I wonder if forum members might be able to give me some general advice on the reliability of recent versions of TurboCAD.
I first started using CAD software in 1999 when I discovered TotalCAD, which was being sold for a small sum of money as a promotion. I was delighted with it and regarded it as one of the two best software purchases I have ever made, the other being the excellent file manager XYplorer. TotalCAD changed to TurboCAD and I followed it through versions 5, 7, 9 Pro, 12 and 15. I really enjoyed using the product.
In 2015, I bought version 19 Deluxe and soon realised I had walked into a complete mess. I will not bore you with a detailed blow-by-blow account; a summary is bad enough. Suffice it to say that in the course of five months, I had to reinstall the software three times and repair it five times. The program could be very sluggish (2.9 GHz processor, 8 GB RAM). In addition, I had at least 23 crashes – the ones I noted before I gave up logging – variously showing messages: ‘Unhandled Exception’, ‘Out of Memory’, ‘TurboCAD 19 has stopped working…’ Frequently, tools would simply cease working. The Delete key and CTRL key sequences would become inoperative. Hundreds of objects lost their snap to the grid and had to be individually realigned. I lost a lot of work and time.
As you can imagine, this was a huge disappointment. A product that I had regarded as pretty solid for sixteen years was suddenly approaching the levels of unreliability of Microsoft Windows/Office – and that’s really saying something.
After 18 months of comparative bliss using a borrowed Apple laptop, in the past few days I have had to return to Windows and my desktop computer for a drawing project. Coincidentally, I reinstalled Windows 7 Pro after fitting a larger SSD system disk. When I came to reinstall TurboCAD 19, I was unable to. Reason: Error 1335 “The cabinet file ‘Data1.cab’ required for this installation is corrupt…” I could not face trying to sort this one out as I gradually remembered what had happened with TC19 previously. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
My question is, if I buy a new version of TurboCAD, am I going to experience the same kind of problems as with TC19? Was TC19 a one-off turkey or, for whatever reasons, can I now expect to have to contend with more of the same?
I understand that this is a ‘how-long-is-a-of-piece-of-string’ kind of question and also that I may have hit problems that a majority of TC19 users will not have come across. I am just hoping for a feel of what is going on from people with their fingers on the pulse.