Need to view Autodesk DWG files ?

A client asked me about a free means of viewing Autocad files so that they could be transmitted to remote users easily for viewing. There are lots of choices out there but the one that jumped out at me was a free offering from Autodesk themselves called DWG Trueview. You can get it here and there are 32 bit and 64 bit versions.

Autodesk say its a Free DWG Viewer …

Autodesk® DWG TrueView™ software is a free* stand-alone DWG™ viewer with DWG TrueConvert™ software included. Built on the same viewing engine as AutoCAD® software, DWG TrueView enables you to view the latest DWG and DXF™ files, just as you would in AutoCAD. By also installing the free* Autodesk® Design Review software, you can then open DWG files in Design Review to take advantage of powerful measure and markup capabilities, sheet set organization, and status tracking.

Its published features are

  • Facilitate collaboration—Share AutoCAD drawings easily and accurately.


  • Convert drawings to other AutoCAD versions—Use the included DWG TrueConvert DWG version converter to convert drawings in newer versions of AutoCAD to older versions, and vice versa.


  • Measure accurately—Take accurate distance and area measurements.


  • Integrate with Autodesk Design Review—View and plot DWG and DXF files, then publish as DWF files for quick, easy review and markup in Autodesk Design Review.


  • Work with AutoCAD 2012 files—Get support for files created from the most current AutoCAD DWG file format.