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adjg13
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How to edit a .dwg file without opening AutoCAD

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08-21-2013 07:28 AM

Hello All,

 

Is there a way to edit a .dwg file (specifically I want to gather entities based on their layer and then change them to a different layer) without opening the AutoCAD?

 

I guess I'm looking for some sort of way to open the file without all the graphics. I just want to access and edit the data.

 

I have a large amount of files that need to be processed and it would just take forever. I was hoping there was some way to open the drawing in the background for the program to work with.

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arcticad
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Re: How to edit a .dwg file without opening AutoCAD

08-21-2013 07:33 AM in reply to: adjg13

You can open the drawing as a side database, (Autocad needs to be running, No Additional Cost).

Or you can use RealDWG to open it (Without Autocad Running, Cost Money)

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mzakiralam
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Re: How to edit a .dwg file without opening AutoCAD

08-21-2013 07:33 AM in reply to: adjg13
I think this is not possible to edit a .dwg file without opening AutoCAD
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Re: How to edit a .dwg file without opening AutoCAD

08-21-2013 07:38 AM in reply to: mzakiralam

Thank you articad. I searched how to open a .dwg as a side database and I found an article on through the interface that gives some good examples. Here it is in case anyone else runs across this topic.

 

http://through-the-interface.typepad.com/through_the_interface/2007/07/accessing-dwg-f.html

 

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Re: How to edit a .dwg file without opening AutoCAD

08-21-2013 08:37 AM in reply to: adjg13

There is also the core console for simple GUI-less operations.

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arcticad
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Re: How to edit a .dwg file without opening AutoCAD

08-21-2013 08:52 AM in reply to: dgorsman
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