ZWCAD 2010 Beta is now available, and after I tested its new and improved features, one new function in particular attracted my attention immediately: the new in-place text editor. I found it was useful in improving my work efficiency, such as when adjusting text. The “in-place” part of the name means “what you see is what you get,” it allows you to create and modify text in real-time.
I’d like to share with you some useful pointers in using this new function so that you can see how it might benefit you. The first and mostly important feature is that the position of the text in the editor matches the actual position of the text in drawing area.
While you are editing the text, you are able to zoom in to see the text more clearly. This means that you no longer need to adjust the text or paragraph again and again. (In the old editor, you needed to close it to see the resulting text; if it was wrong, you had to return to editor to adjust it.) Now everything can be done at once, saving you time and making you more efficient.
Another point is that the new editor has additional features for adjusting text and paragraphs, such as Justification, Line Spacing, Tracking, and Width Factor; these were not found in the old editor. If you modify only small amounts of text, then you might be able to tell how useful these are; if, however, you modifying large paragraphs of text, I believe you will realize that this will help a lot.
My description may not be easy to understand if you do not have ZWCAD 2010 Beta, so let’s imagine that it is similar to Microsoft Word. For example, you are able to set the Justification to Middle, and when you type the characters are distributed from the middle position to the two sides.
I think the in-place editor is the landmark feature of the new ZWCAD 2010, and that the right words to describe it are “high efficiency,” “precision,” and “fast.”
If you have any new experiences with ZWCAD 2010 that you would like to share