What is DWG file format

DWG is a binary file format used for encoding, storing three-dimensional and two-dimensional images. It was developed in the 70s of the last century, today it is actively used by designers, engineers, architects. Autodesk owns the DWG license; the program files are a CAD drawing standard. Autodesk tried in many ways to discourage the public from attempting to reverse engineer the DWG format by watermarking the version of the drawings.

Technical specifications

DWG files include vector images and metadata. For encryption, the developer uses binary coding. Vector image data is managed by a CAD program that generates DWG drawings.

The metadata may include information about the geographical location of the object, information about the client. Files created in AutoCAD 14 software will have a checksum for verification. It creates the conditions for logical verification of elements. The free application gives users the ability to view drawings, open them in various formats, change scales, layout, and monitor the status of files. DraftSight gives users the ability to create drawings in the format in question, edit and view them.

Areas of use

The file extension for many users is the main thing for the storage of drawings, their transfer. To view the information, they use different programs – for example, Free DWG Viewer, Autodesk TrueView. For editing, use the software systems DraftSight, nanoCAD, etc.

DWG files are in demand in applications that provide tools for engineering design, the implementation of various architectures, and construction. To correctly open the DWG file, you can use the resources of the AutoCAD program in which it was originally created, or other popular utilities.

How to convert to PDF

Converting files to PDF is possible, for this they use online converters (for example, AnyConv) or desktop programs converters such as Universal Document Converte or AutoCAD DWG, the use of most software is not free. In the program menu, look for a virtual printer, then open the desired file – in this case .dwg. Then click on the “Print” section, specify the required format, “Frame”, on the “Scale” check the box, click “View”, “OK”. Performing the procedure is not difficult, just follow the prompts.