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August 18, 2010

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Merle

Obviously, this topic doesn't generate much interest. It seems like it would for corporate environments where it's nice to be able to attempt to control the version being used within the corporation by hosting the CAB file locally. Though it's a wonderful thing to point to the AutoDesk site for the most up-to-date version, I'm always a bit nervous when new versions come out and they may not be compatible with other software (other than AutoDesk, that is) that's in place and which relies on the viewer.

Maybe it's passe to try to maintain that integrity and stability, but I always thought it saved our company money by "just working" so the users didn't have to worry about it or take their precious time to mess with installs, etc.

To rant a bit (gently, I hope), it always seems a bit difficult to find information on the whole embed codebase method. The last posted on this blog was in 2006, I think, and I don't know whether what's posted there even still works. A search for "CAB" or "codebase" in the AutoDesk Design Review KB yields not one result.

Not sure I can answer your questions specifically, but:

1) 300-some individual users/month according to internal site stats. Obviously, it only affects them when they first hit the site or there's a new version release.
2) No idea
3) See above.

Merle

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