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How to create a PDF file from DWG without AutoCAD?

A - answer If you have no AutoCAD installation, you cannot use the standard method for converting a drawing to a PDF file - printing it (with the PLOT command) to the pseudo-printer "DWGtoPDF.pc3".

But there are several other methods how to generate a publishing file in the PDF format from a DWG drawing without AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT:

  1. Acrobat Pro - the commercial version of Adobe Acrobat X Pro supports DWG as the source format for document publishing. Use the function File > Create > PDF From File to convert a selected DWG file to PDF. With the Settings button you can set folders for SHX fonts (the replacement font is "MyriadCAD") and plot style tables.
  2. AutoCAD 360 - the free web- and mobile AutoCAD 360 supports printing and sharing of 2D DWG, DXF and DWF drawings to the PDF format. You can use it anywhere.
  3. Autodesk DWG TrueView - the free viewer DWG TrueView (see Download) is the most reliable and 100% compatible way for publishing DWG and DXF drawings to PDF - with TrueView you can plot and publish drawings the same way as in AutoCAD, including PDF layers, multipage files, etc. See Tip 10461 for advanced unattended use of DWG TrueView.
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See also:
Tip 14075:Overview of CAD formats supported in Inventor 2025 (import/export/AnyCAD).
Tip 13977:How to publish a PDF to the same folder as a DWG drawing in AutoCAD?
Tip 13800:Visually compare 3D geometry in CAD and BIM files.
Tip 13778:How to publish several DWG drawings into one multi-page PDF?
Tip 13773:What is the maximum paper size when plotting from AutoCAD?

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