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ZWCAD™ is a cost-effective, DWG file format compatible CAD solution for the AEC and MCAD industries. With basic drafting functionalities such as creating and editing 2D geometric objects, dimensioning, 3D solid modeling, plotting and file sharing, ZWCAD also provides innovative, collaborative and customizable features to enhance your efficiency, such as design center, tool palettes and customization via APIs
ZWCAD Offers Excellent Compatibility and Stability
Full Support for DWG
ZWCAD's drawing files are based on the world-standard .dwg format. This means that you can open, edit, and save .dwg files from any version -- without conversion or data loss -- all the way back to version 2.5 and right up today's 2012. In addition, ZWCAD supports related formats, such as .dxf (interchange), .dwf (web), and .dwt (template).
Compatible with Mainstream CAD Platforms
ZWCAD has seamless integration with Microsoft® Windows®. Its Windows-style user interface arranges menus, toolbars, the command line, and dialog boxes in a way that is familiar to Windows users. This lets Windows users begin working with ZWCAD immediately.
Runs Smoothly on Any Windows OS
ZWCAD has seamless integration with Microsoft® Windows®, and so it runs smoothly on every release of the Windows operating system.
The Windows-style user interface of ZWCAD arranges the menus, toolbars, command line, and dialog boxes in a way that is familiar to Windows users. This lets you begin working with ZWCAD right away.A row of tabs, like the one found in Microsoft Office 2007 and later, makes it easy to switch between open drawings.
More importantly,ZWCAD offers a working environmentalmost identicalto AutoCAD, including similarcommand names, aliases, and mouse operations. Any AutoCAD user will find ZWCAD's interface to be familiar and comfortable with which to work.
In addition, ZWCAD imports and exports the.mnu, .mns, and .pgp files that define menus, toolbars, and aliases.This means you can transfer your program customizations to ZWCAD.
Conceptualize Your Designs Easily
ZWCAD providesa wide number of foundational drafting tools to help you easily conceptualize your ideas as drawings. Included are 2D and 3D drawing and editing tools for creating and modifying many kinds of objects.
Sometimes you need different types of leaders, or even different kinds of arrowheads for the same callout. With the multiple-line leader function, you can customize the leader style, and then create more than one leader at a time.
Sometimes you need to update textual information in drawings. This painstaking task is solved with the field function. It updates information for you automatically.
Breaking Dimension Lines
Dimension lines inevitably cross with other objects. To make drawings more clear, the dimension break function breaks dimension lines where they cross other lines -- without splitting the lines. This means that broken dimension lines are still easy to adjust.
When you need to find differences between two similar-looking drawings, the filecompare function helps you do this. It highlights differences by color coding changedobjects, blocks, and even external references.You can customizethe comparison settings, such as colors and filters.
The solid profiles feature creates profiles of 3D solids with ease. You can specify 2D and 3D profiles. Hidden and visible lines are placed onto different layersautomatically.
The dynamic prompt interface displaysrelatedcommand namesat the cursor. Both new and experienced users will find the alphabetical list of command names useful, because it reduces the time to remember and input commands.
Parametric and Constraints
The parametric and constraints functions are powerful tools that enable you to create and modify families of objects in remarkably quick time, as compared with traditional redrawing in CAD. When you make a modification to a family of parametric objects, the action affects and drives the related objects by changing them together. Parametric and constraints ensure the objects always maintain their shape and/or measurements.
The table feature lets you easily create neat and beautiful tables just in a single step; there is no need to draw cells from lines to form tables manually. In-place editing allows you to edit the contents of table cells, just as if you were working in Microsoft Excel. In addition,tables can export and import data files to and from Excel spreadsheets.
The object snap function helps you draw and edit to geometric features accurately. In ZWCAD 2012, the speed and accuracy of object snaps are improved greatly, especially for large drawings.
Pan and zoom large drawings quickly with the handy aerial view window, which displays the entire drawing all the time, therebyhelping you locate any zoomed-in location immediately.
The block functionturnsmultiple objects into one, allowing you tostandardize drawing components. This means that you canreuse them in other drawings.
In addition, data can be embedded in blocks. Known as attributes, the data can consist of any kind of textual information, such as inventory numbers, prices, and multi-linedetailed descriptions.
The external references function provides a more efficient way of sharing and reusing drawings. You can insert entire .dwgfiles into drawings; these are known as "external references"or "xrefs" for short. The child xref can be inserted into multiple host drawings, and then be synchronizedany time the xref changes. Inserting xrefsdoes not increase the size of thehostdrawing by very much.
Attaching raster images to your drawings better shows off your designs, ZWCAD supportsnumerous image formats, including BMP, TIF, GIF, JPG, PNG, PCX, and TGA. New in ZWCAD 2012 is support for ECW, a format used in mapping.
OLE (Object Linking and Embedding)
Linking and embedding objects into drawingsenables youto take full advantage of placing data from other applications. You can insert movie clips, spreadsheets, documents, and just aboutany other kind of data into drawings.
The Design Center function allows you to searchand accessanyCAD resource stored on your computer -- even on other computers onthe local network. It helps you to insert contentinto the current drawing, such asdimension styles, blocks, text styles, line types, and even layers from other drawings.
The Tool Palettes function provides an efficient way to organize, share, and store "tools,"such as blocks, hatch patterns, entities, and even content from third-party developers.
Layers are used to standardize the content of drawings. By changing the properties of layerswith the Layer PropertiesManager, you effortlessly control how objects are displayed and plotted. Layers simplifythe visual complexity of drawings, therebyclarifying the structure.
Plotting and Batch Plotting
You canplot drawings to files or topaper. Multiple options are available to fine-tune the result, such as specifying the paper size, setting the plot scale, selecting a plot style, or adding plotstamps. In addition, you can plot an entire list of .pltfiles in a single sessionusing the batch plot facility. This greatly saves time, especially when you reuse the .plt files another time.
The publish function outputs one or more drawingsto DWF format or to plotters. If necessary, each drawing can be plotted on a different sheet, through the use of page setups. You specify "sheet sets," and then choose to publish one or many sheets. DWF is a safe and quick way to share your drawings with others.
The export function helps you communicate drawing information with other applications. Drawings can be exported to formats that includeBMP, WMF, EMF, SVG, EPS, PDF, and SAT. It is very useful in thatyou can combine drawings with files from other applications, such as Word, Excel, and Photoshop.
The eTransmitfunction is designed to easily share drawings by email. With a click, it collects the drawing and all associated files into asingle package. The package includesthe images, fonts, and external references used by the drawing. It is a convenient way for communicating with others, or just moving your drawings to another computer.
Realistic renderings of 3D modelsproduce more convincing presentations to clients than do2D drawings. ZWCAD provides a rich variety of materials, multiple light types, and environmental settings to generate renderings. It is a good way to show off your design vision, and to verify it with others.
Programming on ZWCAD
ZWCAD provides several convenient and powerful application programming interfaces (APIs) at no extra charge. These include LISP (similar to AutoLISP), VBA (available in Professional edition only), SDS (similar to ADS), and ZRX (ZWCAD Runtime Extension, which is similar to ARX). With these APIs, you can develop vertical applications andmigrate existing applications to ZWCAD. They let you customize ZWCADto your specific needs, while at the same time accelerating your design processes.
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