Best wishes to you on this Memorial Day. Though this is a holiday for most Americans, many Autodesk employees are busy at work on Amazon. Memorial Day was first observed in 1868 when two women in Columbus, Missouri placed flowers on both Confederate and Union graves. We are grateful to all who have given their lives in service to our country. So in the grand scheme of things, working on a holiday weekend is not the worst thing to happen to someone.
Publishing native design files such as DWG, RVT, and IPT formats created with design authoring software can be impractical for a variety of reasons. Protecting intellectual property is a primary concern because anyone with the AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Inventor, or another design authoring application can edit the file or steal the design. Moreover, the cost of the authoring software may exceed the needs of the user. Paying for everyone on the project team to install and then learn to use a sophisticated CAD or mapping application can be costly. Using the DWF format avoids these issues.
DWF is a secure file format that is smaller, more compact, and easier to distribute than DWG, RVT, or IPT files yet still maintains the rich design data of the original design. CAD users can publish drawings, maps, or models to the DWF format, so reviewers see exactly what the publisher intended them to see. In addition, the DWF file format supports multisheet drawing sets and makes it easier for team members who don’t use CAD to view and print.