DWG Compare 2016-2018

DWG Compare 2016-2018

Win32 and 64, English

Autodesk, Inc.
Based on the Drawing Compare feature in AutoCAD Architecture, this plug-in compares two versions of a drawing. Comparison differences are temporarily displayed on the Original drawing verison

General Usage Instructions

To Compare two Versions of a Drawing

Click Plug-ins tab > DWG Compare, or enter DWGCOMPARE, to display the Drawing Compare palette.

    1. Under the Select Drawing heading, click the Browse button [...] to navigate to and select appropriate DWG files for both the Original and Compare version.
    2. In the Select Drawing heading, click the green check button to compare the two drawing versions.

      In the drawing area, the Original version of the drawing is displayed with comparison results overlaid in color to highlight the differences between the drawings.

      The comparison results are listed in the Drawing Compare palette.

    3. Select a comparison result to populate the Object Properties section of the palette.

Tip! Click the Zoom Toggle button, at the right edge of the Compare Results heading, to zoom the view to the selected comparison result.

Use the Previous and Next buttons, in the Compare Results heading, to quickly step through the comparison results.

 

To End the Comparison

Important! Closing the Drawing Compare palette does not end the comparison.

    • In the Select Drawing heading, click the red X button, or enter ENDCOMPARE.

The ENDCOMPARE command also runs REGENALL which removes the comparison objects from the Original Version of the drawing, displayed in the drawing area.

Screenshots

Commands

Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description

DWGCOMPARE

Displays the Drawing Compare palette. In the palette, select drawing versions to compare, start and end a comparison, and view results and properties.

Installation/Uninstallation

The installer that ran when you downloaded this plug-in from Autodesk App Store has already installed the plug-in. You may need to restart AutoCAD to activate the plug-in.

Note:

If you have an older version of the plugin already installed in your computer, the new plugin won't override it. Instead 2016-2018 version will coexist with the previous version.

To uninstall this plug-in, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8/8.1/10) or Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP), and uninstall as you would any other application from your system. The panel on the Plug-ins tab will not be removed until AutoCAD is restarted.

Additional Information

  • During a comparison, the Original Version drawing is opened and is overlaid by representations of geometry and differences from the Compare Version drawing. Any changes you make, while DWG Compare is active, are made to the Original Version of the drawing. You can save changes you make, but you cannot merge the drawing versions. DWG Compare is not an integration tool. If necessary, you must manually integrate the differences between the original and compare versions of the drawing.
  • Temporary graphics display new objects in Green, modified objects in Yellow, moved objects in White, deleted objects in Red. Unchanged objects are displayed as Grey.
  • Comparison results in the Drawing Compare palette are displayed in bold text initially, indicating that they have not been viewed.
  • Only Model Space objects are compared. If necessary, the plug-in will switch to the Model tab when the comparison starts.
  • Press Shift and click to select multiple consecutive results, or press Ctrl and click to select multiple non-consecutive results.
  • Comparison also detects object height changes (z value).

Known Issues

  • Only DWG files can be compared using this plug-in.
  • Saving the Original Drawing when the overlaid comparison results are displayed does not save all displayed geometry to the original file. However, the drawing thumbnail image is updated to display the original and compared geometry.

Contact

Company Name: Autodesk, Inc.
Support Contact: AutoCAD.apps@autodesk.com

Author/Company Information

Autodesk, Inc.

Support Information

For support email AutoCAD.apps@autodesk.com

Version History

Version Number Version Description

2.4.0

Updated for 2016-2018 Products

2.2

Updated for 2016-2017 Products

2.1

Updated for 2016 Products

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