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General questions about eDrawings

What is eDrawings software?

eDrawings software is a product design communication tool for sharing representations of both 2D drawings and 3D models. The electronic data format of eDrawings files is highly compressed to enable easy transmission via email. When viewed with the eDrawings Viewer, these files provide intelligent interpretation tools (3D Pointer, Virtual Folding, Animated Drawing Views) that help the recipient easily understand and navigate the data they receive. eDrawings files are created through the use of the eDrawings Publisher add-in, which works as a plug-in to many popular CAD products. Once created, an eDrawings file may be sent to anyone via email. To eliminate the frustrations normally associated with 2D and 3D design data, the viewer may be embedded directly in an eDrawings file. These files can immediately be viewed by anyone with a Windows operating system. No additional CAD software or viewers are required.

What file types can eDrawings open?

All versions of eDrawings can open eDrawings files (*.eprt, *.easm, *.edrw), SOLIDWORKS files (*.sldprt, *.sldasm, *.slddrw) files and DXF/DWG files. Additional file types can be opened on specific versions of eDrawings, please follow the operating-system specific links above for more details.

How do I create eDrawings files?

You can create eDrawings files from the following applications using the appropriate eDrawings Publisher application:

  • SOLIDWORKS 2005 or later
  • AutoCAD version R14.x, AutoCAD 2000, AutoCAD 2002, or AutoCAD 2004
  • Pro/ENGINEER® 2001, Pro/ENGINEER® WildFire 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0
  • CATIA V5 R14, R15, R16, R17, R18 & CATIA V5 R19
  • Unigraphics: NX3, NX4, NX5, NX6 and NX7
  • Autodesk Inventor 8, 9, 10, 11, 2008, 2009 and 2010
  • Solid Edge® V17, V18, V19, V20, ST and ST2
  • RapidFire Lite (View/Publish IGES, STEP & STL files)
  • Sketchup (Free/ Professional) 5.0, 6.0 and 7.0

What is eDrawings Professional?

eDrawings Professional extends the functionality of eDrawings Viewer to include markup and measure, and the unique ability to publish eDrawings files as review-enabled. Publishing a review-enabled eDrawings file is like embedding a markup pen in your document. Recipients are able to markup and measure the eDrawings file using the free eDrawings Viewer; they do not need to purchase eDrawings Professional or other software to view the eDrawings files. eDrawings Professional includes advanced viewing capabilities such as dynamic component translation, and dynamic cross section views. eDrawings Professional also includes the Publisher add-in for SOLIDWORKS®, AutoCAD®, CATIA®, Pro/ENGINEER®, Unigraphics/NX, Inventor, Autodesk Inventor, Solid Edge®, RapidFire Lite (View/Publish IGES, STEP & STL files), Google SketchUp and CoCreate's OneSpace users.

How much does eDrawings cost?

eDrawings Viewer is a free product. The advanced collaboration capabilities of eDrawings Professional are available at additional cost.

To purchase eDrawings Professional please contact the SOLIDWORKS office nearest you, or call 800-693-9000 toll-free for more information. Outside the U.S. and Canada, please call +1-781-810-5011.

eDrawings for iOS and Android can be purchased from the App Store or Google Play store. Pricing may vary by region.

Where can I find out more about Augmented Reality (AR) in eDrawings?

You can visit the Augmented Reality FAQ section for more information on this topic.

Where can I find out more about eDrawings API?

You can find more more on eDrawings API here.

Where can I get help with eDrawings Publisher for CATIA, Autodesk Inventor, SketchUp, Pro/Engineer, Unigraphics/NX or Solid Edge?

You can view FAQs and get support for these eDrawings Publisher products here.