Chapter 1 - Getting Started with TurboCAD

Getting Started

This section covers what you should know before and during TurboCAD installation,
and fundamental concepts of using files, including import / export and page setup.

System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements:
  • Pentium IV Processor.
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with 512 MB RAM
  • Microsoft®, Windows® Vista or Windows 7 1024 MB RAM
  • 300 MB of free hard disk space depending on accessory
    applications installed, 64+ MB of swap space.
  • Super VGA (1024×768) display.
  • High Color (16 bit) graphics card.
  • 4X CD-ROM drive with 32 bit drivers.

Your experience with TurboCAD will be greatly enhanced with a newer generation,
higher speed CPU, 2-4 GB RAM, and larger display resolution. An optional
GPU-accelerated wireframe render mode requires a supported graphic accelerator.
The latest video drivers are typically required. Newer boards with more power
and VRAM generally provide greater performance. The following are recommended:
  • NVIDIA® Quadro FX 1000 & up
  • NVIDIA® GeForce FX & up
  • NVIDIA® GeForce 6, 7, 8 & up
  • AMD-ATI Radeon 9500 & up
  • AMD-ATI Radeon X, HD 2000, 3000, 4000
  • AMD-ATI FireGL X
  • AMD-ATI FireGL V 3000 & up
  • INTEL® Integrated graphics series: GMA 3000 & GMA X3000.

  • 2+ GHz Processor, 2 Gb RAM
  • 3D Graphics accelerator card
  • Wheel mouse
  • Internet connection
  • Microsoft ® Internet Explorer ™ required for Internet registration
  • Macromedia ® Flash ™ plug-in required for on-line tutorials.

Installing TurboCAD

To install TurboCAD, insert the CD into your CD-ROM. If the installation process
does not start automatically, select Start / Run from the Windows taskbar and type
D:\setup.exe (where D is the drive letter of the CD-ROM).

After you have installed TurboCAD, the Setup program creates a program folder. If
you choose the default settings, TurboCAD is installed in the
C:\Program Files\IMSI Design\TCWP16 folder (or TCW16 for Deluxe). This folder contains
several sub-folders that contain TurboCAD program files and related files such as
templates, sample drawings, and symbols.

The Setup program also creates a program group containing the TurboCAD application icon,
as well as shortcuts to the Help and the Readme file. The program group is accessed through
the Start menu. Before you start the program, please read the Readme file, which contains
the latest information on TurboCAD.

To remove TurboCAD from your computer:
In XP:
  • In Windows, select Start / Settings / Control Panel.
  • Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
  • Select TurboCAD from the list.
  • Click Add/Remove and follow the instructions on the screen.
In Vista & Windows 7:
  • In Windows, select Start / Settings / Control Panel.
  • Double-click Programs and Features.
  • Select TurboCAD from the list.
  • Click Uninstall and follow the instructions on the screen.


If you do not have Internet access, please call 800-833-8082 to register.
Becoming a TurboCAD registered user has many advantages, including technical
support, access to extensive online support databases, and program updates.

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Page last modified on Friday 14 of September, 2012 01:36:06 PDT by jrsollman.