Drawing Porter

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Drawing Porter is a batch print and export tool for Autodesk® Inventor®. What makes it unique is that its Assembly focussed or based and that it will determine which drawings and parts are relevant based on the single assembly file you select.


So if you select your GA for instance, the app will automatically know which parts and drawings form part of that design. You can then batch print or export your drawings and/or models to various formats including PDF. DWG, SAT and STEP.


Note: This app uses a custom installer and not the Autodesk App Store standard installer.

About This Version

Version 2.15.0, 7/7/2021
What's New: <2.15.0> - [New] Inventor 2022 Compatibility -- Only supports Inventor 2017 to 2022 <2.13.0> - [Fix] Option for drawing to be updated before printing also. <2.12.0> - [New] Added option for drawing to be updated before processed. -- This option can be enabled under Settings <2.11.0> - Added Inventor 2021 Support <2.10.0> - Added Inventor 2020 Support

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  • Works great But how do I print files to A3?
    Jason Sutherland | December 02, 2020 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Only prints to a4 cant see a size option for in the settings?

  • Time saver
    Craig Fraser | November 10, 2020 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Thanks for this amazing app, it saves so much time compared to opening files and exporting.


    One thing I'd like to see is 'find all' dwg/idw from a directory, including sub folders. We uses a lot of folders/subfolders to keep things organised, but can be tedious to enter each folder and add drawings manually. A one click button to add all found drawings under a directory path would be awesome.

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | November 12, 2020

    Thank you we will add it in the next version.

  • utile....ma la compatibilità 2021??
    Marco Soriani | October 09, 2020 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Utilissima, ma ancora non c'è una alternativa se hai la 2021

  • non compatibile con 2021
    Luca Righi | October 04, 2020 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Utilissima, ma ancora non c'è una alternativa se hai la 2021...


  • 2021 버젼
    승빈 | August 18, 2020

    지원은 언제부터 될까요???

  • 2021 Support
    Stamatis Vlachos | May 11, 2020 Verified Download (What's this?)

    i need to know when the 2021 support is published.

  • Love the app!
    Lasse Moe | January 13, 2020 Verified Download (What's this?)

    it was really easy to use for my purpose! But since im using Vault, its has some integration issues. But for me its ok. Only thing im missing is the possibility to drag and drop drawings? instead of searching the up. Possible to add that? 

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | January 14, 2020

    Hi Lasse, Thanks for the feedback and the feature request. Its a great idea and we will look into it.

  • Excellent For Inventor Drawings
    Jason Rugg | February 11, 2019 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Drawing Porter is excellent for Inventor Drawings, would like to see the added ability to perform the same functions on AutoCAD Drawings. Have reached out to support a few times but emails keep getting returned as undeliverable so this is also an attempt to reach support.

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | February 12, 2019

    Hi Jason, Thank for the great review. You can contact me on ivtools(at)mgfx(dot)co(dot)za

  • Excellent!
    Sverre Kraggerud | October 17, 2018 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Saves me for a lot of time

  • Excellent app!!
    Amir Dirbaz | October 12, 2018 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Hi, I would like to know whether it is possible to have all drawings to a single PDF document ?

  • An extremely useful and for me a necessary tool
    Steven Connell | August 31, 2018 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This is by the most useful free I use for Inventor. This is perfect for exporting an assembly drawing or PDF pack to an external manufacturer.

    One feature I would like if it wasn't much troublt to add would be to drag and drop files to open, instead of opening a seperate explorer window to navigate to the files you want to add.

  • Time saver
    Massimo Gandini | June 04, 2018 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Perfect time saver, but can only pick up drawings from C: so this results pratically useless for users that works with Vault, this options will be available in the future? Vey good work, anyway. 

  • Amazing time-saver!
    Hendrik Du Preez | February 06, 2018 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I really love the fact that the App automatically picks up what page size and orientation the idw is even if you do different sizes and orientations at the same time. Dankie Pieter!

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | February 07, 2018

    Dankie Hendrik! I am glad the tool comes in handy.

  • Finally!
    Jon Genova | November 10, 2017 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This batch app saves hours of my time. Developer, Thank you!!

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | November 13, 2017

    Good to hear. Thanks for the feedback.

  • Fantastic
    Steve Griffiths | August 12, 2017 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I've just used this on a couple of top level assemblies and it worked flawlessly for printing out a folder of pdf's, ready for combining. My God, this is going to save me so much time - thank you very, very much for your time and effort !

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | October 19, 2017

    Hi I am glad it can help you. Thanks for your review!

  • Perfect!
    Gerry Beylerian | July 20, 2017 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Does exactly what it says it does! Thank you very much!

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | October 19, 2017

    Its only a pleasure! :)

  • Prefect app!
    Paul Keizer | May 30, 2017 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I love this app! When will Inventor 2018 be supported?

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | May 31, 2017

    Hi Paul. Thanks for the kind words and review! The new version can be downloaded here for now: https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=27102124B84C7E34!3357&;authkey=!AFJrJN-BG_VOL5c&ithint=folder%2c I will also publish it to the Autodesk App store later today. Pieter

    Alex Dall'Agnol | April 03, 2017 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I used this app and I think it is very well builded. I think it as also a lot of potential that can be implemented. Good job!

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | April 04, 2017

    Hi Alex, Thanks for the kind words. It's much appreciated. If you have some ideas for new functionality please email them to me. My email address is above in the app details. This offer actually goes to anyone. We are in the process of rewriting the app and would like to hear from the users. Thanks

  • Time saving apps
    Pascal David | February 14, 2017 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Works great and after the top service this is also an time saver to keep :)

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | February 15, 2017

    Thanks for the kind words Pascal!

  • Thank you!
    Anthony Young | November 30, 2016 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This program is great, some quirks i found with up-updated drawings, but that was a simple find/solve. Thank you, how can I support you?

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | December 01, 2016

    Thanks for the kind words and good review. It's much appreciated. We are in the process of rewriting Drawing Porter to include all the features everyone has requested. To support us give us some feedback via email (ivtools@mgfx.co.za) to make the application even better. Cheers!

  • Thank you very much..
    Tufan Eliar | November 17, 2016

    The only problem for me low resolution icon :) It looks pixelated on darker backgrounds. I will create a svg version of your aps's icon and will convert it ico to replace shortcut's icon.

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | November 17, 2016

    Hi thanks for the feedback. Yes the whole app is actually a bit dated and we are actually in the process of rewriting it from scratch. The icon will also be updated.

  • Inventor close the Idv -files when I print to Pdf
    Lennart Petterson | November 02, 2016 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Hi I downloaded Drawing Porter today and it is a very good help for me but there are some things I wonder about. 1. When I write to PDF so will my IDW files closing in Inventor. Is there any setting? I open files from C: 2. Can I open files from the Vault with Drawing Porter I use Inventor/Vault 2017 Best Regards from Lennart

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | November 17, 2016

    Hi we are in the process of rewriting the app from scratch. We have made note of your suggestions and will incorporate them into the new version.

  • It was great ....but
    Norbert Maslak | August 11, 2016 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Hey there, when i was working on previous system (win7) it was working great, but now, on W10 it only showing error (cannot export to step/pdf/dwg). Do you have any idea why is that ?

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | August 18, 2016

    Hi, I sent you an email. Lets chat about the error offline ok.

    Norbert Maslak | October 18, 2017

    After the update the is no more problem with exporting. Yet i have a question. Is there an option to change default STEP filename ? I usually get things such as "<modelname> _ [1]" how can i get rid of the brackets and one ? Big Thanks :)

  • Helpful App - DXF export missing
    Burkhard Santner | August 09, 2016 Verified Download (What's this?)

    As John Hygelund in 2014 wrote, I'm missing DXF export too. Most of my manufacturers can't read DWG files but DXF. In 2014 you put this on your list. Any idea when you can include it? Greets Burkhard

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | August 18, 2016

    Hi is this for exporting sheet metal flat pattern information? If so we have a different product which handles that called DXF Exporter. Let me know ok.

    Burkhard Santner | August 19, 2016

    Hi Pieter, thank you for your reply. I need DXF export for some manufacturers, working for my customer. They get the drawings of all parts and assemblies to be manufactured in DXF, as they do not have a DWG reader to extract the geometric data. Normally I never export flat pattern DXF data. Burkhard

  • Great Concept, Bug Issues
    Timothy Boutchyard | August 01, 2016 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This is a great idea and concept and seems to work fairly well. Printing is my issue. Print and Export Options dialog box has no done button...cannot print 11x17 drawings even when Inventor settings are 11x17.

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | August 02, 2016

    Hi yes we are aware of this issue and will be releasing a new version shortly which will cater for this. A workaround is to set your Windows screen scaling back to the default 100%. The buttons will show up as normal then.

  • Multi sheet drawings?
    MICHAEL BRAINARD | July 20, 2016 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Is there a setting that will allow for all sheets in a multi sheet drawing to be exported?

  • 4
    Pim De Rue | April 15, 2016 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Very nice and handy program. It does a lot, also closes your active Inventor session! It doesn't create .step files from assembly's. And doesn't give the .step file the right name if it's a derived/mirrored part.

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | April 18, 2016

    Hi Pim, Thanks for the reply. We appreciate constructive comments like this and we will look into the issue of .step file names. As for not creating step files for the assembly files, that is an intended feature but we will look at adding an option to also include assembly files. Thanks.

  • Great app... almost...
    Stephen McCarthy | October 07, 2015

    We have had some issues with the app not finding existing drawings. This usually occurs for drawings that are fed by iParts/iAssemblies. Any idea why this is happening? Also, we would like the option to extract the part# from the idw and use it to name the printed copy. Any chance of that happening? Thanks for the all of the good work!

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | October 08, 2015

    Hi Stephen, Thanks for the feedback. We have added this to our list of requests and will look into it.

  • Great program + Improvement Suggestion
    Christofer Wiik | June 03, 2015

    Great program. Has helped me on my projects when batch exporting all drawings to PDF. I suggest making the "log" of drawings created available as a text/excel file (or atleast possible to copy paste manually into one). This will ease the creation of project "drawing lists".

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | June 03, 2015

    Hi Christofer, Thanks for the feedback. That feature has already been suggested by another user and we will integrate it soon. Check back for updates in the next few weeks.

  • helpful
    Claudio Alossa | March 25, 2015 Verified Download (What's this?)

    great app for free!

  • The mechanics are great
    Pierre Marcotte | February 12, 2015 Verified Download (What's this?)

    The add-in does exactly what it says it does. My only problem is that our file structure is not optimal for the way this add-in searches for files, and it takes upwards of 6 minutes to find 12 drawings (in a specific case)! Other than that, I love it.

  • Works well as .pdf batch plot
    Larry Marshall | February 09, 2015 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Needed a way to batch plot (export) several hundred .idws to .pdf. Worked well for my purposes.

  • So Close!
    Jordan Kelly | September 16, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    The only option missing on this is the ability to add a suffix or prefix to the file name on the PDFs.

  • Hoping for more export options?
    John Hygelund | August 14, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    This is almost exactly what I've been looking for. I was able to export both pdf and stp files from a large assembly, although not in the same export. I had to do 2d and 3d in a separate step. I also need to export .dxf rather than .dwg and .igs rather then .stp. Any change those options can be included?? Very nice app! Thank you.

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | August 15, 2014

    Hi John, Thanks for the review. I have added your request to the list of future improvements.

  • PDF ok DWG not working
    Olle Munck | July 03, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Print to PDF works fine. But printing to DWG makes Inventor to crash. I'm using Inventor 2015 on Windows 7 win64.

  • Ok, but limited
    Sam Houston | June 03, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Why doesn't this work for Inventor DWG's as well?

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | July 04, 2014

    Hi Sam. We are busy with the DWG compatibility so watch this space as it should be done shortly.

  • Could be better!
    Dries Baron | April 23, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    When using it on a assembly of about 30 parts, it takes ages gathering all the parts. And then it's still missing some referencing IDW, while they are on my harddrive. I'm using Vault.

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | July 04, 2014

    Hi Dries, Thanks for the feedback. We are in the process of addressing this issue and to make it more logical for users to understand how Drawing Porter is searching for referencing drawing files.

  • Excellent app!!
    Michael Stalter | February 26, 2014 Verified Download (What's this?)

    Had trouble getting app to work, contacted customer support and within a day received a response from Pieter and a zip file which I unzipped and installed. App works Great now!! We batch print alot of assembly and detail drawings for the shop and this app drastically cuts the search time involved. With the export feature, I can save those drawing lists for later printing AND IT'S FREE!! Did I mention...IT"S FREE!!

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