About-Drawing-File-Format-Changes

About Drawing File Format Changes

    About Drawing File Format Changes

    Drawing (DWG) files are the native data files that are created when using AutoCAD-based
    products.

    Each AutoCAD-based product uses a specific file format when saving to a file, which
    is important when sharing files with clients and other users in your company.

    The following table outlines which file format should be used when sharing files with
    other users of AutoCAD or AutoCAD-based products.

    File Format AutoCAD Release
    AutoCAD 2013 AutoCAD 2013 through AutoCAD 2016
    AutoCAD 2010 AutoCAD 2010 through AutoCAD 2012
    AutoCAD 2007 AutoCAD 2007 through AutoCAD 2009
    AutoCAD 2004 AutoCAD 2004 through AutoCAD 2006
    AutoCAD 2000 AutoCAD 2000 through AutoCAD 2002
    AutoCAD R14 AutoCAD R14
    AutoCAD R12 DXF AutoCAD R13
    AutoCAD R12 DXF AutoCAD R12

    When working in an office that uses multiple AutoCAD-based product releases, you can
    set the default file format to use when saving to a file. The option to set the default
    file format can be found on the Open and Save tab of the Options dialog box under
    the File Save section. Selecting a file format from the Save As drop-down list affects
    the following commands:

    • SAVE
    • QSAVE
    • SAVEAS

    Setting the default file format does not affect the following commands:

    • WBLOCK – Drawing files created with the command need to be opened and re-saved to an earlier
      file format as needed.
    • REFEDIT – Drawing files edited with the command need to be opened and re-saved to an earlier
      file format as needed.
    • COPYCLIP – Selected drawing objects are copied to a drawing file that is saved in the native
      drawing file format. You cannot copy and paste drawing objects between releases that
      use different native drawing file formats, such as AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD 2016.

      If you need objects to be made available in an earlier release, as a workaround, do
      the following:

      • Use the WBLOCK command to export the selected objects to a separate drawing file.
      • Open the drawing file and re-save it to the earlier drawing file format with the SAVEAS
        command.
      • Bring the objects into the earlier release with the XREF or INSERT command.

    While the SAVEAS command can be used to save a drawing from one file format to another,
    it is not efficient when exchanging multiple drawings that need to be saved to a different
    format. Instead, use any of the following methods to save multiple drawings to a different
    drawing file format:

    • DWGCONVERT command – A batch convertor that resaves selected drawing files between file formats.
    • ETRANSMIT command – A transmittal process that saves the current drawing and referenced drawing files
      to the selected drawing file format. The current Transmittal Setup controls the drawing
      file format to save the drawing to.
    • DWG TrueView – A stand-alone application that can be used to saves multiple drawing files to a
      specified file format. DWG TrueView is available as a separate and free download.

    • AutoCAD 360 – A Web portal that allows for posting and reviewing drawing files. Posted drawing
      files can be downloaded in a different drawing file format. (http://www.autocad360.com)
    • ScriptPro – A batch script executor that runs specified script (SCR) files across selected
      drawing files. SCR files can be used to save drawings to a different file format.
      (http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/ADN_plugins/catalog/)

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