DWG to PDF or EPS Conversion?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by loser, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. loser macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2002
    I am trying to find a way to convert a DWG file to some vector file format that I can open in Illustrator. Actually, opening in Illustrator is not absolutely necessary. I am trying to output film (to an imagesetter) from a customers CAD file. He has tried sending me every format he can save, but they are all rastered, including his save as eps option. I can open his DWG file in Illustrator, but it is obviously not correct. Is there some software, preferably free(!) that will convert his file accurately to a format I can output? My RIP will accept .ps, .eps, or pdf. And it really needs to keep the art as vector.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. loser thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2002
    Thanks for the reply, I guess I forgot to mention that it needs to be something that will work on a mac. I did try searching for a while w/google, and found some that said they would do it, but did not have much luck. I was hoping someone might have some experience with something that worked well.

    Thanks anyway. I appreciate the effort.
  3. Dave the Great macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2004
    Corel Graphics Suite (CGS) 11 will do it. It was also the last version for the Mac from Corel.
  4. Swarmlord macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    I'll second that. I've had my best luck converting vectorized files with Corel than anything else. Using the various versions of EPS can be an art rather than a science sometimes.
  5. Snark macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2003
    You might want to try posting your question on the Architosh Mac CAD forums too.

  6. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    Illustrator can open .dwg files, ,and usually does a pretty good job with the translation. Have you tried that option before looking at external conversions? What in particular is not correct about the translation?
  7. loser thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2002
    I did try that. It opened the file, but with an error message about fonts. But after opening, all the fonts appear to be outlined, so I'm not sure what the error is about. There are also many artifacts and objects that have shifted place or should not be present. There were several triangular objects that appeared in the illustrator file that were not in the raster eps file he sent me. Also, some of the other shapes have been distorted / have artifacts in them.
  8. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    This commercial product is supposed to work, but I've never tried it. I have tried this free solution, but I find it opens only some DWG files.
  9. Dave the Great macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2004
    Yeah, I wish Corel would release a more current version of Draw for the Mac.
  10. anawapac macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2007
    Opening DWG Files with Illustrator

    What version of Illustrator are you using? I'm on a Mac and using CS2 and cannot open DWG files. I can open EMF files. Do I need a certain filter?

  11. Photek macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2006
    Warwick, UK

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