A Mr. Richard Feder from Fort Lee, New Jersey, inquired:
Is there a way to start the Autodesk DWF Viewer from within AutoCAD using typed hot keys or putting that hot key in a toolbar?
Autodesk Project Freewheel Developer, John Schmier, provided a lisp script:
(defun C:OpenDWF ( )
(startapp "C:\\Program Files\\Autodesk\\Autodesk DWF Viewer\\DWFViewer.exe" "C:\\Documents and Settings\\schmiej\\Desktop\\share\\3dbox.dwf")
John noted that Richard can change both parameters to point to the proper exe (if installed in a different location) and his own DWF file. The second parameter to the DWF file is optional. Without it, the viewer is simply invoked without a file.
The ability to easily bring up the DWF Viewer while in AutoCAD allows architects and engineers to see original design data and published instances (that they will share with others) side by side. This facilitates verifying that the DWF contains a desired subset of design data that is intended for sharing. In terms of speed and flexibility, electronically sharing design data goes beyond what can be done with delivery of printed paper.