Showing posts with label DWF. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DWF. Show all posts

Friday, February 7, 2014

Why there is no Autodesk Design Review 2014

You may wonder why there is no Autodesk Design Review 2014 (ADR 2014). On the Autodesk Labs blog you got the answer:

  • DWF is definitely NOT dead.

  • We are investing significant resources on a cloud solution that will allow the sharing of models without sharing the source. This solution will also build collaboration tools because that is one of the strengths of a cloud solution.

  • To prove that we are strongly investing into DWF, we already are loading bigger DWF files than ADR can and will be making them available to the workflow of the cloud applications like Autodesk 360, Fusion 360, etc. AutoCAD WS is planning the same for the 2D side of things. Eventually they will merge into Autodesk 360 viewing that covers both aspects.

  • ADR will have less and less value as the cloud solution matures.

  • The cloud solution is being built in stages and handling larger DWF files is part of that roadmap. Our cloud-teams are looking at Customer Improvement Program (CIP) data from ADR on the most commonly used ADR features today. This will guide their efforts in rounding out our cloud functionality.

So in the meantime Autodesk Design Review 2013 is available and can be used.

You can also read on this post why Autodesk Freewheel was shut down.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Batch Publish for AutoCAD 2.0 released

Batch Publish for AutoCAD 2.0 by JTB World has been released on Autodesk Exchange Apps.

This AutoCAD app simplifies the process of publishing (plotting) sets of drawings to DWF and/or PDF.

This plugin can be used with AutoCAD to simplify the process of publishing sets of drawings to DWF and/or PDF. It runs as a command within AutoCAD - as opposed to a separate executable - and uses a separate executable to monitor AutoCAD's health and restart it, as needed. The status of the batch publishing operation is stored to disk, allowing it to pick up from where it left off and also for any failed documents to be retried without starting from scratch. A setting is available to only publish drawings that have been modified since they were last published, making it easier to publish sets of documents on a regular basis.

Batch Publish for AutoCAD trial can be used to see if this app fits your needs and when ready to purchase visit Batch Publish for AutoCAD and you can get a license for 10 USD.

If you are interested in other useful AutoCAD helper functions take a look at DimensionPatrol, TransTips, OffsetInXref, HTools Menu for AutoCAD, UnitCAD for AutoCAD or HVACPAC.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Autodesk Cloud documents and more for the cloud introduced

Today Autodesk is introducing Autodesk Cloud, a collection of more than a dozen web-based capabilities, products and services that enable customers to extend their desktops with greater mobility, new viewing and sharing capabilities, and more computing power, helping them better design, visualize and simulate their ideas. In addition, Autodesk Subscription customers will now have exclusive access to cloud-based, high-performance rendering and design optimization, and enhanced collaboration capabilities. Autodesk Subscription now provides 3 GB of online storage for each seat of software on Subscription for greater access to design and engineering documents, anywhere, anytime.

Autodesk Cloud documents offers 1GB of storage for free for anyone without Autodesk Subscription and 3GB for subscribers.

If a company has 10 seats they have all access to up to 30GB as a company.

Question is how many companies that will block Autodesk Cloud due to security or privacy requirements/policies.

After a document like a DWG is added it’s possible to act on it like editing, sharing, adding comments and much more.

Autodesk Cloud Services & Support is new support center for Autodesk Cloud.

Autodesk Cloud Documents Tutorial Videos

Additional storage for Autodesk Cloud Documents?

Issue

You would like to know if it is possible to get more storage for your Autodesk Cloud Documents account.

Solution

Currently, it is not possible to get more storage for your Autodesk Cloud Storage account.  The current limits of 3 GB for Subscription customers and 1 GB for non-Subscription customers is set.

However, if you require more storage and/or additional file controls, you should consider Autodesk Buzzsaw or Autodesk Vault.

Via TS17829724

System Requirements for Autodesk Cloud Documents

Minimum Browser Requirements

To be able to use web based Autodesk Cloud Documents, you must have, at a minimum, one of the following web browsers:

Firefox 3.0 and Higher 
Google Chrome 
Internet Explorer 7 and Higher 
Safari 3.0 and Higher

Recommended Browser Requirements

To be able to use the in-browser viewer (View Tab) you must have one of the following web browsers:

Firefox 4.0 and Higher 
Google Chrome 
Internet Explorer 9 and Higher (2D viewing only) 
Safari 5 and Higher (2D viewing only)

Via TS17829819

More from the press release:

Autodesk Cloud Enables Access to Design Capability from Anywhere, at Anytime

“For more than a decade, Autodesk has embraced the power of the cloud to extend the functionality of our design solutions and help our customers work more effectively,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Platform Solutions and Emerging Business at Autodesk. “With Autodesk Cloud, we are demonstrating an even greater commitment to helping our customers solve the world’s toughest design and engineering challenges.”

Autodesk has been a pioneer in cloud-based applications for the design industry — starting more than a decade ago with Autodesk Buzzsaw — and more than a dozen cloud-based offerings currently available to customers are now encompassed as part of Autodesk Cloud. Autodesk Cloud provides a powerful foundation to enable all Autodesk customers to begin using the cloud to access and store their work from anywhere; to view their work through web browsers or mobile devices; and to share their work with other users, even users without Autodesk software. Cloud applications such Autodesk Cloud documents, AutoCAD WS and the Autodesk Design Review mobile app provide users with the freedom to work where they can be most effective, and to view, edit and share designs anywhere and with almost anyone. AutoCAD WS and the Autodesk Design Review mobile app are available today on the iOS App Store.

Additional cloud services exclusive to Autodesk Subscription customers give designers, engineers and digital artists sophisticated new capabilities, such as high-performance 3D visual communication, simulation and collaboration that were once limited to organizations with privileged access to expensive, high-end supercomputing centers.

These exclusive services include:

  • Autodesk Cloud rendering ― Customers with an Autodesk Subscription to the Premium or Ultimate editions of Autodesk Design Suite or Autodesk Building Design Suite will have access to powerful rendering capabilities, helping them better visualize designs, increase the number of renderings they can create and reduce hardware investments.
  • Autodesk Inventor optimization ― Customers with Subscription to the Premium or Ultimate editions of Autodesk Product Design Suites will gain an intuitive cloud-based simulation tool, enabling them to test multiple design options in the cloud, and to create more sustainable designs and higher-quality products while reducing material, transportation and energy costs.
  • Autodesk Revit Conceptual Energy Analysis ― Customers with Subscription to Autodesk Revit Architecture or Autodesk Revit MEP software, or select suites containing these products, can extend design beyond the desktop with powerful cloud-based energy analysis capabilities, helping them to quickly gain insight into the energy consumption and building energy costs of early design concepts from within the design application.
  • Autodesk Green Building Studio web-based energy analysis software ― Customers with Subscription to Autodesk Building Design Suite and other select products have access to this cloud-based service that can help designers, architects, engineers and building energy analysts perform faster, more accurate energy analysis of multiple building design iterations, optimize energy efficiency and work toward carbon neutrality earlier in the design process.
  • Autodesk Buzzsaw software as a service (SaaS) ― Customers with Subscription to Autodesk Vault Collaboration AEC software now have access to cloud-based document, data and design management solutions for architecture, engineering and construction firms and owner-operators, helping them centralize and securely exchange project information and enhance team collaboration.

Autodesk works with multiple partners, including Amazon and Citrix, to provide a scalable cloud computing infrastructure to meet customer needs. Autodesk has been working with Amazon Web Services for more than three years in order to securely host high-demand, scalable applications such as Autodesk Homestyler software and Autodesk Seek web service. Amazon Web Services provides Autodesk with the flexibility to scale computing around the world with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and resilient storage capacity with Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Elastic Block Store (EBS), as well as the ability to more efficiently deliver applications and content to customers. Autodesk also teams with Citrix to provide customers with greater efficiency in their use of Autodesk applications. Delivering solutions to end users with Citrix XenApp can help customers reduce workstation costs while still providing the software performance they need.

“Our relationship with Autodesk demonstrates how innovative and forward-thinking software companies can leverage the power of AWS to provide greater value to their customers,” said Terry Wise, Director of Business Development at Amazon Web Services. “We are pleased to work with Autodesk to provide secure, on-demand, pay as you go cloud services, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the design and engineering market.”

In addition to the new Autodesk Cloud services, Autodesk Subscription continues to provide the most up-to-date software, online technical support and flexible licensing privileges for customers looking to maximize their competitive advantage.

Availability

Autodesk Cloud services are available worldwide starting today in English, and will be available soon in other languages including Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese. Some Autodesk Cloud services are available to all customers, such as Autodesk Cloud documents and the Autodesk Design Review mobile app, while other services are exclusive to Autodesk Subscription customers. All customers should contact their local reseller or visit www.autodesk.com/cloud to learn more.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Autodesk Design Review Mobile on iTunes

Design Review Mobile is now available on iTunes Store making it possible to work with DWF files on iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. And it’s free.

Expedite the design review process by viewing and redlining design files in the field. Autodesk® Design Review mobile app enables you to review Autodesk 2D and 3D design files directly on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. View, mark-up, and annotate drawings on the spot, reduce the need to carry around over-sized paper drawings, and enjoy an all-digital design review workflow.
✓View
• Open and view 2D and 3D DWF files from your Autodesk Cloud account
• Use multi-touch to zoom, pan, and rotate drawings
• View meta data and other details about elements within your drawings
✓Markup & Annotate
• Use simple and intuitive redline and markup tools to communicate changes
• Add text or comments using familiar callouts and drawing tools

Here’s current apps Autodesk have available for iPad.

Let’s see when the first app for Windows mobile will come.

See also AutoCAD WS Mobile in Apple App store for free.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Autodesk Design Review QuickShare

Autodesk Labs has made QuickShare available at http://quickshare.labs.autodesk.com. When you need to send a dwf file quickly, QuickShare is the answer. No software download required. No account required. Fast viewing of 2D and 3D dwf files right within the browser. When you want to showcase a design on your own website, Quickshare gives you that ability. Upload your design and use the embed tag to place the design and viewer anywhere.

Upload the file.

Share & Embed

And here it is embedded:

(removed as it hanged the browser sometimes)

Or you can click on this link and see the result:

http://quickshare.labs.autodesk.com/adrviewer256874/viewer/index.html?file=/uploads/1f8fbefa2826a33d5a1d2a61cedf3f6b1/manifest.json

System requirements are:

Firefox 4.0 and Higher
Google Chrome
Internet Explorer 9 and Higher (viewing 2D only)
Safari 5 and Higher (viewing 2D only)

 

Visit http://quickshare.labs.autodesk.com for some other samples or try to upload your DWF.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Free DWG to PDF conversion with AutoCAD WS

AutoCAD WS for Android is available for download from the Android Market.

WS on Android 3

From the press release:

AutoCAD WS for Android enables an expanded group of users to enjoy the benefits of effortless collaboration with architects, designers and engineers from anywhere in the world and experience the freedom of taking designs with them—wherever they go.

“Architects, engineers and designers have clearly communicated that they want access to their AutoCAD projects on their Android devices and we are more than happy to meet their needs. The impressive and consistent growth of the Android ecosystem serves as an excellent platform for Autodesk to further expand its accessibility through AutoCAD WS,” said Tal Weiss, AutoCAD WS software development manager, Autodesk. “Now our customers with Android smartphones and tablets can use AutoCAD WS to collaborate with colleagues in the field, and across the globe, on a wider variety of mobile devices.”

Users of AutoCAD WS for Android will enjoy features such as a simplified, intuitive set of viewing, editing, and markup tools so users can work on their designs while on the go. Users can open drawings from email attachments, sync files from the web, or upload drawings directly from AutoCAD software through the integrated online tab. Drawings can also be saved locally for use in the field when an Internet connection is unavailable.

One feature unique to Android version of AutoCAD WS is the text annotation tool supports integrated voice commands available on devices running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or above. Now Android users can insert comments and notations on a drawing simply by speaking rather than typing them into the text edit box.

Additional feature enhancements that are available with this release include:

  • Anywhere Storage -- Now you can connect your AutoCAD WS web and mobile account to a variety of storage sites. Click on the following tutorials to learn how to connect to: Buzzsaw, Box.net, Dropbox (via DropDAV), MobileMe, Egnyte and even your own Fille server or SharePoint site.
  • Plot-to-PDF/DWFx — You can now create PDF or DWFx files from your DWG files for plotting or sharing with others.
  • PDF Support — You are now able to open markup and share a PDF in AutoCAD WS in the same way as a DWG file.

Here is a drawing opened in AutoCAD WS web version.

The enhanced Plot dialog box.

Plotted successfully.

With this result showing also that the PDF contains the layers.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

McAfee and Autodesk products performance issues and solution

It is not the first time anti-virus software is in conflict with products on your computer. This time it affects AutoCAD 2011, AutoCAD Architecture 2011, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011, AutoCAD ecscad 2011, AutoCAD Electrical 2011, AutoCAD LT 2011, AutoCAD Map 3D 2011, AutoCAD Mechanical 2011, AutoCAD MEP 2011, AutoCAD P&ID 2011, AutoCAD Plant 3D 2011, AutoCAD Structural Detailing 2011, Autodesk 3ds Max 2011, Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2011, Autodesk Inventor 2011, Autodesk Inventor Factory Advanced 2011, Autodesk Inventor Factory Premium 2011, Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011, Autodesk Revit MEP 2011, Autodesk Revit Structure 2011.

Issue

You are experiencing performance issues with Autodesk products on systems where McAfee anti-virus software is installed and active.  These performance issues may include sluggish response times within the product and slow refresh of the UI.

This issue is being researched but preliminary findings indicate this problem may be due to a conflict between Autodesk products and McAfee anti-virus products.  Customers have reported the following problem behaviors:

  • McAfee products appear to misidentify DWF as a threat.
  • With the on-access scanning technology enabled, there can be a slow response time due to the McAfee product actively scanning Autodesk files.
  • McAfee products appear to spend a long time examining Autodesk installer files, which can impact overall computer performance. It also appears to misidentify the installer files as corrupted.
  • When attempting to browse to a directory that contains a zip archive, chm file, or installer, the explorer window freezes and there is a delay before it will display the contents of the directory.
  • With McAfee enable, opening a CHM file can take as long as ten minutes to display and the application interface will appear frozen during this time.
Solution

To reduce the impact of the anti-virus software on Autodesk product performance, please try the following steps:

  1. Create an exception in McAfee for the DWF extension located in c:\program files\common files\autodesk shared\dwf common\dwfshellextension.dll
  2. Configure McAfee to exclude the file types used by your Autodesk application (e.g. DWG, IPT, MAX, etc.)
  3. Configure McAfee to exclude the Autodesk installer files on your computer, e.g., Autodesk_Revit_Architecture_2010_English_Win_32bit.exe,
    AutoCAD_2010_English_SLD_Win_32bit.exe,
    Autodesk_3ds_Max_Design_2010_English_WIN_32_64.exe, etc.
    Alternatively, you can delete these files, if you no longer need the installers.
  4. Configure McAfee to exclude the CHM file type to allow the Help files to open normally.

Note: For best performance, please verify that your hardware configuration is better than or equal to the minimum system requirements and install the qualified video driver for your graphics card and operating system. Please refer to the system requirements and hardware qualifications page for the Autodesk product you have installed for more detailed information.

Knowledge Base document: 2011: Performance issues caused by McAfee anti-virus software

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Where are the sample dwg files for AutoCAD 2010?

The sample files are now available online and are no longer included on the AutoCAD DVD. You can access the sample files at the following URL:
http://www.autodesk.com/autocad-samples

AutoCAD 2010 Sample Files:

Friday, June 5, 2009

Open Packaging Conventions standard

What does Autodesk’s .dwfx and Siemens UGS .jtx have in common? Both share OPC as a foundation. Open Packaging Conventions ("OPC") is a new file technology documented by the ISO/IEC 29500-2 and ECMA 376-2 standards.

System.IO.Packaging APIs were introduced with .NET 3.0 and Windows 7 include new native-code Win32 Packaging APIs.

More on the Microsoft Packaging Team Blog.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Compare PDF, DWF, DWFx, DOC, DOCx files

Further on the topic of the previous post but more on to manual compare. DWF Version Compare was introduced in Autodesk Design Review 2008. You find it on the Tools menu. This can be useful when comparing two DWF files. But be aware that it has its limitations like it cannot find differences on raster objects and the DWF files must be the same sheet size and use the same units.

If you want to compare PDF files Adobe Acrobat Professional have that functionality and works great with large multipage documents. Found on the Advanced menu. It’s a real time saver when you get PDF files like specifications from a customer, client or colleague and don’t want to read through everything a second time just to find the changes. Below you can see some of the result from Acrobat compare.

Microsoft Word also have this functionality to compare two versions of a document. I have found not many are aware of it. In Word 2007 it is on the Review tab.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Automate testing and examination of PDF generation

This can also be applied to other formats like DWF (DWFx). Think about the costs if the PDF or DWF is incorrect, missing some important text for example. Say you have automated plotting and even if you make spot checks of the resulting files there is a chance you miss something. We all know that the PDF creation for example is tricky and because of bugs in the software the result might not always be what you expect.

The solution is to create a test automation. Say you produce the files from AutoCAD or Revit. What you could do it to produce two different outputs like plotting to both PDF and to TIFF and then automatically compare the result by first rasterizing the PDF file.

A software that can be automated to compare images is ImageMagick.

Another usage for this is version compare. You can automate a compare of two versions and have that available to the reviewer.

Via Adobe Reader Blog with more to read about this topic.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Disable Help Menu Content in Autodesk Design Review 2009

Now Autodesk have provided a way to Disable Help Menu Content in Autodesk Design Review 2009. This is good news as you might not want your users to check for updates for example.

See the post on Beyond the Paper

Friday, May 23, 2008

Autodesk Design Review 2009 SP 1

Seems like there are quite a bunch of reasons to install SP1.

Download for SP1: Autodesk® Design Review 2009 – Service Pack 1

If you don't have Design Review the website is at http://www.autodesk.com/designreview
and download at
http://www.autodesk.com/designreview-download

Primary Issues Fixed by this Service Pack

Platform and Command Issues
  • Some DWF files are unusable unless the user account has Administrative privileges.
  • On 64-bit systems, importing DWG or DXF files created in AutoCAD 2009 into Design Review 2009 may fail if DWG TrueView 2009 is installed.
  • In Windows Vista, the title bars of undocked palettes may display the Minimize and Maximize buttons.
  • When the computer user name contains double-byte characters, saving a 2D DWF file after creating markup causes a "File save failed" error.
  • New DWF files created by dragging DWF sheets from the Thumbnails or List View palette to the desktop have no file extension.
  • The Delete command on the My Views right-click menu is not selectable after previously deleted My Views have been restored by choosing Edit > Undo.
  • When the default file type for Design Review is set to DWFx, clicking File > New and dragging a 3D DWF file to the Thumbnails or List View palette may trigger a Customer Error Report (CER).
Display
  • On some computers, 3D DWF files may not be correctly displayed when the Video Card Driver is set to Direct3D.
  • When shadows are enabled, for some 3D files, not all parts cast shadows.
  • Some 3D DWF files published from AutoCAD 2007 or AutoCAD 2008 cannot be opened in Design Review.
  • For some 3D models, using the Zoom Rectangle tool to change the view may not zoom the view as expected.
  • For some 3D DWF files, clicking the Forward wedge on the Tour Building SteeringWheel and dragging down (to move the camera back from the model), may cause a HOOPS error which will cause Design Review to freeze.
  • Opening a DWF file that contains only Bill of Material (BOM) information, created by deleting all sheets except BOM sheets and saving the file, may cause Design Review to freeze or close unexpectedly.
  • For some 3D models, clicking the ViewCube to change the view, when the Fit to View on View Change ViewCube option is enabled, may result in the view being zoomed out.
DWFx
  • Saving a very large DWF file, such as one that contains several hundred sheets, as a DWFx file may cause errors that result in a failure to save the file as DWFx.
  • When DWFx sheets are dragged from one instance of Design Review and dropped into a DWF file in a second instance of Design Review, the DWFx sheets may not be displayed correctly and, if printed, may cause Design Review to close unexpectedly.
  • When DWFx sheets are dragged from one instance of Design Review and dropped into a second instance of Design Review, some DWFx sheets may not be displayed correctly in the receiving file and saving the receiving file as DWF may fail.
  • Marked up DWFx files originally published from Inventor, when saved in Design Review, by choosing File > Save As, may fail to save properly.
  • Saving a password protected DWFx file, after markup has been added, as a DWF file may result in a File Save error.
  • For password protected DWFx files that have been saved and closed, after markup was added, new markups cannot be added when the files are subsequently reopened.
  • Raster images used as custom symbols may not print as expected in some DWFx files.
  • In some DWFx files, markup may not be displayed correctly when the file is opened in the AutoCAD Markup Set Manger.
  • Saving a DWFx file as a DWF file may cause 2D sheet margins to change.
  • Saving a 3D DWFx file after adding markup may cause a DWF Convert Error to be displayed.
  • Selecting a markup tool and clicking the canvas, after panning the view of a 2D DWFx sheet, may trigger a Customer Error Report (CER).
Embedded
  • After saving a Microsoft Word or PowerPoint document, while an embedded 3D DWFx file is active, clicking the Pan button may cause Word or PowerPoint to close unexpectedly.
  • When viewing a DWF file embedded in Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 6 or 7), Microsoft Office, or Buzzsaw, choosing Window > Workspace > Default, after one or more palettes have been displayed and unpinned, may cause Design Review to close unexpectedly.
  • When viewing a DWF file embedded in Autodesk Buzzsaw, selecting a different workspace after clicking the Markup tab may cause Buzzsaw to stop responding.
  • When viewing a DWF file embedded in Autodesk Buzzsaw, clicking the Markup tab after adding markup on the Canvas, may cause Buzzsaw to stop responding.
Find
  • Searching for text (from the Find palette or the Find and Help toolbar) within a print, measure, or markup-disabled DWFx file may cause Design Review to close unexpectedly.
  • In some DWFx files, searching for text contained in markup (from the Find palette or the Find and Help toolbar) may cause Design Review to freeze or close unexpectedly.
Measure and Markup
  • Right-clicking 2D markup on the Canvas does not select the markup.
  • When viewing a 2D DWF file, right-clicking a markup object and choosing Delete fails to delete the markup as expected.
  • After adding markup to a 2D DWF file and changing the view, with the Zoom, Pan, or Orbit tools, adding additional markup may cause Design Review to close unexpectedly.
  • In 3D models, when measuring the diameter or radius of a circle, the geometry is measured as one or more arcs rather than as a circle.
  • When measuring on a 2D sheet, deleting a sheet from the Thumbnails or List View palette before completing the measurement, may trigger a Customer Error Report (CER).
  • When markup has been added to a DWFx file and is still selected on the canvas, printing the file may fail to display the new markup on the printed output.
  • Zooming the view, with the mouse wheel or a keyboard shortcut, while measuring geometry on a 2D sheet may cause the measurement to be completed erroneously.
  • The Cut, Copy, and Delete commands may not be available in the Canvas Pane right-click menu, after selecting one or more markup objects on the canvas.
  • After typing information in the Markup Properties palette Notes text box, clicking the markup in the Markups palette may trigger a Customer Error Report (CER).
  • Panning or zooming the view of a 2D sheet, after markup has been added and is still selected on the canvas, may trigger a Customer Error Report (CER).
Printing and Batch Print
  • Printing a saved batch print job that failed to print earlier may trigger a Customer Error Report (CER) and cause Design Review to close unexpectedly.
  • Printing a 3D DWF or DWFx file two times successively may trigger a Customer Error Report (CER) and cause Design Review to close unexpectedly during the second print job.
  • Printing the results of a 2D DWF file comparison that contains markup may cause Design Review to stop responding or, close unexpectedly.
  • Saving a batch print file with a non-English file name, using the Microsoft Input Method Editor to select another language, may cause Design Review to stop responding.
  • Raster images contained within a DWF file may not print as expected.
  • When batch printing several sequential sheets that have been saved as separate DWF files, some sheets may not be printed in the order they are displayed in the Select DWF Files to Print dialog box.

Friday, May 9, 2008

AutoCAD support for more image formats: JPEG2000, MrSid, ...

AutoCADer blog has an excellent tips on how to install the free Raster Design Object Enabler to be able to enable IMAGE and IMAGEATTACH commands to handle JPEG 2000, ECW, MrSID and more.

Here are the file format list before and after installation of Raster Design 2009 OE:

Without Raster Design OE installed and now this With Raster Design OE installed

Image Format Image Insertable into DWG
DEM - USGS Digital Elevation Model (*.dem) No
DOQ Native Format DOQ (*.doq,*.nws,*.nes,*.ses,*.sws) Yes
DTED - Digital Derrain Elevation Data (*.dt0,*.dt1,*.dt2) No
Embedded Bitonal No
ECW Compressed Image Format (*.ecw) Yes
ESRI GRID A - Arc/Info ASCII(*.asc,*.txt) No
ESRI GRID B - Arc/Info Binary(*.adf) No
JPEG2000 (*.jp2,*.j2k) Yes
Landsat FAST-L7A (*.fst) No
NITF (*.ntf) No
QuickBird TIFF (*.tif,*.tiff) No
MrSID (*.sid) Yes

Notice that the setup should be run as Administrator if you have Windows Vista.

The Setup lists DWG TrueView 2009 and NavisWorks Manage 2009 but I have not tried if it really works. They are not listed on the Autodesk website:

Applies to:
AutoCAD® 2009
AutoCAD® Architecture 2009
AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2009
AutoCAD® Electrical 2009
AutoCAD® Land Desktop 2009
AutoCAD® Map 3D 2009
AutoCAD® Mechanical 2009
AutoCAD® MEP 2009

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Find blocks and more with Autodesk Seek

Looking for drawings, blocks for AutoCAD or Revit? Autodesk Seek finds DGN, DOC, DWF, DWG, DXF, GSM, LCF, PDF, RFA, RVG, RVT, SKP, ZIP files.

Found on Autodesk Seek

What is Autodesk® Seek?
It is a web service that allows designers - architects, engineers, students - to search and find generic or manufacturer-specific building products or components and associated design content. This content could include 3D models, 2D drawings, specifications, and descriptions for that product or component.

Which industries are you targeting with Autodesk® Seek?
Currently, it is targeted at designers working in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) industry. We are considering extending the service to include content particularly useful for mechanical designers in the future.

How do I use the browse capability on Autodesk® Seek?
The browse capability on Autodesk® Seek allows you to browse for content using AEC industry standard classifications, including MasterFormat 2004, Omniclass 1.0, and Uniformat II.

Autodesk Seek

Senior Software Architect of Autodesk Inc. Mike Haley discusses the company's latest product Autodesk Seek and its business model at FORA.tv. See also The Autodesk Seek Taxonomy System and the Autodesk Seek Search Engine.

Via Between the Lines

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Measure and markup a DWG without AutoCAD

Autodesk Design Review has the ability to import a DWG or DXF file. It is automatically converted into a DWF and you can use all Design Review's tools.

If DWG TrueView is not good enough as it will only report the distance to the command line and the area command is pretty basic consider using Design Review instead.

Here is what the distance look like in DWG TrueView 2009. It is nice that it's now possible to measure but it's still not that user friendly.

DWG TrueView 2009 command line distance

And here is the area reported. Notice that for each point you snap there is no indication on where you snapped previously.

DWG TrueView 2009 command line area

After importing a DWG into Autodesk Design Review 2009 it's a snap to measure, especially areas. Wish this was included in AutoCAD as well.

Measured drawing

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Is DWF what you think it is?

I searched for DWF and found it interesting to see that the top result was a law firm and the second one a wedding forum. Among the top ten was also a not for profit association based in France. Autodesk's DWF was the only one I recognized.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Tessellation Paradox not with DWF

Here is a tessellation paradox I recall from school were we got to cut out the four pieces from a paper, rearrange them and try to find out why the area didn't match.

The upper figure is a square 13 units on a side, with an area of 169. The lower figure, made by rearranging the pieces, measures 8 by 21 units, for an area of 168. Where did the missing unit of area go?

Take a look at this DWF where you can zoom in an find the issue. Here is the DWG I created for this purpose.

The solution to the puzzle is the slanting line. If we were to draw the figure accurately on graph paper, the slanting line would not pass exactly through the ends of the adjoining pieces. The "missing" unit of area is actually spread out along the slanting line as a very narrow gap or overlap too small to be easily noticed.

Via http://www.uwgb.edu/DutchS/symmetry/gentess1.htm

I found the above website when I read about Penrose tiles on Swedish DN.se on Peter J. Lu research on Decagonal and Quasicrystalline Tilings in Medieval Islamic Architecture. Very interesting reading.

The image to the right shows how the tilings are made up of pattern using girih tiles.

girth tiles

"We show that by 1200 C.E. a conceptual breakthrough occurred in which girih patterns were reconceived as tessellations of a special set of equilateral polygons (girih tiles) decorated with lines. These tiles enabled the creation of increasingly complex periodic girih patterns, and by the 15th century, the tessellation approach was combined with self-similar transformations to construct nearly perfect quasi-crystalline Penrose patterns, five centuries before their discovery in the West."

kites and darts

Original research paper in Science [ pdf ] [ supporting online material ]

Friday, December 21, 2007

Adobe's Acrobat 3D compared to Autodesk's DWF Viewer

Know the market.

"I often get asked how Acrobat 3D compares to the various view and markup tools on the market like Autodesk’s DWF Viewer, Solidworks’ eDrawings, Siemen’s JT2Go and VisView."

Autodesk’s DWF Viewer isn't even on the market. Nowadays it's Autodesk Design Review.

Other than that if you want to combine most any file into a PDF document Acrobat might be the best choice. The extensive API is also a big plus.

"While the main area of overlap between Acrobat 3D and view and markup tools lies in their ability to distribute 3D geometry and 2D drawings while leveraging a low/no cost viewer, it is Acrobat 3D’s ability to convert 3D content as well as combine it with other project information to create a single compound PDF document, complete with security options like encryption, digital certificates and digital signatures that sets Acrobat 3D in a class by itself."

Via And the Difference is: "As Well As" that I could not add a comment on or contact so I made it here.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Search and find DWF's online

This is a bit old news. It's been mentioned before. But it's great that DWF files can be searched. Not just the files but also the content like text within the DWF.

Make a search for the word motor in a DWF and see what can be found.

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Because DWF files can now be indexed and returned by leading search engines, designers can be confident that others can access and experience data-rich information online, improving collaboration and communication.

Autodesk says users can search by file type and find pages that are CAD documents posted online. To locate a drawing, map, or model, users construct a search including the phrase “Filetype:dwf” and terms regarding the type of file sought.

Complete article.

Notice that you cannot use Filetype:dwf as the article says. You must use filetype:dwf with lower case to have it work. Wondering when DWFx will be supported.

Searching for DWF files on Google results right now in 88,100 found. Searching on Windows Live Search and 103,000 are found.

In the Google advanced search it's also available among the File Formats for easy access.


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