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mghoury
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create "read-only" files

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05-30-2012 11:08 AM

Is there a way to have a .dwg file and make it read only? i want to have my files protected so no one can alter them once i hand them over to consultants to view.

 

 

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Alfred.NESWADBA
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Re: create "read-only" files

05-30-2012 01:08 PM in reply to: mghoury

Hi,

 

just via operating system and/or network-administration. So move them to a folder where you can place new files but don't be able to modify them.

 

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mghoury
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Re: create "read-only" files

05-30-2012 01:13 PM in reply to: mghoury

well i need to email these files to various consultants on a daily basis so when they open these files i want them to be opened as read only.  is that possible?

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thepworth
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Re: create "read-only" files

05-30-2012 01:15 PM in reply to: mghoury

check out "digital signatures" under your help index:

 

http://docs.autodesk.com/ACD/2010/ENU/AutoCAD%202010%20User%20Documentation/index.html?url=WS1a91938...


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Alfred.NESWADBA
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Re: create "read-only" files

05-30-2012 01:17 PM in reply to: mghoury

Hi,

 

you can't assign a readonly-attribute to DWG-files itself. And even if you would have a readonly flag you would be able to create a new drawing, do a copy&paste from your file to a new file and save this copy with the original filename :smileywink:

 

If you want to send them data for visualization (also within AutoCAD) but not modifiable (at least not without hardcore-tricks) you can create a DWF-file. That can be visualized, zoomed, paned and referenced (georeferenced) into other AutoCAD-files like XRefs.

 

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thepworth
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Re: create "read-only" files

05-30-2012 01:32 PM in reply to: Alfred.NESWADBA

or send them your drawing with all layers locked....


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antoniovinci
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Re: create "read-only" files

05-30-2012 02:10 PM in reply to: thepworth

@ ALFRED and ThePworth

 

Unfortunately your methods are easily bypassable.

Even protecting tools like the famous "Deter" have the own antidote.

As a matter of fact, there's NO way to protect a vector drawing, unless you rasterize it.

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Re: create "read-only" files

05-30-2012 02:13 PM in reply to: antoniovinci

Hi,

 

>> Unfortunately your methods are easily bypassable.

Within 10sec show me a solution of how to modify a DWF-content :smileywink:

(10sec because there is one tool out in the world that converts DWF to DWG, but not easy to find I think)

 

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antoniovinci
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Re: create "read-only" files

05-30-2012 11:14 PM in reply to: Alfred.NESWADBA

I agree, costing 75$, but I think it's a good deal.
Anyway, I wonder whether why there's no free DWF2DWG converter in the whole Web, yet...

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Murph
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Re: create "read-only" files

05-31-2012 04:19 AM in reply to: mghoury

Have you looked at this?

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