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PC won't find TurboCAD 18 to make it the default DWG program.
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* February 12, 2019, 12:49:40 AM
Hi all,

While this is not strictly an issue with TurboCAD itself, I was wondering if anyone had a solution to this problem. I've recently upgraded to TC 2018 deluxe from TurboCAD 20 deluxe. When opening an DWG my PC doesn't give me the option of using TurboCAD and it's not listed in the programs that can open DWGs either. Therefore I have to open TurboCAD first and then open the files from there which is a bit of a pain.

Any help gratefully received.

All the best

Phil

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* February 12, 2019, 01:10:41 AM
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Your "pain way" is the correct way :)
It's not recomended to just double click on a file to open it in TC, there have been some issues abouth that, at least earlier i think to remember.

Anyway, select a dwg in your Explorer, open it's Property and then go to "Open in ..." and there you can choose to open all dwg's in TC if you want that, you may have to click "load more options" or something like that before you get the option to find the program you want to use.

Torfinn

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* February 13, 2019, 02:03:21 AM
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Hi Torfinn,

Thanks for your reply. I had already tried the 'open in...' method and TC18 wasn't there. It's just not visible anywhere I look. It does give me the option of choosing a link to the exe file of the uninstalled TC20 but TC18 is like a ghost!

All the best

Phil

ps - out of interest why is opening the file via the TurboCAD program the correct way? ??? ;D

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February 13, 2019, 02:55:06 AM
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ps - out of interest why is opening the file via the TurboCAD program the correct way? ??? ;D

I've wondered that for years.  Out of habit, I start TurboCAD and open files directly, but I have not noticed a problem the few times I have double-clicked on a TCW data file (except a few versions back when there was a sound or something, IIRC).

However, there are still outstanding errors with TurboCAD's integration with the Windows File System.  For instance, under the File drop-down menu, the numerals in front of the file names are ignored, but they are not ignored under the Window drop-down menu.  Go figure.


Jeff

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* February 13, 2019, 03:53:27 AM
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Hi Torfinn,

Thanks for your reply. I had already tried the 'open in...' method and TC18 wasn't there. It's just not visible anywhere I look. It does give me the option of choosing a link to the exe file of the uninstalled TC20 but TC18 is like a ghost!

All the best

Phil

ps - out of interest why is opening the file via the TurboCAD program the correct way? ??? ;D


It was reported earlier that some people get faults and that could be related to the way of opening files in TC, i have never noticed it myself as i dont open files that way.
And for the v 18, did you look at the correct place, v 18 was 32 bit ( Program Files (x86)) folder, but assume it's about v 2018 and there you will find it in typical "C:\Program Files\IMSIDesign\TCWD2018\Program64 >> tcw25.exe"

Torfinn

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* February 13, 2019, 04:21:44 AM
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Thanks Torfinn,

That link is exactly what I needed! I'll heed your advice about opening files directly from TurboCAD. It's a habit I'll need to form!

And you're correct. I did mean TC2018 and not TC18.

All the best

Phil

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* February 13, 2019, 11:16:44 AM
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This is where I find TurboCAD 2018. I don't have a "D" in the address (TCWD2018). Maybe it's a European edition.

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* February 13, 2019, 12:44:26 PM
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Neither have i :)
Thats why "typical", as 2016 and 2017 have the D, i dont have DL 2018 ;)

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* February 13, 2019, 01:31:49 PM
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Neither have i :)
Thats why "typical", as 2016 and 2017 have the D, i dont have DL 2018 ;)

Torfinn

For TurboCAD 2018 they went to a "Universal" system; all 4 editions are in 1 installation. It depends on what Serial Number / Activation Code is used to turn on a particular edition.

Prior to 2018, I could have all editions (3 or 4) available on my desktop and in Program Files, but no more.
TCW2017 - Deluxe
TCWD2017 - Designer
TCWE2017 - Expert
TCWP2017 - Platinum

Prior to Expert, there was Professional Basic edition, which was a cut-down edition of Platinum. It couldn't be installed on the same computer with Professional Platinum.

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* February 13, 2019, 01:57:45 PM
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I know that, but as you already know ;);), on my system i can't change, i'm sort of stuck with PP or another edition, i cant switch between them for whatever reason.

Torfinn

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* February 13, 2019, 05:40:22 PM
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ps - out of interest why is opening the file via the TurboCAD program the correct way? ??? ;D

I've wondered that for years.  Out of habit, I start TurboCAD and open files directly, but I have not noticed a problem the few times I have double-clicked on a TCW data file (except a few versions back when there was a sound or something, IIRC).

Jeff

TC still comes on disc with 32-bit and 64-bit versions and they can be installed concurrently.  In the past, V4 (I think) came with 16-bit and 32-bit versions, obviously 32-bit wasn't going to run on Win 3, I can't remember ever trying to run a 16-bit app on Win 95, and I don't know if Win 95 had anything like the compatibility mode of Win Vista/7.  If both are installed, say to use the older 32-bit tools like trace that haven't been carried through to 64-bit, opening 32-bit by default is disadvantageous.  TC is an MDI, multiple document interface, so double-clicking and arbitrarily opening multiple instances also uses more system resources.  It might not be an issue with 64-bit lotsa-memory-bandwidth, but as a hangover from the days of austere computer specs, it made sense.  That's my theory, FWIW. 
« Last Edit: February 13, 2019, 05:44:39 PM by murray dickinson »

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* February 13, 2019, 11:54:57 PM
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Have you tried associating TurboCad with .tcw files yourself?
Click the windows icon (bottom left corner) and choose the settings cogwheel.
Click Apps, then select Default Apps,  then click Choose default apps by file type.
The next window takes a while to populate, but when it does, scroll down until you find the ,tcw entry.
You should then be able to choose Tcad as the app to open such files.

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