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Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by dbrogie, Dec 9, 2015.
Is there a .dwg viewing application for non-CAD users for 'El Capitan?
Not really. The only company that has a true - and decent viewer for 2D/3D CAD files is Vectorworks, but it's specific to their application files.
You'll have better luck with DXF file viewers; if you don't know what a DXF file is then you should search the web a bit or talk with the creator of the file - and ask why in the heck you don't have a DXF file. Naming the application that generated the file(s) would be helpful as well - offering "dwg file" really means little, this coming from an AutoCAD user for over 25 years...
Also, you're best "viewer" for 2D/3D is likely going to be web-based. Look into AutoCAD 360 or Microspot.
A few days ago I have released my own CAD software for Mac on App Store which you can use not just for viewing but also to create and edit dxf files. There are also a few more professional CAD apps, but too expensive imho. I must admit that you have to have some basic CAD drafting knowledge. If you aren't too busy, there are many video tutorials, web pages and e-books to help you learn CAD basics in one week or even before.
If you just want to view dxf drawings I agree with @campyguy that AutoCAD 360 is the best solution. I have not tried to plot anything with AutoCAD 360, I think plot capabilities are questionable (layouts, plot scale, viewports and so on).
Draftsight is free and extremely good, very much like AutoCAD R13. TurboCD V9 is good and Desault Systems also offers E-Drawing DXF / DWG viewer for free. I use all of them.
Also should you wish to have a viewer on your phone or iPad, IMSI offers TurboViewer which is extremely fluid and fast. They have a free version but for $6.95 you can upgrade.
We offer DWG Viewer to simply view & annotate your DWG files (Free trial available) or if you are looking for more freedom to edit your DWG files then we also have a free trial of MacDraft Professional with built in DWG file support here. I see this post is a couple of months old so I hope you found what you were looking for!