DWG (DraWinG) is a binary file format used for storing two and three dimensional design data and metadata. It is the native format for several CAD packages including DraftSight, AutoCAD, IntelliCAD (and its variants) and Caddie.

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Changing the default symbology field when adding DWG to ArcMap 9.3.1

When I add a dwg to ArcMap 9.3.1, the symbology is set, by default, to something the program calls "CAD unique entity values"(CAD Renderer?) - a combination of "Linetype", "Color" and "LineWt" fields. ...
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I am struggling to convert .dwg to .shp, ideas?

Any ideas as to how can I convert dwg to shp? I tried Kosmo and gvSIG. gvSIG kind of worked but it seems like I lost information.. in addition everything was converted into lines, no polygons. I can ...
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Which GIS support DXF and/or DWG?

Which GIS support DXF and/or DWG (preferably read&write)? Update: Are there any open source GIS supporting these or similar CAD files? Support of CAD files generally seems to be problematic. ...