Want to become the office hero? Unless you are looking at weeks until retirement, we are all looking to make a difference, and please our managers, right? We all know the golden rule for office heroics: make money or save money! I am always hearing about the time and cost savings that our customers have incurred with implementing DWF and Autodesk Design Review into their current design processes. The best part is, it’s a free solution, so when you are writing up the “justification for software”, it should be easy.
Below is a quick look at how you can save time and money using the new find and locate feature in Design Review 2009, by implementing DWF and Design Review, instead of paper, into your workflow. If you already use Design Review in your workflow, this should speed things up even further, as it is a quicker way to get to the information (including BIM data) that your team needs.
This quick tutorial (just over 2 minutes) will walk you through finding and locating objects, properties, text, etc. within a DWF file repository. And maybe, just maybe, you will become the office hero.
See the “How To” Movie on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/955553
Find and Locate Feature
- Open your DWF file in Design Review
- Using the Find feature (from the main toolbar, or select Edit>Find), enter a text string.
- Click the Advanced Find button to display the Advanced Find features, including selecting the type of content being searched: All, Current Model or Sheet, Current Table, Markups, Models, Sheets, Tables.
Note: You can quickly locate text in an open DWF file by searching for tabular data, markups, text on 2D sheets, objects, sheet names, and their properties. Found results are shown in a convenient list, enabling you to click a result to display the found text or associated object on the canvas or in a palette.
- Many results should show up for “door.” Click any resulting hyperlink to display the associated result instance in the canvas window.
- The result is highlighted in both the Object Properties and Model panels.
Note: Any text item which was imported into your DWF file using the DWF Writer can also be located with the find feature. This includes Microsoft Office products, as well as PDF files and others.
Another great article submitted by Cliff Medling.