TurboCAD: Free Downloads


This free download page was one of the very first for TurboCAD resources on the web back in 1996. Most of the free downloads you’ll find here are for TurboCAD. Never used TurboCAD before? Get a free trial of TurboCAD to test before deciding which CAD will work for you. Or scroll down to learn more about the latest Windows compatible free DoubleCAD XT or the Linux WineHQ compatible free TurboCAD LE. Also available are hatch patterns and color palettes for legacy versions of TurboCAD (3 to 9, LE).

Free Software

Free DoubleCAD XT

Better drafting and detailing, for free.

DoubleCAD XT is an AutoCAD LT work-alike. But free! It’s also 5-Star Rated from the editors at CNET, and one of the most downloaded free CAD products available. Powerful 2D CAD capabilities, and great DWG and SKP compatibility makes DoubleCAD XT an invaluable free companion for AutoCAD and Google SketchUp users alike. For the latest Windows…

Free TurboCAD LE (Learning Edition)

TurboCAD LE (Learning Edition) is largely based on TurboCAD v4 and has been around for a very long time. You will find it to run unreliably, if at all, on the latest Windows from XP to 10. TurboCAD LE runs best on Windows 95 and 98. This is good news for Linux users using Wine – TurboCAD LE is a Platinum Rated app, it runs on Linux using WineHQ. TurboCAD LE is NOT supported to any extent by IMSI/Design. I am providing it as a free download (about 16.1 Mb) – as is…

After downloading TurboCAD LE, unzip the file to extract the setup folder, then run setup in the extracted folder.

Free Trial Software

Download free trial software courtesy of IMSI/Design – TurboCAD, DesignCAD, FloorPlan, Renditioner (for Google SketchUp), and the pdf2cad app. Why buy software without first kicking the tires? No obligation to purchase – download a software app and try it out…
Free Trial Downloads – discover an app!

Education & Training

For those having limited experience using CAD software, learn more about available helpful educational materials to get you started. As an alternative to books, training guides are quite effective when learning to use TurboCAD and DesignCAD…
TurboCAD education and training – read more

Hatch Patterns & Color Palettes

67 Hatch Patterns for legacy TurboCAD

This is a collection of 67 hatch patterns for legacy versions of TurboCAD from 3 to 9 including Linux WineHQ compatible TurboCAD LE – wood, siding, shingles, glass, water, stipples, textures, circles, and various geological map patterns are some of the hatches. Instructions on how to install the hatch patterns are included in the zipped download…
Free 67 Hatch Patterns – download zip file (about 10 Kb)

Hatch Pattern Tutorial for legacy TurboCAD

This guide describes how to create, modify, or add custom hatch patterns for use in legacy TurboCAD including Linux WineHQ compatible TurboCAD LE. TurboCAD (legacy), as does most CAD software, has a hatching tool that fills polygons with a brush style pattern; either a hatch or bitmap pattern. Such patterns are commonly used to denote a specific property or material – glass, wood, etc…
How-to Tutorial – creating hatch patterns

Tweaked BrushStyle Table for legacy TurboCAD

This is an optional tweaked version of the TurboCAD brush style table that fixes some hatching anomalies. For legacy TurboCAD including Linux WineHQ compatible TurboCAD LE. Instructions on how to install the tweaked brush style table are included in the zipped download…
Free BrushStyle Table – download zip file (about 10 Kb)

Four Color Palettes for legacy TurboCAD

This download contains an additional four color palettes for legacy TurboCAD including Linux WineHQ compatible TurboCAD LE. The classic Hewlett-Packard DesignJet 750C Plus 256-color Palette Demo, the Netscape-named 140-color (Windows) palette, a cross-platform (browser-safe) version of the TurboCAD 67-color palette, and a RGB version of the early ACAD 256-color palette. Instructions on how to install the color palettes are included in the zipped download…
Free 4 Color Palettes – download zip file (about 10 Kb)

Other Resources

Link Directory

Resources on other websites
  • TurboCAD / IMSI technical support — for all products and software apps published by the TurboCAD Design Group, such as TurboCAD, TurboCAD Mac, TurboCAD LTE, DesignCAD, and TurboFloorPlan.
  • Community Forums at TurboCAD — for TurboCAD, TurboCAD Mac, TurboCAD LTE, Design CAD, and TurboFloorPlan. Search topics to find answers to questions, or post questions for help.
  • BCiTool — available plugin tools for legacy versions of TurboCAD include MagicLeader, SunPositioner, as well as a set of macros.
  • Legacy Woodworking Machinery — manufacturer of a line of Hybrid Woodworking CNC machines with 3-axis capabilities for sheet processing and 2 1/2D carving as well as 5-axis CNC turning and carving capabilities, compatible with TurboCAD.
  • Template Makers CNC Technology — offering low-cost CNC automated template makers, compatible with TurboCAD.
  • ShopBot Tools — personal and workshop CAM robotic tools, compatible with TurboCAD.
  • Cad Digest TurboCAD Reading Room — for TurboCAD. Featured articles, tutorials, reviews, success stories, and more.
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  • Hostflux LLC — domains, hosting, and websites.

Site Awards

Awards, legacy (peak years 1998 to 2005)

TopTen award 1998. TopTen award 1999. TopTen award 2000. Top Ten award 2001. Top Ten award 2002. Top Ten award 2003. Top Ten award 2004. Top Ten award 2005.
…and so on up to the present year