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DaveMartin4189
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Message 1 of 11 (2,447 Views)

Make .DWG file Locked or Read Only ?

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06-18-2002 06:40 AM
Hello,
Is it possible to save a .dwg file in a "Read Only" format, ... maybe 'password protected' ? I'm forwarding it to consultants who should not be given 'write-access', but only need to view it.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated,
-Dave Martin
dmmartin@ehancock.com
*CCameron
Message 2 of 11 (2,445 Views)

Make .DWG file Locked or Read Only ?

06-18-2002 08:16 AM in reply to: DaveMartin4189
Not really the answer you want but, you can send
the file as a PDF or an eDrawing (I think that is what it is
called)


style="PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; BORDER-LEFT: #000000 2px solid; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">
Hello,

Is it possible to save a .dwg file in a "Read Only" format, ... maybe
'password protected' ? I'm forwarding it to consultants who should not be
given 'write-access', but only need to view it.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated,
-Dave Martin

dmmartin@ehancock.com

*Koh, Ah
Message 3 of 11 (2,445 Views)

Make .DWG file Locked or Read Only ?

06-18-2002 12:36 PM in reply to: DaveMartin4189
How about convert to dwf?


style="PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; BORDER-LEFT: #000000 2px solid; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">
Hello,

Is it possible to save a .dwg file in a "Read Only" format, ... maybe
'password protected' ? I'm forwarding it to consultants who should not be
given 'write-access', but only need to view it.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated,
-Dave Martin

dmmartin@ehancock.com

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o_digma
Posts: 19
Registered: ‎07-02-2002
Message 4 of 11 (2,446 Views)

Re: Make .DWG file Locked or Read Only ?

06-18-2002 05:33 PM in reply to: DaveMartin4189
DWF works great for client presentation, VOLO is with 2002, however, for less faster procedure and shorter browser upload / use WHIP instead, and ePLOT to classic format, guess it will be appropriate.
*J.Talsky
Message 5 of 11 (2,445 Views)

Make .DWG file Locked or Read Only ?

06-18-2002 07:54 PM in reply to: DaveMartin4189
Basically you only have a
few choices.  One is to get an inexpensive PDF creator. 
Then you simply plot to the PDF printer.  You can also, as others
suggested, print to an e-file.  This will create a DWF that can be opened
in Volo View Express (free from Autodesk), or Volo View (about $150 from
Autodesk).

 

Another choice is to print it as a jpg file, or a
png file.

 

Another way to protect the file if all someone
needs to do is look at it, and scale is not so important, or size either, for
that matter, you can insert the drawing into a Word document and you can
password protect the Word document.  There would be no accurate scale, and
the drawing would be greatly reduced to fit on an 8-1/2 x 11 paper or even 11 x
17.

 

The nice thing about using Volo View or Volo View
Express is that both of these allow red marking and allow the layers to be
turned on or off.

 

Some people send out their drawings in a semi
protected way by exploding everything, assigning one layer for all objects, and
generally making it very difficult to use the original file.  I don't like
those people very much.

 

If you are sending it out to someone who has no
predictable need to edit the drawing, then one of the above methods (excluding
the last one of exploding everything) works fine.  If the consultant has a
predictable need to edit the drawing then just send him the drawing file. 
If he needs it that way, then you send it intact for his use.

 

Jack Talsky


style="PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; BORDER-LEFT: #000000 2px solid; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">
Hello,

Is it possible to save a .dwg file in a "Read Only" format, ... maybe
'password protected' ? I'm forwarding it to consultants who should not be
given 'write-access', but only need to view it.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated,
-Dave Martin

dmmartin@ehancock.com

*Jaime
Message 6 of 11 (2,445 Views)

Make .DWG file Locked or Read Only ?

06-18-2002 08:00 PM in reply to: DaveMartin4189
for the love of god do not cut and past it into an
execl file and sent it to ANYONE Like that..it is (edited) to get to print
correctly..(edited). ole
 
Jaime

J.Talsky
wrote in message news:ADD2726EBAF1B90D6EFD2FA8AB2078A8@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
Basically you only have a
few choices.  One is to get an inexpensive PDF creator. 
Then you simply plot to the PDF printer.  You can also, as others
suggested, print to an e-file.  This will create a DWF that can be opened
in Volo View Express (free from Autodesk), or Volo View (about $150 from
Autodesk).
 
Another choice is to print it as a jpg file, or a
png file.
 
Another way to protect the file if all someone
needs to do is look at it, and scale is not so important, or size either, for
that matter, you can insert the drawing into a Word document and you can
password protect the Word document.  There would be no accurate scale,
and the drawing would be greatly reduced to fit on an 8-1/2 x 11 paper or even
11 x 17.
 
The nice thing about using Volo View or Volo View
Express is that both of these allow red marking and allow the layers to be
turned on or off.
 
Some people send out their drawings in a semi
protected way by exploding everything, assigning one layer for all objects,
and generally making it very difficult to use the original file.  I don't
like those people very much.
 
If you are sending it out to someone who has no
predictable need to edit the drawing, then one of the above methods (excluding
the last one of exploding everything) works fine.  If the consultant has
a predictable need to edit the drawing then just send him the drawing
file.  If he needs it that way, then you send it intact for his
use.
 
Jack Talsky

"dmmartin" wrote in
message news:f0eba1a.-1@WebX.maYIadrTaRb...Hello,
Is it possible to save a .dwg file in a "Read Only" format, ... maybe
'password protected' ? I'm forwarding it to consultants who should not be
given 'write-access', but only need to view it.
Any suggestions greatly appreciated, -Dave Martin
dmmartin@ehancock.com
*Saadallah, Dean
Message 7 of 11 (2,446 Views)

Make .DWG file Locked or Read Only ?

06-19-2002 10:22 AM in reply to: DaveMartin4189
Skip WHIP, go with this freebie, and make DWF files any way you
want:
http://www.haycock.fsbusiness.co.uk/Convertor.zip

--
Dean Saadallah
http://www.pendean.com
Expanded Links Page
http://www.pendean.com/lt/links.htm
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"o_digma" wrote in message
news:f0eba1a.4@WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> DWF works great for client presentation, VOLO is with 2002,
however, for less faster procedure and shorter browser upload /
use WHIP instead, and ePLOT to classic format, guess it will be
appropriate.
>
*Nehls, Kevin
Message 8 of 11 (2,445 Views)

Make .DWG file Locked or Read Only ?

12-13-2003 05:19 PM in reply to: DaveMartin4189
www.cadlock.com is the only real solution.

--
Kevin Nehls


"dmmartin" wrote in message
news:f0eba1a.-1@WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> Hello,
> Is it possible to save a .dwg file in a "Read Only" format, ... maybe
'password protected' ? I'm forwarding it to consultants who should not be
given 'write-access', but only need to view it.
> Any suggestions greatly appreciated,
> -Dave Martin
> dmmartin@ehancock.com
>
>
*Bromley, Bruce
Message 9 of 11 (2,445 Views)

Make .DWG file Locked or Read Only ?

12-13-2003 05:19 PM in reply to: DaveMartin4189
If you call it a solution that is ;-)

--
Regards


Bruce J Bromley
CAD Manager
Oaten Stanistreet Pty Ltd Architects
Suite 103 / 620 St Kilda Road
Melbourne Victoria 3004 Australia
P 61 3 9510 2600 F 61 3 9510 2622
www.osarchitects.com
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turn around three times before lying down.
- Robert Benchley
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"Kevin Nehls" wrote in message
news:3E4CE0C705E1566512A058843AAA4C3A@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> www.cadlock.com is the only real solution.
>
> --
> Kevin Nehls
>
>
> "dmmartin" wrote in message
> news:f0eba1a.-1@WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> > Hello,
> > Is it possible to save a .dwg file in a "Read Only" format, ... maybe
> 'password protected' ? I'm forwarding it to consultants who should not be
> given 'write-access', but only need to view it.
> > Any suggestions greatly appreciated,
> > -Dave Martin
> > dmmartin@ehancock.com
> >
> >
>
>
Active Contributor
DaveMartin4189
Posts: 39
Registered: ‎12-05-2003
Message 10 of 11 (2,445 Views)

Re: Make .DWG file Locked or Read Only ?

12-13-2003 05:19 PM in reply to: DaveMartin4189
Jack and All,
Thanks for your posts. The solution of saving it to .DWF format seems to provide the end user viewer with the greatest flexibility.

Does anyone know if the file can be 'locked' at the Windows operation system level. That might be the easiest, but I don't know for sure if it can be done.

All suggestions welcome,
-Dave Martin
dmmartin@ehancock.com
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