They won't let me out. They won't let me out. I'm locked up.
They won't let me out no, they wont let me out. I got locked up.
"Locked Up," Akon.
An Autodesk discussion group member from Northeast Utilities presented the following problem.
I have been using the Autodesk DWF Viewer and Autodesk Design Review for a number of years now to redline markup our drawings on our network. This allows hundreds of users to view our drawings that are marked up by one of our departments. Yesterday I ran in to a major problem with the new version of Autodesk DWF Viewer 7.0 that I thought I should bring to someone's attention. This problem has never existed in previous versions of the viewer (as far as I know).
Whenever someone opens up a DWF file with version 7.0 of the viewer, no one running Autodesk DWF Composer R2 or Autodesk Design Review 2007 can open up the same file in anything other than (Read Only) mode. This happens whether the file is on a Microsoft AD network, or with simple peer-to-peer networks, or simply on a single computer with no network involved. It does the same thing on Windows XP SP2 or Windows 2000 workstations. It happens every time without fail and the minute I went back to Autodesk DWF Viewer version 6.5, the problem went away.
This problem is critical to us because we have hundreds of viewers scattered across many campuses, and we can’t simply have everyone shut off their viewers just so one person can add a markup! Because Autodesk Design Review will only allow one instance of a "writable" file, we wanted everyone to use the viewer unless they needed to add a markup. For now, we’ll stick with Autodesk DWF Viewer version 6.5!!
P.S. I noticed while troubleshooting this problem that Autodesk Design Review 2007 does NOT show (Read Only) in the title bar like its Autodesk DWF Composer R2 predecessor, even when the file is set that way. It lets you think you can save the file as you add markup items, until it spits out an error message when you try save it.
Thank you for your detailed problem report. It is rare to receive one that is so complete. It mentions the operating system versions, product versions, the fact that the problem happens on more than one computer, and the fact that the problem occurs with all files. We have reproduced the problem internally. I am posting this article to the blog to make our customers aware. For now, please continue to use Autodesk DWF Viewer 6.5 while we ponder how to address this issue. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.