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How to save drawings from AutoCAD Mechanical 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 or 2004DX to an older format?

A - answer DWG drawings from AutoCAD Mechanical 2004 DX are not backwards compatible with versions Mechanical 2004 and 6, nor drawings from Mechanical 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 are not downwards compatible. Do not use the automatic default Open/Save settings in the Options dialog (it controls only the DWG file format, not the Mechanical objects in the DWG).

When opening in the 2004 version, the browser tree will be disabled and the drawing could not be saved.

To export drawings to an older DWG format you can use the options "AutoCAD Mechanical XXXX" in the Save As command, or type in directly the command AMSAVEASACADM6, or in the version 2005 AMSAVEASACADM2004DX or AMSAVEASACADM2004, or in the higher versions the commands AMSAVEASACADM2005, AMSAVEASACADM2006, AMSAVEASACADM2007, AMSAVEASACADM2008, AMSAVEASACADM2009.

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See also:
Tip 10820:Unable to save to drawing c:\folder\filename.dxf
Tip 10556:AutoCAD 2015 and 2016 do not allow to select paper size for Designjet T120/T520.
Tip 10487:How to save a DWG/DXF in older format from AutoCAD 360?
Tip 10321:How to save a 3ds Max scene to an older format?
Tip 10201:Inventor is slower opening files in older formats.

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