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Viewing DWG Files

Now that the DWF file format has been covered, it’s time to discuss the role that DWG files have on the Web. First, it is important to reiterate that DWF does not supplant the DWG format. Remember that DWF is like an electronic plot file, containing only the information needed to convey the visual representation of the drawing. DWG files contain greater amounts of drawing data (object associations, xdata, styles, and so on) and in a higher order of precision. Both formats have their proper place on the Web.

The viewing and use of DWF files can be considered an important tool for the communication of drawing information on the Internet. DWG files are essential components of any corporate intranet. The bandwidth and performance constraints of the Internet do not necessarily apply to an intranet. Also, due to the inherently secure nature of an intranet, issues surrounding protection of the intellectual property contained in DWG files are minimized. In an intranet setting, the use of DWG files facilitates internal collaborative design work.


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