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converting dwg files into jpeg, etc for WCS

Hi forum,

Anyway to convert a 30mb autocad drawings(.dwg) into .PNG, .JPG, .JPEG, or .GIF without losing any details? I am thinking of using that for the WCS.

Thank you,

py

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Re: converting dwg files into jpeg, etc for WCS

I have had success using the following steps:

1) Using a freeware AutoCAD from Autodesk, I print the drawing to PDF using a freeware print-to-PDF driver. This creates a PDF version of the drawing. (Before printing I will typically turn off all unneccesary layers to keep the flooplan uncluttered.)

2) Using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader 7 to view the newly-created PDF, I use the Adobe Acrobat Reader to copy the graphic to the clipboard by clicking on the button with the camera icon on it and drawing a selection box around the entire graphic. Note: Zooming in on the PDF will increase the final resolution and quality of the drawing. However, if you zoom in too far, the graphic will be too large to fit in the clipboard. If this happens, you will not get an error, you will simply end up with an empty clipboard when you try to paste in step 3. If your clipboard is empty, try zooming out in Adobe Acrobat Reader before re-attempting to copy the graphic to the clipboard.

3) Once in the clipboard, the graphic can be pasted into a pixel drawing program such as MS Paint, Adobe PhotoShop, JASC, Visio, etc. I will typically convert the graphic to grayscale or black and white so as not to compete with the WCS' color heatmap and AP information overlays.

4) The last step is to save the graphic as a JPEG. I will typically select the best quality compression setting (instead of smallest size) because I need to be able to read the detail such as room numbers, etc. Note: you may also find it helpful to increase the contrast of the image for better results (if your bitmap editing program has that feature), but this is not mandatory.

To do this without having to purchase any special programs, you can find the software at the following links:

http://www.autodesk.com (has a freeware DWG viewer called DWG TrueView).

http://www.pdf995.com (freeware print-to-PDF printer driver - using the Advanced settings allows you to control DPI settings)

http://www.adobe.com (for the free Adobe Acrobat Reader 7)

MS Paint comes with Windows XP and is found (typically) under START->PROGRAMS->ACCESSORIES->PAINT. Although 3rd party paint programs will do a better job for contrast adjustments, etc.

While this process involves more steps than I would like, it has worked well.

I have also seen a product enhancement request for the WCS to be able natively import CAD files, but there was no indication as to if or when we might see that enhancement.

Hope this helps.

(Please remember to rate helpful posts)

- John

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Re: converting dwg files into jpeg, etc for WCS

I have had success using the following steps:

1) Using a freeware AutoCAD from Autodesk, I print the drawing to PDF using a freeware print-to-PDF driver. This creates a PDF version of the drawing. (Before printing I will typically turn off all unneccesary layers to keep the flooplan uncluttered.)

2) Using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader 7 to view the newly-created PDF, I use the Adobe Acrobat Reader to copy the graphic to the clipboard by clicking on the button with the camera icon on it and drawing a selection box around the entire graphic. Note: Zooming in on the PDF will increase the final resolution and quality of the drawing. However, if you zoom in too far, the graphic will be too large to fit in the clipboard. If this happens, you will not get an error, you will simply end up with an empty clipboard when you try to paste in step 3. If your clipboard is empty, try zooming out in Adobe Acrobat Reader before re-attempting to copy the graphic to the clipboard.

3) Once in the clipboard, the graphic can be pasted into a pixel drawing program such as MS Paint, Adobe PhotoShop, JASC, Visio, etc. I will typically convert the graphic to grayscale or black and white so as not to compete with the WCS' color heatmap and AP information overlays.

4) The last step is to save the graphic as a JPEG. I will typically select the best quality compression setting (instead of smallest size) because I need to be able to read the detail such as room numbers, etc. Note: you may also find it helpful to increase the contrast of the image for better results (if your bitmap editing program has that feature), but this is not mandatory.

To do this without having to purchase any special programs, you can find the software at the following links:

http://www.autodesk.com (has a freeware DWG viewer called DWG TrueView).

http://www.pdf995.com (freeware print-to-PDF printer driver - using the Advanced settings allows you to control DPI settings)

http://www.adobe.com (for the free Adobe Acrobat Reader 7)

MS Paint comes with Windows XP and is found (typically) under START->PROGRAMS->ACCESSORIES->PAINT. Although 3rd party paint programs will do a better job for contrast adjustments, etc.

While this process involves more steps than I would like, it has worked well.

I have also seen a product enhancement request for the WCS to be able natively import CAD files, but there was no indication as to if or when we might see that enhancement.

Hope this helps.

(Please remember to rate helpful posts)

- John

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Re: converting dwg files into jpeg, etc for WCS

Thank you John,

This is really helpful.

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