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You say that you're open to using FME for this but don't want to run in a Windows environment. Good news, as of FME 2014, FME now runs on a Mac as a "technical preview". With FME, you can bypass many of your intermediate steps and go straight from DWG to Google Earth. I would have open a DWG reader and connect it to a Trimble Sketchup Writer. You can ...


Once you coverted the DWG to DXF you should be able to use GDAL/OGR. Note that you have to use DXF version 2000 (http://www.gdal.org/ogr/drv_dxf.html). I have recently used ogr2ogr with the -gcp (ground control point) option (http://www.gdal.org/ogr2ogr.html) successfully to geolocate DXFs. Thus, with ogr2ogr you can covert the DXF to Shapefile and ...


If you have access to Autocad map 3D you can export point, polylines and lines into shapefiles that you can import into Qgis. If there is attached data you would be able to have it associated with the shapefiles and have it showing up in the attributes table when loaded in Qgis


There are some newer encrypted esri formats - these include file geodatabase, and .SDC formats. You have to work with esri to get access to these formats and tools to create them. Access has been limited to vendors like Nokia and TomTom. I was able to get access to .SDC format conversion tools by attending an onsite training. These formats are used ...

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