Can SmartDraw open dwg files?

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Is it possible to open a DWG file using Smartdraw software tool? This question sounds so much interesting! Before rushing and answering this question, there’s a need to remind yourself or know what a DWG file is in case you have no idea.
Well, a DWG file is always extracted from a “Drawing.” In other words, one can define it as a binary format that has 2D and 3D design data.
Literally, the DWG file is a Computer-Aided Design that is also known as CAD. The drawings that are in the DWG files are always made of vector images with also metadata that is written in the form of a binary code.
You should also know that several CAD applications, and in specific AutoCAD, use it as the native format. Do you know that Autodesk, the developer of AutoCAD, developed this file format in the 1970s?
As you read this article, the DWG file format is widely used by several experts such as designers, architects, and even engineers for multiple varieties of designing purposes.
Currently, there are a few tools that one may opt for when they want to open DWG files. Some of the files that can be used are not limited: AutoCAD, Viewer, Microsoft Visio, Adobe Illustrator, A360 Viewer others.
With much said, in this article, we are going to answer if DWG files can be opened using Smartdraw and also discuss a variety of things that you need to know about DWG files and many more.
I hope you will enjoy reading this article!

Can SmartDraw open dwg files
Can SmartDraw open dwg files

What is a dwg file?

Did you read the introduction part of this article? If you read all of it or partially, you must have grasped something that can help you explain in detail what a dwg file is, right? If by any chance, you didn’t read it, there is no need to go back and reread it. So, what is a dwg file?

Just as earlier said, a dwg file is always extracted from a drawing. You can also define it as a binary format that has both 2D and 3D design data. To help you understand more about what a dwg file is, you can again think of it as a Computer-Aided Design that is also better known as CAD. 

The drawings that are in the dwg files do mainly have vector image data and also metadata that is written in binary code. From the above description, those are all the possible easy ways that you can define and explain to someone what a dwg file is.

To dig deeper, how can you open a dwg file? Which applications do you know of that that one can use to open a dwg file? Well, if you doubt your answer or know of two or two applications, continue reading.

There are few applications that you can use to open dwg files. These few tools are not limited to AutoCAD, Viewer, Microsoft Visio, Adobe Illustrator, and also A360 Viewer, among others. The just listed tools are commonly known for opening a dwg file. 

dwg to dxf

Are you stuck in sharing your model with another designer since you created your image using AutoCAD, and the other designer or your team member that you want to collaborate with lacks AutoCAD software tool?

This is a common scenario, and because AutoCAD’s native file type is that of DWG, a propriety file format that is always created by Autodesk- the file is always impossible to open using other CAD programs that one may think of.

 How can you fix all these messes so that your team or even your other designer can open your dwg file?

One of the most advisable solutions that you can opt to is by simply converting the DWG file into the common and nearly universally accepted DXF format.

 Just to remind you or empower you, you need to know that DFX was specifically designed so as to allow sharing among those that are using AutoCAD and those that are using other software tools. 

DFX file format is known to be the best for collaboration. Now that you know why you need to convert dwg file to dfx file format or what to do when you find yourself in such a situation, you also need to know the steps on how you can have this done, isn’t that so?

Do you have AutoCAD? If so, you only need to follow the below easy steps:

  • Start by clicking the file menu>Save As
  • In the File type box, you need to select DFX Format
  • Proceed by selecting a folder and then enter the file name
  • Lastly, click save

Did you receive the DWG file instead, and you don’t have AutoCAD installed on your computer? If so, the process can be a little complex as compared to the above. 

All isn’t lost still because you can use Scan2CAD that allows you to convert the DWG files to DXF easily.

You will also enjoy a higher fidelity and also powerful editing capabilities. Here are a few simple steps to follow:

  • Open your DWG file. For you to be able to this, choose file menu>Vector>Load. Choose DWG in the File type dropdown menu and then select the file and click open.
  • Click file menu>Save As
  • In the File type box, choose DXF format
  • Choose a folder and enter the name of the file
  • Lastly, click save

Upon doing the above described, the file will be saved as a DFX in the indicated directory. From there, you can now freely open the file in any CAD program.

Can Smartdraw open CAD files?

This ought to have been our first area of discussion, right? Is this the main reason why you are reading this article? Yes or a no as your answer, we are still going to fully discuss on everything you need to know about this and have your question well answered.

If you are wondering if you can use the Smartdraw software tool to open CAD files, then you need to know that the right answer is a yes! Since Smartdraw is one of the best software tools that you can opt for CAD drawings, it can also be used to open these files.

Another thing that you need to take note of is that even Smartdraw being used in designing CAD drawings, it doesn’t guarantee to read all the AutoCAD created DXF files, but you can try increasing your chances by making sure that you save the drawing in the proper version of the file format.

Based on the previous paragraph, you don’t have to fully expect that all your CAD files will be opened in Smartdraw but expect that some of your files might fail to open. To avoid these inconveniences, you can decide to use other CAD opening software tools such as AutoCAD, Viewer, Microsoft Visio, Adobe Illustrator, A360 Viewer others.

Autocad

Did you notice that Autocad is the best software tool that you can use to manage your DWG and DXF files? Well, well, if you did so, then indeed you are right! 

Do you know what AutoCAD is? If your answer is a no, AutoCAD is a computer-aided design (CAD) software tool that is used by several professionals such as architects, engineers, and even construction professionals to rely on and even design precise 2D and 3D drawings.

Some of the things that the Autocad software tool does best are:

  • Drafting, annotating, and even designing 2D geometry and also 3D models with solids, surfaces, and even mesh objects
  • Automating tasks such as comparing drawings, adding blocks, creating schedules, and many more
  • Customizing with add on apps and even APIs

Autocad also comes with several specialized toolsets aboard. Do you know any of these toolsets or ever used one or two? If no, these specialized tools include:

  • Autocad
  • Architecture toolset
  • Electrical toolset
  • Mechanical toolset
  • Mep toolset
  • Map 3D toolset
  • Raster Design toolset
  • Plant 3D toolset

Autocad also comprises industry-specific features and also intelligent objects that are used in architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical design, and many more. These can involve things like:

  • Automate floor plans, sections, and even elevations
  • Draw piping, deducting, and also circuiting quickly with the parts libraries
  • Auto-generate annotations, layers, schedules, lists, and even tables
  • Use a rules-driven workflow that accurately facilitates industry standards

Another amazing feature that you will love immediately you choose Autocad as your preferred is that you can work anywhere with the entire mobile and web apps included! All you can do is to take advantage of seamless workflows by accessing Autocad from any of your preferred devices virtually. 

You are also able to view, edit, annotate and also create drawings through the Autocad mobile app or even from your web browser through the Autocad web app. 

Smartdraw export to dwg

Ever wondered if it’s possible to export dwg files to Smartdraw? Well, all you need to know here is that it’s possible. You can export and also import DWG files on Smartdraw since it can support both the DXF and even DWF file formats that are commonly used by many in CAD software, specially Autocad.

Another thing that you need to have in mind is that Smartdraw can also support several other file formats such as PNG, WMF, JPEG, TIFF, and even BMP file format. Smartdraw is also showcasing some of the many unique and complex template designs that you can also customize.

The interface of the Smartdraw software tool is also known to be very user friendly in that you can easily learn how to use all the available tools that this software boasts of. Lastly, you need to keep in mind that there are also some claims that Smartdraw does not guarantee to read all the AutoCAD created DXF files, but you can try increasing your chances by making sure that you save the drawing in the proper version of the file format.

If this fails, you may choose to use other software tools that also easily help you export dwg file formats such as AutoCAD, Viewer, Microsoft Visio, Adobe Illustrator, and A360 Viewer others.

Smartdraw io

Have you ever heard of draw, io? If no, it’s a paid software tool that goes for a starting price of $5 per month and is mainly used by and designed for developers, IT, network admins, designers, and also process analysts. 

Draw.io is specifically a web-based tool that helps the above-mentioned professionals in creating, publishing, and also sharing diagrams in multiple formats. This web-based tool boasts features such as collaboration, data import and also export, drag, and drop, flowchart, mind map, organizational charting, and also several templates that one can choose from.

When this web-tool is compared with SmartDraw in terms of reviews, there is a lot you need to know! An overall rating between the two rivals is that draw.io takes an early lead of 4.6/5 of 506 reviews while Smartdraw lags behind at 4.1/5 of 80 reviews.

Both the two software tools boast of 1 to 1000 users. Another gap in reviews is also noticed in the ease of use where draw.io leads again with 4.5/5 while the Smartdraw software tool follows back at 3.9/5.

Are you concerned with the customer support of the two software tools? If you do, then you need to know that there isn’t a very big gap here since there are not enough reviews that can create a big difference. But still, raw.io customer support reviews stands at 4.2/5 while that of Smartdraw stands at 4.1/. 

When you want to be trained in that you understand these two or one of these software tools, draw.io only provides you with webinars and documentation, unlike the Smartdraw software tool that you find live online, webinars, and also documentation. 

Have you ever used both of the two software tools? If so, how was your experience, and how can you compare the two tools?

Smartdraw CAD

Smartdraw is popular in the CAD industry since it supports several techniques and features of SmartDraw such as:

  • Intelligence Formatting
  • Quick Start Diagram Templates
  • Free Support
  • Effortless Collaboration
  • Smart Integration

Intelligence Formatting 

Here, you only need to click easy commands, and SmartDraw automatically builds your desired diagram. If you also remove or even add an element, SmartDraw will automatically realign and also arrange everything automatically to maintain your desired professional look.

Quick Start Diagram Templates

What do you understand by this? If you have no clue, there are hundreds of predesigned diagram templates and even examples that will make you so productive. You only need to choose a template that nearly matches what you need and then proceeds by customizing it to fit your needs.

Free Support

If you have a problem or don’t know how to work out something, you can call or even mail a dedicated team of support, which will help you solve the issue for free!

Effortless Collaboration

You can share your diagram so easily with your team! You can also leave notes and even hyperlinks. It’s also possible to use your preferred sharing apps such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, or even OneDrive.

Smart Integration

You can freely use SmartDraw on your computer, browser, or mobile device – Windows, Mac, Android, IOS, or any other platform that you may prefer. You can also share your work online without thinking if it will work on the device or even about compatibility problems. 

Again, creating presentations and also reports with enhanced visuals and diagrams has been made easier through SmartDraw. You can freely add all your diagrams to other software tools such as Word, Excel, or even Powerpoint with just a single click! You will notice that SmartDraw also makes working with other tools seamless.

Some of the graph type diagrams that you can create using Smartdraw are:

  • Flowcharts
  • Network diagrams
  • Venn diagrams
  • Cause and Effect diagrams
  • Org charts

Smartdraw 2017 free download full version

Are you thinking about downloading and using the 2017 free Smartdraw full version? With SmartDraw, you can design professional-looking visuals of whatever sort and also in a very easy way. If you choose to install the 2017 Smartdraw for Desktop, then it is the only diagramming solution that you can install through the firewall on the Windows desktop and also choose to run it on Mac and also online.

What to expect in the 2018 Smartdraw:

Design project charts online and also connect tasks to your Trello boards. You can also easily plan and visualize a project in Smartdraw, and your team can also use Trello when marking their progress on the tasks that are underway. 

  • Again, changes that are made in Smartdraw are reflected on the Trello board in real-time, and vice versa. This is a very powerful combination.
  • Turn any mind map of your choice into a Gantt chart with just a single click. You are also able to switch between views easily. Changes that are made on view will also be automatically reflected on the others.
  • Design Trello card for any item that is in a mind map. You can also brainstorm and run meetings with the help of the Smartdraw’s visuals and then make them actionable using Trello.
  • Create a wireframe for your next website or even mobile app by completely updated wireframing tools comprising of new symbols and even templates.
  • Over 140 new presentation-ready templates for your infographics.
  • Import data to create organizational charts, mind maps and also export data from the existing diagrams.
  • Initiate a two-factor authentication on your account to offer extra security.
  • All the current CAD drawings have a powerful annotation layer.
  • Build custom symbols libraries that can be used by your team. 

Smartdraw 2018

Did you read the previous paragraph? If you are thinking of using the 2018 SmartDraw, then these are some of the few things that are updated and those that you need to expect:

Design project charts online and also connect tasks to your Trello boards. You can also easily plan and visualize a project in Smartdraw, and your team can also use Trello when marking their progress on the tasks that are underway. 

  • Again, changes that are made in Smartdraw are reflected on the Trello board in real-time, and vice versa. This is a very powerful combination.
  • Turn any mind map of your choice into a Gantt chart with just a single click. You are also able to switch between views easily. Changes that are made on view will also be automatically reflected on the others.
  • Design Trello card for any item that is in a mind map. You can also brainstorm and run meetings with the help of the Smartdraw’s visuals and then make them actionable using Trello.
  • Create a wireframe for your next website or even mobile app by completely updated wireframing tools comprising of new symbols and even templates.
  • Over 140 new presentation-ready templates for your infographics.
  • Import data to create organizational charts, mind maps and also export data from the existing diagrams.
  • Initiate a two-factor authentication on your account to offer extra security.
  • All the current CAD drawings have a powerful annotation layer.
  • Build custom symbols libraries that can be used by your team. 

Capping it off

If you fully read this article, all your questions must have been perfectly answered in detail, and also, you must have learned new things that are relating to the specific that dragged you to this article. A lot has been said under Smartdraw, Autocad, DWG file format, and also DXF file format. I hope you enjoyed reading this article and best of luck!

Luis Gillman
Luis Gillman

Hi, I Am Luis Gillman CA (SA), ACMA
I am a Chartered Accountant (SA) and CIMA (SA) and author of Due Diligence: A strategic and Financial Approach.

The book was published by Lexis Nexis on 2001. In 2010, I wrote the second edition. Much of this website is derived from these two books.

In addition I have published an article entitled the Link Between Due Diligence and Valautions.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information published on this website is accurate, the author and owners of this website take no responsibility  for any loss or damage suffered as a result of relience upon the information contained therein.  Furthermore the bulk of the information is derived from information in 2018 and use therefore is at your on risk. In addition you should consult professional advice if required.