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#116962 - 01/19/09 11:17 AM Vectorworks to Autocad?????
daph Offline
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hiya,

I was wondering if vectorworks files can be exported into autocad??

my tutor wants our projects to be on autocad, but i have no access to autocad right now, and im on a mac ...

thank you

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#116964 - 01/19/09 11:35 AM Re: Vectorworks to Autocad????? [Re: daph]
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File>Export>Export DWG....
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#116967 - 01/19/09 11:44 AM Re: Vectorworks to Autocad????? [Re: CipesDesign]
daph Offline
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oh yay! thanks very much \:D

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#116969 - 01/19/09 11:49 AM Re: Vectorworks to Autocad????? [Re: daph]
panta rhei Offline
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 Originally Posted By: daph

my tutor wants our projects to be on autocad, but i have no access to autocad right now


What is the course about ? AutoCAD draughting (often disguised as 'CAD technology' or '[your future profession] IT') or design? If the former, you may well fail. The translation is likely to be OK, but the result may not demonstrate a particularly high level of CAD-monkey skills that would provide you with Employment Prospects.

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#116973 - 01/19/09 12:42 PM Re: Vectorworks to Autocad????? [Re: panta rhei]
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Hi Peter.

One more thing before you submit your "Autocad" drawings, double check that your translation is perfect, I suggest you download one of those Autocad viewers and check that things are in order.
We don't want our users to fail their studies due to a overlooked translation error
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#116976 - 01/19/09 01:38 PM Re: Vectorworks to Autocad????? [Re: Luis M Ruiz]
panta rhei Offline
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Luis,

Could you elaborate? What AutoCAD viewers there are for the Macintosh? I'd like to download one.

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#116980 - 01/19/09 02:33 PM Re: Vectorworks to Autocad????? [Re: panta rhei]
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#116982 - 01/19/09 03:03 PM Re: Vectorworks to Autocad????? [Re: Jeffrey W Ouellette]
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Note;
eDrawings does not provide a reliable view of the dxf file.

Numerous times I have checked dwg exports (2D and 3D) from VW in eDrawings which displayed missing parts and errors.
Subsequently opening them in ACAD showed the files to be actually correct.

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#116984 - 01/19/09 04:12 PM Re: Vectorworks to Autocad????? [Re: propstuff]
panta rhei Offline
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So, the only one of ?those? applicable to daph does not work...

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#116985 - 01/19/09 04:21 PM Re: Vectorworks to Autocad????? [Re: panta rhei]
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This one is from Autodesk. It is free and I have found it very useful. I do not know if it works on a Mac.
DWG TrueView 2009
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#116986 - 01/19/09 04:35 PM Re: Vectorworks to Autocad????? [Re: J Lucas]
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DWG TrueView 2009 is only for Windows Vista or XP. Remember when AutoDesk announced they were going to release a DWF Viewer for the Mac? That was five years ago, and still nothing. I guess they dropped that idea, along with a Mac DWG viewer.
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#116993 - 01/19/09 07:51 PM Re: Vectorworks to Autocad????? [Re: Bob-H]
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Jeff O, thanks for the link (to the MicroSpot DWG Viewer). Seems to work fine, and quite inexpensive. I have been looking for some way to verify "export dwg" for years.
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#117101 - 01/21/09 12:54 PM Re: Vectorworks to Autocad????? [Re: CipesDesign]
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I tested the free DWG TrueView 2009 reader from AutoCad on the Windows XP partition of my MacBook Pro (OS 10.5.5, Vwks 2009 Designer SP2) sending over a multisheet file in DWG and the translation was great* except for fonts which is no surprise considering I use Arial Narrow which I've not yet placed in XP and so the default font caused the text to run long. Otherwise, it was a revelatory experience to see the file on AutoCad's turf.

They do shake a boney finger at you with the warning that the file you are importing WAS NOT created in AutoCad.

The Microspot viewer is $49 US, as a download. I think Jeffrey said it was $110?

*I did not print the set from the PC side, only viewed it.




Edited by tguy (01/21/09 01:00 PM)

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#117121 - 01/21/09 06:24 PM Re: Vectorworks to Autocad????? [Re: Tom G.]
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Hey, this is great news to hear. But I've got a higher level question that I can't seem to readily find on the BB.

A. When exporting to DWG for say, use by consultants for backgrounds, what is the best practices method, steps and settings to give them good clean drawings? (We've had reasonable success, albeit through trial and error, with plans only. We have used eDrawings to preview, but it is not reliable as it would be to open in AutoCAD, which we don't have. I will be trying TrueView using Parallels running Windows XP next.)
B. As we have gotten into the habit of building our models in 3D to generate elevations and sections, etc., what is the process to export 2D elevations to DWG format in hidden line format, so that it essentially matches our WYSIWYG view in out viewports.

Again, step-by-step instructions would be GREATELY APPRECIATED. I only have so much stress-related hair to pull out, and my designers are too young to go bald.

If there is an existing thread that I've missed, please provide the link and we can take it from there. We are transitioning from VWA 2008 to 2009.

Thank you!
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#117127 - 01/21/09 09:03 PM Re: Vectorworks to Autocad????? [Re: Speedy Gonzales]
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If you are having problems getting the DWG output you want from your 3D viewports, you might try using the exploded lines process discussed in detail and with video tutorial in the last two newsletters found here:
http://www.converttolines.blogspot.com
The 32nd letter has a text discussion, the 33rd includes links to a video which can be downloaded.

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