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#124072 - 05/21/09 10:06 AM Converting Vectorworks files to Auto CAD
Simon MacMull Offline
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Registered: 05/22/08
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Is it possible to convert Vectorworks files to Auto CAD. We work in VW but a client required all the files in Auto CAD.

Is it just a case of converting the VW file to DWG or DXF or is there something more involved.

Thanks for any advice

Simon

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#124074 - 05/21/09 10:20 AM Re: Converting Vectorworks files to Auto CAD [Re: Simon MacMull]
cad@sggsa Offline
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Good day Simon

AutoCad is .dwg files, so yes Export DWG/DXF from VW and open in AC.

See this thread for more info

http://techboard.vectorworks.net/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=20&page=1
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#124076 - 05/21/09 10:41 AM Re: Converting Vectorworks files to Auto CAD [Re: cad@sggsa]
Simon MacMull Offline
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Thanks very much for the quick reply

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#124078 - 05/21/09 11:40 AM Re: Converting Vectorworks files to Auto CAD [Re: Simon MacMull]
cad@sggsa Offline
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A pleasure Simon

Hope you come right
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Carl
CAD Designer
VW 2014 + RW+SL
VW 2013 + RW+SL SP1
VW 2011 + RW+SL
VW v.11.5 on Virtualbox(WinXp)
Win 7, 64Bit, NVIDIA GeForce GT630 2GB
Intel Core i7-2600CPU @ 3.40GHz, 8 GB RAM,
Dual LG Flatron M2362A
HP Designjet 500
Gearhouse Pty (Ltd) RSA
http://www.gearhouse.co.za/

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#124380 - 05/28/09 06:07 PM Re: Converting Vectorworks files to Auto CAD [Re: cad@sggsa]
mcobbs Offline
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Registered: 05/11/07
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Couple of things to think about...
IF you draw in 3d, you will need to export from VW in a 3d mode/view... (5 on the numpad is 3d Plan, 0 on the numpad is 2d Plan) VW will not export both 2d and 3d portions of symbols to autocad. So if you're in a 3d view, it will export the 3d data, if in a 2d view, etc...

On my Export options, I only select "classes" and "exported as invisible layers" I UNSELECT EVERYTHING else... that works the best with autocad. I would never want to rescale layers, and you can decide whether or not you need hatches or images, mapping line weights always seems to be a nightmare...

anyway, hope that helps a little.
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#124406 - 05/29/09 06:27 AM Re: Converting Vectorworks files to Auto CAD [Re: mcobbs]
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Thanks Mark

Some Really useful information there
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Carl
CAD Designer
VW 2014 + RW+SL
VW 2013 + RW+SL SP1
VW 2011 + RW+SL
VW v.11.5 on Virtualbox(WinXp)
Win 7, 64Bit, NVIDIA GeForce GT630 2GB
Intel Core i7-2600CPU @ 3.40GHz, 8 GB RAM,
Dual LG Flatron M2362A
HP Designjet 500
Gearhouse Pty (Ltd) RSA
http://www.gearhouse.co.za/

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