I think people will really like the new Autodesk DWG TrueView 2009. Autodesk DWG TrueView 2009 is geared toward users who do not have extensive AutoCAD experience. It has a nice streamlined ribbon-based interface.
By the way - look at that DWG. How many people remember Shaan Hurley's helicool.dwg? He created it for AutoCAD 2007. I have always liked it. But I digress.
Autodesk DWG TrueView 2009 has historically been used to view DWG files and publish them to DWF. Users would then use Autodesk Design Review to markup and measure the resulting DWF. Autodesk Design Review and DWG TrueView interoperate in that a user can import a DWG into Autodesk Design Review, and Autodesk Design Review 2009 will use DWG TrueView to create a DWF file on the fly. These capabilities continue to exist in DWG TrueView 2009; however, for DWG TrueView 2009, a user can measure a DWG without converting it to DWF.
This has been an often requested feature by those engineering teams who work with DWG files on internal networks.
For extended teams connected via the internet, DWF continues to offer the advantages of smaller file size, one stop shopping (no missing XREFs), and some protection of intellectual property (DWF only contains what you put in it; it's not your original DWG). // more
Ich would prefer DesignReview with integrated DWG-Open/publish and NOT two applications. It is complicate to show a non-designer why he has two use DesignReview for DWF and TrueView for DWG. I'm an AutoCAD-Administrator and a -Manager, i also would prefer the installation of one programm on many computers here in our company.
Posted by: Al | February 20, 2008 at 07:30 AM
Thank you for your feedback.
The request for a single viewer has been issued many times and we are actively investigating this.
Posted by: Volker Joseph | February 20, 2008 at 11:41 AM
I'd send you a box of cookies if I could. :-)
This might finally convince me to give up that 'other' viewer my guys have been using for the past few years.
(we use dwg's only, no dwf's, and all-in-one viewer might be nice for some folks that use both, but, I'm pretty happy now)
Posted by: MistressOfTheDorkness | February 20, 2008 at 12:53 PM
Dare I say, it's about time measurement was added.
As for the merging into a single program, I'm not too sure about that. For use inside your company where say managers may need to 'review' both DWG and DWF, then sure it makes sense.
But in the situation where clients only need to review a DWF, I don't think they would appreciate having to download a 125MB install which Trueview currently is, as opposed to downloading a much smaller 40MB install of Design Review.
Posted by: Chad Smith | February 28, 2008 at 08:14 PM
When will Trueview 2009 be released?
Posted by: Chris Summers | March 26, 2008 at 02:16 PM