I'm an application repackager and I had the very same problem when trying to distribute a repackaged version of the Design Review and the TrueView applications and a I'm guessing quite a few others do to. After a lot of searching for answers and troubleshooting with a blindfold on I stumbled upon the following solution. The only way that I was able to solve the issue was to install the bundle but I am quite sure that there is an easier way since it is probably due to a component that is not installed correctly or some registry that are erroneously set as it seems that Design Review can't find the existing TrueView installation. .
1. Download the Design Review / TrueView bundle exe from http://download.autodesk.com/esd/dlm/designreview/
or from http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/item?siteI
2. Run the exe and let the extraction complete, if this is to be installed only on one machine just go ahead and install it right now and you should be good.
3. If however you for some reason need the setup files they are located in %temp% and in a random named folder about 1.5gb big. These can then be moved and deployed silently by running the following command: setup.exe /q /w /i setup.ini
I was able to open design review, select a DWG file and it would open as a dwf file before, showing me all layout pages.. I assume some sort of conversion was happening on the fly. This no longer takes place. Has something changed with 2013 or am i missing something here? I have true view installed and I am running LT.
FYI: Design Review does not natively open DWG files. It requires that DWG Trueview be installed, which (behind the scenes) opens the DWG files, prints it to DWF and then Design Review opens the DWF.
It sounds like Design Review does not know how to find/link DWG TrueView. Which is probably due to some missing or misconfigured registry settings due to the various software UNinstalls and Installs that took place.
I would do what Mickeyn suggests and
1. Download the bundle (DWG TrueView and Design Review)
2. UNinstall the old DWG Trueview and Design Review
3. Clean up (delete) the directories for these programs
4. Clean up (delete) the registry portions up for these programs.
5. Install the bundle downloaded in step 1.
If that still doesn't work, there may be some conflict in \Program Files\Common Files\Autodesk Shared - in which case I would Uninstall ALL Autodesk programs, repeat the clean up procedures, and then reinstall everything. No, that is not going to be fun, but unless you can pinpoint the exact problem, it will still take less time.
Can anyone confirm success using Mickeyn's fix. I believe this is what I did on my new PC this morning. The only other Autodesk software that was already installed was Navisworks....but it Design Review still couldn't find TruView.
What's with the attitude pendean? This person is trying to solve or get help with this issue - which I also have. Design review specifically states it will open a dwg file - it is a supported format - so your statement of "dwf" only is not true. Who pissed in your cheerios? Autodesk pissed in mine...
Depending on how you define the terms "open" and "supported", those statements can be true or false.
I say they are false.
I'm guessing you have not read all the posts in this thread because post 12 clearly explains how and why DWG files might not work in Design Review.
Yes, you are correct. I guess the confusion comes in when it actually opens a dwf based on the dwg. The issue whith not finding the true view program is because it is looking for a 2013 true view I would guess - being the design review is a 2013 program.
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