Any way to open a dwg (Auto Cad ) file

NoOp glgxg at
Tue Oct 7 16:43:25 UTC 2008

On 10/07/2008 05:35 AM, Karl Larsen wrote:
> Robert Hodgins wrote:
>> On Tue, 2008-10-07 at 14:09 +0200, Nils Kassube wrote:
>>> Karl Larsen wrote:
>>>>     Please give up trying to read an Auto Cad file with something other
>>>> than Auto Cad. My son is a Civil Engineer and owns his company. He has
>>>> to pay $4,000.00 for each version of Auto Cad he uses. This software
>>>> runs ONLY on Windows. When running it takes about 95% of the CPU time
>>>> on a pentium.
>>> Sorry, I don't understand your logic. You just provided 3 reasons why it 
>>> _is_ useful to try to read DWG files with something other than AutoCAD.
>>> - $4000 is not exactly cheap.
>>> - It only runs on Windows.
>>> - It takes 95% CPU.
>>> Nils
>> This might help:
>     It looks like this effort has the libraries from Auto Cad that make 
> their viewer work on Linux. As you see on the page there are a lot of 
> legal questions. Auto Cad has sued a lot of people with great success.
> Karl

Yup & they've been in a legal fight regarding opendwg for some time.
Their latest is trademark:
[current as of 10/05/2008]
Name:	Open Design Alliance
Name:	Autodesk, Inc.

A little back history:
Autodesk Sues Open Design Alliance for Trademark Infringement
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2006 1:55 PM

.dwg/DWG is like Microsoft's .pub (Publisher) files... so proprietary
that even their own customers have problems with them.

And and interesting read:

Bottom line (for me) is that I'd think twice about installing the
OpenDWG libraries on my system.

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