Tools of the Trade – AutoCAD Viewer

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This entry is Item 17 of 17 in the series Tools of the Trade

Every once in a while, an electronic document collection will contain DWG files. These are AutoCAD files or CAD drawings that architects design. If the attorneys need to review these files, they will need special software.

Years ago, I purchased a single user license of Autodesk AutoCAD software. However, eventually they released a free viewer called DWG TrueView. It will open the DWG file and allow the attorney to review the document for relevancy.

It is a good idea to download the software ahead of time and store it on your litigation support server. This way it will be readily available to install on an attorney's computer when the need arises. I would also install it on your computer so you can easily view DWG files on-the-fly.

DWG TrueView can be used to convert .dwg files to PDF format for easier distribution. In a Fast Tip Friday tutorial, I demonstrated how to convert AutoCAD files using DWG TrueView.

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