Pros / ZWCAD works with both Windows and Mac operating systems.
Cons / It isn’t compatible with STEP, SKP or STL files.
Verdict / ZWCAD is less intuitive than the best CAD products we reviewed, but it has features that speed up the design process and many 2D and 3D editing tools to tackle most CAD projects.
ZWCAD is an easy-to-use CAD software for beginning and intermediate users. You'll be able to create complex models and prototypes using this software. The interface is intuitive and easy to navigate which will help you be more efficient. ZWCAD has the added benefit of being compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems, and the software also has great support options for all your questions and training needs.
If you’re familiar with Microsoft Office programs, it should make learning this CAD drawing program easier since the interface is laid out similarly. The command line and macros recorder will simplify the learning process even more. The macro recorder saves frequently used command strings and lets you use them at any time as a single command. This can save a lot time if a section of the design you’re working on duplicates something you’ve done in the past.
This is a simple CAD program that has pretty much all of the editing tools found in the best CAD software. You'll be able to edit text annotations and color as well as add point markers. This program also supports extruding 3D models from 2D designs and has a layer manager, which will help keep you organized. While this program does provide lighting effects and photo-realistic rendering, the 3D isn’t as realistic-looking as some other products like PTC Creo. However, it looks more believable than other software we compared and will be more than adequate for visualizing your work.
ZWCAD’s layout has become more intuitive within the last few versions but as with any CAD software, it will take some training and practice before you'll be able to find your way around the customizable tool palettes. On the right side of the interface you will find and calculator toolbar, which makes it easier for you to determine the dimensions you need without having to leave the program or open additional tools.
This CAD design software supports most of the file formats used in 2D and 3D imaging. Most importantly, it supports DWG files, so you can open, edit and save AutoCAD files without conversion or any data loss. If you need to export a design as a raster image (which allows people to view but not edit the designs), ZWCAD’s export command allows you to save a file as a JPEG, TIFF, PNG, BMP or GIF file. The software also allows you to export DXF, DWF and PDF files, however, it doesn’t allow you to work with STEP, STL or SKP files. ZWCAD is also compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7 and Mac OS X operating systems.
ZWCAD comes with the standard help section, accessed directly from the interface. We were able to find answers to all of our questions by utilizing the help section’s keyword search. The ZWCAD website has a FAQs section and learning articles to help you become more familiar with the CAD design software. There’s also a user forum, and you can request direct technical support via an online contact form. Unfortunately, the company does not list local phone numbers for technical support.
You will need to contact ZWSoft in order to receive a quote for this software. Technical support is included with your purchase so you won’t have to pay additional money to get in-depth assistance. If you want to test it out before purchasing, the manufacturer offers a 30-day free trial period. If you happen to be attending high school or college, the manufacturer also offers a free student edition of the software. You will simply have to get in contact with the company.
This CAD software is simpler than most of the products in our CAD software lineup. If you’re familiar with Microsoft Office programs, it will be relatively easy to learn. ZWCAD has features like a macro and command line that speed up the process of creating a design, especially when you are using command strings you’ve used in the past. You can perform most of the functions found in CAD software, like extruding 3D models from 2D designs, but without quite the same sophistication as some of the better software. This software has decent editing tools coupled with an easy-to-navigate interface, which make it a great alternative for users new to computer-aided design.