GWS – Global Work Share “to be or not to be”

We are doing study about different GWS installations and the users experience.

If you are SP3D, SM3D or Smart3D user or administrator and have some experience working in GWS environment, let us know your opinion about it.
Is it trouble less or are there any dificulties while excahnging data between different sites?

Post your comments here.


AutoCAD LT (2D) alternative

What other 2D CAD system would you recommend for final drawings touch up?

I will start with two listings:

ZWCAD – The closest AutoCAD experience and functionalities only at around one-fifth (1/5th) of its price.
ZWCAD is a cost-effective, DWG file format compatible CAD solution for the AEC and MCAD industries. Basic drafting functionalities such as creating and editing 2D geometric objects, dimensioning, 3D solid modeling, plotting and file sharing …

With Solid Edge Free 2D Drafting, you can stop paying for upgrades and subscriptions. Packed with 2D translators and import wizards, this free software is perfect for reading AutoCAD data with import support for fonts, color schemes, model space and Color 7. You can even download free updates. So stop paying, but continue to make use of 2D legacy data and share native drawings with suppliers for design review or manufacturing.

While Solid Edge 2D is completely FREE and is able to directly open and save in DWG format, there are a few things to consider. SOme rawing objects created in AutoCAD may not look the same when the DWG is loaded in Solid Edge. The working space, commands , buttons, etc are quite different comparing to AutoCAD. Object created with white color on white background do not automatically appear in black color like in AutoCAD but instead disappear on the screen and also can't be printed.

ZWCAD looks exactly like AutoCAD. Let say 95% the same. However, it is not completely free, but quite less expensive compareing to AutoCAD.

Looking for more suggestions from you.