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    What's a good Cad Veiwer

    I always used Voloview for viewing CAD files. DWG's and DXF's are typically what the architechs and engineers give us. Voloview is going away, and my new company Windows 7 laptop didn't have a CAD viewer installed. So what do you guys recommend?
    I just downloaded Autodesk "True View" and was wondering if I'm on the right track.
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    I have very basic needs (and ability for that matter, just ask Chris from Artillian) when it comes to CAD, like drawing the simple plates for my laser cutter and such-2D only, not 3D. I use a free program from the makers of SolidWorks called DraftSight. It's a professional grade 2D program, and there is a ton of support online for it in the way of tutorials and forums for help. It may be more than you want, but it may be exactly what you want as well.

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    Draft Sight is essentially a clone of Autocad. It's more than a viewer, it's a tool. I don't know much about the Autodesk product line these days as I retired Autocad in favor of Solidworks 15 years ago. As for a viewer from them, it's called eDrawings and it is excellent. I believe they also make a specific DXF/DWG viewer too, but I have found it less than useful in my practices. If the viewer you found works, you should be good to go. Otherwise, maybe check out eDrawings. I'm sure there are others too.
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    Autodesk cad view works fine, the parts that really get annyoing is autocad electrical, which is different than autocad. It would have been nice if they would have added electrical as an addon to autcad, then sorting out what version someone used and whether or not its supported on your computer platform...at least cad isnt cheap and very particular. ...

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