Buzzsaw is one of the products Autodesk offers in the area of Collaborative Project Management. In past blog postings, I have often included information related to Buzzsaw. This is because DWF plays a key role in Buzzsaw. The format is tied to the application. It dawned on me that many of you have never seen what a DWF file looks like in Buzzsaw before.
Click on the image above for a full view. From the image, you can see:
- On the far left are some navigation icons that allow the Buzzsaw user to choose what activity he would like to perform: Site Administration (e.g., add users), Project Administration (e.g., grant permissions), Projects, What's New (list of changes), Find (e.g., content search), Mail (send message), or Recycle Bin (restore or empty). With regard to DWF, the place "where the action's at" is selected with the Project icon. This is where the files are.
- Once in a project, files are displayed in a folder structure much like Windows folders. In this case, this project has some of the sample DWF files used by our QA department.
- If one of the files is selected, several tabs are available in the view canvas area: General (e.g. file size), View, Discussions (threaded discussions), Versions (list of versions with authors, dates, and times), and Markups. The View tab is particularly pertinent. This is where Autodesk Design Review integrates with Buzzsaw. The DWF file is displayed inside the application. The user can markup the DWF. The markup is then saved back to Buzzsaw. A list of the stored markups, who made them, and when they were made, appears on the Markups tab. Buzzsaw associates the markups with the original file. This applies to DWF or DWG.
Buzzsaw and Autodesk Design Review are designed to work together. The combination allows design data to be shared in a controlled fashion. Individual users in Buzzsaw can be granted No Access, List, View, Review, Update, Deposit, Edit, or Admin rights on a site, project, folder, or file basis. In the case of a user with Review permission, he only has the ability to add markups which Autodesk Design Review makes possible. Together these products help DWF go beyond the paper.