Well, I have stuck with 11.2 pro for the past three to four years â€“ I paid for the 12 and 12.5 upgrades, but never really got on with them, 11.2 just â€˜worksâ€™ and is more â€˜intuitiveâ€™. For example the newer version would never keep the last tools you use as first choice in the tools dock (a small matter I know, but it niggles), with 12-12.5 Pro, there seemed to be a limit applied to how complex an object I could hatch, a restriction that isnâ€™t found on the 11.2 Pro version â€“ it was for this reason I decided to uninstall 12 and go back to the former.
Last week I received an email from the TC distributors for TC 16 Platinum, Â£260 upgrade from V 12. I thought Iâ€™d buy it, after reading how much had been improved, and the better rendering and advanced offsetting it promised may come in useful.
Unfortunately, it seems to have all the exact same problems that irked me so much with v12, plus some whopping new ones! The worst still is the limit imposed to what I can hatch â€“ to me this is a big problem (hatching a small portion of a larger object takes a lot more time), as I need to draw complex photo etched files, which need to be hatched together for each part. I can do this without drama with 11.2, but not V16, why is this? Today, I had two â€˜unhandled exceptionsâ€™ (was doing nothing special, just basics), which luckily, I managed to retrieve from the auto back up file. Finally, there seems to be annoying â€˜lagâ€™ when selecting/deselecting any object that is more complex than a few lines! (I see TC still has major issues with curves/circles in 3-d â€“ again worse than 11.2 â€“ I have no idea why!)
I have set up TC 16 on my home and work PCâ€™s, both very powerful and new workstations running XP Pro â€“ both share the same problems.
I absolutely love TC, I use it every day for 8-10 hours â€“ but I have to say that I am very disappointed with the latest iteration â€“ and still not optimised for duel/quad core CPUâ€™s!
I have to be honest and say that if your work involves 2-d line drawings, with the odd 3-d or render, I cannot help but think that 11.2 Pro was/is the pinnacle of the TC programming â€“ it is bug free, very fast and has little to no issues â€“ I may have to revert to it again, as the time it saves over V16 after 40+ hours per week of use cannot be ignored (especially when working to deadlines)