AutoCAD over the past 10+ releases has been seeing a new drawing (DWG) file format change every three releases. The file format changes are done to introduce new features and optimizations. When working with clients or departments that use a different release of AutoCAD than you, there are a number of options that you can use to make sure you can share DWG files with ease.
The following table outlines which file format you need to use when exchanging drawings with users not using AutoCAD 2013.
|AutoCAD Drawing Format||AutoCAD Releases|
|AutoCAD 2010||AutoCAD 2010 through 2012|
|AutoCAD 2007||AutoCAD 2007 through 2009|
|AutoCAD 2004||AutoCAD 2004 through 2006|
|AutoCAD 2000||AutoCAD 2000 through 2002|
|AutoCAD R14||AutoCAD R14|
|AutoCAD R12 DXF||AutoCAD R12 and R13|
The following outlines several options that you can use to ease the sharing of DWG files when having to work with multiple releases of AutoCAD and different drawing file formats:
- Set the Default Save Format - In the Options dialog box, Open and Save tab, you can specify the default file format that is used when saving a drawing with the SAVE, SAVEAS, and QSAVE commands. The WBLOCK or REFEDIT commands are not affected by changing the default file format option, you will need to open and resave the drawing files that are created or edited to the desired file format as they only save a drawing to the latest/native file format.
- DWGCONVERT Command - Allows you to batch save selected drawing files to a different file format. If a drawing has dependencies on external drawing files, each file does not need to be added individually but does not gather up all dependency files related to the selected drawings like the ETRAMNSMIT command. Each external dependent drawing file is also saved to the specified file format.
- ETRANSMIT Command - Allows you to batch save selected drawing files to a different file format and gather all related dependency files. If a drawing has dependencies on external drawing files, each file does not need to be added individually. Each external dependent drawing file is also saved to the specifiedfile format.
- DWG TrueView - Stand-alone application that allows you to view and save drawing files to different releases. This can be very helpful, if you get drawing files that are saved to the AutoCAD 2013 format but you are using AutoCAD 2012 or earlier. (https://www.autodesk.com/trueview)
- AutoCAD WS Website - Website that allows you to view and markup drawings online. After you upload a drawing file, it can be downloaded back to a local drive. During the dowload process, you can choose the drawing file format to save the drawing as. (https://www.autocadws.com)
- ScriptPro - A utility that allows you to run a script (SCR) file against a set of drawings. The script file can save the drawing file and mater other needed changes to the drawing file while it is open. (https://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id=4091678&linkID=9240618 and https://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/ADN_plugins/catalog/)