Glen, it is interesting reading yours and others who have posted here. For the record, I BETA test DesignCad & DoubleCad, also use TurboCad, SolidWorks and AutoCad and I also professionally teach AutoCad and I find that my preference to use is: SolidWorks and TurboCad 1st equal, DoubleCad, DesignCad and then AutoCad - full version and LT. This is also coming from someone who is AutoDesk qualified and have use AutoCad since release 2.5 about 1000 years ago. I am also SolidWorks qualified.
I am not trying to get you to use TurboCad or any other cad program, but when I first started with version 10 of TurboCad, I too wondered what the hell I came up against. After some time of playing about, things started to fall into place and the way I look at it, is that TurboCad makes you think more about what you want to end up with IE how YOU are going to make in the workshop.
I can tell you when teaching AutoCad, the learning curve is still steep and it is with any cad program until you figure out the keys etc. Now, one thing here, you too can change keys in TurboCad to emulate AutoCad. I also think you must not think too low of it if you have got your boss to buy TurboCad. You might have to eat humble pie there because he is not going to be happy to have forked out money for a cad program for it not to be used! I sure as hell would have your balls on the chopping block for that!
If you want a great little 2D cad program, get DoubleCad where it does things the same if not similar to AutoCad, as a beta tester, I can say it is great. Anyway, this is the TurboCad forum, suck it in and give it a go and if all you are doing is simple 2D work, what is the problem? You also say you started cad on AC2009, well news for you, I am teaching AC 2010 now and things are slightly different to 2009. You can find that out yourself.
Autodesk will also try to tell you that 'we are the industry standard', well sorry, they are not. Solidworks down here in NZ has a big following and TurboCad is also being used by many down here, sorry, but I do not have figures to back that up, but Autodesk is taking a hit.
My cad experience? DesignCad since version 7, SolidWorks since 2001, DoubleCad since before it was released to the public, TurboCad from version 10, AutoCad since release 2.5. I think I know what I am talking about.
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