How to convert DWG to PDF.

A woodworker in a workshop uses a laptop to convert a DWG to a PDF file.

Here’s a quick and easy way to convert a Drawing (DWG) file into a PDF so it can be easily viewed on a desktop computer or other devices.

DWG files are design files that can only be opened using CAD software. If you need to share a DWG file with someone who might not have the CAD software to open it, you can convert DWG to PDF before sending your file. This will make it easier for your client or teammate to access and view the design you created in the DWG format.

Maybe you received a DWG file and you don’t have the CAD software to look at it. If you convert the DWG to PDF, you’ll be able to view the file without downloading any new software. But first you might be curious about what a DWG file is.

What is a Drawing (DWG) file?

A standard file format in the design world, a DWG file gets its name from the word “drawing.” This file format contains 2D and 3D design data — such as vectors and geometric data, as well as maps and photos — and is widely used by architects, engineers, and designers.

To open a DWG file, you must use CAD software, a special software created to aid in designing, especially for things like building and creating floor plan blueprints.

The DWG format is a go-to in many professions, and it is relatively small and shareable compared to other design formats. One of the most notable things about DWG is that you can map 2D and 3D images together.

Convert a DWG to PDF step by step.

In just a few steps on your desktop, Adobe Acrobat allows you to convert your DWG file to a PDF quickly and easily.

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. In Acrobat, select Tools, then Create PDF.
  2. Select Single File, then Select a File from the options menu.
  3. Upload your DWG file.
  4. Click or tap Create. This converts your selected file to a PDF.
  5. Save your PDF to your desired location.

You can also convert files using the Adobe Acrobat online convert tool:

  1. Go to Adobe Acrobat online.
  2. Click “Select a file.”
  3. Upload your DWG file.
  4. The tool will automatically convert the file to PDF.
  5. Download the PDF or sign in with your Adobe login to share it with others.

Batch convert DWG to PDF.

Perhaps you’re sharing multiple blueprints with a client or colleague, but if you need to convert more than one DWG file to PDF, you can convert several files at once with Adobe Acrobat. To batch convert DWG to PDF, you’ll need to have Acrobat’s PDFMaker enabled in AutoCAD. Then, you can convert them right from your design software.

Follow these steps to batch convert DWG to PDF:

  1. In AutoCAD, select Adobe PDF, then Batch Conversion.
  2. Choose your settings and files, and choose how you want your files to look in the PDF.
  3. Click Convert.
  4. You may click Save Details to save a log file of the conversion.

Share your PDF files.

Once you’ve converted your file to PDF, you can now easily share your file with everyone in your digitalworkflow. They’ll be able to view the file with any PDF reader instead of having to download design software compatible with DWG.

With Adobe Acrobat, you can collaborate with colleagues on your design file by sharing your file with them online and annotating or commenting on your PDF. Team members can view, mark up, and edit the file anywhere in the world on desktop computers and even mobile devices. You can collect e-signatures, create fillable forms for clients, and more.

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