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Microspot ships "Universal" DWG Viewer 1.6.6

updated 01:55 pm EST, Fri November 30, 2007

"Universal" DWG Viewer

Microspot has announced the release of Microspot DWG Viewer 1.6.6, a new Universal version of its popular 2D AutoCAD file viewer. The application allows users to view, annotate and print AutoCAD DWG Files on a Mac. In addition to the "Universal" application, the company said the update brings better support for the AutoCAD 2007 file format. DWG Viewer is an application based on Microspot MacDraft Professional that opens AutoCAD DWG files created on Windows PCs. Users can open the Layouts as well as the Model; it enables them to show, hide or grey the individual layers and zoom in and pan around the document.

The company also noted that mark-up tools are available to draw red ellipses around points of interest and add text annotations to the document for collaboration among multiple parties. Finally, documents can be printed or saved as a PDF file for maximum compatibility. Microspot DWG Viewer is available for $55 (33 or 50). Existing users may upgrade for free. It requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher and a 700MHz G4 or better. A demo of the application is available online.

by MacNN Staff





  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Issues Again

    I guess this kind of software works for people needing the dumbed-down versions of CAD drawings. If you have any contact with the people making drawings, you should be able to get it in the real "universal" form of PDF, or even .eps or .plt formats. The capabilities shown here are akin to what we see in Mac OS's "Preview" app.

    Personally, I'd rather Autodesk just come out with a Mac version of CAD, or even their dwg/dwf viewer. That would simplify matters and the parent company would have more resources to make sure all the necessary abilities for reading vector-based files work for the person who needs to read them.

    To be honest, there are plenty of CAD apps and readers out there for mac, but when you've been trained exclusively on the Autodesk software, the transition isn't the easiest. My use of their products has shown that they hold back obvious features and functionalities for the next release or the one following. This would make sense as a business model since you'd be inclined to keep an ongoing annual license in effect. That's just the way the world works, I guess.

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