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    Default Off topic CAD editing program

    A friend has asked me to make some minor changes in a house plan that he purchased. The drawing format is DWG. I opened it in Aspire but it is not suitable. I'm hoping someone suggest a free CAD editing program.

    Phil

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    Hi Phil - I'd highly recommend Sketchup. They still have a free version. Oops - looks like it only opens skp jpg and png's. Always a catch.
    However, if anyone you know has a paid version, you could have them import, save as a sketchup file and you're good.

    Jeff

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    Thanks but I tried Sketchup, only the pro version can open DWG files.

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    If they are just small changes just print it out and change with white-out and a pen.
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    DWG is autocad. If there is a drafting teacher at your high school, they may have software that could open it. Otherwise see if he has it saved as a DXF. Aspire can import those.

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    You can still get the 2017 version of SketchUp for free. It's perfectly relevant for use today. You might need an extension to import DXF and DWG files however.

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    Thank you to all. I've downloaded Qcad and it suits my needs. As Russ suggested I found a converter to work as a DXF file.

    Phil

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