It’s the end of the year, and it’s time for software companies to show off their new products. The most attractive one must have been Microsoft’s recent release of Windows 7. Now in December, another one of the products that I focus on has also been released, ZWCAD 2010 Beta.
When I heard the news of ZWCAD 2010 Beta, I was curious about it, and so I immediately downloaded and installed it. I tend to experiment new software without any help from ZWSOFT or Microsoft, because I have to evaluate them and then decide for myself whether or not to update the programs.
After few days’ evaluation, the results surprised me. ZWSOFT is fully compatible with Windows 7, even with the dongle driver. (In the past, you needed to install an additional dongle driver for the 64-bit version of Windows Vista; now everything goes smoothly without any additional patches.) All ZWCAD functions work in Windows 7. Moreover, I found that the improvements to ZWCAD 2010 mean it works faster and smoother than the previous version.
ZWCAD users can now avail themselves of the many features unique to Windows 7 and the improvements to ZWCAD to get their work done faster, and to better manage their work flow, files, and archives. There is one interesting thing that I found in the new ZWCAD and Windows 7: neither of them have as many new features as their previous versions. Despite this, the improvements make me feel more comfortable with the software, and the speed enhancements are obvious. Perhaps this is the fashion for this year.
In closing, I have some tips that I would like to share with other ZWCAD users who run their computers on Windows 7:
1. When you install ZWCAD on Windows 7, you might see a warning message about whether this application should be trusted, just as in Vista. But you are safe to continue. The warning appears, you know, until they pay Microsoft to test the software.
2. You must install ZWCAD as Administrator, as well as when you start ZWCAD for the first time. This is due to some data being generated and stored in the registry. To do so, right-click the ZWCAD icon, and then choose Run as Administrator from the shortcut menu.
3. ZWCAD 2010 supports both the 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7. No additional drivers or packages need to be installed.