DWF viewer and converter

DWF Viewer and Converter

DWF Viewer and Converter

View, annotate and convert Autodesk DWF and other formats
Convert your files to PDF, DXF, CALS, TIFF and more

ViewCompanion Pro™ is a very powerful, but easy to use application that can view, annotate, print and convert DWF to PDF, DXF, CGM, PLT, TIFF, CALS and other formats.

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DWF Viewer

With ViewCompanion Pro you may:

  • Open Autodesk DWF 2D files.
  • Open Autodesk DWFx 2D files.
  • Open other file formats including Adobe PDF, PLT, TIFF, PNG, CALS and CGM.
  • Convert your files to Adobe PDF, PDF/A, TIFF, JPEG, CALS, DWF, DXF and other formats.
  • Combine files of different formats into a single multipage PDF, DWF or TIFF file.
  • Batch convert and print all supported formats.
  • Do precise measurements on the drawing.
  • Compare two files and visualize the differences.
  • Annotate your files with rectangles, lines, dimension lines, area measurements, ellipses, polygons, text, arrows, stamps, freehand, symbols and images.
  • Print to any plotter or printer supported by Windows.
  • And much more...

If you need to distribute documents on the Internet, you can convert them to Adobe PDF, Autodesk Drawing Web Format (DWF) or Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). All these formats are popular for distributing documents and drawings.

You may use ViewCompanion to convert your DWF, PLT and CGM files to Autodesk DXF format which can be imported into any major CAD application. If you convert a DWF file to DXF all text in the DWF file will be converted to DXF MTEXT entities. All layers that are defined in the DWF file will be retained in the DXF.

View your files fast and accurate with ViewCompanion. You have full control of zoom and pan with the use of mouse and keyboard. You will also find advanced viewing functions such as magnifier, overview window and compare.
You may toggle between monochrome, color and grayscale view modes.

Other ViewCompanion Editions

Software Companions delivers three different editions of ViewCompanion: Standard, Pro and Premium. All of them can view, print and convert DWF files as well as other formats. The Pro and Premium editions add support for more file formats.
You can find a comparison chart of the ViewCompanion family here.

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A fully functional evaluation copy can be downloaded from our web site. The downloaded product will run in evaluation mode for a period of 30 days. After this period you must purchase a license, if you want to continue to use the product.

You can go directly to downloads here.

All new licenses include 12-months of free software maintenance.

Key Features

ViewCompanion Key Features

  • Batch Printing and conversion.
  • Extensive set of command line parameters for conversion and printing.
  • Compare two files and visualize the differences.
  • Merge file from different formtats into a single PDF, DWF or TIFF file.
  • Merge and split PDF files.
  • Color or black & white printing.
  • Scaled print or fit to paper.
  • Poster mode for printing drawings on multiple sheets, e.g. to print an A0 drawing in full size using multiple A4 sheets.
  • Print in n-up mode, also known as multiple pages per sheet printing.
  • Add footer/header containing date, scale, time and filename when printing.
  • Add watermark using text or a raster image.
  • Full print preview.
  • Print to all Windows supported plotter and printer devices.
  • Overlay up to 10 files and print as one drawing.
  • Markup by using lines, text, rectangles, images, polygons, arrows, stamps, dimension lines and measurement areas.
  • Include markups during printing and conversion.
  • Define user Pen Table full control of colors, styles and widths for printing and conversion.
  • Measure lengths and areas with snap to drawing geometry.
  • Send a file as PDF, or in the original format, to another person by E-Mail from within the program.
  • Copy selected region to clipboard, and paste into another Windows application.
  • Text search and extract.
  • Store commonly used files in projects.
  • Drag and Drop supported. Both single and multiple files.
  • Shell Extension with full preview of supported file formats inside Explorer.
  • Customizable GUI.
  • Full screen mode.
  • Easy to use installation and uninstallation software.

ViewCompanion can open the following Formats:

  • Adobe PDF
  • Autodesk DWF 2D
  • Autodesk DWFx 2D
  • BMP (Windows Bitmap format)
  • Calcomp Plotter Format
  • CALS type 1 and 2
  • CGM (Computer Graphics Metafile) 1
  • DCX (Multipage PCX)
  • ECW (Enhanced Compression Wavelet)
  • EDMICS C4 (Group 4 Tiled)
  • EMF (Windows Enhanced Metafile)
  • EMZ (Compressed Windows Enhanced Metafile)
  • Gerber Standard Plotter Format (RS-274D)
  • Gerber Extended Plotter Format (RS-274X)
  • GIF
  • JPEG
  • JPEG2000
  • PCX (PC Paintbrush format)
  • PLT, HPGL, HPGL/2, HP-RTL and KIPGL files
  • PNG (Portable Network Graphics)
  • SFF (Structured Fax Format)
  • TGA (Truevision Targa)
  • TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) 2
  • WebP (Google Image Format for the WEB)
  • WMF (Windows Metafile)
1. Supports CGM files using binary and clear text encoding. Supported profiles includes ATA, CALS, WEBCGM and CGM*PIP.
2. Supported TIFF compression methods: Uncompressed, Packbits, LZW, Inflate, CCITT G3 and G4.

ViewCompanion can convert to the following Formats:

  • Adobe PDF
  • Adobe PDF/A
  • Adobe Postscript®
  • Autodesk DWF
  • Autodesk DXF
  • CALS CCITT Group 4 Raster (Type 1)
  • Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM Binary)
  • Gerber RS-274X
  • HPGL-2
  • GIF Graphics
  • JPEG Graphics
  • Paintbrush PCX
  • Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics
  • TIFF Raster (CCITT-G3, CCITT-G4, LZW, and Packbits compression), multi page
  • Windows Bitmap
  • Windows Enhanced Metafile
  • Windows Metafile

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows Vista, 32 and 64 bit.
  • Windows 7, 32 and 64 bit.
  • Windows 8, 32 and 64 bit.
  • Windows 8.1, 32 and 64 bit.
  • Windows 10, 32 and 64 bit.
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Supports Terminal Server and Citrix.

Windows 7  Windows 8  Windows 10
100% Compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 10.
32- and 64-bit.


DWF Viewer Screenshots

DWF Viewer

ViewCompanion Pro

This screenshot shows ViewCompanion with a file named Arbor Press.dwf loaded. This sample file is included in the installation.
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ViewCompanion Pro Purchase Information

License Prices

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License Information

All licenses are perpetual and will allow you to use the software indefinitely.
Your license includes software maintenance for one year that entitles you to download all updates made to the software, and to receive technical support. After this one year period ends, you may choose to remain with the last version downloaded, or you may renewal software maintenance for another year.
More information about software maintenance can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Software Maintenance

All new licenses includes a free one-year software maintenance agreement that gives you:

  • Free minor and major upgrades (for example from v13.x to v14.x).
  • Highest priority for requested features, or other improvements to the software.
  • Highest priority for fixing reported problems and bugs.
  • Free technical support by e-mail.

Software maintenance may be renewed annually after the first free year. Software maintenance is optional and you're free to choose not to continue the maintenance program.
If you do not renew the software maintenance your license will continue to work as normal, but you will not be able to install and use the latest updates.

You can read more about maintenance here.