2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 10, 2011 5:13 PM by Jeff Sweeney

    EPDM 2011 DWG Preview

    Eric Martin

      I cannot preview any dwg files in the PDM Explorer windows preview pane. It says file checked out by another user even though the files are not checked out.


      I have tried the following programs which all will open the files but do not work with preview.


      DWG Editor





      Also I cannot conver to PDF any DWG files nor do I have the option to print them if I right click on the file. We used to be able to convert them to pdf by right clicking them and sending them to a PDF printer using PDFCreator program. Now the print option is not available in PDM 2011.


      Am I missing something? I do see in the code in the Convert Task that it tells it to use Solidworks to convert DWG files to PDF but Solidworks spits it back as unsupported file type. Even with files created with DWG Editor and DraftSight

        • Re: EPDM 2011 DWG Preview
          Michael Dekoning



          You should be able to view a file even if it is checked out as long as it has been checked in at least one time.


          Under the "Display" EPDM menu select "Options" and see if "Show bitmap for DWG-files" is checked. If it is not checked then you should be using eDrawings for the preview. You might try to do a repair on EPDM and see if that will get the viewer straightened out.


          My recollection is that the Convert Task will not make PDF files from DWG files because it uses SolidWorks. If you have paid for DraftSight API, a program could be written to use it to make PDF files.



          EPDM 2011 SP2

          • Re: EPDM 2011 DWG Preview
            Jeff Sweeney

            In a recent service pack (2011 SP3 I think?) they added the ability for the convert task to work with DWG files.