June 10, 2015
The 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?
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