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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Autodesk Design Review 2011 - Using 2D Markups - Beyond the Paper [Productivity]

I don't know why people continue to use PDFs for client delivery when DWFs are so much more robust. Anyone care to comment about that? DWF and Design Review are free. The 3D DWF Revit model can also be used to walk through a building with Navisworks Freedom, also free. I thought you guys liked free stuff? So what's the problem?


Autodesk Design Review 2011 enables you to add your comments and questions to published files. In this video, I'll review some of these 2D markup tools.

Please share any feedback you may have.
Thank you.

Autodesk Design Review 2011 - Using 2D Markups - Beyond the Paper


Luke Johnson May 23, 2010 at 11:09 PM  

Its one of those things where the market is saturated and set up for PDF - in some cases it is just too difficult to get a Client / Consultant to download a new viewing program. In some cases, they do not have the necessary PC security rights to install the new software.

The Revit Kid May 24, 2010 at 12:37 AM  

Luke has a point,

If your client is not in the industry at all but wants to see something then Adobe PDF viewer is most likely already installed on their computers.

Not to mention I know a lot of the printer places around here, if you don't have a plotter yourself, require PDF's... That means we need to get contractors, architect, engineers, AND printers/kinkos/staples to install DWF Viewer.

Robin Capper May 24, 2010 at 7:38 AM  

Simple. Most get PDF by default, would have to convince IT to handle another application. Thats often not going to happen at any price, even free.

The other aspect is awareness. We have used DWF in the company since the turn of the century and I still get asked for PDF's...

Anonymous,  May 24, 2010 at 10:19 AM  

I am agreement with all of the above statement. The contractors just don't want to download and install a new software even if it is free. Trust me we have tried and they just don't/won't do it. The printing companies out there are driving this as well. We have to deliver the file format that they want to use. Unless Autodesk starts to get to the contractors and printers, then DWF is really a dead issue.

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