Performance, User Interface & Usability
Ribbon Large/Small icons, available space icon sizing
A new local menu option has been added when right-clicking on a Ribbon icon Users can now change the icon size/icon text to “Large Image and Text”, which allows for display of a larger image of the tool icon with associated text.
Changing the styles of Ribbon icons with a lack of free space
When using the Ribbon Interface, as you change either the UI Scale or Icon size through the Options/Toolbars and Menus /Options menu, the Size and Style (with or without text) of the icon will dynamically change.
Repeat Last Command
The new Repeat command allows user to repeat the previous command with a single click.
2D Drafting and Editing
Block and Group Editing Mode indicator bar
When editing a Block or Group, a (new) small toolbar appears in the upper-left corner of the drawing area. The toolbar displays the Block or Group name and includes a ‘Finish’ icon to return the user to the main Model Space.
Improved 3D Snap
Now, the intersection of two, 2D objects not in the same Work Plane can be snapped to. Useful for 3D modification tools such Lofting, Covering and Extrusions.
Drafting Palette: Ability to select Layer Sets
As with Paper Space View Ports, the Drafting Palette now has an Option to select a Layer Set. The Layer Set can contain both visible and non-visible layers. Previously, drafting objects did not take into account the visibility; rather it considered all layers in the 3D object visible, so user may have gotten drafting object with un-needed information.
This same Layer Set addition has been added to the Drafting Object via the local menu Properties:
Dimension values that drive angles, lengths, and distances within a constraint system can now be animated. Animating these values provides powerful visual feedback to range of motion issues common in mechanical design problems.
The tool extends into 3D motion analysis when the dimension values are part of a 2D constrained sketch that is used to define 3D extruded, sweep, or lathed shapes. Animating the dimension value automatically updates not only the sketch but the dependent 3D part.
The user interface provides a variety of controls to analyze the motion including step increments, range, loop, pause, and move forward or backward.
Paper Space Viewport Explode improvements
Exploded Viewports in Paper Space can now be created with Hidden Line and Non-renderable objects enabled. In addition, extra lines which appeared in multi-story house have now been removed
Best Fit Circle and Line
The new Best Fit Circle and Line tools allow the user to draw a circle which is best-fitted through 3 or more defined points or a line through 2 or more points. Points can be extracted from a specified location or from a specific object.
The Auto-numbering tool allows you to select multiple text entities and have them auto-numbered. Numbers are placed either at the end of each text block or can replace the text block.
A new “Auto Modifier" option has added. With this option enabled, the Opening (wall clipping contour modifier will be generated automatically. Previously the Opening modifier had to be manually defined. If the opening modifier was not defined, then a rectangle (opening extents) was always used to make a hole on the wall. Only 3D objects are used as modifiers.
Rendering and Visualization
The new Flatshot tool allows users to create a 2D view of a 3D object, including visible and invisible lines, and then save that view in the Blocks Palette. A great tool for creating stunning presentations!
3mf textures – import/export:
Support of element shaders has been added to 3MF Import and Export.
Autocad® and sketchup files:
TurboCAD now supports Import/Export of the AutoCAD 2020 DWG and DXF file formats, and Import/Export of SketchUp 2020 SKP file format.
Ifc filter improvement:
Support of PPM Symbols and 2D/3D Block Insertions has been added to IFC Export.