DWG vs. DXF.
DWG and DXF files are both image vector files — a specific image type built around geometry and ratios which don't pixelate. Designers tend to use DWG strictly for drawing, and DXF for sharing their designs. So, which is best for your work?
What is a DWG file?
DWG was originally created to store 2D and 3D images. A versatile file type, it was also built around compact binary code, which makes it easy to store and move.
What is a DXF file?
DXF was another creation from around the same time as DWG files. The DXF name describes its purpose — D rawing E x change F ormat. It was designed as a bridge to connect to dozens and even hundreds of computer-aided drawing (CAD) and drafting programs.
What is the difference between DWG and DXF files?
Both DWG and DXF files are industry standards for those who use CAD programs in design. Both files store the same type of data and have a similar level of quality — though they do this through very different styles of coding.
The vector images and objects they hold also differ, and thus their file sizes do too. Overall, accessibility and compatibility are the biggest differences, though it is worth noting that this is by design. For example, DXF files are open source and you can use them on a range of third-party applications. On the other hand, you can only use DWG files with certain programs.
DWG vs. DXF: frequently asked questions.
How do I convert DXF to DWG?
It’s easy to convert your DXF file to DWG. Follow these simple steps.
- Open your AutoCAD program.
- Select File>Open and choose your DWF file.
- Select File>Save As.
- Select DWG from the File Types dropdown.
How do I open a DWG file in PDF?
To open a DWG file as a PDF, you’ll need to convert it first.
- Open Adobe Acrobat.
- Select Tools > Create PDF.
- Choose Single File > Select a File.
- Upload your DWG.
- Click Create to convert your DWG to PDF.
- Save your new PDF file.