I get a problem from a technician using Microstation V8, looking to read an AutoCAD 2008 file.
A little history
The dwg format was initially used by Interact CAD, developed by Mike Riddle In the 70 years, this was one of the co-founders of AutoDesk that began the same extension name for autoCAD files from the 1982 year.
The photo shows this Jurassic version of Interact CAD, see that I already had a mouse, with those tablets that were used to digitize and it was recommended to use two monitors although the green letters always made that in 3 months you used glasses
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From 82 to 2007 year AutoDesk has created different versions, are considered at least 18 transcendental variations in their A 25 year history. Among them the last ones in the 2007, 2004, 2002, 2000 and R14 versions and it does it to avoid that they apply reverse engineering to him although that has been criticized like lack of interoperability.
La Open Design Alliance, With the idea of IntelliCAD began to release from 1998 applications that used this format dwg so that AutoDesk nailed them a demand to use reverse engineering tactics the year 2006.
The telenovela still has not finished, Microstation began to read and write natively on the dwg format from the 8 version, the 2004 year. The 2007 version can only be read by Microstation 8.9 known as XM, always without the need to convert it to dgn.
Three ways to do it
So answering the question, there are two ways to read a dwg file with Microstation V8.
- The first one is opening it with AutoCAD 2008, then doing "file / export / export to autoCAD / 2004 format", that format will be read by Microstation V8
- The second way is to open it with AutoCAD 2009, then doing "file / export / dgn V8"
- The third one is opening it with Microstation XM, which you can download from there, and it works for you in 15 minutes sessions. This version reads the dwg 2008 format without the need to convert it to dgn. Then you can save it as dgn, "file / save as / dgn V8"
What does the future hold
After signing Of an agreement between AutoDesk and Bentley, from the next version of AutoCAD 2010 and Microstation Athens it is expected that both programs use a standard format with what is expected that we can save a lot of millions that costs the interoperability of these two companies.
For now to the technician, it cost 1 hour of transport to look for an internet café, 22 minutes of very slow connection to send me the file and 4 minutes of my morning.
Ah ... it does not cost millions, but it still does not quantify the time it takes to return to the survey area, if the storm striking the area allows it with these hurricane signs.