Convert Drawing File Formats

You can convert AutoCAD-based drawing files to other AutoCAD drawing formats.

Choose the file format, conversion options, and the type of output you want.

With DWGCONVERT, you can convert AutoCAD DWG files between the following data formats:

  • AutoCAD 2010/LT 2010
  • AutoCAD 2007/LT 2007
  • AutoCAD 2004/LT 2004
  • AutoCAD 2000/LT 2000
  • AutoCAD R14, AutoCAD LT 98, AutoCAD LT 97
NoteThe releases of AutoCAD-based products between the drawing file format changes listed above are based on the previous format.

When converting drawing files, select them within the dialog box without opening them. Files can be converted one at a time, or in batches; either overwriting the originals or packaged together in a file folder, compressed in a self-extracting EXE file, or compressed in a ZIP file in a different location.

Specify the Output of the Conversion

The conversion setup controls the output for the converted drawing files. In the Modify Conversion Setup dialog box, under Conversion Package Type, choose from the following:

  • Replace (overwrite) the existing files
  • Create the drawing files in a specified folder
  • Combine the drawing files in a self-extracting executable file
  • Combine the drawing files in a ZIP file

The conversion package type you choose controls access to several other options in the dialog box.

Procedures
To specify conversion setup options
  1. Click Application buttonSave AsDWG Convert.
  2. In the DWG Convert dialog box, click Conversion Setups.
  3. In the Conversion Setups dialog box, do one of the following:
    • Click a previously saved conversion setup from the list and click Close.
    • Click New to open the New Conversion Setup dialog box. After you enter a new name, click Continue to return to the Modify Conversion Setup dialog box.
    • Click a previously saved conversion setup and then click Modify. The Modify Conversion Setup dialog box is displayed.
  4. (Optional) In the Modify Conversion Setup dialog box, specify all options that you want to change and click OK.
  5. Click Close.
To convert an AutoCAD-based drawing to a different release format
  1. Click Application buttonSave AsDWG Convert.
  2. In the DWG Convert dialog box, near the bottom, click the Add File button.
  3. In the Select File dialog box, navigate to the folder of the drawing file that you want to convert.
  4. Click the drawing file name and click Open.
  5. (Recommended) In the DWG Convert dialog box, click Conversion Setups. In the Conversion Setups dialog box, create a new conversion setup, modify an existing conversion setup, or select a previously created conversion setup. Click Close.
  6. In the DWG Convert dialog box, click Convert.
  7. If the conversion setup specifies an EXE or ZIP file, navigate to and double-click the desired destination folder to select it. If desired, enter a new name for the file.
  8. Click Save.
Commands
DWGCONVERT

Converts drawing format version for selected drawing files.