I've been messing around with it today, but I'll tell you, it is totally foreign to me! I was able to draw a rectangle then put a circle in it, but not much else! I have the 15 day free trial and I hope I can figure it out a little better before the trial expires!
First off, yes, TCAD can certainly be used for plans. In fact, it's a very good 2D CAD program.
Secondly, in the past couple of months I've had two friends complain that they couldn't get started with TCAD, and asked for my help. I started with the basics and after exploring some of the simply drawing tools such as lines, circles and rectangles, discovered where the problems lay; they hadn't grasped the significance of snaps
, and didn't know how to print things. Snaps
. These let you specify features of existing entities as locations for drawing new ones. You should always use snaps whenever possible.
Here's a simple example: choose the Line
tool and click anywhere on the drawing area, move the mouse anywhere else and see a line that extends from where you originally clicked, to the mouse pointer. Click and the line is drawn. Now choose the Circle Center and Point
tool, click anywhere to define the circle centre, then click somewhere else to define a point of the circumference. You now have two entities: a circle and a straight line.
Now suppose you want to draw a line from the centre of the circle to the middle of the line. You could
guess at these points and click where you think
they are, or you could use snaps
. The quickest and easiest way of using snaps is to use SEKEs
ntries). Here's how to draw a line from the middle of the first line to the centre of the circle: choose the Line tool, move the mouse to somewhere near the middle of the first line and press the M
key (upper or lower case, it doesn't matter), now move the mouse near to the circumference of the circle and press the C
key. You have now drawn a line from the exact middle of the first line to the exact centre of the circle. The M
key is the SEKE for the Middle Point
snap, and C
is for Center
. There are a number of snaps, and most of them have SEKEs. You should read up on snaps and SEKEs in the Help
For printing, you should understand the difference between Model Space
and Paper Space
Model space is where you create your drawing, full size. Paper space is where you print from. Although this thread http://forums.turbocad.com/index.php/topic,360.0.html
is about printing to a particular scale, the 6th post contains a tutorial about setting up and printing from paper space. You might find it useful.
I hope this helps a little.