I have AutoCAD 2007. Let's say I need to get a copy of my drawing to someone who doesn't have AutoCAD. Let's say I am in a hurry. I can browse folders for my drawing, select it, and right click:
This will invoke AutoCAD which will publish the DWF, invoke my email reader, create a new message, start drafting the email by inserting a subject and some message text, attach the DWF, and set me up me to edit the message. Although this functionality exists within Autodesk Design Review today, with the free Autodesk Design Review 2008, the message will look like:
Now wasn't that easy?
...until the client calls you after receiving this email and says "What is this?? Just send me a PDF..."
No I didn't make this up. It happened.
I try to push DWF when I can, but it usually gets shoved right back in my face....
Posted by: R.K. McSwain | March 28, 2007 at 08:13 AM
Some people have the free Autodesk Design Review. Some do not. Many people will receive an email message like this, click the link, and opt to install Autodesk Design Review. Some will not. For those who will not, there's always Freewheel which allows them to view DWF files without the need to install additional software.
Posted by: Scott Sheppard | March 28, 2007 at 10:12 AM
How can i do this with command line or a Batch-File?
Posted by: A. Huber | March 28, 2007 at 11:33 AM
Most people I have dealt with at large firms can't install the viewer even if they wanted to. An IT request and lots of time is involved.
Posted by: R.K. McSwain | March 30, 2007 at 08:35 AM
At Autodesk we recognize that some users cannot install software on their machines. An IT request and lots of time is involved. That's why we have an alternative to Autodesk Design Review called Freewheel that is available at http://dwfit.com. Freewheel allows you to view a DWF file without the need to install additional software. It also lets you view the data in places, e.g. cell phone, where Autdoesk Design Review is not supported.
Posted by: Scott Sheppard | March 30, 2007 at 11:53 AM