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I'm looking for a light-weight AutoCAD DWG viewer. I don't want to install the 180MB TrueView just to open a DWG file every once in a long while...

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It doesn't have to be free if it has a trial and is well-recommended (I'll buy!) – Michael Haren Oct 5 '09 at 13:40
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Some info from a non-user of CAD:

There is a whole bunch of CAD viewers in here.
The list doesn't include Free eDrawings Viewer.

AcadPVI Shell Extension adds the AutoCAD preview and version to the right-click context menu in Windows Explorer.
AutoCAD Version Explorer (AVE) is a stand-alone program that provides an Explorer-like interface to quickly view AutoCAD preview and version information.

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+1 for the eDrawings Viewer from SolidWorks--that works for me – Michael Haren Oct 5 '09 at 14:43

Irfanview claims to view DWG files, and it's both free and small. It's a very good image viewer but I'll confess to not knowing how well it's DWG support fares, or to what version of DWG it supports.

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+1 Thanks for this link--Irfanview looks awesome. CAD support is $USD48 because you have to buy a DLL to make the plugin usable – Michael Haren Oct 5 '09 at 13:56
but in irfanview they used a third party plugin which require us to register first. – gumuruh Aug 24 '14 at 3:48

LX-Viewer is open source and light weight viewer. Not sure about windows 7 compatibility

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The Windows version appears to be 6 years old so I'll pass for now, thanks though! – Michael Haren Oct 5 '09 at 14:43

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