DWG Gateway is a new product from SolidWorks for ... (wait for it) ... AutoCAD users.
Whereas AutoCAD is restricted in the releases of DWG file it saves in, DWG Gateway extends that to R14, R2000, R2000i, R2002, R2004, and R2005 -- forwards and backwards. Soon to be added: PDF.
Although DWG Gateway's Web site doesn't have the uniform corporate look required of companies owned by Dassault Systemes, the copyright and some contact info is for SolidWorks Corporation. Other contact info, however, is for firstname.lastname@example.org.The site casually mentions two other free products from SolidWorks: eDrawings (for distributing SolidWorks and AutoCAD drawings over the Internet) and XchangeWorks (a 3D data translation plug-in for AutoCAD and Mechanical Desktop).
I wonder if DWG Gateway is an offshoot from SolidWorks' DWG Editor, their IntelliCAD-based AutoCAD drawing editor. The point to the software? "You do not have to upgrade your AutoCAD license to the new version to be compatible with your DWG files."
So SolidWorks and Bentley Systems are both working to woo AutoCAD users facing Autodesk's upgrade-or-pay-the-penalty crisis.