Friday, April 13, 2007

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!


At 10:52 AM , Blogger EricZhang said...

still can not customize the font thickness in the new viewer?

At 4:50 PM , Blogger Ward Romberger said...

I'm not sure what you mean here. You really can't change the thickness (by this I mean line weight) of any entity in the DWF, including fonts. It is displayed in as "as plotted" state. This includes the line weights, color, shading, etc. which are plotted to the DWF file as per the style settings in effect at plot time (i.e. DWF creation time).

At 10:05 AM , Blogger EricZhang said...

Thanks for your reply. The case is I created an ascii dwf file. Firstly I created a layer to present all text

C 103
(Layer 3 DESC)
(Font (Name Courier New) (Family Courier) (Style italic) (Height 2000) (FontWeight 0))

Then I created an entity in that layer

C 103
(Layer 3 DESC)
(Text 1000862,803010 'FDI MP R10')

But seems it can not recognize what (FontWeight 0) mean.

What I am trying to do is set the font thickness when creating a DWF file......

At 4:20 PM , Blogger Ward Romberger said...

Your using a DWF API for some reason, either to view or write a DWF, aren't you? I've never programmed for DWF, so I really can't help you here.

At 9:47 AM , Blogger Eric Zhang said...

thanks anyway.


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