« Last post by NigelG on May 19, 2018, 03:38:33 AM »
Still missing something somewhere!
I tried your advice and the alleged-Manual for this more advanced Snap feature, on a very simple, new drawing - just 3 dissimilar rectangles, a short way apart with their Centres of Extent on a common y-value line.
Tried making the right-hand shape join the centre one. Success, probably more by chance than skill! It resembled as intended, the elevation of a flanged bush.
Tried repeating with the left-hand rectangle - nothing worked. Sometimes it halved the shape's height, or pushed it to a random point elsewhere!
Gave up, turned the computer off, did something more useful.
Next time tried just 2 rectangles, but I could not find the right moves at all. Somehow one rectangle ended up with its CE well outside it and I can find no way to return it.
So I can use at least some of the basic Snaps direct from their menu, but not to manipulate entire shapes. I'm still where I started, having to calculate CofE co-ordinate moves - the "Manual" tells you Snaps avoid needing to do so, but not how.
I trawled the www for any references to proper TurboCAD literature. I encountered a big division between users who find it easy and like it - yes, from professional CAD experience - and beginners like me who described it as very difficult to learn. I'd heard this elsewhere, too. The common thread is the lack of any proper manual for TurboCAD; just assorted unofficial videos, mainly on you-tube.
I did find a version of the official "Help" menu pdf. document, but it's the same tangle, still starting with pages of advanced computer-handling before saying anything about drawing; and full of references to other pages far away among >700 others. It had made one improvement, separating Snaps from Layers.
One point someone picked up - TurboCAD's symbols are all-American. (I didn't know it has a symbols library, for engineering-drawing at least.) Well, yes, it's an American product, but if you need are another country's or ISO industrial standards, or they are not included, you have to create your own. I realised TC has a big section for architecture and wood-work, but no obvious references to, and terms for, mechanical-engineering. Yes of course it lets you make engineering-drawings, but that lack is partly why I had to ask how to denote something as basic as a cross-section!
One is becoming very disheartened, one is. I'd have given up already if it were not for the money I've spent (software, printer, paper, ink, electricity) and hours expended. TurboCAD is the only genuine, professional-grade CAD package available to the amateur engineer. I know what TurboCAD can do for the expert, I know the expert would find it easy to use TurboCAD for the drawing types I need.... . Unfortunately, with no proper support literature it is extremely hard to learn even the basics by yourself, when you are reasonably competent at manual technical-drawing but lack any previous CAD training and experience.