Turbocad LE

LE stands for Learning edition, it is actually Turbocad v4, the last 2D Turbocad version. v5 & up are all 3D. Was distributed as a free promo edition by imsi, was withdrawn because of problems with Win XP. Now available from Turbocadables instead of freecad but but I cannot get the URL listing to edit.

Application Details:

Version: TurboCad LE
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.0-rc6

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Test Results

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What works

Tested line drawing, circle drawing, save functions. Generally the program installed well, and ran well, except for the requirement to overide the msvcrt.dll (as reported for earlier Wine versions), and freezeups (intermittent) when using the Options-General menu.

This last represents a serious drawback to using the program for its intended purpose, as it will result in loss of design work.

Test System and Setup:

Using compiled Wine 9.20, on Kanotix 2005-04 (Debian Sid) on Thinkpad 600e 2645 4BU after installing Turbocad LE with following winecfg settings:

Default Settings

Operating System set to Windows 2000

Graphics Tab:

“Allow DirectX.....,” unchecked.

“Enable Desktop”, unchecked.

“Allow window manager...” checked.

“Emulate virtual desktop...” checked :1024 x 768 set.

“Vertex Shader...” set to emulated.

“Allow pixel shader....” unchecked.

Library Tab:

Overide for msvcrt.dll n,d.


Win98SE version of msvcrt.dll installed in System32.

Original msvcrt.dll renamed to msvcrtold.dll.

What does not

When I tried to save the Turbocad LE's “Options-General” list after making a change to the default save period, the program froze.

I entered “wineboot” from the user console, and received the following output:

err:menubuilder:extract_icon32 found no icon

err:menubuilder:InvokeShellLinker failed to extract icon.

err:menubuilder:extract_icon32 LoadLibraryExW (L"winebrowser") failed, error 126

err:menubuilder:InvokeShellLinker failed to extract icon.


What was not tested

Earlier reported problem importing bitmaps was not tested.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

It seems likely that a fix for the Options save would allow this valuable 2D CAD program to function well for its intended purpose and raise the level to silver or better.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 25 20172.0-rc6Yes Yes PlatinumTed Hansen 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 19 20151.4.1Yes Yes PlatinumTed Hansen 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 21 20101.2.2Yes Yes PlatinumTed Hansen 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 4.x "Etch"Dec 19 20081.1.10Yes Yes PlatinumTed Hansen 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid"Feb 04 20080.9.54.Yes Yes SilverTed Hansen 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes


(this is a TurboCad how to, not a wine issue) For users familiar with later versions of TurboCad: "Edit Reference Point" command is not available using rt-click drop down menu but IS avaiable using the key command "D".

Importing from QCAD
Turbocad LE will open files created by QCad but only if they are saved as .dxf(R12), not .dxf(2000)
There is an upgrade to Turbocad v 4.1 available from
New Source

TCLE is no longer available from, however it is now available from TurboCadables