I have Autodesk DWF Composer R2 installed on my system. Using Windows Explorer, I selected a set of DWF files. I right clicked and selected Open. To my dismay, only the first DWF file came up in Autodesk Design Review.
I discussed the issue with my colleagues. In response, Software Engineer and DWF Technical Evangelist, Ben Cochran, developed a small application to resolve my issue. It is called DropLaunch.
DropLaunch is a Windows application. It requires that you have Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 installed on your Windows computer.
- You run DropLaunch.exe. DropLaunch creates a small window.
- You select a set of files from Windows Explorer.
- You drag and drop the files to the DropLaunch window. All of the files are opened in their respective applications.
When I say respective applications, I mean whatever application is associated with the Open command for the file extension. In my case, the DWF file extension was associated with Autodesk DWF Composer, so all of the files came up in Autodesk DWF Composer.
The impetus for this utility came out of the Autodesk Inventor discussion group where Professor J. D. Mather described how he has to open many DWF files, one per student, to mark them up as part of the grading process. Thanks J. D. for bringing the idea to our attention. Thanks Ben for the utility. The ability to work with several sheets at once, without requiring vast amount of table space for unrolling many large sheets of paper, is another reason that DWF goes beyond the paper.