GUANGZHOU, China--ZWCAD 2017, a new member of the ZWCAD family, was launched earlier this year by ZWSOFT, an innovative supplier of CAD solutions for the AEC and MCAD industries. Recently, Daniel Huang, Product Manager of ZWCAD, explained why ZWCAD 2017 is different from earlier products.
Why would ZWCAD 2017 be called the third generation of ZWCAD?
There were two generations of ZWCAD in the past ten years. The first generation was totally based on IntelliCAD, which was the beginning of ZWCAD. Then the second generation reached a new height in both its functionality and expandability. The third generation, or ZWCAD 2017, now displays more stably and runs more efficiently, with a stronger capability of API since it has been comprehensively and thoroughly reconstructed. One of the reasons we reconstructed it was that more users can use it on different operating systems. So far we have released ZWCAD for Windows, and Mac and Linux versions are on the way. Users can finally try them out later this year. The new framework ensures the same technology in all of these versions, so as to bring users a consistent user experience across OS and further reduce the re-learning cost.
How’s the performance of ZWCAD 2017 compared to the last generation? And what are the competitive advantages of ZWCAD 2017 over other CAD products?
Undoubtedly, ZWCAD 2017 is more stable and efficient. For example, with our new display mechanism, we have fewer flickering issues in ZWCAD 2017, so it is more user-friendly. Also, in terms of operating efficiency, we can see a 20%-40% improvement in opening drawings or other frequently-used functions, which greatly helps to shorten the working time of designers.
Besides, ZWCAD for Windows 64-bit system is also provided, so your RAM can be fully used for more complicated tasks and larger drawings (even over 200M), or to handle multiple drawings at the same time. Compared to applications for 32-bit system that can only use 3GB memory, it is a huge step forward.
We have also enhanced the functionalities of ZWCAD 2017, including newly added grips and grids. And as a continuation of our innovation, we have included Undo Preview in this version, bringing users more unexpected experience.
Developers are also important, because they have developed a lot of easy-to-use tools and plug-ins for ZWCAD, offering ZWCAD the expandability to adapt to various needs of different industries. So now our ZWCAD 2017 offers strong API interface with powerful compatibility (including ZRX, LISP, VBA and .NET). The applications you have developed for either ZWCAD or other CAD software can be easily ported to ZWCAD 2017, so users can enjoy a more efficient design experience.
Can you define the “hybrid technology” used by ZWCAD 2017?
We realized that we haven’t done enough to embrace various CAD technologies before ZWCAD 2017. In the past, we were more like digging deep into our own R&D capability and accumulating industrial experience, and since ZWCAD 2017, we have realized that the integration of international technologies is essential to a CAD product, and it will surely accelerate the progress of ZWCAD.
In other words, the hybrid technology applied to ZWCAD 2017 in fact is an integration of international CAD technologies, which include technologies provided by technical organizations like ITC and ODA, and by international providers, for example, render engine and LISP engine. During the whole process, ZWCAD has quickly gained what it needs to provide services to users with different needs.
How can ZWCAD convince the mass “Pay as you go” CAD users to replace Subscription with the traditional non-expiring licenses?
I don’t think it is necessary to “convince” these users, because they are capable of making their own choices. In the short term, the “Pay as you go” service sounds attractive, but it is not, and not to say “friendly” considering that CAD is a large application system. The truth is, Subscription is not saving money. It is simply replacing the repurchase or upgrade every three years with a rental fee annually, so in the long run, it does not help lower the cost. Instead, it generates extra administrative cost. For users who often use CAD, they care more about the application itself as well as its long-term cost (for example, the total cost in 5 or 10 years), so I have faith in our traditional but one-for-forever payment and upgrade policy, I am sure these are also what users want.
ZWCAD Software Co., Ltd. is an international CAD software provider through its network of over 300 partners in 80+ countries and regions. Its product ZWCAD is used by CAD designers across the AEC and MCAD industries.