Converting AutoCAD 2009 Files to Microstation V8

I get a problem from a technician using Microstation V8, looking to read an AutoCAD 2008 file.

A Little History

The dwg format was initially used by Interact CAD, developed by Mike Riddle In the 70 years, this was one of the co-founders of AutoDesk that began the same extension name for autoCAD files from the 1982 year.


The photo shows this Jurassic version of Interact CAD, see that I already had a mouse, with those tablets that were used to digitize and it was recommended to use two monitors although the green letters always made that in 3 months you used glasses butt Bottom of bottle.

From 82 to 2007 year AutoDesk has created different versions, are considered at least 18 transcendental variations in their 25 years of history. Among them the last ones in the 2007, 2004, 2002, 2000 and R14 versions and it does it to avoid that they apply reverse engineering to him although that has been criticized like lack of interoperability.

La Open Design Alliance, With the idea of ​​IntelliCAD began to release from 1998 applications that used this format dwg so that AutoDesk nailed them a demand to use reverse engineering tactics the year 2006.

The telenovela still has not finished, Microstation began to read and write natively on the dwg format from the 8 version, the 2004 year. The 2007 version can only be read by Microstation 8.9 known as XM, always without the need to convert it to dgn.

Three ways to do it

imageSo answering the question, there are two ways to read a dwg file with Microstation V8.

  • The first is opening it with AutoCAD 2008, then making "file / export / export to autoCAD / 2004 format", that format will be read by Microstation V8
  • The second way is by opening it with AutoCAD 2009, then making "file / export / dgn V8"
  • image The third is by opening it with Microstation XM, which you can download from there, and it works for you in 15-minute sessions. This version reads the 2008 dwg format without having to convert it to dgn. Then you can save it as dgn, "file / save as / dgn V8"

What does the future hold

After signing Of an agreement between AutoDesk and Bentley, from the next version of AutoCAD 2010 and Microstation Athens it is expected that both programs use a standard format with what is expected that we can save a lot of millions that costs the interoperability of these two companies.

For now to the technician, it cost 1 hour of transport to look for an internet café, 22 minutes of very slow connection to send me the file and 4 minutes of my morning.

Ah ... it does not cost millions, but it still does not quantify the time it takes to return to the rising zone, if the storm that hits the area allows it with these hurricane signs.

Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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  1. I do not know what you mean automatically. If you talk about doing it in bulk (many massively), the ideal is Microstation itself.
    The trial version lets you do that, using the batch converter, decide which files, the format you will send it to, and do the bulk conversion.

    I understand the export does to dwg 2007, so there would be no problem.

  2. Please:

    I am looking for a program that passes Microstation V8 drawings to Autocad 2008 automatically.
    Where can I find it ?.
    Thank you.

  3. Answering a question that arrives in the mail

    What versions of AutoCAD does Microstation open?

    Microstation V8.5 supports previous dwg / dwf files and up to AutoCAD 2004, since it was what existed at that date.

    Microstation V8.9 XM supports dwg / dxf up to AutoCAD 2007

    Microstation V8i Select Series 1 supports dwg / dxf files from AutoCAD 2010 to AutoCAD 2012

  4. No, it only exports to previous DWG versions.

    But it is highly recommended, it maintains the autocad 2009 environment (ribbon), and allows to measure distances, areas, configure the export and conversion, print to scale, different vision zooms… .etc

    Of course it is an ideal tool for those who need to view DWG files occasionally, and because it is free, it avoids having to use illegal versions of AutoCAD

  5. Thanks Txus, hehe esque sometimes it is better to count the legs of the cows and divide them into four.


    One question, convert to another format as dgn?

    otherwise it would have to be converted to dwg 2004 in the case of our exercise, since the person who is reading it is a user of Microstation V8

  6. There is no need to open autocad 2008 or 2009 and save in previous versions, nor is there a need to look for versions of microstation xm "out there"... 🙄

    Just download it for free from the Autodesk website, DWG TrueView which includes DWG TrueConvert.

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