In a continuing effort to provide high quality products, Autodesk has a beta Hotfix for Autodesk Design Review 2007 and Autodesk DWF Viewer 7.0 that addresses compatibility issues with Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.
- Download DesignReview2007-IE7HotfixBeta.msi (832.5K) (all languages)
- Download DWFViewer7-IE7HotfixBeta.msi (800.0K) (all languages)
This is a beta Hotfix. As such, there are some caveats. The Hotfix overwrites existing DWF libraries. The HotfixBeta creates a HotfixBeta uninstaller in the Windows control panel, but you should not use it. In the event that you apply the Hotfix and experience a problem, you need to fully uninstall Autodesk Design Review 2007 or the Autodesk DWF Viewer and re-install.
The main menu does not appear when used as a stand-alone executable.
This was a problem with loading the index page at startup and has been corrected.
"Access is denied" script errors appear when trying to load web pages containing one of the viewer controls. These pages use the <object> tag to embed DWF files into HTML.
With Internet Explorer 7, there are new settings available for the security zone called the local intranet.
The local intranet zone is primarily meant for use in corporate intranets, but the Autodesk DWF Viewer and Autodesk Design Review do not behave any differently from a security standpoint whether on an intranet or the internet. With regard to security settings for the "local intranet" zone:
- The highest level of local intranet security is "High." This setting blocks use of ActiveX controls (such as those for DWF and other products) installed even on the local machine. This setting is not recommended.
- The Autodesk DWF Viewer and Autodesk Design Review actually consist of several ActiveX Controls. When the local intranet security is set to the next lower level, which is "Medium-high," the user is prompted as to whether or not to load each control. Since the DWF applications actually have many ActiveX controls, the user must respond to the question:
many times. This is not practical. This setting is not recommended.
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- If the local intranet setting is set to the next lower level, "Medium," HTML pages with embedded DWF files load and run correctly.
- The default setting for the local intranet is one level below "Medium" which is "Medium-low." HTML pages with embedded DWF files also load and run correctly with this setting.
The recommendation is to use the default setting of "Medium-low."
This problem appears to be corrected via structural changes to code in the DWF ActiveX Controls. These structural changes have no direct impact on how the controls function. Thus it is difficult to ensure that we have changed them all. As such, this aspect of the Hotfix is still being tested. We will ensure that all instances have been restructured before the Hotfix is officially released.
We are interested in your feedback on this Hotfix. Please share your success or failure stories in the Autodesk discussion groups.
Autodesk Design Review (formerly known as Autodesk DWF Composer)
Alternatively you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to Nigel Downing of New Zealand for being the first customer to share his success story after applying the hotfix.
Although it was mentioned in earlier posts, Autodesk DWG TrueView appears to be compatible with Internet Explorer 7. Let me know if this is not the case. Thank you. Hot fixes for preview versions of the Autodesk DWF Viewer and Autodesk DWF Composer will be released separately.
The hotfix has subsequently been released. The released hotfix makes the beta hotfix obsolete.
[This message was posted to my blog using Internet Explorer 7.]