ZWSOFT Releases ZWCAD 2019 SP2

GUANGZHOU, China, Feb 15, 2019 – ZWCAD 2019 SP2 is here now. Compared with ZWCAD 2019 SP1, which is called “the fastest release ever”, the efficiency of SP2 has been further enhanced, and the stability ties up with SP1. Let’s see what’s new in this release:

PDF Import: from PDF to CAD entities

The elements in PDF such as geometric objects, hatch objects, raster images and TrueType text can now be imported to the current drawing as CAD entities by PDFIMPORT. What’s more, except for importing the PDF files directly, you can as well transform the existing PDF Underlays into editable CAD entities.

PDF Import: from PDF to CAD entities

The elements in PDF such as geometric objects, hatch objects, raster images and TrueType text can now be imported to the current drawing as CAD entities by PDFIMPORT. What’s more, except for importing the PDF files directly, you can as well transform the existing PDF Underlays into editable CAD entities.

Figure 1. Import PDF and turn it into CAD entity.

Through turning the elements in PDF into CAD entities, you can get and edit what you want from PDF files with ease.

Digital Signature on DWG Files

Digital Signature can now be attached to DWG2004, DWG2010, DWG2013 and DWG2018. You can attach digital signature to the current drawing by DIGITALSIGN command, and also to a batch of drawings by selecting Attach Digital Signature in the Start menu.

Figure 2. Sign on the current drawing.

Figure 3. Sign on a batch of drawings.

In addition, through command SIGVALIDATE, digital signature can be verified to check whether it is contained in the current drawing.

Figure 4. Check the existence and validation of digital signature.

3DORBIT: More Easy-to-use

Previously, there are only three options in the right-click menu of 3DORBIT – Exit, Pan and Zoom. Now, more options have been added to it, such as Virtual Aids, Shade Mode, Zoom Windows/Extents/Previous, Reset/Preset/Named View, etc. Moreover, functions like Constrain Orbit, Continuous Orbit and Adjust Distance are also available, making 3DORBIT easier and handier to use.

Figure 5. ZWCAD 2019 SP1 (on the left) and ZWCAD 2019 SP2 (on the right)

Except for the above important new features, there are also numerous improvements, which together bring you a more fluent and pleasant user experience. Why not have a try now? 


Developed by ZWSOFT CO., Ltd. (Guangzhou), which has helped 900,000 users from 90 countries create amazing things, ZWCAD is a powerful, reliable and DWG compatible CAD solution for worldwide users. Available in 15 languages, it provides innovative, collaborative and customizable features to designers and engineers in various industries such as AEC and MFG.

Fourth Annual Vectorworks Design Scholarship Opens

COLUMBIA, MD, Feb 15, 2019 – Keeping with its commitment to foster creativity and innovation amongst young designers, global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces its fourth annual Vectorworks Design Scholarship. Undergraduate students and recent graduates that share their best work will have the opportunity to win up to $10,000 USD, gain professional recognition and propel themselves into a bright future of design. Submissions are now open and are due by August 29, 2019.

“The Vectorworks Design Scholarship is an incredible opportunity for up-and-coming designers to promote their work and win funds to support their future endeavors,” said Alice Lowy, marketing programs director at Vectorworks. “We look forward to seeing what these up-and-coming designers think up next.”

Winners will be revealed October 16, 2019 following a two-round judging process. First-round winners will each receive $3,000 USD and will be entered for the chance at the grand prize Richard Diehl Award, worth an additional $7,000 USD. Scholarship award winnings may be used as winners see fit. Additionally, winners’ schools will receive free Vectorworks Designer software and complimentary training for faculty and students.

To apply, students must submit their best individual or group project and answer three questions in 150 words or less. Eligible students must be enrolled in an accredited design program and registered for six or more credits or must have graduated no earlier than 2017 with an acceptable design-oriented degree. A panel of judges will evaluate submissions based on design integrity, originality, the effective use of computer technology and communication of design vision.

Vectorworks received nearly 1,000 submissions during its last scholarship run. Applications came from around the globe, including countries such as the United States, Germany, Switzerland, China, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, India and more.

“Submit anyway, even if you think your work isn’t going to win. Be sure to write about the heart behind your project,” said Morgan Lindsay Price, a previous winner of the Vectorworks Design Scholarship, when asked what advice she’d give to prospective applicants. “I was so shocked and grateful that we won. Vectorworks gave me a huge opportunity that I never dreamed I would have had, and I’m eternally grateful.”

To apply or learn more about the Vectorworks Design Scholarship, visit

About Vectorworks, Inc.

Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design and BIM software solutions provider serving over 675,000 professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, we’ve been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. With our cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout the project life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, MD, with offices in Newbury and London, England and Vancouver, Canada, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group.

Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world at

NVIDIA Q4 Revenue Down 31% to $2205M with $567M Profit

NVIDIA reported revenue for the fourth quarter ended Jan 27, 2019, of $2,205M, down 31% from $3,181M in the previous quarter.

Comparative analysis based on NVIDIA’s financial results in the last 12 quarters (Result source NVIDIA website)

Comparative analysis based on NVIDIA’s financial results in the last 12 quarters (Result source NVIDIA website)

“This was a turbulent close to what had been a great year,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “The combination of post-crypto excess channel inventory and recent deteriorating end-market conditions drove a disappointing quarter.

“Despite this setback, NVIDIA’s fundamental position and the markets we serve are strong. The accelerated computing platform we pioneered is central to some of world’s most important and fastest growing industries – from artificial intelligence to autonomous vehicles to robotics. We fully expect to return to sustained growth,” he said.

A complete chart of the financial results is available here.


NVIDIA’s invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics and revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI — the next era of computing — with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world.

KISTERS N America Releases 3DViewStation v2019

SACRAMENTO, CA, Feb 15, 2019 – KISTERS North America has released version 2019 of its 3DViewStation product family. The new version features additions and enhancements that assist users in the area of repurposing their CAD data. For instance: V2019’s new technical documentation features, the splitting function, real-time wall thickness measurement, feature recognition and a user-friendly import dialog. KISTERS provides visualization applications for the Windows desktop, web (via any HTML5 browser) as well as a VR edition.

Authoring for technical documentation and split function: 3DViewStation V2019.0

One challenging area in the reuse of CAD data lies in the creation of content for technical documentation purposes. Deliverables might be images, illustrations or interactive 3D geometry to be repurposed in printed manuals, online manuals or spare part catalogues.

“KISTERS’ development and enhancements always follow a customer-centric approach. After reviewing our customer’s most important requirements for technical documentation processes, we created interactive and automatic BOM ID generation.” said Robert Collins, KISTERS North American sales manager.

“These BOM IDs will be reused to interactively and automatically generate balloon callouts in an exploded view of the assembly. In our new version, there are multiple new options to configure the arrangement of these balloons. For example: top and bottom, left and right, or in a rectangle. For further ease-of-use, we added the option to continuously recalculate the best possible layout, while rotating the 3D model.”

“Another focus of development was to increase the value of 3DViewStation for our mold/die and casting customers. Our new splitting function is the perfect complement to our existing draft angle analysis tool.” He added. “Now you can easily determine the complexity of a tool, what will be required to produce a part and extract the face for the mold. Toolmakers will also enjoy our new feature recognition functions such as our the drill hole recognition tool. Less experienced CAD users will enjoy the new, easy-to-use import dialog. And all users will experience 3DViewStation rendering significantly faster once more.”

Known for its modern user-interface, high performance viewing, advanced analysis and integration capabilities into leading systems, 3DViewStation ships with current and mature importers for a broad range of 3D and 2D formats including i.e. CATIA, NX, Creo, SOLIDWORKS, Solid Edge, Inventor, JT, 3D-PDF, STEP, DWG, DXF, DWF, MS Office and many more.

V2019 Upgrades Include:

New and updated file formats:

  • Import 3D: Inventor 2019, SOLIDWORKS 2019, Solid Edge 2019, Parasolid V31, Revit 2019, FBX, glTF, JT 10.2, OBJ
  • Import 2D: CATIA V5 R28 (V5-6R2018), CATIA V6 R2017x, Creo 4.0 / ProE, NX12, Solid Edge ST10, SOLIDWORKS 2018
  • Export: JavaScript for 3D-PDF, IFC, FBX, JT 10, OBJ

New and updated functions:

  • Import dialog (quick settings)
  • Structure tree: Remove empty nodes
  • Neutral axis calculation with tesselated data
  • Real-time wall thickness measurement
  • Drill hole recognition
  • Split
  • Technical documentation:
    • BOM table: interactive BOM ID generation
    • BOM table: automatic ID generation
    • Ballooning: arrangement as line, rectangle, circle
    • Ballooning: automatic re-arrangement during rotation
    • Options forshapesandlines for balloons
    • Replaceexisting SMG files by 3DVS counterparts, limited to supported objects & properties
  • Printdialog:
    • Print range
    • Autorotate document
    • Tiled printing
  • Selection of all instances of a geometry
  • Filtering option: include / exclude unvisible objects
  • Rotation mode “Turntable”
  • 2D text search enhanced
  • Transformation: Align move circle center to circle center
  • Export PNG with transparent background
  • PDF template: configurable date
  • New options for license borrowing
  • Performance optimization:
    • Tremendous increase in rendering speed of ultra large assemblies
    • Calculation of Level of Detail (LoD)
    • Ability to remove normals (space-saving)
    • Optimization of instancing

According to Collins, the KISTERS 3DViewStation is continuously enhanced in response to customer needs and requirements. It is available as Desktop, ActiveX, VR-Edition and HTML5 WebViewer product-versions. All product flavors are intended to be used together with a PLM, ERP or other management system product configuration or service and spare part applications, providing all necessary APIs. For cloud, portal and web-solutions, there is an HTML5-based WebViewer solution available, which does not require client installation. All file formats can be used in combination with the intelligent navigation and hyperlinking features to address needs of complex integration scenarios.


25 years success in the market with superior visualization solutions from desktop to mobile has proven KISTERS to be one of the top players in the visualization industry. Clients ranging from small firms to well-known multinationals, 3DViewStation’s easy-to-use interface is suitable for all user groups and 100% customizable to each individual’s specific requirements. More than 3,000 customers and over 200,000 installations worldwide. In addition, KISTERS offers expert advice and support in concept development based on client requirements.

For more information, visit

Samtec, TraceParts Announce 850K Electronic Components Online

SAINT-ROMAIN, France, Feb 14, 2019 – Samtec, a global manufacturer of connectors, cables, optics and RF systems, and TraceParts have announced the publication of 850,000 electronic components on the site. Designers and engineers can now configure, preview and download a wide range of high-speed board-to-board components, micro pitch board-to-board connectors, rugged/power connectors, high-speed card systems and standard board-to-board connectors.

Samtec, a manufacturer of electronic interconnect solutions, has been digitizing its products for over 10 years to provide its customers with CAD content. Requests for CAD models used to be managed one by one at the customer’s request. When demand went through the roof, technical and financial reasons prompted Samtec to look for a long-term solution.

The point that tipped Samtec’s choice in favor of the TraceParts solution was to possess the 3D models for its products and manage distribution through physical access to the files. That is ultimately what allows Samtec to legally and freely reuse its 3D models in neutral or native CAD format among its distributors or end customers.

“With TraceParts, we have reached out to users that were previously out of range, because the solutions we had implemented internally had exceeded our ability to manage demand for CAD models. This new service was up and running in no time thanks to the modeling team, which handled the digital design process.

We also make extensive use of TraceParts Analytics to analyze our catalog’s performance and thereby gain an insight into our customers and what they need. Understanding all of that has given us the keys to adapting our game plan to suit our constantly changing industry,” explains Daniel Williams, digital marketing director at Samtec.

“Samtec is an industry leader and there’s a good reason why. It’s a mature company that long ago realized the importance of providing CAD models of its products online. We are proud to count Samtec in our 700-strong customer pool,” concludes Gabriel Guigue, managing director of TraceParts.

About Samtec

Founded in 1976, Samtec is a privately held, $713MM global manufacturer of a broad line of electronic interconnect solutions, including IC-to-Board and IC Packaging, High-Speed Board-to-Board, High-Speed Cables, Mid-Board and Panel Optics, Flexible Stacking, and Micro/Rugged components and cables. Samtec Technology Centers are dedicated to developing and advancing technologies, strategies and products to optimize both the performance and cost of a system from the bare die to an interface 100 meters away and all interconnect points in between. With 33 locations in 18 different countries, Samtec’s global presence enables its unmatched customer service.

For more information, visit

About TraceParts

TraceParts is one of the world’s leading providers of 3D digital content for engineering. As part of the Trace Group founded in 1989, the company provides powerful Web-based solutions, such as CAD part libraries, electronic catalogs and product configurators.

TraceParts offers digital marketing services to help part vendors, 3D printing suppliers, software and computer hardware vendors promote their products and services and generate high-quality B2B sales leads.

The TraceParts portal is available free-of-charge to millions of CAD users worldwide. It provides access to hundreds of supplier catalogs and more than 100 million CAD models and product data-sheets that perfectly meet the specific needs of design, purchasing, manufacturing and maintenance processes and operations.