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TurboCAD v.3 for Leopard

New Products for MacWorld By Ko Maruyama
Now in Verision 3, TurboCAD Pro is offered by IMSI design, makers of several CAD applications.  This is no lightweight home layout application, but there are plenty of "easy" ways to make your designing tasks fluid and precise with this drafting software.

Everyone in architecture and solid design knows about one CAD software or another, but many don't know the first thing about the applications which help you draft everything from custom machine parts to strange new toys.  While the price of TurboCAD ($149.95US) makes it seem like one of those applications with big buttons and limited options, IMSI has filled the software with professional tools and a ton of objects in the library.

Just because it's Professional grade, doesn't mean that this is impossible to use.  Anyone with some experience in the CAD world will be able to understand the layout and begin the design process effortlessly.   Not only is this software Leopard ready for the Mac crowd, but if you're working with someone who is using AutoCAD 2008 (PC-only), TurboCAD will read those single layer files as well.

For us graphic designers who are handed CAD files to manipulate, this is the perfect software.  Not only is the interface intuitive and easy to use, several Adobe-like tools allow even new users to quickly navigate the application.  If you have a rudimentary understanding of using splines to generate geometry, or know how to use primitive geometry shapes, TurboCAD is your entry level software that will allow you to manipulate designs like a professional.  That's not to say that 3D drafting software of any kind is a snap.  There is a steep learning curve on this application.

For those who like to study from tutorial books or DVDs, there are supplemental training materials that are offered on the IMSI Design website for an additional cost, but unfortunately, there are no IMSI online startup resources.

One of the things you'll need to know is that this is a model design software.  While there are options for rendering, there aren't more than simple line modification and color of the polygons to allow you to separate the elements from each other.

This is perfect for the student or entry level designer who needs to edit or create some solid object design.  

If you're looking for something to help you design what your remodel of the garage or house addition might look like, you'll need to wait for IMSI to port their popular Home & Landscape Design software to the Mac.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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