09 June 2005
DWG file viewers, utilities.          

This page has been updated. For the latest version, visit:

Since Autodesk quit providing a free application to view it's own DWG files, there has been a demand for said application. Plenty of other software vendors have provided a solution for this need.

  1. Autodesk does offer a DWG viewer, but it's only available bundled with their DWF Composer $

  2. guthrie CAD Viewer $

  3. Bentley View FREE

  4. Cimmetry Systems $

  5. Informative Graphics $ and FREE versions.

  6. AutoDWG $

  7. Trix Systems $

DWG Conversion...

Note that Solidworks offers an add-on to "Open and edit any DWG file using any version of AutoCAD". For example, install this utility and you can open AutoCAD version 2004 drawings using AutoCAD 2000. Read what Autodesk has to say about this utility.

Autodesk also offers their own Batch Drawing Converter that will "convert any AutoCAD or AutoCAD-based drawing file to AutoCAD Release 14, AutoCAD 2000, AutoCAD 2000i, AutoCAD 2002, AutoCAD 2004, AutoCAD 2005, and AutoCAD 2006 file formats..."


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Comment from: Blogger Melanie (Stone) Perry
Date: June 9, 2005 at 11:12:00 AM CDT  

cool... that's a handy list/links to have!

Comment from: Blogger Informative Graphics
Date: June 13, 2005 at 3:40:00 PM CDT  

Free DWG Viewer:

Informative Graphics offers a free DWG viewer as well - based on Brava.

Comment from: Blogger R.K. McSwain
Date: June 13, 2005 at 9:21:00 PM CDT  

IG - Thanks, I updated the main page to reflect this.

Comment from: Anonymous David Huie
Date: June 14, 2005 at 7:38:00 AM CDT  

Bentley offers a free viewer that supports viewing of virtually any version of DWG (back to R9 I think) and can also be used to view our own MicroStation drawings. We believe you deserve better than to have to pay for a viewer. You can download Bentley View at


Comment from: Blogger R.K. McSwain
Date: June 14, 2005 at 7:45:00 AM CDT  

David, maybe you missed it, but a link to Bentley View was included in the initial post.


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