I have used several TFP in the past and just purchased v. 2017. Although I was not that impressed, I still opted to upgrade, hoping that time would prove me wrong. However, now that I have had some time to work with v.2017 (a few days here and there for the past several weeks), this version is disappointing, not so much for what it may include (I'm still learning), but what is not included (or what I cannot locate). I'd love some guidance, especially if I am missing something.
The old TFP (up to V16) was discontinued a few years ago. The current versions (V17 to 2017) are not updates of the old programs, but new programs, so they have different features.
TFP, as any new
program, has a learning curve. So my advice is => avoid comparisons => the best way to learn the program, IMO, is practice + practice + practice => Read and follow the manual (this is important), see the videos => try to create elements not related with your project, so you will become familiar with the commands and how to develop the different components.
Non-existent in the 2017 version are very basic things, such as a user-friendly manual (no index?!),
Of course there is a manual!. Go to Help => User guide. You will find the table of contents at page 3 and the Index at page 499. In addition, the guide is a PDF file, so it includes an amazing feature called "Search" so you can search for the desired topic.
simple, but essential 3DS models to complete a design (available in previous versions),
The program includes thousands of objects in the furnishing library. If you prefer, you can import 3DS or Sketchup objects (File => Import). Or you can use the 3D Custom Workshop Power Tool to create new and custom objects (Design => launch Power Tool)
the ability to produce realistic rendered 3D images (shadows are awful, no mirror reflection in rendered images, etc). I
Although TFP doesn't include photorealistic renderings, take a time to learn about lighting and shadows. You will be surprised with the results.
I still cannot figure out how to get materials to look like the original (no matter how I change the dimensions and/or orientation, materials still come out distorted and chopped up- such an easy editing feature to use in previous versions).
To edit and transform the materials you can right click the thumb => Edit Material. Or copy the material to the user library => Edit Detail. If you prefer, post an image of the issue, so I can see the problem.
Why eliminate good features and, if models were available in previous versions, why aren't they available now, why should I have to now hunt on the internet (not to mention the downloading safety issue)? Are there any patches/updates which include some of these missing oldies, but goodies?
As I explained, the programs are different, therefore, the file formats are different. However, if you wish, set the desired models in a TFP file (V16) => use File => Export => 3D Model => 3DS => then proceed to import the model in the new program.
If I am wrong in my assessment, I'd more than welcome and appreciate some help. It would be great to not feel so let down with this latest version. I enjoyed the previous versions I owned, each one was, for the most part, always an improvement over it's predecessor.
I hope to read about ways to improve my experience with TFP 2017. Thank you.
I hope that my notes help and you take the time to learn the program. If you are interested I've a few available resources:
- I wrote an eBook exclusive for V2017 users with lots of tutorials, how to's, images, graphic guides, etc. https://www.turbocad.com/turbofloorplan/turbofloorplan-2017-training-tutorials-windows.html
- Check the tips and resources in my website http://www.punchhelpers.com/punch_resources.htm
- Check the galleries in my website http://www.punchhelpers.com/galleries00.htm
- Check the tutorials and resources in my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/punchhelpers.links/notes
Hope this helps!