24 October 2005
Free DWG Viewer [Part 2]          
After installing the new DWG TrueView, I realized something. This is nothing more than the DWG viewer that comes with DWF Composer. (In fact, you cannot install DWG TrueView until the remove the DWG viewer that comes with DWF Composer).

You can open, view and plot, and that's about it.
No measuring capabilities.

Many firms want to provide an application for non-CAD users to view DWG files and allow for simple linear and area measurements. Free is not even a requirement.

So it looks like we have three choices.

  1. DWF Composer - User (remember, a non-CAD user) must open DWG file in the included DWG viewer, then publish to DWF. Then open DWF in Composer to measure.
  2. AutoCAD LT - Way overkill. These non-CAD users do not need all the functionality of LT
  3. Third Party - Bentley View is one of many third party apps that can open DWG and provide tools for linear and area measurements.

Make your own conclusions using the viewer comparison.

BTW - If you turn off the command linein DWG TrueView, I don't see any way to get it back. The warning message tells you that Ctrl+9 will do it, but it doesn't. Oh well, you don't need it anyway.


PermaLink       Posted 10/24/2005 11:45:00 AM     

Comment from: Blogger JTB World
Date: October 25, 2005 at 2:10:00 AM CDT  

I've let some of my users install ProgeCAD LT 2006
Not only a viewer but since it's free it can be used as such so the users have to know if and when they can save a DWG.

Comment from: Blogger R.K. McSwain
Date: October 25, 2005 at 6:55:00 AM CDT  

Thanks for the tip. I'll check that out.

Post a comment