[gdal-dev] writing DWG/DXF

bartvde at osgis.nl bartvde at osgis.nl
Wed Mar 17 08:39:45 EDT 2010


there is a new driver that does not have this dependency:


Best regards,

> Hi,
>     I want to convert shape files into DWG or DXF. (And I do not have
> ArcView, nor Windows, available.)
> I've been reading the lists and found information on a "spike" branch of
> ogr2ogr which is supposed to be able to write DWG/DXF files. In the
> readme it says
> "The ability to write DXF and DWG is only available when OGR is linked
> against the DWGdirect library provided by the Open Design Alliance.
> Note that the DWGdirect library is not open source, though the license
> terms are not terribly draconian."
> The GDAL wiki says:
> "The DXFDWG driver is currently a write-only driver dependent on the
> Open Design Alliance DWGdirect libraries for writing to the DWG and DXF
> formats. The DWGdirect library is not open source, though it is offered
> under fairly permissive terms."
> Now as far as I can see, nothing works without the DWGdirect library,
> and unless you are associated with an educational institution and are
> willing to sign and fax lots of forms to confirm that, the only way to
> get your hands on that library is to become an "Associated Member" of
> the ODA and pay them US$250 (for the first year), and that does not even
> include a license to distribute the library.
> Are these the "fairly permissive terms" mentioned above - or have I
> overlooked some easy and free-of-charge way of downloading the library
> (or a statically linked ogr2ogr)?
> Cheers
> Frederik
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