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Bmacnab
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Design Review 2013 - Drawings blank, but can be opend and viewed in trueview

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02-06-2014 05:42 AM

Hi there, I have downloaded autodesk design review 2013. An architect has sent me through two different drawings. One drawing I can open without any issues. I click on thumbnials and view the different pages, ie elevations, plans etc. without any problems.

 

On the other drawing, I can open, but the thumbnails are all blank white pages.
Although when open in trueview, I can view these pages. The architect says that both drawings were saved the same way??

 

I would appreciate any help on this, thanks.

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dmfrazier
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Re: Design Review 2013 - Drawings blank, but can be opend and viewed in trueview

02-06-2014 05:48 AM in reply to: Bmacnab

"An architect has sent me through two different drawings"

 

Just so that we are clear, what file type are these "drawings"?

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Re: Design Review 2013 - Drawings blank, but can be opend and viewed in trueview

02-06-2014 05:52 AM in reply to: Bmacnab
Thumbnails are created inside AutoCAD: thumbnails are static raster images imbedded in the DWG file, they are NOT an actual look inside your file.

Your 'architect' either turned the feature off or performed a WBLOCK to create the file or something else. The viewer cannot fix it.

Again, the preview is not a look inside the file, never has been.
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Re: Design Review 2013 - Drawings blank, but can be opend and viewed in trueview

02-06-2014 06:23 AM in reply to: dmfrazier
Drawings are autocad .dwg files
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Re: Design Review 2013 - Drawings blank, but can be opend and viewed in trueview

02-06-2014 06:27 AM in reply to: pendean

OK, apologies is the question I ask are very basic, I am fairly new to this, but....

 

What do you suggest, should I ask the architect to check if the raster image is turned off?

 

Also, when opened in trueview I can see everything, does this have relevance?

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02-06-2014 07:02 AM in reply to: Bmacnab

Why are you trying to view these in Design Review as opposed to DWG Trueview?

 

When you "open" a DWG file using Design Review, what happens in that the DWG file is actually opened by DWG Trueview (behind the scenes) and the various layouts are printed to a DWF file. Then the DWF file is opened in Design Review.

 

So if the layouts are not set up correctly in the DWG file, the "prints" to DWF will not come out, and this is why the previews of the sheets you see in Design Review are blank.

 

If you truly need to view the drawing in Design Review, then open the DWG file in DWG Trueview yourself and then print/publish the layouts to DWF, taking care to set each sheet up correctly so that you are actually printing something.

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Re: Design Review 2013 - Drawings blank, but can be opend and viewed in trueview

02-06-2014 07:04 AM in reply to: Bmacnab

The reason for asking is that the "solution" would be very different if we were dealing with DWF, for instance.

There are a few "settings" that affect the preview images that are stored in DWGs when saved, one or more of which may be involved here.

PREVIEWTYPE

THUMBSAVE (was RASTERPREVIEW)

UPDATETHUMBNAIL

You can look these up in Help to learn more.

But I have a feeling that this has nothing to do with the saved "preview image" (or thumbnail).  A screenshot demonstrating your question could be helpful.

Did you know there is a dedicated forum for Design Review questions?

http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/Design-Review/bd-p/140

And another one for TrueView?

http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/DWG-TrueView/bd-p/109

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Re: Design Review 2013 - Drawings blank, but can be opend and viewed in trueview

02-06-2014 07:10 AM in reply to: pendean

pendean wrote:
Thumbnails are created inside AutoCAD: thumbnails are static raster images imbedded in the DWG file, they are NOT an actual look inside your file.


I think the thumbnails the OP is referring to are the ones inside Design Review that show each sheet, not to be confused with DWG thumbnails in the AutoCAD OPEN dialog box.

 

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Re: Design Review 2013 - Drawings blank, but can be opend and viewed in trueview

02-06-2014 07:27 AM in reply to: Bmacnab
Ask the file creator to open the files and hit QSAVE one more time, ensuring they check settings for UPDATETHUMBNAIL variable inside AutoCAD.

See this link for other ideas and tips you and your file creator can discuss about your joint issue: remember, there is nothing you can do to fix it.
http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/AutoCAD-2013-2014/No-Thumbnail-Preview-in-File-Open-Dialog-Box-But-Onl...
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Re: Design Review 2013 - Drawings blank, but can be opend and viewed in trueview

02-06-2014 08:15 AM in reply to: rkmcswain

Why are you trying to view these in Design Review as opposed to DWG Trueview? - If I can open the drawing in design review I can measure and markup the drawings

 

Sorry, I wasnt aware there was a design review forum seperate.

 

Attached is an image of what I am getting when the drawing is opened.

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