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ZWCAD 2025

  • Efficiency Improvement

    Efficiency Improvement

    Open, pan and zoom complex 3D models faster and smoother.

  • New Visual Styles

    New Visual Styles

    Meet diverse visualization needs with the addition of 4 visual styles, including Conceptual, Realistic, Shade of Grey, and X-ray. 

  • STEP File Import

    STEP File Import

    Directly import 3D files in STEP formats (AP203 and AP214) without the hassle of format conversion.

  • 3D Gizmo

    3D Gizmo

    Move, rotate, and scale 3D objects conveniently with 3D gizmos. 

  • Ribbon Improvement

    Ribbon Improvement

    Customize your own workspace freely with Ribbon panels that can be slid out, dragged, floated and collapsed as icons.

  • Panel Improvement

    Panel Improvement

    Panels can be stacked and hidden automatically to provide a bigger drawing space. A new navigator helps you drag or dock panels more conveniently.

  • Floating Drawing Window

    Floating Drawing Window

    View multiple drawings simultaneously with drawing windows that can be dragged out of the program as floating windows.

  • Command Match Improvement

    Command Match Improvement

    Find what you need faster and easier with the support for non-initial string matching and sorting by frequency of use.

  • Revcloud Improvement

    Revcloud Improvement

    Revcloud has become a CAD entity type and you can change the shape of revclouds easily by dragging their grips. 

  • Raster to Vector Conversion

    Raster to Vector Conversion

    It can convert raster images to CAD objects easily, saving the time spent on converting paper drawings to DWG files.  

  • FAS/VLX File Support

    FAS/VLX File Support

    It supports direct loading of LISP programs in FASX/VLX files, eliminating format conversion.

  • Point Cloud Improvement

    Point Cloud Improvement

    Meet different needs with the addition of 3 visual styles including Intensity, Elevation, and Classification, and the Navigate to Scan View function.

  • GIS Improvement

    GIS Improvement

    It can import more mapping services such as Bing Maps, and match geographic markers with specified points in drawings.

  • Help Document Improvement

    Help Document Improvement

    Access the help document service more conveniently with the online help document. Search efficiency has increased with the support for filters.


ZWCAD 2024

  • Flexiblock


    Similar to AutoCAD dynamic® block, Flexiblock contains actions and parameters and allows you to change its shape freely.

  • Point Cloud

    Point Cloud

    Process point cloud data in ZWCAD easily to improve design accuracy. You can attach, manage, and edit them such as cropping and creating section plans.

  • Efficiency Improvement

    Efficiency Improvement

    You can open, view, edit and save files faster thanks to multi-threading optimization, hardware acceleration and incremental save.

  • Sheet Set Manager Improvement

    Sheet Set Manager Improvement

    Publish views from different drawings using Model Views. Manage views easily in Sheet Views and apply preset printing styles to multiple layouts with Page Setup Override.

  • Mtext Improvement

    Mtext Improvement

    Process text faster and more accurately with functions like Numbering, Column Breaks, and Spelling Check.

  • File Compare Improvement

    File Compare Improvement

    Compare files more efficiently with new functions like Export Snapshot, Hide Differences, and Import Objects.

  • Quick Properties Panel

    Quick Properties Panel

    View and edit properties easily with Quick Properties Panel. The panel can be customized to fit your needs.

  • 3D Orbit Mode Improvement

    3D Orbit Mode Improvement

    View 3D models more conveniently with easier access to parallel and perspective views, a view control widget, and various navigation modes.

  • Drawing Tool Improvement

    Drawing Tool Improvement

    Quickly draw objects of basic shapes, including concentric objects (circles, ellipses, rectangles and polygons), oblique rectangles and symmetric shapes.

  • Smart Plot Improvement

    Smart Plot Improvement

    Plot multiple drawings more efficiently and conveniently with more features including Multi-Document Plot and Plot Open Drawings.

  • Area Table

    Area Table

    Automatically generate area tables in just a few steps. Area tables can be customized to fit your needs.

  • DGN Files Attachment

    DGN Files Attachment

    DGN files can be attached for easy interaction with upstream companies. Plus, they can be edited like creating clip boundaries and editing layers.

  • Xref Layer Override

    Xref Layer Override

    You can override the layers of an external reference drawing to avoid interference with the current drawing.

  • Copyclip&Pasteclip Improvement

    Copyclip&Pasteclip Improvement

    The quality and efficiency of pasting CAD elements into third-party software are improved with the ability to adjust paste formats, paste ranges and colors.


ZWCAD 2023

  • Sheet Set Manager

    Sheet Set Manager

    View, access, manage, and plot multiple drawings. All of them can be done in one panel.

  • Lasso Selection

    Lasso Selection

    Select multiple objects flexibly by creating an irregular selection area.

  • Advanced Ordinate Dimension

    Advanced Ordinate Dimension

    It creates more intuitive dimensions with multiple styles to choose from. Plus, you can create dimensions for multiple objects at a time.

  • Hatch Upgrade

    Hatch Upgrade

    A context menu in the ribbon helps you adjust the pattern setting more conveniently, and hatch patterns can be previewed in real time. 

  • More Powerful Table Tool

    More Powerful Table Tool

    Satisfy your various needs with new functions like Match Cell and Block Insertion. Edit the table from context menu in ribbon directly.

  • Import Multiple PDF Pages

    Import Multiple PDF Pages

    Import multiple PDF pages as CAD objects in one step, saving time in data importing.

  • Faster Operations

    Faster Operations

    Faster in frequent-used operations including Select, Delete, Pan, Zoom and 3D Render.

  • Edit a 3D Entity Using Grips

    Edit a 3D Entity Using Grips

    Change a 3D entity’s shape easily by dragging the grips.

  • Quick Menu for Object Snap

    Quick Menu for Object Snap

    Choose Object Snap type easily on the quick right-click menu without additional steps.

  • Compatible with 3D Mouse

    Compatible with 3D Mouse

    Rotate, pan or zoom a 3D entity freely on a 3D mouse from 3Dconnexion®. You can also carry on frequently-used commands on it.

  • Collect Mleaders

    Collect Mleaders

    Combine selected Multileaders that contain blocks into a single leader line for better visualization and easier re-editing.

  • Support Export of EPS Files

    Support Export of EPS Files

    Export EPS files easily with the addition of Adobe® PostScript plotter.

  • Enhanced Calculator

    Enhanced Calculator

    Do more complex work and develop more powerful add-ons. It now can calculate Imperial units and vectors, and identify more functions and variables. 

  • New Tooltip in Ribbon

    New Tooltip in Ribbon

    An image will appear along with the text when you hover your mouse over a button, so you can find what you need within seconds.

  • Preview Window for Font Replacement

    Preview Window for Font Replacement

    Check if the selected font can replace the lost font successfully in Preview Window.

  • Cloud Documents

    Cloud Documents

    Sync local drawings to the cloud automatically or manually. Access your files anytime, anywhere, on any device.

ZWCAD 2022

  • Upgraded Smart Plot

    Upgraded Smart Plot

    Smart Plot helps you batch plot faster with customizable file names and automatic recognition of the paper size.

  • Smart Voice—Convert to Text

    Smart Voice—Convert to Text

    Voice messages can be converted to texts for you to receive feedback flexibly.

  • New Data Types for Tables

    New Data Types for Tables

    Specify tables with a total of 9 data types, including the newly added “Currency”, “Date”, “Percentage”, and “Point”.

  • Transparent Command

    Transparent Command

    Invoke another command temporarily without terminating the current command, enabling quick queries and settings.

  • Optimized Hidden Display and Plot Effects

    Optimized Hidden Display and Plot Effects

    The display effect of the “Hidden” visual style is optimized to guarantee an accurate plotting effect.

  • Explode Jointed Splines

    Explode Jointed Splines

    A spline consisting of multiple splines can be exploded into separate splines.

  • Coexisting Classic and Ribbon Menus

    Coexisting Classic and Ribbon Menus

    The Classic and Ribbon menus can be displayed at the same time, to satisfy different needs and optimize user experience.

  • IFC Import

    IFC Import

    Import IFC files, view the details of models, and better manage entities with the IFC structure panel.

  • Flatshot


    Create a 2D version of 3D objects conveniently, sparing you from drawing conversion.

  • CAD Standards

    CAD Standards

    Create drawing standard (.dws) files and check & fix nonstandard styles accordingly, to standardize CAD drawings.

  • Associative Array

    Associative Array

    Form rectangular, path, or polar arrays of objects with flexible settings and adjust them by dragging grips.

  • Data Link

    Data Link

    Link with external tables intelligently, to realize bidirectional and synchronized data update.

ZWCAD 2021

  • Shade Plot

    Shade Plot

    Shade Plot, a WYSIWYG feature, allows you to plot 3D entities along with the visual style and thus, enrich the output.


  • Grips for Groups

    Grips for Groups

    It is convenient to move or copy a group with the newly added grip in its center.


  • MLeaderAlign


    You can place multileaders neatly with the MLEADERALIGN command in 4 ways—Distribute, Parallel, specify Spacing, and Use current spacing.

  • Formulas


    Formulas are available for tables and fields, realizing quicker calculations.


  • Viewport Layer

    Viewport Layer

    It’s feasible to adjust certain layer properties in each viewport for highlighting.

  • All-in-One Reference Manager

    All-in-One Reference Manager

    You can manage external files in the format of DWG, DWF, PDF, PNG, etc. in one panel.

  • Better 4K Display

    Better 4K Display

    Display in ZWCAD becomes more visually pleasing at 4K resolutions.

  • Transparency


    The transparency of objects, layers, etc. is adjustable, allowing you to create different display effects.

  • Upgraded Graphic Engine

    Upgraded Graphic Engine

    The upgraded graphic engine of ZWCAD enables faster reading of drawings and smoother display of objects.

ZWCAD 2020

  • Full Support of DWF/DWFx Underlay

    Full Support of DWF/DWFx Underlay

    More functions of DWF/DWFx Underlay, such as snapping objects, managing layers, clipping, adjusting display effect, etc. are supported, which means that you can handily edit off-the-shelf designs, rather than starting from zero.

  • STL Out

    STL Out

    STL Out enables you to export 3D solids and seamless meshes in the STL format. These binary or non-binary STL files are helpful for rapid prototyping, 3D printing and CAM processing.

  • DGN Export

    DGN Export

    With DGN Export, DWG files can be exported in the V8 DGN format. Data exchange can be carried out between ZWCAD 2020 SP2 and design solutions that load DGN files, for example, MicroStation® seamlessly.

  • Layout Export

    Layout Export

    All the visible objects in a Layout can be exported to the model space of a new drawing. You can even export layouts in batches.  

  • Digital Signature on DWFx Files

    Digital Signature on DWFx Files

    Digital signatures can be attached to DWFx drawings now. You can also check their validity in batches. A digitally signed DWFx file is protected from being copied and modified, ensuring its authenticity.

  • Blockbreak


    Blockbreak can help you conveniently insert blocks into entities. There are two ways to do it with different effects – by Wipeout, the entity will be covered but not broken by the block; while by Break, it will be broken to save your time for trimming.

  • Customized Settings Migration

    Customized Settings Migration

    Your preferred settings for UI, commands, graphics, etc. can be migrated from earlier versions (ZWCAD 2018 & 2019) to this one. You can also import or export settings of ZWCAD 2020, and reset settings to the default.

  • PDF Underlay Manager

    PDF Underlay Manager

    All your PDF Underlays can be managed easily in it. You can check their information, find where they are located, directly open one in PDF reader, detach them to make the drawing lighter, etc.

  • Data Extraction

    Data Extraction

    Various properties and data of an object can be extracted and inserted to the current drawing as a table, or exported to a .csv / .xls file. All data you need are in one table at a time.

  • Lisp Debugger

    Lisp Debugger

    Developed based on Visual Studio Code from Microsoft™, Lisp Debugger helps check and debug your codes one by one or step by step, making your lisp programs more correct.

  • Cycle Selection

    Cycle Selection

    The overlapped objects can be checked and selected with ease by SELECTIONCYCLING. They will be listed in a dialog box called Selection Set for you to choose the one you really want.

ZWCAD 2019

  • Z-Tracking


    Polar tracking on Z-Axis is available now in 3D design. You can draw lines parallel to Z-Axis easily without any other construction lines or switching to different views.

  • Layer Properties Manager Palette

    Layer Properties Manager Palette

    Layer Manager is now turned into a palette, which means that you can operate in the drawing area with the Layer Manager on and the adjustments in it can be updated instantly in the drawing area.

  • Smart Plot

    Smart Plot

    With Smart Plot, multiple frames can be plotted all at once from the Model space with ZWPLOT command. More efficient plotting process is realized.

  • Annotative Object

    Annotative Object

    Annotations like dimensions and texts can be set as Annotative Objects, enabling their sizes to be adjusted automatically according to different view scales in Model space or Layout viewport, to guarantee their readability on screen and in plotting.

  • PDF / DWFx Underlay

    PDF / DWFx Underlay

    Both PDF and DWFx files can be attached to your current drawing as underlays and references, so that you can continue to work on the existing designs, instead of starting from scratch.

  • Custom Color Scheme

    Custom Color Scheme

    In the former version, Dark is the default color scheme helping reduce visual fatigue. Now Light is also available as another option to satisfy different preferences.

  • Export to DWFx

    Export to DWFx

    Drawings can now be plotted, published and exported to DWFx format.

  • Multifunctional Grip Menu for PLINE and HATCH

    Multifunctional Grip Menu for PLINE and HATCH

    Multifunctional Grip Menu for PLINE and HATCH is now supported, offering multiple options like Stretch, Add or Remove Vertex, Convert to Arc, etc. You can now edit polylines and hatched objects more conveniently and efficiently.



    PDF, together with the geometric objects, hatch objects, raster images and TrueType text contained in it, can now be imported to the current drawing, making it convenient to get and edit what you want from PDF files.

  • Digital Signature on DWG Files

    Digital Signature on DWG Files

    Digital Signature can now be attached to the current drawing or a batch of drawings in DWG2004, DWG2010, DWG2013 and DWG2018, and can also be verified by SIGVALIDATE.

  • Enriched Right-click Menu of 3DORBIT

    Enriched Right-click Menu of 3DORBIT

    More options have been added to the right-click menu of 3DORBIT, such as Virtual Aids, Shade Mode, Zoom Windows/Extents/Previous, Reset/Preset/Named View, etc., making 3DORBIT easier and handier to use.

ZWCAD 2018

  • Lisp Compiler

    Lisp Compiler

    Lisp Compiler is used to compile .lsp file to .zelx formats, which can be loaded on ZWCAD. It helps users to run Lisp programs more efficiently and developers to protect source codes in security.

  • Customize CUI

    Customize CUI

    Customize the classic interface. Partial CUI is supported.

  • Flip the arrow of the dimension

    Flip the arrow of the dimension

    The expected command AIDIMFLIPARROW is now supported in ZWCAD 2018. Click a dimension node to flip the arrowheads in or out.

  • Image Quality

    Image Quality

    The ImageQuality command helps you control the display quality of images. The quality setting affects display effects; high-quality images take longer to display. Changing the setting updates the display immediately without regenerating the drawing.

  • Oops


    Restores objects erased by the latest ERASE command.

  • Mvsetup


    Use Mvsetup to set up a drawing for plotting directly from model space. Or on a named layout, you can insert a title block into the drawing, and create a set of layout viewports in the title block area. You can specify a global scale as the ratio between the scale of the title block in the layout and what you have created in model space.

  • Solprof


    Project 3D solids onto a 2D plane parallel, create 2D profile images.

  • Quick Calculator

    Quick Calculator

    Perform calculation within CAD just as you would with a desktop calculator.

  • New UI

    New UI

    The new UI has lower brightness, higher contrast, your eyes will feel more comfortable even if you stare on the interface for a long time. At the same time, it is neater and flatter, which is the trending style of software interface. The skin color is close to the background color of the model space, which makes it more professional.

  • Time


    Displays the date and time statistics of a drawing, including the Current Time, Created Time for the drawing, Total Editing Time for the drawing, etc.

  • Mirror3D


    Creates a mirrored copy of selected 3D objects across a mirroring plane. You can determine the mirroring plane by multiple ways such as Object, 3 Points, XY/YX/ZX and others.

  • Pyramid


    Creates a 3D solid pyramid. You can easily create a pyramid model by specifying the center base point, the middle edge point, and another point to set the height.

  • Helix


    Creates a 2D spiral or 3D spring. Along with a spiral path you can create a 3D spring model.

  • Dimension Inspect

    Dimension Inspect

    Adds or removes inspection information for a selected dimension, so you will know how frequently the manufactured parts should be checked to make sure the dimension and tolerances are precise enough.

  • Layer Previous

    Layer Previous

    Restores the last change or set of changes made to layer settings. Using layer properties manager to change the layers, you can easily input LAYERP to restore the layer settings back.

  • Block Editor

    Block Editor

    Opens an independent area for creating and editing block definitions. You can save as a block, define attributes and edit non uniformly scale block in Block Editor.

  • Design Center

    Design Center

    Manages and accesses to drawing contents such as blocks, xrefs, layers and others on your computer or on a network drive.

  • Three Plotters Available

    Three Plotters Available

    The SHPGL/LHPGL Plotters, ZWCAD Virtual Eps Plotter and SVG Plotter are now all available to plot PLT files, EPS files and SVG files.

  • Point Filters

    Point Filters

    It helps specify a new coordinate location by combining the X, Y, Z values of different locations, simplifying your drawing since no extra supporting lines or graphics are needed.

  • Hatch with Boundary Grips

    Hatch with Boundary Grips

    Instead of relying on the original boundary grips to adjust the shape of a hatched object, now you can change its shape anytime since the boundary grips become its built-in part.

  • Dynamic Input

    Dynamic Input

    It provides command tooltips which display dynamically updated information near the cursor. You can specify options and values in the tooltip box when a command is in progress.

  • DWG/DXF 2018

    DWG/DXF 2018

    You can create, open and save any drawing in this format, realizing seamless compatibility with different versions of .dwg files. Sharing and co-working become much easier.

  • Optimized User Interface

    Optimized User Interface

    The default canvas background has been made darker while the Ribbon and menu become lighter, making the whole interface more visual-friendly, and helping you distinguish different areas more easily.

ZWCAD 2017

  • In-place Edit the Table

    In-place Edit the Table

    Double click the table, or call TABLEDIT command, user can in-place edit the table: insert row/column, delete cell, merge cells, unmerge cells, lock cells, align cells. User can see that we have column and row labels for the table now.

  • Dynamic Input

    Dynamic Input

    With dynamic input feature, user can get dynamic prompt when you input the commands or system variables in the command line or the drawing area.

  • Scale List Editing

    Scale List Editing

    User can add/edit the scale value to the scale list, or change the position of selected scale value, and sorts the values in the list, which could be applied to the layout viewports.

  • Adaptive Grid

    Adaptive Grid

    The grid can adaptively change grid line density when zoom in or zoom out.

  • DGN Import

    DGN Import

    User can now import data from DGN file to DWG file with SGNIMPORT command. Supports MicroStation V7 and V8 DGN file format at the time being.

  • Undo/Redo Preview

    Undo/Redo Preview

    ● Command: undo snapshot
    ● List preceding operations, you can choose the undo/redo point, and preview the result

  • Grips Editing

    Grips Editing

    ● Magnet: the cursor will automatically pick the nearby grip in editing mode, and the grip will display in different color
    ● Edit: Space/Shift key switches the edit mode stretch / scale / rotate / mirror / move
    ● Multiple grips editing
    ● Better pline grips editing

  • Lock Location

    Lock Location

    ZWCAD 2017 SP1 allows user to lock the location and size of toolbars, and docked windows such as Tool Palettes and Properties palette.

  • Large Buttons for Toolbars

    Large Buttons for Toolbars

    It supports displaying buttons in a larger format at 32 by 32 pixels, thus provides better compatibility for high-resolution screen.

  • Dynamic Block Custom Parameters Editing in Properties Panel

    Dynamic Block Custom Parameters Editing in Properties Panel

    Besides manipulating the geometry of the dynamic block by custom grips, now ZWCAD 2017 SP1 also supports editing the custom parameters in Properties panel.

  • Move dimension text by right-click shortcut menu

    Move dimension text by right-click shortcut menu

    User can move dimension text by right-click shortcut menu.

  • Open OLE objects by right-click shortcut menu

    Open OLE objects by right-click shortcut menu

    User can open selected OLE objects by right-click shortcut menu.

  • Open XREF by right-click shortcut menu

    Open XREF by right-click shortcut menu

    User can open selected external reference by right-click shortcut menu.

  • Toolbar in Ribbon interface

    Toolbar in Ribbon interface

    ZWCAD can callout tool bars in the ribbon interface.

  • Dynamic UCS

    Dynamic UCS

    When user moves the cursor over a 3D solid planar face during the command, the program will align the XY plan of the UCS with the planar face automatically. After the command is finished, the UCS returns to previous setting.

  • CrashReport Manager

    CrashReport Manager

    User can locate to the folder that stores these reports, check the error reports that has been sent or unsent, and send those unsent ones optionally so as to help assess the stability while working in user environment and improve the quality of ZWCAD.

  • Rotate 3D

    Rotate 3D

    ZWCAD now supports command ROTATE3D to specify the axis of rotation usingeither two points.

  • QRcode and Barcode

    QRcode and Barcode

    In design phase, to generate codes including information like project name, drawing name, designer, audit, data and etc., user can use rich scan tool to enter this information to drawing pool effectively just by scanning the codes.

  • Render


    ZWCAD now can create a realistic rendering of a 3D model to help user to have a clearer vision of a conceptual design.

  • 3D Modeling Dynamic Preview

    3D Modeling Dynamic Preview

    While using commands in Solid Menu, user can preview the 3D model in thedrawing area. The previews are dynamic to show their positions and sizes.

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