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10-06-2008 11:10 . am   |   View his/her posts only
How can I lock drawing? How to lock dwg files in autocad? Any guide about dwg lock?
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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10-06-2008 11:10 . am   |   View his/her posts only
Hello gchine,
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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10-06-2008 05:01 . pm   |   View his/her posts only
Dear all. As Maker told, we have no some ways to do that in DWG format at the moment. And Maker gave some very useful suggestion, please take a try.






Try ZWCAD+ free for 30 days:
http://www.zwsoft.com/zwcad+/

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10-06-2008 06:42 . pm   |   View his/her posts only
Thanks,
I saved in DWF, but it can be edited by ZwCad or Autocad.
And in PDF all lines turn wider and drawing can't be viewed.

What about a soft called "CadLock"?

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10-06-2008 07:36 . pm   |   View his/her posts only
Hello Gchine, Softlock is for locking software, not files, according to google. Perhaps you can try Dwglock (http://www.autodwg.com/dwglock/). But it's *only* $330!

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.

Good luck.

[edit] 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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12-06-2008 05:06 . am   |   View his/her posts only
Thank you, maker.
Helpful.
I'll try and report.

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13-06-2008 04:58 . pm   |   View his/her posts only
to make pdf from dwg try www.pdf995.com it's free and works good.
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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30-09-2008 08:40 . pm   |   View his/her posts only



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

http://www.autodwg.com/dwglock/
I opened locked by "dwglock" drawing in Bentley MicroStation and explode this shared cell (5 x exploding..) ..
try if you want..
funnyConfused, 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.. Wink







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27-09-2013 03:19 . pm   |   View his/her posts only
Good news, ZWCAD+ 2014 supports lock and unlock dwg drawing, from ribbon menu> Express tab > Lock Up Drawing, Unlock Drawing.

See the screenshot:

lockup drawing, unlock drawing, dwg

lock-unlock-dwg.jpg
2013-9-27 15:19


You can download ZWCAD+ from here, 30 days for free trial:
http://www.zwsoft.com/zwcad+/
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