DraftSight to PDF Conversion Task Installation with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

Article by GoEngineer on Dec 12, 2016

Starting with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2016 SP4 you can create a task to convert DWG\DXF documents to PDF. This article will outline the steps to install the task when creating a new vault and adding the task to existing vaults. The task uses DraftSight to perform the conversion process and therefore requires a DraftSight Professional or Premium license.

New Vaults

When creating a new vault, you can select to install the DraftSight to PDF conversion task on the configuration details page as shown below.

DraftSight to PDF Conversion Task

Once the vault creation process is complete, you will see the SWPDFTaskAddin listed in the Add-ins node.


You should also see the default ‘DWG\DXF Files to PDF’ task listed under the Tasks node.

DWG/DXF Files to PDF

Existing Vaults

To add the DraftSight to PDF conversion task to existing vaults you will need to make sure the vault is at version 2016 SP4 or newer. These steps can be performed on any client install and only needs to be done once per vault.

  1. Browse to the ‘Default Data’ folder located in the installation folder for the PDM client. The path below is a typical installation location but this may vary depending on how the client was installed. C:\Program Files\~\SOLIDWORKS PDM\Default Data
  2. Find the ‘DraftSight_To_PDF_gb.cex’ file in the Default Data folder and double click it.

    SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro DraftSight PDF Task Installation

  3. This will open the Administration Tool along with a Window Showing the ‘SWPDFTaskAddin’ add-in and the ‘DWG/DXF Files to PDF’ task. Drag and drop the ‘SWPDFTaskAddin’ to the add-ins node and then drag and drop the ‘DWG\DXF Files to PDF’ task to the Tasks node of your vault.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Admin DraftSight to PDF

This completes the installation of the DraftSight to PDF conversion task. You can now configure the task to convert DWG\DXF documents to PDF during workflow transitions or from a menu command.

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