March 6, 2008 - Press Release

IMSI/Design Launches Green TurboCAD Professional v15


Dozens of New and Improved Features, Including BIM, Parametric Design Enhancements,
and Environmentally Friendly Content

NOVATO, Calif., March 6, 2008– IMSI/Design™, the developer of the #1 best-selling CAD in retail, announced today that it is shipping its flagship product, TurboCAD® Professional Version 15.

"We continue to add strong Architectural and Mechanical CAD functionality," stated Bob Mayer, COO of IMSI/Design.  "But we're also excited that TurboCAD is now one of the first eco-friendly CAD applications available to engineers and designers.  Without a doubt, TurboCAD Professional continues to set the bar for industrial strength CAD applications with phenomenal price-performance."

2D Drafting, 3D Modeling and UI improvements include:

  • New Bill of Materials. A highly effective way to cost your design projects and tie them to the Building Information Management work flow.
  • New Support of Table Object. Used with the new Bill of Materials feature.  Table objects are AutoCAD compatible.
  • New Rotated Box 3D Object.  Draw a box at any angle on the active Workplane.
  • New Mode in Edit Dragger – Edit Segment. Improved editing of walls, slabs and bulge polylines (zero width polylines).
  • New Photorealistic Materials.Over 300 new Materials have been added to enhance the photorealism of your designs.

Architectural and Civil Engineering CAD improvements include:

  • New Layout Tool for Woodworking. Create 2D layout of 3D model to optimize cutting/manufacturing of components.
  • Improved Style Manager for Architectural Objects. Better control over architectural designs, ability to make quick changes to common architectural object types.
  • Improved Schedule Table. Now includes support for walls and slabs.
  • New Surveyor Linear Dimension.  Enhanced 2D drafting capabilities.
  • Improved Terrain Tool. Ability to create terrain objects from selected points.

Mechanical CAD advancements include:

  • Improved Assembling of 3D Objects. Enhanced 3D design with additional alignment tools –tangent and axis.
  • New Automatic Workplane by Face. Much easier now to make edits to 3D objects.
  • New ACIS® v17 Solid Modeling Engine.

Interoperability and Content enhancements include:

  • ASAT, OBJ and Collada (DAE) File Format Support. Enhanced compatibility for solid modeling and for Virtual Reality, including Google™ Earth (NASD: GOOG).
  • New Parametric Parts and 2D Symbols. New ability to create fully parametric part and symbol libraries. These libraries may be used in Autodesk’s AutoCAD (NASD: ADSK) as well. In addition, TurboCAD includes new parametric symbols for cabinets, tables, appliances, shelving, building fittings, and fasteners.
  • Improved 3DS file Import and Export. Better support for mechanical and artistic design applications.

‘Green’ Building Content details include:

  • Photovoltaic (solar) roofing panels
  • Structurally Integrated Panels (SIPs)
  • Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs)
  • Energy efficient foundations and flooring

Availability and Pricing

TurboCAD Professional 15 is now available at a suggested retail price of $1,295. Current TurboCAD users can purchase upgrades directly from IMSI/Design by calling 1.800.833.4674 or online at

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