I think people will really like the new Autodesk DWG TrueView 2009. Autodesk DWG TrueView 2009 is geared toward users who do not have extensive AutoCAD experience. It has a nice streamlined ribbon-based interface.
By the way - look at that DWG. How many people remember Shaan Hurley's helicool.dwg? He created it for AutoCAD 2007. I have always liked it. But I digress.
Autodesk DWG TrueView 2009 has historically been used to view DWG files and publish them to DWF. Users would then use Autodesk Design Review to markup and measure the resulting DWF. Autodesk Design Review and DWG TrueView interoperate in that a user can import a DWG into Autodesk Design Review, and Autodesk Design Review 2009 will use DWG TrueView to create a DWF file on the fly. These capabilities continue to exist in DWG TrueView 2009; however, for DWG TrueView 2009, a user can measure a DWG without converting it to DWF.
This has been an often requested feature by those engineering teams who work with DWG files on internal networks.
For extended teams connected via the internet, DWF continues to offer the advantages of smaller file size, one stop shopping (no missing XREFs), and some protection of intellectual property (DWF only contains what you put in it; it's not your original DWG). // more