Converters 2018

AutoCAD compatibility has risen to a new level

Vertex supports AutoCad 2018

Vertex version 2018 (24.0.00) supports AutoCad version 2018.

Read AutoCad DWG's layout as its own Vertex drawing

Now you can choose the AutoCad drawing's Layout and make a Vertex drawing from it.

Vertex supports all dwg image layers

Now all layers in the dwg drawing will be displayed in the Vertex. They are also saved in the drawing so they are available when a drawing saved as Vertex drawing is opened later.

The layers included in dwg drawing are saved similarly than Vertex layers also when the drawing is saved back into the dwg format.

The layers and layer groups are shown in alpha numerical order.

  • Note: If you want to use the dwg drawing’s layer scheme in a new Vertex drawing, you should use the dwg drawing as a basis for the new Vertex drawing.

Vertex supports all dwg image layers

Dwg drawing's two dimensional line types are defined in the *.shp or *.shx files. These AutoCad's configuration files are required from a dwg drawing supplier so that Vertex can convert the lines correctly.

  • If there is no such file, Vertex replaces the line with a continuous line.
    In any case, the line type information is included in the file so if the Vertex’s *.vxp drawing is converted back to *.dwg drawing, the line remembers its features.

  • There is no complete support for the dwg drawing’s “Multi Line" lines.

A support has been created to special Vertex line types for DWG conversions

Vertex applications contain line types that AutoCad does not recognize, so it has previously replaced them with the default line.

Now Vertex has vertexltypes.shp setting files and a binary counterpart vertexltypes.shx (in system/setup folder), containing Vertex line configurations in the format that AutoCad recognizes them.

If you convert a Vertex drawing with two dimensional lines, deliver also a binary vertexltypes.shx file created along the drawing to your customer. This enables the viewing of lines as they are in Vertex.

Note: The conversion of one-dimensional lines (different dash lines) has been improved so that they convert directly between vxp and dwg drawings without the vertexltypes.shx file.

You can use DWG drawing’s line types (with restrictions) in the other Vertex drawings

The line types included in the DWG drawing are saved along the Vertex line types during the working session.
You can use these line types also in other Vertex drawings during the working session.

  • You can find the dwg drawing’s line types in the Properties > Lines menu after the Vertex lines.

The dwg drawing's lines that you use are saved in the Vertex drawing, so they are available for use also in the following working sessions after you have opened that drawing in question.

Vertex supports all dwg drawing’s text fonts

Vertex supports the Windows fonts of the AutoDesk dwg files.

When the dwg drawing is imported, Vertex examines its text font definitions and adds any new fonts to style_dwg_vertex.txt file that is in shared/setup folder.

  • The font’s name in AutoDesk is not possible to find out. Each user might have given their own names to these fonts and it is not saved in the dwg drawing.

  • The definitions of shared/setup/Style_dwg_vertex.txt file are included when the Vertex *.vxp drawing is converted to a dwg drawing.

You can use DWG drawing’s text fonts (with restrictions) in the other Vertex drawings

The text fonts included in the DWG drawing are saved along the Vertex text fonts during the working session. You can use these text fonts also in other Vertex drawings during the working session.

  • You can find the dwg drawing’s text fonts in the Properties > Fonts menu after the Vertex text fonts.

The dwg drawing's text fonts that you use are saved in the Vertex drawing, so they are available for use also in the following working sessions after you have opened that drawing in question

The DWG drawing’s ByLayer color setting remains in elements

In a DWG drawing the elements may have been given a feature that colors the element according to a layer's color.

Now this feature remains on elements, although DWG drawing is imported to Vertex and is converted back to DWG drawing.

  • Note: If you change the DWG drawing’s layer scheme to Vertex’s default layer scheme can the drawing’s colors change. That happens because the Vertex’s layer colors are defined in a different way than in a DWG drawing.
  • Vertex drawing’s default colors are defined by settings in disp_pen and user/SETUP file’s pen definitions.

The DWG drawing’s ByBlock color setting remains in elements

These settings can be changed in Vertex’s color menu.

Learn more about color settings in “User Interface and Auxiliary Functions”.

The ACI (AutoCAD Color Index) color number remains in elements

If the element has had a ACI-color or RGB color in a DWG drawing, it remains.

  • The color can be changed to another ACI or RGB color in Vertex.

Export Vertex’s drawing to a DWG drawing

Please note: The Vertex drawing that is converted from a DWG drawing may contain two layer schemes: AutoCad drawing’s layer scheme and Vertex’s layer scheme if it is enabled.

If this kind of drawing is converted back to dwg format, only the layer scheme that is currently active is included in the drawing.

  • If the purpose is to edit the DWG image in Vertex and return the drawing back in DWG format, the activation of Vertex layer scheme may not be necessary.

  • If the Vertex layer scheme has been activated for some reason, remember to switch it to the AutoCad’s layer scheme before converting the drawing back to DWG format.

Known limitations in the compatibility of AutoCad lines, colors and layers

Vertex does not contain the “Layer manager" function

It is not possible to determine a color for a layer similarly in the Vertex layer scheme as in AutoCad.

  • However, it is possible to adjust the layer’s color for an individual drawing.

It is not possible to define visibility or freezing settings for layers in Vertex settings.

There is no support for lines in DWG’s ByLayer or ByBlock definitions.

It is not possible to set a line type or line’s width to be depending on a layer or drawing-specific symbols (Blocks).

The colors may differ slightly from the genuine RGB or ACI* colors on the screen and in prints.

This is because the color display on a screen or in outputs still operates according to the settings defined in Vertex’s disp_pen and the plor_pen settings. (According to pens 1...255).

  • An exception is a color defined for a color fill (hatch), which is displayed on the screen or sent to the printer as it is.

Note: The old definitions remain, so the colors are displayed again in DWG drawing exactly the same as they were before. Although Vertex screen and printout colors may seem slightly different.

*) The ACI-color = AutoCad Color Index, the AutoCad’s color map

A reference drawing has no support for ByLayer colors

Another Vertex drawing imported as a reference drawing can be drawn either in original colors or in so called “reference colors”.

  • The Vertex displays the reference drawing’s original colors correctly only if the drawing’s elements have default or fixed colors.
  • If the reference drawing is imported in DWG format and has layer-specific colors (Color by Layer) or symbol-specific colors (Color by Block) in use, these layer or symbol colors are not imported to the reference drawing.

Other converters

Hidden geometry is no longer imported to a WRL file

If importing a model in wrl format to for example Navisworks software, the hidden parts are left out.

  • Wrl files are not commonly used anymore but it suits transfers to Navisworks software, because it is possible to transfer attribute data with it on the contrary to for example the step format.

We advise you to use IFC files instead of wrl files. They also support the transfer of attribute data and can be imported faster in e.g. Navisworks software.

You can adjust the export of parts that contain ACIS errors to STEP or IGES format

A keyword CheckAcisGeometry=0 has been added to files options_step_writer.txt and options_iges_writer.txt that control step and iges conversions.

If you change the files, copy them first to a file vxg4/custom/setup (or to file vxg4_srv/custom/setup if you have a server installation).


  • There is no check for ACIS geometry and all parts will be imported to the file.


  • This works as in version 23.0.00, the check is carried out and if there are incorrect parts, the user decides if they are discarded.


  • The check is carried out and if there are incorrect parts, they are discarded.