What are Files with the .dwg File Extension Used For?

What is the .dwg file extension?

The term DWG is the short for Drawing and the file format DWG is recorded as a file format that is used by CAD packages, such as AutoCAD to store two and three dimensional design data, as well as metadata, which describes the content of the .dwg file.

Files with the .dwg file extension are commonly referred to as AutoCAD Drawing Database Files. The DWG format is similar to the DXF (Drawing Exchange) format, the difference being .dxf files are text-based and thus find more acceptability.

.dwg files come under the category of CAD files and the Mime types associated with them are:

  • application/acad
  • application/x-acad
  • image/x-dwg
  • application/x-dwg
  • application/autocad_dwg
  • application/dwg
  • image/vnd.dwg
  • drawing/dwg
  • application/x-autocad

Names of the programs that can open .dwg files

If you use Windows, you may open .dwg files using the following programs:

  • Autodesk DWG TrueView
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer
  • Caddie
  • AutoDWG
  • DWG Converter
  • IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe 17
  • Solid Converter DWG
  • IrfanView
  • Adobe Illustrator CS5
  • Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3
  • ACD Systems Canvas 11

If you use a Mac operating system, you may open .dwg files using the following programs:

  • PowerDWG Translator
  • SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer
  • Adobe Illustrator CS5
  • IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe v5
  • Microsoft DWG Viewer

Names of other file types that are associated with the .dwg file extension

Other file types that use the .dwg file extension are:

  • CIRCAD Data File
  • Drafix Drawing
  • BravoDRAFT Detailer File
  • 2D Graphic File
  • Older Generic CADD Drawing Format
  • Pro/Engineer Drawing File

Can .dwg files be converted to the PDF file format?

Yes, you can convert .dwg files to the PDF file format using a DWG-to-PDF converter. Typically, conversion software requires you to pay fees that could range from $70 to $160, but some software have a 30-day free trial period.

Unable to open a .dwg file ? what you should? do

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