version of TurboCAD LTE addresses up to 32GB of memory, making RAM-intensive processes much quicker. Load, process, and render much larger CAD files. A 32-bit version is also available.
Hyper-Accelerated Graphic Performance
Increase zoom and pan performance. The powerful Redsdk 18.104.22.168 drawing engine takes advantage of GPU-based graphics cards for lightning fast wireframe displays. This release also now includes a New Displacement Shader in the RedSDK materials.
Support for Xrefs
All of the file formats that can be opened and imported (except bitmaps), may be used as an external reference (Xref). You may continue to work in AutoCAD or SketchUp, for example, while the drafting continues in TurboCAD LTE. This helps to minimise duplication of geometry, thereby making editing more efficient and helping to keep drawings in synch. Xrefs also help keep file sizes down when you use the same large components in multiple drawings, and allow for concurrent sharing of data.
If Architectural Design Tools are what you’re looking for, we recommend TurboCAD LTE Pro. But TurboCAD LTE does offer architectural walls (straight and curved; ends and intersections) that are self healing with automatic cleanup. They are AutoCAD Architecture compatible. Also, any block can be used as a custom architectural element and will automatically align to self-healing walls when inserted.
Enhanced Layer Manager
TurboCAD LTE’s enhanced layer manager is modeless and multi-selection capable. Use it to create layers, then sort objects in your drawing by type, by creation order, or by any criteria that suits the way you work. You can also create layer sets, useful for displaying certain aspects of a drawing without changing visibility settings of each layer individually.
Custom Brush Styles, Bitmap Fills, Transparency Layering
TurboCAD LTE allows for hatch patterns and gradients to be layered with transparency. Custom bitmaps, such as your company logo, may be used as well. This empowers you to much more clearly and precisely communicate construction or assembly details.
Smart Dimension Tool
Automatically select the appropriate dimension for the type of entity (i.e. arc, line, circle) being dimensioned. No need to have to go back to the Dimension menu to select a different dimension type each time a different type of object needs dimensioning.
Quick Dimension Tool
The quick dimension tool allows multiple dimensions to be drawn simultaneously, when of the same type, i.e. radius dimensions or linear dimensions.
Customised text formatting for dimensions includes bolding, superscript, subscript, italics, support for multiple font scales, and multi-line, and you can set dimension text to always face the user no matter the orientation of the drawing.
3D Perspective and Ortho Views
This may be a 2D CAD program, but TurboCAD LTE works with 3D models. View an object in 3D perspective or use Orthogonal Views for objects with dimension, in order to create paper spaces with enhanced visualisations, or for presentations
Convert the visible geometry in your viewports into flattened, editable 2D geometry within your layouts, even hidden line views. Your conceptual views are also converted into standard bitmaps. Associative viewport dimensions allow you to add dimensions to an object through a viewport in paperspace and the dimensions will update if the model changes. Synchronise the rotation of viewports and views while retaining the possibility of discreet rotation.
Clip a 2D section of your drawing and insert and scale the clip for detail views.
True Units Retained Between Drawings with Different Unit Settings
Opening or inserting a drawing created in inches into a drawing created in meters -- or any other combination of units -- requires no resizing or rescaling.
Flexible Print Options
Manage the printing of all spaces, models, and paper from the print queue. Control layout, and designate printers for each space. Use Print Window to enter coordinate values, or use the mouse to specify an area you wish to print, and print just what you want.
Enhanced Format Painter
TurboCAD LTE's enhanced Format Painter matches more than 2x as many object properties as AutoCAD's Match Properties. Use the Format Painter to transfer Custom Properties and Property Set Definitions (PSD) from one object to another. This huge productivity improvement is also a crucial feature for extending BIM/IFC models.
Sync Block Attributes
Select any block(s) and press the Sync button to reset attributes in all block(s) instances. The attribute's value will be stored if the attribute definition with its corresponding tag exists in the block and all attribute properties will be reset from the block attribute definition.
Edit Tool Option "Node Filter"
On objects with a large number of nodes, TurboCAD LTE allows you to select a subset of nodes to optimise performance and ease of use.
More Usability Advantages
High CAD File Compatibility
Need to share CAD files with others? TurboCAD LTE supports the latest industry file formats. Open and save .DWG, and .DXF formats from AutoCAD R14 to 2016. Enjoy superior workflow with SketchUp and SketchUp Pro .SKP files. Plus TurboCAD Windows .TCW (for LTE), HP .PLT, DoubleCAD .2CD, and many other formats are supported.
New slot tools for woodworking and furniture design, an improved conceptual selector and much more.
New Slots Tools
Three new slot tools for inventors, woodworking and furniture design. They include:
NEW! ISO Circle/Grid
This new tool allows you to easily construct isometric circles.
IMPROVED! Conceptual Selector
New! Highlighting (Redsdk Only)
UI enhancement which highlights 3D objects and parts of 3D objects while using certain tools in Redsdk mode including imprinting, quick pull & 3D mirror copying.
Manage all your spaces through the design director including model space, and all paper spaces so you can handle spaces more efficiently than the tab interface allows.
TurboCAD LTE and TurboCAD LTE Pro are delivered in a 64-bit version to take full advantage of your hardware’s available computer memory to load, process, and render CAD files.
Your experience with TurboCAD will be greatly enhanced with a newer generation, higher speed CPU, 4+ GB RAM, and larger display resolution and graphics support.
The optional GPU-accelerated Redsdk render mode requires a supported graphic processing unit (either a chip on the board, or on a video card). The latest video drivers are typically required. Newer boards with more power and VRAM generally provide greater performance.