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 Conceptual Selector
Manipulate and modify 3D objects like never before. The totally flexible design of Conceptual Selector allows users to customise any visual and editing parameters available in the application (eg. Move, scale, or rotate).
The TurboCAD Nudge function now offers more efficient pick up and placement of selected object(s) using the numbers pad.
Improved Block/Group Editing
While in block/group edit mode, users can now snap to objects outside the block or group.
More Flexible UI
Users can now resize dialog boxes as needed for their design environment. Adjust the screen size, resolution, and more. Works with the majority of dialog boxes including general property pages, multiline text, dimensions, program setup, and Drawing options pages.
New Contact Manager & File Sharing
Users now have the ability to create and maintain contact lists and send files to individuals or groups from within TurboCAD.
New Backup Open Documents On Program Close
A new default option called ‘Automatic Backup and restore’ automatically saves any modified documents that you have open. When this option is on, all open documents are backed up to the backups folder without prompting, and then the program closes. When you next start the program, the same documents are automatically reloaded so that you can continue working where you left off.
New Untitled Documents
Documents that you have created and not saved are backed up using the name "Untitled" followed by a number and the date/time. This name and number corresponds to those shown in the titlebar when you are editing new unsaved documents.
New File Buffer
A new option to save the Undo/Redo buffer of a file when it is closed or when the application closes (SEE Above) The buffer is re-loaded when the file is reopened, and can be used from the last point.
TurboCAD 2015 now offers an updated Redsdk 22.214.171.124 Engine, and also now includes a New Displacement Shader in the RedSDK materials.
Improved Format Painter Tool
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.
Improved Dimension Text
Dimension Text can be set to Non-rotatable. With this property, selected, dimension text will always face the user no matter the orientation of the drawing.
Sorted Layers in Drop Down Lists
The Layers in the drop down and simple lists are now sorted as per the Design Director. If you change the control view order in Design Director the same ordering will be in all other Layer controls.
Improved Trim Tools
New ability to trim hatched or closed objects and maintain the hatch or closure.
New Dimension Units Format ‘By Drawing’
Users can now globally define dimension units at the drawing level.
Improved Join Polylne Tool
The Join Polyline Tool now works on Beziers and splines without converting them to a polyline, so that their original curve status is maintained.
Improved DWG/DXF Read/Write Filters
TurboCAD now uses the latest Teigha engine for the conversion of .dwg and .dxf files to/from different versions. Dynamic blocks are imported as simple blocks.
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. A 32-bit version is also available if required by your hardware.
64-bit System Requirements:
Microsoft Windows ® 10 64-bit, Windows 8* 64-bit, Windows 7 (64-bit), Vista (64-bit) - 2 GB RAM.
32-bit System Requirements:
Microsoft Windows ® 10, Windows 8*, Windows 7, Windows Vista**, Windows XP** - 1GB RAM.
*TurboCAD is designed for desktops or laptops that meet the indicated system requirements. Windows RT technology for use on tablets is not supported.
** 32-bit version of TurboCAD LTE and TurboCAD LTE Pro will run on XP and Vista platforms; however, these platforms are no longer being officially supported.
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.
RedSDK list of supported Video Cards and Drivers: