Project engineers, designers and suppliers use the DWG file format to create technical drawings and blueprints . DWG enthusiasts swear by its standardised approach to architectural and engineering projects. Find out more about how to use DWG files.
Disadvantages of DWG files.
- DWG has limited capability. DXF is a more widely supported file on CAD packages, which means collaboration between agencies and their clients tends to happen in DXF form.
- The DWG format has changed a lot over time. This means more than one version of the file extension currently exists, which can be confusing. Plus, older software may not recognise newer features built into later versions of DWG, making entire files potentially unusable.
- DWGs can’t be opened or accessed by anything other than CAD software without converting first. Again, this can be problematic when it comes to collaboration.
How to open a DWG file.
If you don’t need to make edits, you can use a DWG viewer to open the files. With the right software on your computer, you shouldn't have any trouble viewing your DWGs.
Here’s how you can open a DWG with Adobe Illustrator on desktop:
- Right-click on the image file on your desktop or file explorer window. (On Mac, press the COMMAND button and click the mouse button.)
- Scroll down to Open With, then scroll right to view the list of programmes that can open a DWG file.
How to create and edit a DWG file.
As mentioned, you need one of the CAD programmes to be able to create and edit a DWG file from scratch. However, if you’re using Adobe Illustrator, you can create a file and export it to DWG so it can be opened using CAD software.
Just follow these steps:
- From the File menu, select Open.
- Locate the file you want to open using the file explorer window.
- Click to open the file.