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IMSI Idaho Maximum Security Institution (BULLETIN BOARD: IMSI) , a developer of visual content, design, and graphics software, has introduced the newest release of their flagship product A primary product of a company, which is typically why the company was founded and/or what made it well known. For example, MS-DOS, Windows and the Microsoft Office suite have been flagship products of Microsoft. CorelDRAW is a flagship product of Corel Corporation. , TurboCAD. The new release focuses on bringing both the professional and home user increased power, inter-operability and ease of use, while honoring IMSI's commitment to provide value at an affordable price.
"This version of TurboCAD delivers a suite of improvements and enhancements that let our users do more in less time, following the tradition that our customers have come to
expect," says Robert Mayer
Sir Robert Mayer KCVO (June 5, 1879 – January 9, 1985) was a philanthropist, businessman, and a major supporter of music and young musicians. , executive vice president, IMSI. "We continue to add outstanding features that will keep longtime TurboCAD fans and new users alike on the cutting edge of design."
The improvements and enhancements in TurboCAD v9 and TurboCAD Professional v9 are based on new technology, industry advancements and input from users. TurboCAD Professional v9 has over 40 new features and significant improvements to meet the demands of architects, contractors, engineers, inventors, artists, and designers.
Gordon Landies, president of IMSI says, "We're in a time when design throughput, from concept to finished product, is of greatest value. With this release, IMSI is providing productivity enhancements for a much broader user base. This is a major milestone for IMSI and TurboCAD, strengthening our ability to keep TurboCAD the CAD software of choice for multiple disciplines. As we continue with this focus, you can expect to see significant growth in the TurboCAD line of products in the coming year."
General Design and Productivity Enhancements
Both versions of TurboCAD v9 include new, streamlined Copy, Mirror and Transform commands. Additionally, TurboCAD v9 Professional further automates the process by recording and editing a transformation in the new Transform Recorder, then "plays it back" to apply it to additional objects.
For those users who work in 3D, both versions now display workplane intersections with existing 3D objects, making work plane visualization simple. TurboCAD v9 Professional goes further to facilitate working in 3D by allowing the user to work in rendered mode, eliminating the need to switch back and forth to wireframe An umbrella term for a general outline of some structure. For example, the rough design of Web pages may be called wireframes. See wireframe modeling. mode. This version also allows the user to assign any standard or custom toolbar A row or column of on-screen buttons used to activate functions in the application. Many toolbars are customizable, letting you add and delete buttons as required. Toolbars may be fixed in position or may float, which means they can be dragged to a more convenient location in the to the local menu, giving rapid access to commonly used tools.
New Mechanical Design Features
TurboCAD v9 Professional includes the upgraded ACIS v8 Engine delivering new power to mechanical engineers and designers. The new Facet Editor allows the user to freely move, rotate and delete facets of an ACIS object. The improved Part Tree now gives the user access to the entire history of 3D object creation, making for more intuitive part editing. Extrusions now include smoothing settings and distance and draft angle settings. The new Imprint tool combines extrusions and Boolean operations into one function.
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Architects will benefit from a set of new tools in TurboCAD v9 Professional. Existing lines, polylines and curves can be automatically converted into walls in one step, and the user can globally switch between different door and window styles just by selecting from a Style List. Roofs now support more complex configurations and roof openings (for skylights, etc.).
As part of the upgrade process, IMSI teamed up with 1st Pricing to provide the 1st Pricing Scheduler for both TurboCAD v9 Standard and Professional users. This unique system lets the user simply drag-and-drop 1st Pricing's parametric objects into a drawing, then connect to a pricing database and receive an automatic bill of materials The list of components that make up a system. For example, a bill of materials for a house would include the cement block, lumber, shingles, doors, windows, plumbing, electric, heating and so on. and an order form -- even allowing the user to order product from within a drawing! This new functionality is aimed at shortening the design cycle for homebuilders.
New Rendering, Visualization and Artistic Design Features
TurboCAD v9 Professional delivers major enhancements for the growing community of users who use TurboCAD as a 3D rendering and artistic design tool. In addition to being able to work in rendered mode, users can now include the display of 2D objects in 3D renderings and the rendered objects can have the wireframes superimposed su·per·im·pose
tr.v. su·per·im·posed, su·per·im·pos·ing, su·per·im·pos·es
1. To lay or place (something) on or over something else.
2. on the renderings. IMSI believes this level of realism during the design process will make TurboCAD an even better tool for these purposes.
Another key new feature in this area is the ability to insert and manipulate raster The horizontal lines (scan lines) displayed on a TV or computer monitor. This is the origin of the term "raster graphics," which is the major category that all bitmapped images and video frames fall into (GIF, JPEG, MPEG, etc.). images (bitmap, JPG See JPEG.
jpg - JPEG , tiff (Tagged Image File Format) A widely used bitmapped graphics file format developed by Aldus and Microsoft that handles monochrome, gray scale, 8-and 24-bit color. , etc.) in 2D and 3D just like any object. The user can easily manipulate, distort, rotate and "clip" the image to a profile.
"We are anxious to nurture and respond to this "artistic" use of TurboCAD", says Mauritz Botha, director of precision design at IMSI. "We will continue to deliver features, such as image manipulation, which traditionally have been reserved for packages that lack the breadth and precision of CAD."
Drafting and Presentation Enhancements
Both versions of TurboCAD v9 include new features aimed at streamlining the traditional drafting and presentation process. With the new Multi-Text Editor, users can enter, edit and format complex multi-text entries. This version also brings relative display priority to TurboCAD, allowing users to change display priority by multiple levels. Additional drafting and presentation improvements include assignable background colors to model space and paper space plus Blue Print Styles, which let users standardize pen and brush settings for printing different disciplines. In addition, TurboCAD v9 Professional users will enjoy the ability to create custom line styles, complete with objects, text and gaps accessible through the new Line Style Editor.
Programmability and Interoperability
TurboCAD programmers, third party developers, and power CAD users have been asking for the new Macro Recorder A program routine that converts menu selections and keystrokes into a macro. A user turns on the recorder, calls up a menu, selects a variety of options, turns the recorder off and assigns a key command to the macro. When the key command is pressed, the selections are executed. for some time -- and it is a reality with TurboCAD v9 Professional. This indispensable automation tool lets the user create and record VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) A subset of Visual Basic that provides a common language for customizing Microsoft applications. VBA supports COM, which allows a VBA script to invoke internal functions within Excel, Word and other COM-based programs or to make use of Scripts automatically while working, then load, edit and play back saved scripts.
TurboCAD's filters for other file formats, especially DXF/DWG, IGES (Initial Graphics Exchange Specification) An ANSI file format that is system independent and also intended for human interpretation. Evolving out of the U.S. and DGN DGN Design (file)
DGN Dirección General de Normas (Standards Organization in Mexico)
DGN MicroStation Design File (file format/extension) have all been upgraded for greater compatibility, and TurboCAD v9 Professional includes a new STL (STereoLithography) A 3D printing file format created by 3D Systems for its stereolithography system. Also supported by many numerical control, rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing machines, STL provides the surface geometry of the item in triangles. filter, the popular format used in Stereo Lithography See stereolithography. and computer aided machining.
Availability and Pricing
TurboCAD v9 and TurboCAD v9 Professional will be available at suggested retail prices of $99.95 and $695.00, respectively. Current TurboCAD users can purchase upgrades directly from IMSI by calling 1-800-833-4674 or online at http://www.imsisoft.com and http://www.turbocad.com.
Founded in 1982, IMSI has established a tradition of providing the professional and home user with innovative technology and easy-to-use, high- quality software products at affordable prices. The company maintains three business divisions. The Visual Design division, anchored by IMSI's flagship product, TurboCAD, also develops and markets other visual content and design software such as FloorPlan 3D. The Graphic Design division focuses on providing state-of-the-art digital content through its IMSI MasterClips collection and through its wholly owned subsidiary Wholly Owned Subsidiary
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