How to convert AutoCAD DWG drawing files to PDF file format

Autodesk Autocad DWG iconAutodesk AutoCAD is one of the most popular CAD (computer-aided design) application used by architects, project managers and engineers to produce models, plans, designs etc. AutoCAD stores drawings in binary file format that identifies .dwg file extension (DWG is abbreviation for "Drawing").

If somebody sent you drawing stored in DWG format, you don't need expensive AutoCAD to open it. Your solution is called DWG TrueView. The program can be used to view DWG drawings stored in version DWG 2000 and higher. It is also able to convert AutoCAD drawings to DWF (Autodesk Design Web Format) files and PDF (Portable Document Format) files. The big advantage of DWG TrueView is that it is free.

How to convert AutoCAD DWG files to PDF format

Step 1 - Download and install DWG TruView

You can download DWG TrueView from Autodesk's website. It is available for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows. Select your system version and download it. Wait until the download process is finished and open installation package and install application to your computer.

DWG TrueView main window
DWG TrueView main window

Step 2 - Open DWG file

After successful installation, the application will be associated with DWG files and you can open them by double click.

Another way is to run application → Click on D icon in the upper left corner of main window → Open Drawing and select DWG file. Now you are able to view AutoCAD drawing, zoom in or out, rotate, print it etc.

DWG TrueView Open Drawing file
DWG TrueView Open DWG drawing

Step 3 - Convert DWG to PDF

If you need to convert AutoCAD drawing to Portable Document Format (PDF)click on D icon in upper right corner → select Export option and click on PDF option. Now you can navigate to directory, where you want to save a new PDF file → Fill the file name box and click on Save button.

DWG TrueView export DWG to PDF
DWG TrueView export DWG drawing to PDF document


After the conversion is finished, DWG TrueView will automatically open Adobe Reader, or other PDF viewer installed in your computer to preview converted data.

Adobe Acrobat Professional converted DWG
Adobe Acrobat Professional view converted DWG


Related software and links:

DWG TrueView icon

DWG TrueView    Microsoft Windows platform
A DWG and DXF viewer with DWG TrueConvert software included


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