Free CAD Software for Mobile Devices20 Aug, 2014 By: Curt Moreno
Cadalyst Labs Report: Cadalyst Labs investigates free apps for CAD on the go.
ZWCAD Touch v1.3.0 (Android)
Mobile CAD editor
Overall Grade: B
Pros: Very thorough toolset; very similar to desktop CAD; voice memo feature.
Cons: Limited filetype support; no object property features.
Desktop CAD users may find it hard to let go of their regular user interface and replace it with more modern, touch-centric interfaces. Luckily for them, there is ZWCAD Touch from ZWSOFT, which is sure to sway many users with its desktop-like experience. This free mobile CAD editor is both capable and well featured. ZWCAD Touch is available as a free download from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store for Android and iOS mobile devices, respectively (we reviewed the Android version).
ZWCAD Touch offers many of the same tools found in desktop CAD programs. It is quick to regen in a 3D solid display mode.
Modern CAD users will find the ribbon user interface full of tools similar to those of any modern desktop CAD program. Drawing, editing, layer management, inquiry, and layout selection tools, among others, are all lined up and easy to find. Contextual ribbons provide additional options.
ZWCAD Touch is quick to regen and react to multitouch input for panning, zooming, and rotating. The application's visual style control is effective and easy. Users will also find the familiar Save messages before closing a drawing to be reassuring. Output options are limited to DWG format.
A key differentiator for ZWCAD Touch is its capability to save and play back voice memos attached to the drawings, a feature sure to be handy for anyone who is in the field with full hands or needs to capture a thought quickly.