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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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Visualization Warning in Vault – Remove it in 2011

With the release of the 2010 Vault family, extra tools were included to enable server side visualization publishing.  The only wrinkle with that was a warning that would always show up after checking in a file from the CAD software.

Warning that can be turned off in Vault 2011

Just change this Administrative setting, and the warning will go away for users viewing within the Vault:

Check this to disable the visualization warning

Watch a quick Video of the difference the setting makes right HERE.

What Can DWF do for you?

One of the central aspects of visualization with the Vault products is the usage of the DWF viewing format. You may not be aware of many of the capabilities available with DWF so I will just list some of them here:

  • DWF / DWFx published by Autodesk CAD software
  • 2D Viewing
  • 3D Viewing
  • Exploded Views and Assembly instructions
  • Sectioned 3D viewing
  • Measure / Markup / Print
  • Overlay markup data in CAD applications
  • Control amount of detail in a DWF
  • Disable “Measure” and “Print”
  • Locked down settings useful for customer and vendor interaction
  • Integrated email transmittal
  • Free Autodesk Design Review (comprehensive viewing software)
  • Free “Print” to DWF (for formats other than CAD)
  • Merge multiple documents into one DWF file (CAD, Specification and spreadsheet for example)

If you haven’t seen how this viewing technology works in action, you can find an interactive overview of the free Design Review HERE.

Also… for those who missed it, I recently presented a Data Management User group and covered the topics of Vault Security and DWF if you would like a more in depth look with demonstrations included. The DWF content is in the second half of the presentation that you can access HERE.

Contributed by Ben of the Tata Technologies CAD Geeks

DWF’s take too long with your large designs?

Have you ever checked a large assembly into Vault and had to wait a while for all of the DWF files to be published into the Vault. One of the additions to the 2010 Vault Collaboration and Vault Manufacturing products in the inclusion of the new “Job Processor” feature. This allows users to queue up publishing jobs as another process on any computer with the Vault Collaboration client software installed. Here is an example of a DWF file being published “behind the scenes”:

Another capability of the Job Processor is to update properties of files in the Vault. In many cases users may want to edit file properties directly within the Vault, but these changes still need to be reflected in the title blocks of drawings as well. The Job processor can update any file properties, and then publish the DWF file whenever a lifecycle state changes (to released for example). Here is an example of a “Rev Number” file property that will automatically be updated when the process below completes:

As a user adds a lot of work to the Job Processor, a Queue is maintained to allow management of the update and DWF publishing progress:

This will allow us to track the progress of any large publishing jobs.

Contributed by Ben of the Tata Technologies CAD Geeks

Vault and Productstream – Automatic DWF Publishing Options

New DWF publishing options are available for users of Vault and Productstream 2009, but they are currently hidden in an XML file that must be edited to make changes. The Publish Options.xml file contains many DWF options for Inventor 2D and 3D files as well as AutoCAD. This file allows us to disable measure, markup, and printing of Vaulted DWF files. It can also be used to change the facet resolution of 3D files, and background color of 2D Inventor drawings that are published as well as a host of other options.

Take a look at this Autodesk Whitepaper for a list of all the options:

Here is a video example of the difference a change in 3D model facet resolution can make:
Watch Video Here

Contributed by Ben of the INCAT CAD Geeks

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