ZWCAD DESIGN Wins Against AUTODESK in the Dutch Lawsuit

ZWCAD DESIGN’s 2nd Declaration on Intellectual Property Dispute with AUTODESK

GUANGZHOU, China, Apr 10, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — ZWCAD DESIGN CO., LTD. (ZWCAD DESIGN) made a declaration on April 4 regarding the intellectual property dispute with Autodesk, ZWCAD DESIGN’s Declaration for the Intellectual Property Dispute with Autodesk . On April 8, ZWCAD DESIGN heard from its team of lawyers the verdict of the hearing in the Netherlands. Here is a further update about the Dutch lawsuit:

1. ZWCAD DESIGN won in a landslide in the first instance of the Dutch hearing. There is no infringement by ZWCAD+.

1) Based on the evidence provided by Autodesk and ZWCAD DESIGN, the Dutch court concluded that ZWCAD+ 2012 and ZWCAD+ 2014 did not infringe upon the intellectual property of AutoCAD 2008, and rejected a series of requests by Autodesk, including a sales ban, product recall, and compensation. ZWCAD has won in a landslide in the first instance of the Dutch lawsuit, protecting the rights and interest of its clients and partners.

2) ZWCAD DESIGN will respond to the request of the Dutch court, to deposit the source code of ZWCAD+ to a Chinese third party organization for any possible review in the future.

3) The District Court in The Hague is a world famous court for intellectual property, with high proficiency and authority. ZWCAD DESIGN respects justice and is grateful for the fair verdict made by the court, which helps protect a market where ZWCAD+ and other CAD products can freely compete.

2. The first verdict of the Dutch court proves ZWCAD+ is a trust worthy product.

1) ZWCAD+ features independent intellectual property and core technology, which is protected by International and Chinese laws. There is no source code copying in ZWCAD+, neither is there any infringement by ZWCAD+ of any other product. For those users who already purchased or about to purchase ZWCAD+, they can use ZWCAD+ without any concern and are protected by law.

2) The lawsuits against ZWCAD+ speak volumes of its industry leading product quality, which has threatened the dominant position of the giant company in the market.

3) ZWCAD DESIGN will keep investing in product R&D, providing better and better products and services to end users.

3. The final verdict of the Dutch lawsuit helps ZWCAD DESIGN respond strongly to any dishonest and misleading information against ZWCAD DESIGN and its products.

ZWCAD DESIGN hereby reiterates: ZWCAD DESIGN reserves all the rights to take legal actions against any behavior that purposefully defames ZWCAD+ intellectual property or misleads the market and clients.

4. The victory of the Dutch lawsuit not only belongs to ZWCAD DESIGN, but to all those who stood by ZWCAD DESIGN. It is the winning of free market competition. ZWCAD DESIGN is grateful for the unyielding support of its clients, partners and industry insiders.
ZWCAD DESIGN will continue to share with the public more news, and here attached is the original copy of the Dutch lawsuit verdict as well as the English translation for reference.


April 10, 2014


DataNumen DWG Recovery Software Repairs Damaged AutoCAD DWG Files

09 April 2014

DataNumen has released DataNumen DWG Recovery, a Windows application that repairs corrupted or damaged DWG files created by AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT and similar software products. Improvements in version 1.1 include supports to recover files in formats from AutoCAD Release 2004 through 2006.

DataNumen DWG Recovery can fix more than 50 types of objects in DWG files, including block, point, line, arc, circle and many more. The software can even recover deleted objects in DWG files. In addition to writing recovered files in drawing (DWG) format, DataNumen DWG Recovery can also create drawing exchange format (DXF) files, allowing recovered files to be used in AutoCAD as well as third-party applications that use AutoCAD files.

Unlike competitive data recovery solutions, DataNumen DWG Recovery is a freeware. Users will be able to recover all contents in the damaged DWG files without any limitations. They can also run the software in batch mode to fix any number of damaged DWG files. DataNumen DWG Recovery works with modern drives as well as older media such as CDROMs, floppy disks, and Zip disks.

DataNumen DWG Recovery is fully integrated with the Windows Explorer context (right-click) menu, allowing AutoCAD users to initiate the repair process quickly and easily. Drag and drop operations are also supported.

DataNumen DWG Recovery version 1.1 runs under Windows XP/Vista/7/8 as well as Windows Server 2003/2008/2012 and is free to use and redistribute. For more information, visit recovery/


SolidProfessor Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary as a Global Leader in CAD, CAM and BIM Education

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) April 09, 2014

SolidProfessor, a leader in CAD, CAM and BIM education, announced today that April 2014 marks the company’s 10 year anniversary. Ten years ago SolidProfessor released their first eLearning course for SolidWorks. Since that time their involvement in engineering and architectural communities has rapidly grown as the need for rich, digital learning content has increased. SolidProfessor now offers comprehensive learning solutions for SolidWorks, SolidWorks API, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Inventor, Revit, Navisworks, Mastercam, and CAMWorks.

SolidProfessor founders, pioneers of eLearning and online technical training, set out to change the way mechanical engineers learn to utilize design software. Traditional training methodologies aren’t keeping pace with the rapid development of design tools preventing many users from realizing their full potential. SolidProfessor’s eLearning management system ensures that users are able to stay at the forefront of their field by placing the knowledge and resources they need at their fingertips. Having an immediate impact in their life and working environment.

Dave Ptak, President and co-founder of SolidProfessor, said “In 2004 we released a 2 hour batch of video lessons on CD-ROM. Now in 2014 we provide valuable eLearning content and learning management tools to some of the largest and most respected commercial and academic institutions around the world. What’s most exciting to me is that this education technology revolution in learning is just getting started. We are very grateful and excited to be around the energy and innovation that is happening in this space and can’t wait to be apart of what’s next.”

Tony Glockler, Channel Manager and co-founder of SolidProfessor, said “We started off with the goal of helping people learn SolidWorks and along the way have met with hundreds of customers and learned that we’re not just improving careers, we’re improving lives too. In one case that’s stuck with me a customer was able to learn SolidWorks from scratch with the help of SolidProfessor, even though he had no CAD background or access to the software. Now he’s the primary designer developing their next generation of manufacturing systems. We’re excited with the work we’re doing in the education space and with our new Autodesk products so that we can bring these same opportunities to even more people.”

To commemorate their 10 year anniversary SolidProfessor is providing 10-Days Free access to their entire learning platform. Tap into the largest library of skills development resources and Design with Confidence.


AutoCAD 2015 Designed to Fine-Tune Workflows

9 Apr, 2014

By: Robert Green

Updates to AutoCAD 2015 are geared toward optimization — helping you do your job, not trying to change how you work.

I’m aware that CAD managers support a variety of software, so I usually keep the CAD Manager’s Newsletter product-agnostic. But, because so many of us have to manage AutoCAD to some extent, I’ll make an exception for the introduction of AutoCAD 2015.

You can read more about AutoCAD 2015’s new features here if you want to get a broad idea of what’s in the release. For our purposes, I’ll focus on how I expect the new release will affect CAD managers. Here goes.

Initial Impressions

When a new version of AutoCAD is unveiled, you never know what the focus will be. So, when I finally got my hands on AutoCAD 2015, I had no idea what I’d find. I did wonder if the emphasis would be on cloud technology (that many aren’t using yet) or collaborative functions (based around messaging systems that haven’t been widely embraced). In short, I questioned whether the new AutoCAD would hit the mark with users.

Now that I’ve worked with the new release for about a week, I am impressed. It isn’t a bold release packed with a bunch of startling new commands, but rather a welcome optimization release.

AutoCAD 2015 is geared toward refining the user experience rather than changing how the user operates. In other words, Autodesk seems to have focused on making their tools work in ways that support how users actually work. I’m pleased that Autodesk is listening to its users!

Interface Changes

I’ve often taken software manufacturers to task for altering software interfaces in unnecessary ways just so it seems like something has changed. In this case, I have to hand it to the designers at Autodesk for producing an AutoCAD interface that is easy on the eyes and puts almost all the tools where you expect them to be.

The changes that stand out for me include:

  • The streamlined, tabbed interface yields maximum drawing space and the eye strain–reducing dark theme is designed for all-day use. In fact, the soft, dark look of this interface takes me back to the days of big tube screens in darkened CAD rooms — where I never experienced eye strain!
  • Another big interface change is the much-improved use of graphics processing units (GPUs) to sharpen the graphics quality of linework and text on screen. The combination of lower contrast and sharper graphics makes the software much more pleasant to look at all day.
  • Greater use of GPU resources yields higher-quality visual style output in model space and paper space viewports.
  • Greater use of GPU resources yields higher-quality visual style output in model space and paper space viewports.

A new ribbon gallery function assists with block insertions and tracks blocks that have already been inserted, much as Design Center does. Being able to rapidly insert blocks and easily determine which blocks are resident is a feature I find myself using from the ribbon now. Previously, I would close Design Center because I didn’t use it much.

The process of selecting objects uses highlighted graphics, and command previewing (such as stretching and trimming) now shows you the results of the command based on the hovering point of the cursor to avoid improper selections. When selecting points using osnaps commands, you can now ignore end and intersecting geometry on dimension entities so you don’t accidentally pick a nongeometric point.

Finally, though the interface looks a lot different, all the commands and ribbon elements are consistent with recent releases so you don’t waste time looking for the commands — they’re where you expect to find them.

Taken cumulatively, I find the new interface to be something users can work with more comfortably and productively. And since the changes don’t rearrange what users already know, it shouldn’t take much to get them up to speed with the new version. I think I could drop AutoCAD 2015 in front of a 2013/2014 user and they’d get right to work and would like the new tools in short order.