I was in a similar situation and tried using view palette a couple of times. However, the tool was so unstable and difficult to predict that I didn't feel like I would get the same results if I opened a DWG containing it I think the capability was introduced to bolster DWGEditor's standing as a substitute for AutoCAD. Solidworks released it around the same time Autodesk allowed you to insert inventor files into an AutoCAD drawing (didn't work if they had assembly features, btw) Anyway, SW added it to DWGEdtior and released a plug-in for AutoCAD which stopped working when Autodesk compiled their platforms in Visual Studio 2008. After that, SW got into that lawsuit with Autodesk and settled-agreeing to sunset DWGeditor-renamed 2Deditor in it's last release and let Draftsight step in as the AutoCAD subscription spoiler.
I eventually stopped using the view palette in favor of the 'copy to dwg format' tool.
The result wasn't linked back to the solidworks file, but it was more stable and usable. In your situation, I would try to move your export process all the way down the line to the printing stage and build your drawings in Solidworks.
AutoCAD comes with a design checker for making little adjustments to dimension styles, text and other formatting that might not translate correctly on export.
I'd look into using that to get your finished drawings.
Everything else is going to be a lot of extra work
Thanks for the great response but sadly I knew I wasn't going to like what I read. When you copy from Solidworks to dwg is that for a dwg that is detailed in model space? That is the main reason I normally pass on detailing in Solidworks because I only detail in paper space unless the customer just demands model space detailing. So I'm assuming the view palette doesn't exist in DraftSight?
Your assumption is correct. Draftsight doesn't have it.
I get your drift about detailing in paper space. I was pretty rigid about that at one point especially after all of the improvements to associative dimensioning that came about in 2004-2006.
Using the copy to DWG command just places the contents of the currently selected drawing view on the clipboard as AutoCAD entities. So it's up to you whther you paste them into paperspace or model space.
You can have Solidworks export it's drawing
sheets to individual paperspace layouts. But the geometry will be in the layout as opposed to being shown in a paperspace viewport.
The objective of my process was to provide electrical and outside contrators a nearly complete DWG in terms of formatting while I spent almost all of my time in Solidworks. I put a significant ammount of time into tweaking titleblocks, dimensions and conversion tables so that their settings transferred correctly to AutoCAD. I tried to avoid formatting in AutoCAD because I knew it would be wasted effort if the solidworks model changed.
If you need to uphold a company practice of having geometry in model space and borders and notes in paperspace, then I would suggest making your solidworks drawing views just model geometry and dimensions and export them individually and use the paste-as-block option in AutoCAD/DRaftsight to place them in model space over your previous version-leaving them as blocks until you delete the old graphics.
Thank you for your responses and the method of pasting as a block for ease of replacement is actually what I currently do. I figured the view palette was abandoned but thank you for confirming it.