In general, when they send us a dwg file there is usually a problem due to the version with which they were saved. Here are some ways to solve the problem:
What version of dwg
This is not possible to identify, as the file simply has extension.dwg Or .dxf but it is not known until we try to open it.
So it is necessary to understand that every year there is a new Version of AutoCAD, although not every year does it have a new file version. The following table shows the versions of AutoCAD that you probably find files for there, the year of release and if it had a new version.
|Official name||Release year||Comments|
|AutoCAD 1.0 version up to AutoCAD 14||1981 to 1997||Each version had a new dwg file format|
|AutoCAD 2000||1999||This year we introduced the dwg 2000 format, which is still used a lot by the GIS tools (gvSIG, Manifold GIS, Quantum GIS, are examples of programs)|
|AutoCAD 2004||2003||Introduction of the 2004 DWG format|
|AutoCAD 2007||2006||Introduction of the dwg format 2007|
|AutoCAD 2010||2009||Introduction of the dwg format 2010|
|AutoCAD 2011 for Mac||2010||First version for Mac from AutoCAD version 12|
|AutoCAD 2013||2012||Introduction of the 2013 DWG format|
|AutoCAD 2014||2013||It will be released in April of 2013, it uses the same format of the previous version.|
If you are requesting a file, you have to request that they save it, therefore, in a previous version, which we guarantee that we can read. For that matter, if we have AutoCAD 2011, we can read 2010 dwg versions backwards; but not 2012 versions. You can also configure AutoCAD to save in a previous version, by default.
How to view and convert dwg files to other versions
From 2005 AutoDesk launched the program DWG TrueView, also in addition to seeing files from different versions like TrueConvert you can make conversions of different versions to which we are interested.
It is uncomfortable, that the program starts the installation without doing a prerequisite revision until the moment that the 4 .NET environment requests.
So do not start the installation without first improving this. For this you have to go to the link:
Be careful that the program asks to close Microsoft applications in use, such as the browser. It is possible to indicate not to do this.
Once you have done this, to download the TrueView program you have to go to this link:
You must download a servlet, then select the version (32 or 64 bits) and the language.
And that's it. The rest is to learn the tricks of the program and take advantage of it.
Once the file is opened, the DWG convert option does the rest. The version is selected and there is a way to choose basic options such as the system purging unused levels / styles or resetting the print settings.
Of course, you can also convert multiple files in block.