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On 11/6/2021 at 10:52 AM, santa said:

Nah.....CUZ.....surely!

I think ZCAD or ZWCAD is already used by a Chinese clone of AutoCAD - not sure if it's a good idea! they have

320,000 customers over 80 countries

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On 11/5/2021 at 4:06 PM, Tech said:

AHDD,

Could you please check your email junk/spam? We sent an email from sales@engsw.com with the link to the demo. We did not receive a support email from you either. Please use support@engsw.com at this time for PowerCADD questions. 

Please be aware that the current version of PowerCADD supports OS X 10.6.8 - 10.14.x only. We are working on a major upgrade to PowerCADD that in addition to a number of new features, will add support for newer operating systems and Apple silicon. Please bear with us over the next few months as we work on what we feel will be a very strong 2D complement to form•Z.

 

Thank you for your repost.
As mentioned: I did not find any E-Mail in my Spam or Junk folder.
Alright: I will write another direct E-Mail to: support@engsw.com
I am really curious about this software!

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16 hours ago, AHDD Designer said:

Alright: I will write another direct E-Mail to: support@engsw.com

After contacting me again, Todd personally sent me the download link.

The previous E-Mails did not reach me.

Finally, it worked out well.

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I had a thought: how will the existing PowerCadd user base fit into all this? I can see three possibilities:

1. The CAD functionality will become fully integrated into FZ, ideally as a direct replacement of the current Drafting/Layout module. This is great for us, but not so much for PoweCadd users because they will be required to purchase FZ in order to continue using their old software.

2. The CAD functionality will be offered as a plugin. This is too messy for my liking, because both apps will need to become plugins to the other. Frankly, I can't see FZ being reduced to plugin status.

3. The CAD functionality will be offered as a completely new standalone, but fully compatible new software product  This seems to be the cleanest solution to both sides, but likely to cost $$. The most recent price of PowerCadd was $US995 on the Mac, I believe. Any takers if this becomes the case?

Interesting times ahead! Any further thoughts? 

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I've been a F•Z user since the late 90's and a PCadd user even longer. I take this merger as a good thing. PC has had it's ups and downs over the years, but at it's core is a very solid 2d drawing platform. The best I've found, and I've worked with a few.

What I'd like to see is the PC tools available in the Layout section (drafting) of F•Z. Then I'd like to be able to flow bi-directionally between the 2 platforms (2d and 3d). Sometimes I'll start a design in 2d, which I've struggled to export to F•Z accurately (frequent scaling issues), and sometimes I'll start with the model which I've also struggled to get an accurate export to detail in PC. Having these two "worlds" interact seamlessly would be huge. Like really huge.

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This indeed sounds like potential for a great union. Harsh that Apple changed track half way through the PowerCad version upgrade development. Earlier announcement of PowerCad discontinuing development Looking on their forum Power Cad users love their software. I do hope that this colaboration isn't going to be only advantageous for Mac users, so that said, looking forward to the new skills and resources coming onboard.

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