Tipster Steven Matchett has a way to get AutoCAD file information without using CAD.
“When you are in a drawing, click on File, go to Drawing Properties, and click the Custom tab in the window that pops up. There you can add any information that you want to use or read outside of CAD. For example, I added a line for my name, and I also added a field to a dimension to return the value. Now if I have information that I need to view outside of CAD, I can right-click on the file, select Properties, and click on the Custom tab to view any of the properties listed there. I have our title blocks linked to this information so that when a global drawing changes, I need only change it in the DWG Properties window and refresh, and voilà — all of the instances are changed.”
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton: This is an interesting idea. File properties can be accessed in many different ways. One way is outside of AutoCAD through Windows Explorer. Browse to the file and right-click on it; this window brings up information about the file. The Details section is where the AutoCAD file properties are displayed. You can customize these fields to fit your needs in any way. This information is also available to you while in AutoCAD. Fields can access the data there so you can display the information in a title block, notes, or anywhere text is used.