Free DWG Viewer

Free DWG Viewer

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 32 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
7.2.0.76
File Size:
42.44MB
Date Added:
August 10, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
1,529,051
Downloads Last Week:
5,824
Product ranking:
#1 in CAD Software
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Free DWG Viewer from Information Graphics lets you view AutoCAD DWG, DXF, and DWF files as well as CSF (IGC Content Sealed Format) files in Windows without AutoCAD or compatible CAD packages. It can run as a desktop application in Windows or as an ActiveX control in Internet Explorer. It offers a variety of viewing options, including accurate snap-to-geometry functionality. Free DWG Viewer is a freeware version of the developer's Brava program. The free version lacks several features, such as the ability to make markups. It also lacks a Print feature, but it does save files as JPEGs, which you can print normally in your usual app.

Free DWG Viewer's user interface is engineer-approved in its simplicity and efficiency, and it opens with an ActiveX-based startup guide that included links to an online Getting Started feature as well as the program's Help file, which also serves for Brava and other related tools. The program's options are specific to CAD viewers and include Smooth Edges and Show Line Weights. CAD Display Options included fields to set DWG XRef path(s) and DWG shx and font path(s), each with Warn, Ignore, and Abort settings.

We didn't have any DWG files or other compatible formats in our test system, but it didn't take long to find a variety of them, including plans and diagrams, using nothing more sophisticated than a Google search. The program displays images clearly and crisply, especially with the Smooth Edges option selected, which slightly slows rendering. Free DWG Viewer's View menu let us Pan and Zoom, Fit All or Width, Rotate and Mirror, and Magnify images. A slider and other controls on the program's bottom-edge toolbar made zooming in and out of details easy. If you need to view AutoCAD files without AutoCAD, Free DWG Viewer is your best option. If your needs exceed its capabilities, Brava is available. It's not free, but it's a lot cheaper than AutoCAD.

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  • 5 stars

    "I t is useful program to open dwg files"

    November 26, 2013   |   By rerraw

    Version: Free DWG Viewer 7.2.0.61

    Pros

    good program tool to open dwg files quickly more users have problem with some of dwg files that created by newer versions of autocad this tool it is open all dwg files from AUTOCAD2000 TO AUTOCAD2014

    Cons

    nice tool because open all files that created in any version of autocad

    more 3D,2D HOUSE PLANS AND DWG FILES
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  • 1 stars

    "Uninstall required for minor update"

    June 20, 2013   |   By petejandel

    Version: Free DWG Viewer 7.1.0.11

    Pros

    Was not able to use it as version not current so no pros

    Cons

    Downloaded and installed via CNET. Tried to run it and was told that a newer version (7.1.1.11) was available and this required uninstalling and redownloading from their wesbite. I don't want to use software from a company that manipulates the user in this fashion.

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  • 1 stars

    "Fail... passive aggressive marketing at it's best"

    June 02, 2013   |   By mardisbagley

    Version: Free DWG Viewer 7.1.0.11

    Pros

    I cannot find any.

    Cons

    Free to download, but once you open it a prompt tells you that you have to upgrade to use. Click upgrade and it takes you to a web page that with a dead link... so no download. If you click the Upgrade link in the software menu it takes you to a "pay to upgrade" page. $65 retail. If I go through the website and click the Product page it presents me with at "Try" option. If I give them all my personal contact information I can get a 2 week trial. Fail. You have wasted my time and energy with this subversive, passive aggressive attempt to make me purchase your software out of pure frustration. I would have preferred an honest approach... "either pay or don't use." That was a decision I could have made on my own. NOW I'm definitely not buying the software.

    Summary

    Don't waste your time downloading. It's not free. It costs time, money and frustration.

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  • 1 stars

    "Don't Bother"

    April 24, 2013   |   By DynacomDave

    Version: Free DWG Viewer 7.1.0.11

    Pros

    None that I'm aware of.

    Cons

    After installing I tried to use it but was told that I wasn't registered. Furthermore I was told that I had to uninstall what I just finished installing and install a newer version.

    Don't waste my time!

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  • 1 stars

    "deceptive advertising"

    March 18, 2013   |   By ernestoroca

    Version: Free DWG Viewer 7.1.0.11

    Pros

    good to try.

    Cons

    it is not free but it is advertised as free, and it dishonest

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  • 5 stars

    "Works perfectly"

    March 06, 2013   |   By Mavlyn

    Version: Free DWG Viewer 7.1.0.11

    Pros

    Their It department is quite reactive, I installed the software and was required to purchase a version. So I sent them a mail and this is the answear I got :

    *******************************************************
    Hi Mavis,

    The DWG viewer is free to install on individual desktops, but does contain a built-in die date. Once the license reaches the expiration date, you will need to uninstall the program and download the latest release.

    Regards,

    Nancy Shultz

    Cons

    After the expiry date of the licence, you need to uninstall to reinstall the new version.

    Summary

    Works.

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  • 1 stars

    "Is NOT free!"

    March 02, 2013   |   By iPoppaPete

    Version: Free DWG Viewer 7.1.0.11

    Pros

    Wouldn'y know, wouldn't open any files

    Cons

    It is a con, not free at all. Everytime I go to open any .dwg file it takes me to a page where I have to buy it for $65! Don't think so, what a con

    Summary

    Everytime I go to open any .dwg file it takes me to a page where I have to buy it for $65! Don't think so, what a con

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  • 1 stars

    "Requires frequent manual updating"

    March 01, 2013   |   By cignysit

    Version: Free DWG Viewer 7.1.0.11

    Pros

    Works well for most of the DWG files we need to access. Some older AutoCAD files will not display correctly, but it works fine for the 2010 and newer files.

    Cons

    Requires periodic manual updating to the latest version. First, you get a message that the license is invalid and needs to be updated. Follow the link, wait until the 60+ MB download runs, then you have to run the installer twice, because the first time it only uninstalls the program and you then have to manually run the program again to reinstall it. Only takes a few minutes, but this happens every few months, and takes a lot of time if you have dozens of networked computers using the "free" Brave DWG viewer.

    Summary

    Product does what it claims, but the creator really needs to make the program update in-place and not require going through the installation process MANUALLY twice.

    Updated on Mar 1, 2013

    Requires manually linking the program to DWG files. If you have multiple users on the computer, this file association has to be done for each and every user on that computer. It does NOT globally associate the program to the files.

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  • 2 stars

    "Not Free and Only does Wireframe"

    December 23, 2012   |   By lklawrie

    Version: Free DWG Viewer 7.1.0.11

    Pros

    Seems to work.

    Cons

    Only does Wireframe.
    Not free.

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  • 1 stars

    "Not "Free" this is Untrue. Do not waste your time"

    November 03, 2012   |   By atmop

    Version: Free DWG Viewer 7.0.0.18

    Pros

    None..Rubbish..

    Cons

    Telling lies. Untrue that it is ''Free". After downloading and trying to open DWG file it says Licence needed... Bad people. Very bad that CNet have not checked and not removed this rubbish...!!!

    Summary

    Not True that it is "Free". Licence needed. Someone has written untruths above here by CNet.

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