This article will help you to better understand the capabilities of DWG TrueView 2010.
DWG TrueView supports several file formats for output and conversion. Users have direct access to drawing files created by AutoCAD-based applications for the following purposes:
- Open and view DWG and DXF files
- Obtain geometric information from drawings such as distance, mass, and volume
- Plot DWG files to a plotter
- Create DWF, DWFx, PDF, JPG, and PNG files from DWG files
- Publish sets of drawings or sheets to a plotter, or DWF, DWFx, and PDF files
- Convert DWG files forward and backward with versions as early as AutoCAD Release 14
You do not need to know AutoCAD to use DWG TrueView, but it is helpful to understand how AutoCAD Layers work, and how to use the page setup, plotting, and publishing dialog boxes.
Supported File Formats
Drawing information created in AutoCAD-based products can be saved or exported to the following three file formats.
- DWG drawing file format is the native file format for AutoCAD-based products. With DWG TrueView, you can open all drawing files regardless of version, and you can save to DWG file formats as early as AutoCAD Release 14.
- DXF (Drawing Interchange Format) is a published file format used for interoperability between Autodesk products, third-party applications, and non-Autodesk products.
- DWF (Design Web Format) and DWFx (DWF for Windows Vista) are ideal for sharing drawing file information with team members, vendors, clients, subcontractors, and customers that do not have access to an AutoCAD-based application.
- PDF (Adobe’s Portable Document Format) is one of the most commonly-used formats for sharing drawings with team member and clients.
Pleas Note: Saving DWG files to earlier file formats can result in the loss of features and functionality introduced in later versions of AutoCAD-based products. There are also factors to consider when working with custom objects.
DWG TrueViewis limited to viewing, publishing, and converting DWGs. You cannot use it to change or save drawing files. Other free products available from Autodesk that may be of interest to you include the following:
- Autodesk Design Review. Using the DWF, DWFx, and PDF formats, you can review, mark up, save, and print drawing files created with AutoCAD-based products.
- Autodesk DWF Writer. You can Publish DWF files from other Microsoft applications. Includes Plug-ins for SolidWorks®, Pro/ENGINEER®, and CATIA® software.
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