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 â€“ the ones I noted before I gave up logging â€“ variously showing messages: â€˜Unhandled Exceptionâ€™, â€˜Out of Memoryâ€™, â€˜TurboCAD 19 has stopped workingâ€¦â€™ 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 â€“ and thatâ€™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 â€œThe cabinet file â€˜Data1.cabâ€™ required for this installation is corruptâ€¦â€ 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 camelâ€™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 â€˜how-long-is-a-of-piece-of-stringâ€™ 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.