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Using a DWF in a Full Cycle

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Accelerate your design reviews with Autodesk® Design Review software. It’s the free*, all-digital way to view, mark up, print, and track changes to Autodesk 2D and 3D design files—without the original design software.

  • Increase efficiency—Use intuitive tools to measure, mark up, and review designs
  • Enhance communication—Share changes with your extended team, quickly and concisely
  • Reduce costs—Eliminate paper and avoid misunderstandings
  • Improve reviews—Enjoy enhanced features and tools for DWF Viewer and Volo View users

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Creating Symbols with Design Review

Custom symbols can be made from 2D content in DWF files. You can create a separate symbol from each object, or block, if the block template information was included in the DWF file when it was published by a design application, such as AutoCAD. (For nested objects, only the top-level object is imported.) You can also create a separate symbol from each 2D sheet in the DWF file, regardless of how many objects are on a sheet.
As a type of markup, symbols can be used and reused on any 2D sheet. The benefit of symbols is the easy access to and consistent reuse of common symbols.

In addition to DWF files with drawings and text, you can also use DWF files with images or snapshots as symbols. Image types include:
- Sheets created by the Snapshot tool.
- JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg, .jpe, .jfif)
- PNG (.png)
- TIFF (.tif, .tiff)

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Created by one of the Cad Geeks

Adding DWF Into a Microsoft Word Document

I placed a blog not to long ago about adding the dwf technology into a PowerPoint. Not all of us have to do presentations, so why not work with dwf files inside of Microsoft word document. This can be used in quotations, specification writing or anything else you associate or would like to associate your cad data with. It’s something that just may separate you from your competition. Check it out
Submitted by Dave of the INCAT CAD Geeks

Take off those PDF Goggles – Dwf_it….Please

As I visit customers, I see a lot of them take digital pictures of things that they are incorporating their designs into. Back in the day, we took field measurements and maybe took some old school pictures because we didn’t have digital. In the digital age we are able to capture those images and quickly analyze them to see a potential impact on the job we quoted.

Autodesk Design Review will let you read in those digital images and make markups to share with the design team before the design takes place. In the video, notice how easy it is to read in a JPEG and alter it to share with the rest of the design team.

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Since I didn’t have any mechanical engineering images available (I just got a new laptop), I used my lovely daughter Kate (she’ll be 3 in July) as my markup suspect.

Take a look at how DWF technology can be incorporated into your company and link all of your engineers in this rapidly moving digital world.

John with the INCAT CAD Geeks

How are you sharing designs? With the free Autodesk Design Review?

One of the free products offered by Autodesk that I find customers are still unaware of is Autodesk Design Review. This is essentially a DWF viewing software on steriods that works with published files from any Autodesk software, as well as any other files that have been “printed” to dwf.

Autodesk Design review is available free at this site:

The dwf writer is available free here:

Take a look at this video for an example of Design Review and a look at the interface:

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Contributed by Ben of the INCAT CAD Geeks
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