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Editor’s Pick: ZWCAD+ 2015 SP2.1 Released

Enhancements speed design efficiency, the company states.

Beginning with the new SP2.1 release, ZWCAD+ 2015 now supports printing of raster images in such formats as BMP and JPEG. Image courtesy of ZWCADUSA and ZWCAD Design Co. Ltd.

Sponsored ContentDear Desktop Engineering Reader:

Tony LockwoodThe SP2.1 edition of ZWCAD+ 2015 was recently released, which is big news for current users of the software. Go and get it. But what if you don’t use ZWCAD+? What’s in it for you? Well, a lot. Here are a few good reasons and then three good resources to see for yourself.

The thumbnail portrait is that ZWCAD+ 2015 is a low-cost yet high-performance AutoCAD alternative for mechanical CAD designers. It has tools for design and drafting, 2D/3D conversion, libraries of standard-based parts, collaboration and file comparison capabilities, customizability, enterprise and international standard support and more.

ZWCAD+ has a bunch of nifty features, including one called SmartPeek that provides a simple keystroke to preview drawings, and SmartMouse, a mouse gesture feature that lets you execute frequently used commands just by moving your mouse. There’s even a tablet version of ZWCAD+. You get the idea: The developer spends a lot of effort on innovative ways to speed up your design process so that you can be creative.

Low-cost means that ZWCAD+ is less than 1300 bucks for the full-function mechanical CAD version. But that’s if you buy it outright. ZWCADUSA has a flexible licensing program that can get you up and running for as little as 27 clams a month.

Still, price alone should never be your sole purchasing decision factor, so here are three things to do to suss out ZWCAD+ and make up your own mind. First, hit the link in the opening sentence of today’s Pick of the Week write-up and take a gander at who is using it. Impressive list. What do they know that you don’t?

ZWCADUSA ZWCAD+ 2015 The License Manager in ZWCAD+ 2015 SP2.1 will now automatically try to obtain your floating license from an alternative server when the preferred server is down. Image courtesy of ZWCADUSA and ZWCAD Design Co. Ltd.

Then, at the end of the write-up, click on the link to see how ZWCAD+ is used in steel manufacturing. This takes you to a blog post on the top five reasons why more and more US steel structure manufacturers choose to deploy ZWCAD+ to spec, design, detail, communicate and so on. While slanted to the steel industry, these reasons cut across all manufacturing industries. For example, ZWCAD+’s pricing makes it possible to outfit more engineers, sales engineers and even your distributors with CAD, which should only result in good things.

Finally, you can get a trial version and test-drive it for 30 days.

ZWCAD+ 2015 holds the potential to both meet your key CAD requirements and expand your CAD-using engineering team cost-effectively. Hit today’s Pick of the Week link and learn more.

Thanks, Pal. – Lockwood

Anthony J. Lockwood

Editor at Large, Desktop Engineering

Learn about ZWCAD+ 2015 SP2.1 here.

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Anthony J. Lockwood is Digital Engineering’s founding editor. He is now retired. Contact him via [email protected].

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