The DWF Technical Evangelist team works with other companies, DWF partners, who develop application around DWF. Much of its work involves the DWF Toolkit that Autodesk makes publicly available on the web. The team also develops the DWF Printer Development Kit (PDK) for partners who specialize in printing; however there are occasions where the team works with Autodesk customers. In this particular case, DWF Technical Evangelist and Software Engineer, Ben Cochran, worked with one of our customers on a problem related to TIFF files. As the primary software developer for the PDK, Ben is familiar with the architecture of Autodesk DWF Composer. Ben developed a patch for this customer. Rather than limit the distribution of the patch to this one customer, I thought I would share it via this blog. Please note that this is not an official Autodesk patch; however, it has worked for all those who have tested it.
When importing a TIFF file into Autodesk DWF Composer R2, the virtual page size created when saved as DWF was not always correct. As a result, when printing TIFF files, the positioning of the image on the paper was not always desirable. This problem only affects users who have TIFF files that do not match one of the predefined sizes recognized by Autodesk DWF Composer or users who wish image placement to be something other than the default behavior. In short, most users will not require this patch.
Ben Cochran packaged together an Autodesk DWF Composer R2 patch for both the printing and TIFF import problems. This patch only applies to Autodesk DWF Composer R2. After applying this patch, plots should be placed correctly on the paper and the virtual paper size should match the size of the imported TIFF files.
- Download ComposerPatch.zip (404KB).
- Extract ComposerPatch.exe.
- Execute ComposerPatch.exe.
ComposerPatch.exe will provide an error message if Autodesk DWF Composer is not found or a release other than Release 2 is found. This patch only works with Autodesk DWF Composer R2.
This patch only affects two files. Below are the file attributes before and after applying the patch.
|Persistence.dll||Size: 2.40 MB (2,520,144 bytes)
Modified: Thursday, April 14, 2005, 12:46:36 PM
|Size: 2.39 MB (2,514,944 bytes)|
Modified: Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 4:07:02 PM
|EPlotViewer.dll||Size: 1.29 MB (1,352,784 bytes)
Modified: Thursday, April 14, 2005, 12:46:28 PM
|Size: 1.28 MB (1,343,488 bytes)|
Modified: Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 4:30:12 PM
By examining the attributes of these two files, users can tell if they are using an Autodesk DWF Composer R2 that has the patch applied. This patch can be applied to the purchased or trial versions of Autodesk DWF Composer R2.