Introducing Autodesk Design Review 2008
You may have previously known this application as DWF Composer. It has recently undergone significant transformations:
- It's now FREE from Autodesk. Finally!
- It can batch print multiple, individual DWF files (with a plug-in, also free).
- It can now import DWG and DXF files, even DGNs (with free plug-in).
- It can write Microsoft compatible DWFx files. (for Windows Vista's XPS Viewer.)
Autodesk Design Review allows you to:
- View DWF files.
- Redline DWF files (these markups can be later viewed by AutoCAD in the original drawing).
- Measure distances and areas.
- Print to scale, cropping or tiling the drawing as necessary.
You can install Design Review by downloading it from the Autodesk website.
Use Start > Programs > Autodesk > Autodesk Design Review to launch the application.
- Open a DWF with File > Open
- Import a DWG with File > Import (Unfortunately, Design Review doesn't understand Xrefs, so this has limited usefulness.)
- The Contents pane of the Navigator (at left) allows you to view the desired page of your DWF file.
- Zoom and Pan using the wheel on your wheel mouse. Roll up and down to Zoom in and out. Pick and hold the wheel to Pan the view.
- Redline by placing call outs, drawing freehand, or placing stamps using the markup tools on the toolbar.
- The measuring commands on the toolbar allow you to trace geometry for distances and areas.
- Redlines and Dimensions are listed in the Markups pane, allowing you to Jump to or delete the markup.
- Turn On/Off layers (if they were saved in the DWF) using the Layers pane.
- Compose your DWFs combining multiple DWFs into a single, multi-page file, or remove or reorder pages within your DWF file.
This is just a brief overview of the functionality available in Design Review. Now, some things to know about AutoCAD:
- The easiest way to save Layer information in your DWFs is through the PUBLISH command under the Publish Options; or you can do it with the PLOT command by changing the properties of the DWF6 ePlot.pc3.
- View redline DWFs using the MARKUP command; File > Load Markup Set
Bonus tip: Show your project managers how to use this tool. Give them DWFs to view and redline thus keeping them safely out of AutoCAD and your valuable DWGs!