How to Convert DWG to PDF on a Mac

By Regina Edwards

DWG is the file extension for a drawing, such as a CAD design. AutoCAD is a popular Windows program. Many consumers and Mac users don't use drawing programs to read DWG files. Utility programs such as eDrawings Viewer allow consumers to review DWG files, and if a virtual PDF printer is installed on the computer, a PDF can be generated for easier access, such as sharing the redecorating or construction plans. Mac users have the added flexibility of utilizing Preview, a feature of OS X, that enables all readable files to be saved as a PDF.

OS X PDF for Preview

Step 1

Select the layer of the drawing you want to print, or make sure all layers are selected in your application. (If you are using a drawings reader, such as eDrawings, you don't need to select a layer.)

Step 2

Select "Print" under "File" in the top menu bar.

Step 3

Click the "Save as PDF" button in the bottom-left corner of your Print dialog box. Type the file name, select your destination folder and click the "Save" button.

Virtual PDF Printer

Step 1

Select the layer of the drawing you want to print, or make sure all layers are selected in your application. (If you are using a drawings reader, such as eDrawings, you don't need to select a layer.)

Step 2

Select "Print" under "File" in the top menu bar.

Step 3

Select your virtual printer in the drop-down menu under "Printer." Your virtual printer may be named "Adobe PDF" if it was installed as part of your Adobe Acrobat Standard or Professional software.

Step 4

Click the "Print" button. Type the file name and select your destination folder in the "Save" dialog box. Click the "Save" button.

Tips & Warnings

  • Mac applications and utilities for viewing CAD files (DWG and DXF) include eDrawings Viewer and Domus CAD.