About DrawingSearcher™

" The Google®-like Search Engine for AutoCAD® … with SmartZoom® from Docupoint™ "

Docupoint's "DrawingSearcher" software combines the power of full-text AutoCAD SEARCH with a standard easy-to-use web server, allowing users to find targeted information within any AutoCAD drawing, anywhere within an organization's thousands-and-thousands of drawings.  With DrawingSearcher, organizations are able to quickly and easily bring large archives of DWG drawing files on-line for searching, browsing, viewing and collaboration. Drawing files are automatically indexed by DrawingSearcher and made available to the user community in the DWF format where they can be accessed through a powerful yet easy-to-use web interface. Index DWG, Search DWG, Find DWG! DrawingSearcher is so easy to configure and use that many organizations report being up and running in less then an hour! DrawingSearcher integrates with the free Autodesk Design Review viewing application to provide an all-digital approach to view, print, measure, mark-up, and revise AutoCAD-created drawings.

Enterprise-wide data access is based on an IT Administrator User Interface for selecting file locations and format. Files are found based on content, metadata, and/or filename. DrawingSearcher is compatible with all Document Management Systems, including Autodesk's Vault, Microsoft's Sharepoint, and Blue Cielo.  Files are read directly in their native form without any change to their file properties, while the file content is indexed for immediate retrieval from all popular web browsers.

Powerful Search Capabilities

DrawingSearcher provides the most advanced AutoCAD search capability available.  Unlike legacy document management applications that are limited to searching on a few fields in a database table, DrawingSearcher can find drawings by any text or number string inside the drawing. Need to find all drawings that contain references to a particular part number?  No problem!  With DrawingSearcher's Thesaurus feature you even find drawings when they contain abbreviations and synonyms. For examples, a Search on 'building' also finds 'bldg' and Searching for equipment by its number can also find the equipment by name!

DrawingSearcher contains an easy-to-use browse function. Just like traditional Microsoft Windows Explorer, the user can browse file directories through the web browser interface and view the preview images associated with each file.  At any time within the Browse function, users may add a Search term and view all the drawings containing the term. Combining Browse and Search provides a powerful means to locate files containing a particular text string while limiting the search results to only directories of interest.

And of course, DrawingSearcher provides text search on extracted Title Block attribute values, database information extracted via the database linking tools, and File Names. There is no need for the user to specify a Field to search upon - all searches are done across all fields, making it easy for users to find the drawings they need.


DrawingSearcher is fully customizable to meet your organization's unique needs. All web pages displayed are built from a series of open HTML files that can be customized by the system administrator. Refer to the HTML Customization Readme.txt file in the html directory for instructions on copying the original html files to a new directory where they can be modified and used by the DrawingSearcher web server.

Responsive, Easy-to-Use Interface

The DrawingSearcher interface is designed to be very simple and highly responsive to user input. The highly optimized, lightweight web pages are returned almost instantaneously after a SEARCH is submitted. And, the highly accurate preview image allows users to easily discern the file's contents, without the need to fully open each drawing in the viewer.

Built Around Autodesk Core Technologies

DrawingSearcher is built around core Autodesk technologies including: RealDWG, the DWF Toolkit, Design Review and i-Drop. As a long-time member of the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN), Docupoint has licensed technologies directly from Autodesk. Use of Autodesk-provided development tools ensures that DWG files are reproduced with the highest fidelity as well as providing a clear path for support of future versions of AutoCAD in a timely manner.

View AutoCAD drawings in PDF or DWF!

After SEARCHING/FINDING relevant AutoCAD drawing files, DrawingSearcher displays a preview of the AutoCAD files on the user's web-capable computer screen via PDF, or DWF, Autodesk's industry-standard format.  As such, companies no longer need to send files via email or FTP or links to other employees.  Instead, ANY employee who has access to files inside of an organization's intranet (within their own firewalls), can SEARCH/FIND/VIEW and Print their AutoCAD drawings without requiring an AutoCAD user to get involved with finding, and sending the file.  And, the DrawingSearcher Gold version (DWG's+Documents) also SEARCHES and FINDS typical office documents, so legacy files are not skipped over or missed during a SEARCH.

Easy to Install, Configure and Maintain

Many users report getting DrawingSearcher completely up and running, with all drawings on-line, in a matter of hours. DrawingSearcher is packaged into a single download and the functionality is enabled with an Authorization Code upon purchase.  As DrawingSearcher is a server-based product, it is installed on just one computer to provide the indexing and search services. Client computer setup is dependent on drawing output as PDF or DWF. PDF Client devices including; Microsoft OS computers, iPad, tablet, or smart phone use the native browser supplied with the device to accesses DrawingSearcher. Each DWF client computer that accesses DrawingSearcher must use the Microsoft OS and requires only the installation of the Design Review viewing application (free from Autodesk).  DrawingSearcher is typically configured to run as a service with 24x7x365 availability.  Indexing of DWG file archives is pre- scheduled to process incremental additions, changes and deletions ...  then indexing occurs automatically.

Comparisons (Comparing Gold vs. Silver)

Two (2) Editions to Choose From:

DrawingSearcher is available in two editions - allowing you to match your organizations needs, user requirements and budgetary considerations. The 15-day demo version can be set to operate in either of the two editions, allowing you to try the capabilities of each. This is a list of the features/functions contained in each edition:

DrawingSearcher Gold

DrawingSearcher Gold has all available features and is typically the edition purchased for access to both AutoCAD drawing data AND technical data saved in all of the popular "office" documents, including Microsoft Office (.DOC, .XLS, .PPT) and Adobe PDF, as well as all of the file formats listed below.

DrawingSearcher Silver

DrawingSearcher Silver provides for indexing and search on DWG, DWF and DXF file types. It is intended for organizations that are looking for a directed solution to solve their AutoCAD file access challenges.  Other "office" documents are not indexed/searched. 


Gold versus Silver Editions:    Comparisons by Feature

DrawingSearcher Gold has the ability to search ALL of these document formats: 

  • Adobe Acrobat (*.pdf)

  • Adobe Framemaker MIF (*.mif)

  • Ami Pro (*.sam)

  • Ansi Text (*.txt)

  • ASCII Text

  • ASF media files (metadata only) (*.asf)

  • CSV (Comma-separated values) (*.csv)

  • DBF (*.dbf)


  • EML files (emails saved by Outlook Express) (*.eml)

  • Enhanced Metafile Format (*.emf)

  • Eudora MBX message files (*.mbx)

  • Flash (*.swf)

  • GZIP (*.gz)

  • HTML (*.htm, *.html)

  • JPEG (*.jpg)

  • Lotus 1-2-3 (*.123, *.wk?)

  • MBOX email archives (including Thunderbird) (*.mbx)

  • MHT archives (HTML archives saved by Internet Explorer) (*.mht)

  • MIME messages

  • MSG files (emails saved by Outlook) (*.msg)

  • Microsoft Access MDB files (We no longer use ODBC or any Microsoft database drivers to index Microsoft Access files. Earlier versions relied on ODBC to parse Access files. Each record of a database is indexed as a separate document.) (*.mdb, *.accdb, including Access 2007 and Access 2010)

  • Microsoft Document Imaging (*.mdi)

  • Microsoft Excel (*.xls)

  • Microsoft Excel 2003 XML (*.xml)

  • Microsoft Excel 2007 and 2010 (*.xlsx)

  • Microsoft Outlook data files (*.PST)

  • Microsoft Outlook/Exchange Messages, Notes, Contacts, Appointments, and Tasks (We can index Outlook and Exchange message stores using MAPI. We also index Outlook PST files directly, without using Outlook or MAPI.)

  • Microsoft Outlook Express 5 and 6 (*.dbx) message stores

  • Microsoft PowerPoint (*.ppt)

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 (*.pptx)

  • Microsoft Rich Text Format (*.rtf)

  • Microsoft Searchable Tiff (*.tiff)

  • Microsoft Word for DOS (*.doc)

  • Microsoft Word for Windows (*.doc)

  • Microsoft Word 2003 XML (*.xml)

  • Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010 (*.docx)

  • Microsoft Works (*.wks)

  • MP3 (metadata only) (*.mp3)

  • Multimate Advantage II (*.dox)

  • Multimate version 4 (*.doc)

  • OpenOffice versions 1, 2, and 3 documents, spreadsheets, and presentations (*.sxc, *.sxd, *.sxi, *.sxw, *.sxg, *.stc, *.sti, *.stw, *.stm, *.odt, *.ott, *.odg, *.otg, *.odp, *.otp, *.ods, *.ots, *.odf) (includes OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications)

  • Quattro Pro (*.wb1, *.wb2, *.wb3, *.qpw)

  • QuickTime (*.mov, *.m4a, *.m4v)

  • TAR (*.tar)

  • TIFF (*.tif)

  • TNEF (winmail.dat files)

  • Treepad HJT files (*.hjt)

  • Unicode (UCS16, Mac or Windows byte order, or UTF-8)

  • Visio XML files (*.vdx)

  • Windows Metafile Format (*.wmf)

  • WMA media files (metadata only) (*.wma)

  • WMV video files (metadata only) (*.wmv)

  • WordPerfect 4.2 (*.wpd, *.wpf)

  • WordPerfect (5.0 and later) (*.wpd, *.wpf)

  • WordStar version 1, 2, 3 (*.ws)

  • WordStar versions 4, 5, 6 (*.ws)

  • WordStar 2000

  • Write (*.wri)

  • XBase (including FoxPro, dBase, and other XBase-compatible formats) (*.dbf)

  • XML (*.xml)

  • XML Paper Specification (*.xps)

  • XSL

  • XyWrite

  • ZIP (*.zip)


Maintenance, Upgrades and Support ("MUS")

The purchase of an annual MUS contract entitles subscribers to receive: Maintenance Releases (minor releases), Upgrades (major releases) and Support.  Technical Support is provided by email.  The initial Purchase of each DrawingSearcher includes the first year of MUS.



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