DraftView for Personal Designer view, print or export Personal Designer drawings. Reading PD drawings directly has many advantages. For viewing purposes, it eliminates the overhead of storing PD drawings as duplicate image files. Direct viewing also provides greater functionality, such as layer and view control. These capabilities are not possible with duplicate non-CAD files, such as CGM, HPGL or raster images. With DraftView you always view the actual Personal Designer drawing, eliminating the potential for viewing "stale" image files.

With DratView for Personnal Designer you can export PD drawings to DXF format. This can be done individually, while viewing a drawing, or any number of drawings can be "batch" translated automatically. Both methods have a generous set of output options which control various aspects of DXF file creation.

A small Windows program is provided for batch DXF translating. Thousands of PD drawings can be processing in one shot. Depending on file size and complexity, DVPD2DXF can translate a DRW file into DXF in less than a minute. In most cases the translation time is a few seconds per DRW file.

Of the few PD viewers that exist, DraftView has the most complete viewing capabilities. Other PD viewers do not properly display 3D MViews, or support all versions of PD. DraftView supports PD MViews in full 3D, and all versions of Personal Designer. It is the only viewer that can handle all PD text fonts, including customized fonts.

Why use other PD viewers that cannot display all entities or perform extra "import" steps for viewing? DraftView has none of these restrictions and is the least expensive of them all.

What You See Is What You Get!

Whether you still use PD, have used it in the past, or have inherited PD drawings, DraftView is the best tool for handling this legacy information.

DraftView was introduced 20 years ago, when Computervision was still the dominant CAD vendor in the industry. With thousands of DraftView installations worldwide, the product has matured according to customer's needs.

As a complete CAD system, PD itself was a large program that was difficult for some users to learn. By contrast, DraftView is much easier for the casual user to learn and use. DraftView is also much less expensive than an installation of PD.

In many cases the solution for legacy CAD data is translation into other CAD systems. DraftView can export PD drawings using the popular DXF format. DXF exports can be done individually as needed, or in "batch", by the thousands. As a PD viewer, DraftView's distinct advantage over other translators is that you can view precisely what is being translated.



  • Personal Designer, Personal Machinist, Microdraft, microCADDS, 4Design
  • All Revisions of the Above
  • All 2D, 3D and MView Entities
  • All Text Fonts, Including User-Customized Fonts



  • Export PD as DXF, TIFF or JPG files
  • Batch Export PD as DXF
  • Command Line PD to DXF options
  • Export PD as PDF or HPGL files (via printer drivers)
  • Copy/Paste PD Images Into Other Windows Applications


Viewer features

  • Pan and Zoom
  • Layer Visibility Control
  • Print and Batch Print
  • Markup DRW file
  • Rotate 3D Model Views
  • Measure Distances (3D, 2D, intersections, endpoints, etc)
  • Verify Entity Information
  • Count Entities
  • View/Print: DWG, DXF, CGM, TIFF, JPG, CALS, HPGL and others



  • network or stand-alone license
  • Windows 7/10
  • Unix (SunOS, Solaris or HPUX)