When a user visits a Google server, a cookie is created. The cookie contains an expiration date in the year 2038. Perhaps there is significance to this date? Perhaps Google has used its vast archives of text-based content to deduce when the world will end. :-) Theories abound. After all, why have a cookie be active any longer than it needs to be?
DWF Technical Evangelist, Brian Pene is a Google aficionado. Brian has worked with the Autodesk facilities department in terms of integration of DWF files with Google Maps. Brian maintains his own server where he demos DWF and Google integration. This is possible because the Autodesk DWF Viewer and Autodesk Design Review are Microsoft ActiveX Controls. This allows them to be embedded in HTML via a standard <object> tag.
- Brian has the various Autodesk facilities inserted into Google Maps. Each Autodesk facility is depicted as a DWF ball in customary Google fashion.
- Autodesk facility locations in Google Maps can also be viewed using the satellite image.
- It is also possible to use a combination of map and satellite imagery and still have the Autodesk facility locations visible.
- Clicking a DWF ball activates the hyperlink that provides information about the facility such as address, phone, and FAX. There are also hyperlinks for InfoView, Floorplan View, Get directions to here, and Get directions from here.
- The Floorplan View hyperlink invokes the Autodesk DWF Viewer (or Autodesk Design Review) with a DWF file of the facility.
This posting is a follow up posting to my previous posting about the Autodesk Infosys. Brian's demo was originally discussed in the http://myfeedback.autodesk.com discussion forum. If you have not registered to participate in Autodesk My Feedback, I encourage you to do so. It really is the place to be. You can help shape releases of our products.
Autodesk employees can select a particular area of the world, zero in on a particular facility, and then get a sense of where employees sit and the general layout of the facility. Brian's server demonstrates how widespread mapping data can be linked with very specific facility data to provide a seamless blend of information in the large and small. This seamless integration of geographical data with architectural data is another way that DWF goes beyond the paper.