Recently, we’ve covered half of the 10 practical CAD commands for architects to step up and speed up architectural design. Keep reading to find out about the rest and learn how to use them in ZWCAD with the instructions and GIFs!
REGEN is short for “Regenerate”. It is a handy command to update the drawing. In architectural design, it is usually used to regenerate and smooth the zigzag curves as the example below shows.
Now, the entities become smoother and your architectural design is more presentable.
Basically, SKETCH allows you to create freehand lines like a real pen. Let’s see how you can sketch a topographic map flexibly on an attached PDF file.
I bet some of you may be wondering why I used XREF instead of PDFIMPORT, which could be a direct way to read topographic maps. The reason is that PDFIMPORT can only convert PDF files generated with a CAD program into CAD entities, like lines, arcs, and circles. Most of the time, PDF files generated by other software except for a CAD program, cannot be converted into CAD entities, but can be converted manually by using XREF to attach it as an external reference.
Given the heavy workload, it is hard for architects to avoid spelling mistakes. But don’t worry because you’ve got SPELL the command to ensure that your texts are faultless based on the dictionary selected in ZWCAD.
After following the steps above, you can rest assured that every word you write is correct.
By default, there is one dictionary, en_US.dic, in ZWCAD. To use more dictionaries in different languages, simply click the “Change Dictionaries…” button in the Check Spelling dialog box to invoke the Change Dictionaries dialog box where you can click the “Download…” button to find more dictionaries.
After you’ve downloaded the desired dictionary, you need to first place it in this directory, C:\Program Files\ZWSoft\ZWCAD 2021\Support. Then, you can load it by selecting it from the drop-down Main Dictionary list and clicking OK.[/su_spoiler]
TP, short for Tool Palettes, is like a warehouse of blocks, hatches, and commonly used drawing tools. After invoking the Tool Palettes by “Ctrl+3”, you can simply drag entities from it to the drawing, and vice versa. The GIF below was created to better illustrate this feature. As you can see, I dragged the long table directly to TP and stored it there. Then, I dragged the round table straight from TP to enrich the floor plan.
Moreover, in ZWCAD, entities can be added to TP from the Design Center and external drawings as well. [su_spoiler title="Tip" open="yes" style="fancy" icon="chevron-circle"]When switching to ZWCAD, you may worry whether you can continue using your formerly customized Tool Palettes. Actually, transferring them from other CAD programs to ZWCAD is pretty straightforward. Let me show you how.
Just like that, a new palette tab is already added for you to use your old TP in ZWCAD.[/su_spoiler]
In architectural design, layout viewports are commonly used to present the floor plan, section, etc. altogether. In ZWCAD 2021, you can customize the view, visual style, annotation scale, etc. in each viewport for better plotting effects.
See? I can get a layout of four views in the Gouraud+Edges style effortlessly with this command. In ZWCAD 2021, you can even highlight certain layer properties in each viewport using the Viewport Layer feature (click to watch the tutorial video).
You can also create irregular viewports with VPORTS.
Or, you can select Polygonal from the drop-down list and directly draw an irregular polygon in the layout to get a polygonal viewport.
Now that I've expounded all 10 CAD commands I think may boost architects’ design efficiency, do you agree to my picks? Comment to let me know!