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I'm hunting for a cad program that I can work with my chief files in dwg form. I currently use turbocad designer 19, but I would like to have the ability to purge the file of unused layers. I would love to avoid purchasing the full auto cad, unless someone has an older version they would like to sell. If it is possible I would like to find a program that is also a one time sale, and not a yearly license.

 

Thanks for your help!

 

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Check out DraftSight. Haven't used it myself, but heard and read only good things. It sounds like a company who just has it in for AutoDesk so they offer basically the same product for free.

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Designcad is also a cad program that will import Dwg,Dxf. I use it prior to Chief

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My biggest problem with the turbo cad designer is the fact that you have to go out of your way to save the file as a Dwg. If you simply perform a save, the program saves the file as a turbocad drawing, instead of a Dwg, which causes all kinds of problems.

 

Does Designcad naturally save the file as a dwg? Do you know if it has a purge feature?

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I could be wrong, but I think DWG is a proprietary file extension. I don't think you'll find any non-AutoDesk products that will automatically save as DWG.

I believe DraftSight DOES offer a purge tool though and for what it's worth, it was actually AutoCAD users who

recommended DraftSight to me a while back as a nearly identical AutoCad clone.

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DraftSite saves as a DWG.

 

Andy.

Does it AUTOMATICALLY save as a DWG though?

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Michael,

Not only will MicroStation save as a dwg but it will allow you to work in the dwg mode.  You can open, modify and close a dwg file and it is not ever changed from the original file format.  You can even change the work process to allow AutoCAD users the option to work in a mimic mode where it looks like you are in AutoCAD.  

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DoubleCAD had a free version that I use to preview and make minor edits to dwg files.

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Thanks for the steer towards Draftsight Michael. This program is exactly what I have been hoping to fimd.

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I'm hunting for a cad program that I can work with my chief files in dwg form. I currently use turbocad designer 19, but I would like to have the ability to purge the file of unused layers. I would love to avoid purchasing the full auto cad, unless someone has an older version they would like to sell. If it is possible I would like to find a program that is also a one time sale, and not a yearly license.

 

Thanks for your help!

i would suggest versacad, CA, company. I've been using it since 1983 great for cad. FAST, FAST. FASTEST. Years ago someone had a cad shootout and an Aussie won every year using VCAD.

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