lock drawing, how to lock dwg files in autocad, dwg lock
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A client requires me to send drawing in dwg format. But, I only want him to open, zoom and print the drawing, no editing.
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Are you sure it has to be a dwg file? Normally, in this situation, we would send a dwf or pdf file. You can publish as DWF; or export/print to PDF. Zwcad has, at present, some problems with PDF export, though. Also, DWF files can be opened by Zwcad / Autocad (or though free viewers)
Another "alternative" is to change the properties of the file in "Windows Explorer" to "read only". Of course, anyone with knowledge can change it back to "read write".
Hope this helps (I know it's probably not really answering your question)
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Unfortunately, it's true that there are problems with Zwcad's pdf export (I think they're working on it). Perhaps you could try using one of the viewers (some free) or converters. Like "dwg to pdf converter" (http://www.brothersoft.com/dwg-to-pdf-converter-32198.html). Again Bentley (The Microstation guys) have a free viewer that is supposed to save PDF, with layer info. I haven't tried it, though.
Another suggestion would be to download & try "Adobe Acrobat". AFAIK it allows importing DWG files - and, of course, saving as PDF. By the time the 30 days (?) trial period is over, Zwcad should have fixed the issue - hopefully.
 Yet another suggestion: You can instal both TrueView (from the official Autodesk site) and pdfcreator. While Trueview is good for arranging and printing your dwg files; you can print using pdfcreator as your printer (i.e. from the list of printers, select "pdfcreator" as the printer, and print as PDF)
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allows you to make pdf not only from dwg but from any other format like for example *.doc.
Regarding the function for locking dwg: that would be veeeeeeery useful aside from the fact that you can use pdf.
read only is not a solution at all because the property can be easily changed of course but overall because it's even easier to copy the drawing from the "protected" file and paste it to another drawing.
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I think that this is not good idea to buy this program, if you want to use it to protect against not autorized using, for ec copying from your drawing to drawing your client
I opened locked by "dwglock" drawing in Bentley MicroStation and explode this shared cell (5 x exploding..) ..
try if you want..
funny, I think, that this is not fair to pay 250 Euro for such pinhback? This is normal swindle
Cadlock (cadvoult) and other like this programs are good to lock but it change extension of drawing.. if you have to send *.dwg, you can't send *.dwc . I have the same problem..
I think that authors could try to add new style in Layer Properties Manager, for ex, "true locked", not locked on moment, like now, but for ex if sb want to use this layer, program do "fatal error". It must be , of course tested in autodesk and bentley..
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