About Converting Drawing File Formats

About Converting Drawing File Formats

Convert a batch of drawing files between different DWG file formats.

The drawing file format changed in the following releases:

  • AutoCAD 2010/LT 2010
  • AutoCAD 2007/LT 2007
  • AutoCAD 2004/LT 2004
  • AutoCAD 2000/LT 2000
  • AutoCAD R14, AutoCAD LT 98, AutoCAD LT 97

If you want to share drawings created in a later release with someone who is using
an earlier version of the product, you can do a batch conversion to the earlier format
using the Save As DWG Convert option. Files can be converted one at a time, or in
batches; either overwriting the originals or packaged together in a file folder, compressed
in a self-extracting EXE file, or compressed in a ZIP file in a different location.

When you save/convert a file to a previous version, the conversion tools strip out
the information specific to the current release or converts them to another object
type. When the drawing is converted, a log file lists the information that was lost
or changed.

TIP:Because converting a drawing to an earlier release format may cause some data loss,
we recommend that you assign a different file name to avoid overwriting the current
drawing file.

You will probably convert drawing files multiple times during a project. The DWG Convert
feature provides a method to name and save your conversion settings. The default conversion
setup is named Standard. Starting from this conversion setup, you can create one or
more new conversion setups with appropriate names. Then you can modify them as needed.

For repetitive conversions, the drawing files that you select for conversion can be
saved to a list, called a batch control list.Batch control lists (*.BCL files) can also be opened and viewed in a text editor
such as Notepad.

From the DWG Convert dialog box, you can do the following:

  • Add a drawing file to the current list.
  • Clear the list to start a new list.
  • Open a previously saved batch control list.
  • Append a previously saved batch control list to the current list.
  • Save the current batch control list to the same or a new BCL file.

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