Thursday, September 22, 2005
Free Autodesk DWG Viewer
Autodesk returns to the policy of free DWG viewers. The last freely available DWG viewer by Autodesk was Volo View Express. VVE has supported DWG files up to the version 2002. For long time there has been no free Autodesk viewer supporting DWG2004, DWG2005 and DWG2006 formats. If you needed to view these DWG files reliably, you had to buy Autodesk DWF Composer which included a license of Autodesk DWG Viewer.
This is about to change now. Autodesk plans to release Autodesk DWG Viewer for free download now. At the same time a standalone version (independent on AutoCAD) of RealDWG Batch Converter shall be released. This free tool converts DWG formats between individual DWG versions.
DWG Viewer should be available on www.autodesk.com/dwgviewer
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
WorldCAD complains about the bugs and problems in the new CUI component in AUtoCAD 2006. I vote for all of the listed complaints that need to be fixed (and would add some more, like copying icons between commands).
3D in AutoCAD 2007 ?
upFront.eZine speculates about plans to include NURBS-like predesign tools and updated rendering engine in newer version of AutoCAD