This page has been updated. For the latest version, visit: http://rkmcswain.blogspot.com/2006/08/drawing-viewers.html
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.
- Autodesk does offer a DWG viewer, but it's only available bundled with their DWF Composer $
- guthrie CAD Viewer $
- Bentley View FREE
- Cimmetry Systems $
- Informative Graphics $ and FREE versions.
- AutoDWG $
- Trix Systems $
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..."
PermaLink Posted 6/09/2005 06:01:00 AM