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Mastering Autodesk® Inventor® 2012 and Autodesk® Inventor LT™ 2012 by Curtis Waguespack

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Choosing a File Format

Prior to Inventor 2008, the IDW file format was the only native 2D file type recognized by Inventor. DWG TrueConnect, introduced with Inventor 2008, enables you to use both DWG and IDW as valid file formats in Inventor's Drawing Manager.

Using DWG as your file format enables you to open Inventor DWG files in AutoCAD (or an AutoCAD vertical product such as AutoCAD Mechanical) without going through a translation process. Although the data you create natively in Inventor cannot be manipulated directly in AutoCAD, all of the Inventor data can be viewed, measured, and printed using conventional AutoCAD commands.

By choosing DWG as your default file format, you allow downstream users of your designs to view the 2D drawing documents ...

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