DXF stands for Data Exchange Format which is a very old and most widely used CAD file format. A CAD software is required to view the entities of DXF file in a graphics window. ActCAD is one of the cost-effective CAD software to create and edit DXF file formats. It supports all DXF file formats since R2 version to latest 2018 version. The files are universally compatible with other DXF readers and machines.
DXF is an open file format available in either plain text (ASCII) or binary forms. It is a structured data of all DXF entities as per DXF file specification which is openly published by Autodesk. As the format is open, it is normally of much higher size compared to the DWG file format. However, the main advantage is many machines can directly read DXF file format such as later cutting, water jet machining, flame cutting, CNC machines etc. Thus DXF file format is continuing its importance in the engineering industry.
ActCAD (based on IntelliCAD engine) CAD Software supports many other file formats in addition to DWG and DXF. Go through the above picture for complete details. Both binary and ASCII DXF file formats of all version are created, viewed and edited in ActCAD Software.
Advantages of ActCAD DXF Viewer & Editor:
1. Very economical
2. Licenses are perpetual and globally valid
3. Easy interface to view and navigate DXF files
4. Complete editing capabilities (all versions and types of DXF files)
5. Inbuilt DWG, DXF, DWF, DGN file converter
6. Self License Transfer
7. PDF to DXF Converter
8. Image to DXF Converter
9. Very easy and simple to use interface
10. Complete markup and highlight capabilities
11. Convert to high quality PDF files
12. Print and plot DXF / DWG files
There are some free DXF viewers also available on the internet but they lack several features, especially they do not support all formats of DXF files. As a DXF user, you are not sure about the exact version of DXF file as they come to you from different sources. Hence it is always a good idea to use a complete DXF viewer and editor package like ActCAD which is regularly updated even for latest versions of DXF files.
ActCAD can be used not only as DXF viewer but also as a fully functional Professional CAD Drafting Software . In this article, our discussing focus point will be on DXF File format and the DXF Viewer available for it.
If you are looking for complete 2D drafting and 3D modeling CAD software, read our other blog article on how to choose best cad software. For complete details about converting various Drawing File formats viz., DWG, DXF and DGN check out article on ActCAD drawings converter.
Please note that from ActCAD 2015 to ActCAD 2020, dwg and dxf files of 2013 version are supported. We have added native dwg and dxf file versions of 2018 in ActCAD 2020 software. Try yourself the complete features before making a purchase decision.
Applications of DXF Files:
1. Complete engineering drawing can be stored with all required entities
2. Sheet metal profiles for laser cutting, water jet machining etc.
3. Cloth profiles and stitch profiles in apparel industry
4. Earth contours
5. Data exchange of 2D & 3D entities from one CAD software to other CAD software
6. Leather industry
7. Foot wear profiles
8. CNC machining etc.
DXF File Format support both 2D (like lines, arcs, circles, texts, dimensions) and 3D entities (like block, cylinder, cone, sphere, swept bodies, faces) in its structure.