Google Docs understands CAD formats

The online viewer associated with the Google Docs storage now understands 12 new file formats. The Google Docs Viewer is traditionally used to display e-mail attachments for Google Mail accounts. But you can use it to display any office and image files in the most common formats (DOC, XLS, PDF, PPT, RTF....) - without any desktop viewer, just in your web browser.

Now you can do the same with AutoCAD drawings, alas only in the DXF format (not DWG yet). Besides DXF, these new fomats are now supported:
  • Microsoft Excel (XLS/XLSX)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007/2010 (PPTX)
  • Apple Pages (PAGES)
  • Adobe Illustrator (AI)
  • Adobe Photoshop (PSD)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
  • PostScript (EPS and PS)
  • TrueType font (TTF)
  • XML Paper Specification (XPS)
See our example - the DXF version of the Budweiser.dwg compatibility benchmark drawings. As you can see in the benchmark, not all object types are interpreted properly, but the viewer works well for standard entities. Display Budweiser.dxf in Google Docs Viewer.